About The Workshop
‘Down and Dirty’ is perfect for those who love to play in the mud and want to get the scoop on the dirt below. With the rise of mud kitchens and muddy play this is a perfect opportunity to explore the many attributes of soil. The workshop will focus on what's in soil, why it's important, and the little critters that live in it. Activities include exploring the different shades of soil through mud paintings and making your very own dirt shirt as well as filter and flow experiments for preschoolers through to elementary. We will conclude with making worm composters and snail terrariums for your classrooms. It will definitely be a day of getting dirty and mucky. Please bring in soil samples from your home and workplace.
- Understanding the importance of contact with the soil needed for a healthy immune system. Research from around the world will be shared.
- Learning some of the science behind dirt; the different layers, colours, nutrients, filtration systems, and the little critters that live in it.
- Identifying the developmental and sensory rich opportunities available when using soil as a loose part.
- Transforming attitudes around playing and exploring soil in and outside of the classroom. Having fun with the mess of playing in the dirt and learning how to make it work at your centre.
- Building a composter at your centre. Taking the mystery out of composting to make your own great garden soil.