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Getting Down & Dirty

GettingLiving in today’s “tech-savvy”, germ-a-phobic world. I find that children are spending less and less time outdoors. Understanding technology and taking care of oneself is incredibly vital, however, there is nothing more satisfying and enjoyable for a child (some children – let’s not forget that some ailments prevent many children from enjoying this experience) than getting down and dirty.  In my opinion.

Here’s why.

1. Children who play outdoors are exposed to a freedom that children who spend most of their time indoors on tech gadgets aren’t. They learn to investigate, navigate, explore and respect their surroundings. They become adventurous, daring and better able to assess risk and deal with it.

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2. When children are exposed to germs (some germs, in small measure, let’s not be irresponsible now) it strengthens their immune systems, therefore making them healthier and stronger in fighting germs. (Yes, they are in there P’J’s, it was one of THOSE days)

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3. Getting outside encourages play… play burns calories… therefore AIDING in the prevention of obesity in our children. Sadly,  there has been such an increase in weight issues within young children today. And I think that the simple act of regular outdoor play can make a very big difference in that regard.

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4. Have we watched our children play outdoors? They are enormously happy. Happy kids feel less stressed, they are producing serotonin (“happy drug”) which helps them release frustration and “negative” energy which may have been caused at school or a difficult situation. It helps them to sub-consciously release anger and improve their mood (fights depression). It’s like exercise for an adult. (Yes, she is covered in mud.. Those are not BROWN pants) 🙂

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5. Playing outdoors allows the body to receive Vitamin D, a healthy dose of the sun improves the mood, gives energy and it has even been said that enough vitamin D aids in fighting the FLU and other diseases.

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6. The outdoors encourages family time. When sitting indoors most of us are on our computers, playing on the Ipad, watching TV, etc.. Getting out, going for a hike, playing soccer or having a barbecue and cooking marshmallows encourages talk, talk improves relationships and brings families together.

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7. Gross Motor development happens when children are running, climbing, swimming etc. Those muscles need to develop in a non threatening and healthy way, so why not play?

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The benefits to getting down and dirty far outweigh sitting indoors. I cannot wait for Summer to really begin. It has been a long winter and I am eager to get outdoors with my kids.

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Dirty play is Good Play.

With Love

One Messy Mama



  • My Little Yarn Baby

    I have to admit, I am a very indoors sort of person, all the hobbies I love – reading, knitting, playing music – are indoor activities. Luckily for me, my hubby is very much the opposite, he loves the outdoors and is very into climbing, walking and cycling, so hopefully he will be able to remind me to get out with my little one when he is big enough as it is so important!


  • Davina

    We love getting outside and playing in the dirt, and I remember how much I loved being outside when I was a kid. Less change of getting vitamin D deficiency too! #StayClassy

  • The Mum Project

    Completely agree! I’ve already brought my 4 month old into the garden to discover the grass haha! A little early but I think children learn so much more from being hands on outdoors. Get that gross motor development going on ; ) Great list! Thanks for sharing with #StayClasy!

  • This Mum's Life

    I totally agree, on all levels!!! I love the outdoors, and I think that is reflected in my children-they can’t get enough of the outside! I have a ‘policy’ in our house where we go out every morning, and unless we are going to our organised playgroup (which does set aside time for outdoor play,) then we do something outside, whatever the weather. They’ve got clothes for all weathers, and if its really muddy, they just wear really old clothes. They love climbing-park apparatus and trees! And at the moment they are obsessed with creatures, and both have magnifying glasses where they search the grass and mud for ants/worms/wood lice, or anything they can find! Outdoor play is great, for every single reason that you mentioned!
    Thanks for sharing with #bigpinklink!

  • A Mum Track Mind

    Totally agree, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing your kids playing outside, using their imaginations and coming home wildly hungry with pink cheeks. It’s kind of what you think of when you think of childhood isn’t it? I try to make sure we get outside every day as long as the weather isn’t horrendous and although the kids sometimes moan and whinge about going out, once they do they always love it. It’s good for me too! Thanks for sharing on the first #fortheloveofBLOG – Hope you can join us next week x

  • karen

    I really can’t wait till my little one is walking about and getting messy! You’re my kinda Mamma! Loving the Mud trousers btw! I don’t want to wish away my baby days, but at 10 months old tomorrow he’s crawling and pulling himself up. The outside is calling him… I think there has been two days that he’s not been outside with me on some kind of walk, his birth day and christmas day (it rained a lot). It is so important to get these kids out side and enjoying nature! Thanks for linking this up to #abrandnewday. I love it.

  • Jade

    I love this post as it isn’t a take your child outside post, its a here are the amazing benefits for your little ones, here are our lovely pictures! I love being outside and active as my 5 year old is full of beans and just is much calmer and focused when he is out exploring. Fab post. #abrandnewday

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