Yesterday, Simon and I got outside for some good, dirty fun. He brought his shovel, which is one of his very favorite things, and which did not get much use in the winter due to the lack of snow. As our time outside went on, my little guy became less and less concerned about getting messy, and eventually became totally covered in dirt. I joined in the fun, gathering little rocks, helping him dig deeper and make piles of dirt, and showing him how to make sticks stand up in the piles.
There has been a lot of articles circulating the web lately about the benefits of playing in the dirt for kids. Here are a few you might want to read:
Babies Know: A Little Dirt Is Good for You (New York Times)
Let Your Kids Get Dirty! (Simple Mom)
Dirt: It’s Good for Kids! (Peaceful Parenting)
I am looking forward to our next dirt adventure. Perhaps next time we will bring a dump truck? A rock sifter? Some dishes and water for making mudpies? Or maybe we will go to the ocean and play in the sand? Playing in the dirt is indeed good for the immune system, but I think it is also beneficial for our souls, to get our hands dirty and dig into the earth.