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What a muddy mess!

From almost as soon as they could walk, and probably before, Jake & Ellie have loved playing with water.

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This morning things were a bit strange outside. There seemed to be something there…let’s see if I can remember…called – that’s it! – ‘Sun’. A little bit, anyway. And it wasn’t too windy, or cold. I believe it may even possibly be something that might be called…(thinks)…(dare I say it?!): ‘Spring’.

They carried on this morning where they left off last night: mucking about with water!

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I think they were trying to create a Muddy Puddle. So please note the footwear, because – as many parents will know – “If you want to jump in muddy puddles you must wear your boots”.

It’s not as straightforward here as it was in the old house. There we had an outside tap & a big hose. Here I have to fill up the watering can from the kitchen sink then carry it the length of the house into the garden. Admittedly that’s not very far! Still a hassle though. If we were staying here I’d probably run the hose through.

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The Method then seems to be pouring the water from the watering can into little buckets, then pouring the water from there onto the grass & the compost-enhanced concrete. And they take turns, which is good. Co-operative play: what we parents like to see!

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Then it’s time for some enjoyment of the fruits of their labour: jumping up & down in muddy puddles!

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Oops: looks like Ellie’s got her top a bit wet! We did have to change all her clothes afterwards…

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Jake decided the puddle just wasn’t muddy enough, & needed a bit more compost. After my pointing out that there was already a fair bit of dirt around in the grass he seemed to accept my suggestion that the compost should stay where it is…

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Then: job done, muddy puddles made, it was time to celebrate on the trampoline!

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And yes, I know: the garden is a mess. I promise to tidy it up a bit before we move!

I’m joining up with the Mummies & Daddies doing  ‘Messy Play for Matilda Mae’. It’s a blog-link, set up by the lovely Jennie in honour of her beautiful messy play loving baby girl who she so sadly lost to SIDS in February. Lots of us are making a mess for her! To see more messy play posts just click the pic:

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5 thoughts on “What a muddy mess!

  1. How wonderful! With spring (finally) here we’ve been out in the garden a lot this week – my boys would love to create muddy puddles… Not sure my neighbour would be so keen though 🙂 Love the photos – they’re having such a good time! Great #MessyPlay 🙂

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  3. You know, sometimes I spend ages thinking up or preparing new and exciting messy play ideas… turns out the best are the most simplest of all! I forget how much mine love doing this so thank you! You have inspired me!
    xx

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