Like most moms, you have probably said to your children at some point, “don’t track dirt in the house” and “don’t jump in that mud puddle.”
But kids have always been drawn to playing in the dirt. And did you know that it can be good for their health? Studies show that children who play outside and get dirty can help build their immune system,1 lower stress, reduce anxiety,2 facilitate learning, and more.
International Mud Day is June 29, but your kids don’t have to wait to celebrate. Explore these five ways to get your kids outside for some down and dirty fun—and check out our tips for cleaning up afterward.