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Muddy Math

Water play is a huge, ongoing interest at Red River ELC. The children love to mix soil and water to create mud, they splash, and spend time filling and emptying containers.


Setting up the outdoor space to "... provide environments and experiences to engage children in active, creative, and meaningful exploration, play, and inquiry" (How Does Learning Happen) allows so many opportunities for the children to make discoveries.

Mathematical and scientific concepts are plentiful in water play;
  • physics (flow, motion), 
  • chemistry (solutions, cohesion),
  • biology (plant and animal life), and 
  • mathematics (measurement, equivalence, volume).


It is so amazing to watch these little people learning about their world.

Learning doesn't require a worksheet. As early childhood professional  Bev Bos said, "If it hasn't been in the hand and body it can't be in the brain."

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