Jump to content

Do you let your child play in dirt?


  • Please log in to reply
55 replies to this topic

#1 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:15 PM

My DS is currently sitting in our tiny backyard in the dead garden bed, happily playing in the "soil" (I don't think it constitutes as soil though) his legs and nappy and arms are all black from the dirt. We regularly go down to the local park and he plays in the sand pit as well.

As kids my mother never let us play in the sand or dirt or do anything that involved any dirt. Everytime we go to the playground she is horrified when DS goes in the sand pit.

So was wondering if other people let their children play in dirt and sand?

#2 Kitty Fantastico

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:17 PM

Absolutely. I don't think I could stop him if I tried.

DS loves scratching the dirt with a stick, or poking around for rocks. Hours of fun without spending a dollar.

#3 bikingbubs

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:18 PM

yup.  endless entertainment (especially sand for my DS).  mess washes off original.gif

#4 strawberry blondes

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:19 PM

If we home all day they can do as they wish but if I know we are going somewhere I insist they stay clean . Making mud pies is fun!

#5 Angelina Ballerina

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:21 PM

DD loves the dirt.
I try to encourage her into the sandpit instead but it's a losing battle.

#6 Leggy

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:21 PM

Good grief, yes. Isn't it supposed to be good for the immune system? Anyway, I think a kid coming in grubby is a sign they've been having a non-screen-related good time.

#7 adl

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:21 PM

Of course.... best thing....have a friend whose Uncle is in immunology...he advocates loads of dirt and mud pies etc..and kids and muddy dogs bathing together etc to actually get a healthy immune system.

As kids growing up in the country.. we played in sheep and cattle yards, the killing pens and all sorts of muck,  never had any issues...

and besides its FUN!!!!

#8 Furthermore

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:22 PM

Yes, then I take them unwashed and shoeless to the food court where I feed them hot chips.

Nah, really - I let them play in dirt as soon as they can crawl :-)

Edited by ~maryanne~, 05 December 2012 - 06:25 PM.


#9 CallMeProtart

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:23 PM

Yes. I'm backing the 'hygiene hypothesis'.
I also let my kids pick stuff up that they've dropped on the ground and eat it (if it's something dry, not so much say a lolly that would be dirt encrusted from a drop).
Which is interesting when we're in a group where the other kids are being told not to eat from the floor. Makes me feel like a bit of a grot. But it's a conscious decision based on things I've read, so I guess if I feel like a grot backing my decision, I have to wear that.

#10 rogue-shadow

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:24 PM

of course unless we're going out and about. I grew up going out into the forest for rallies every few weekends and being covered in dirt and dust by the end of the weekend.

Playing in the dirt is great fun.

ETA: I agree with Ali, there are times I'll dust off the biscuit or some such thing ready to go again. Depends on what it is though.

Edited by rogue-shadow, 05 December 2012 - 06:26 PM.


#11 ~Supernova~

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:25 PM

DS (9mths) goes straight for the dirt the second he is outside...yesterday when I was weeding he had a mouthful of dirt and bark, gross lol. DD has never liked dirt. But of course I let them, it's fun!

#12 dakotaskys

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:27 PM

Yeap all the time! I even made them a sandpit, they stay outside for ages playing and adding water to make castles and burying the dogs lol

#13 squeekums

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:28 PM

Yep! Just the other day we were digging 'treasure' out of the back yard. Sand is part of the beach DD has to go to the beach!

#14 whale-woman

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:29 PM

Bring on the dirt at our place.


#15 erindiv

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:31 PM

I wish I could let DS play in it... but he just puts EVERYTHING in his mouth and I really don't want him to choke on rocks/worms/whatever.

DD, on the other hand, gets filthy and loves it.

#16 wesse

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:32 PM

Yes of course! Some of my favorite toddler pics of DS are when he is covered in mud from hours of fun making pies original.gif

#17 MammaBee81

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:34 PM

My mum always said that soil is "clean dirt"... lol

We always used to make mud sculptures, it was hours of entertainment.

Just make sure very young ones don't eat slugs - they can have very nasty parasites.

xx - bee

#18 Canberra chick

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:40 PM

Do I get a choice?! DD is a dirt magnet, DS isn't much better...

#19 CupOfCoffee

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:41 PM

We have someone attracted to dirt here.



#20 Guest_AllegraM_*

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:44 PM

DS loves dirt. Who am I to deny him his fun?

#21 wallofdodo

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:44 PM

I would let him, but he doesn't seem to like it.

He likes the sand pit though, other parents in the park won't let their children in it.

#22 Jekaho

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:46 PM

I didn't so much when he was little, for dirt, as we don't really have much of a dirt patch at home. Also, he didn't actually like being dirty til he was 2.5 years old or so. He was on grass lots and ate plenty of that though so similar sort of thing. We had a sand pit from when he was about 1 year old. Local parks don't really have sand pits around us.
These days, he is in dirt much more - especially when playing with our neighbours. They have a "dirt pit" in their car port that all the boys love. So they and their toys are regularly covered in dirt.

#23 MahnaMahna

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:47 PM

Yep, my kids play in the dirt, mud, rain and anything else that results in disastrously messy children original.gif

They are kids, that is what life is all about. They also eat food off the floor, sometimes go out barefoot, pick their noses and ocassionally eat Maccas  ohmy.gif

#24 wish*upon*a*star

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:47 PM

Sure do- and get covered in food too!

#25 baddmammajamma

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:48 PM

QUOTE (CupOfCoffee @ 05/12/2012, 07:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We have someone attracted to dirt here.



Awwwww!

We love dirt, too!




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Life with anxiety

At times, I feel pretty worthless. In those moments, all I want to do is curl up into a ball and hide in the dark. I can try to quiet my mind, but it won?t shut up.

IVF leaves woman pregnant with another couple's twins

An Italian woman has been told the twins she is three months pregnant with are not hers.

'My mother-in-law found out our baby's gender behind our backs'

My husband and I mutually decided that we didn?t want to know our baby's sex before the birth, but his mother couldn't handle that.

What you need for the 'fourth trimester'

In my opinion, the first three months after the birth are the most intense. Here's what got me through that time after welcoming my baby.

Weaning a toddler off a dummy: a 15-day plan

Weaning your child off the dummy can be a traumatic experience for both of you. Here are some tips to help you through.

Choosing to be a solo parent

Two women share their stories of longing for a baby so much that they each decided not to wait for a partner before becoming a mum.

Asphyxia link another piece of the SIDS puzzle

An Australian study has uncovered information which could lead to a better understanding of why babies die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Rescue dog Zoey and BFF Jasper star in adorable pics

Photographer, self-professed "crazy dog lady" and mum Grace Chon takes photos of rescue dog Zoey and her 10-month-old son Jasper together. The results are just too cute. See more on Instagram @thegracechon.

The ultimate travel stroller: the Mountain Buggy nano

We tried the Mountain Buggy nano and give it an enthusiastic thumbs up. As the ultimate travel stroller, it's practical, has great features, and looks fab, too.

Mum's heartbreak as son dies in road accident

Daly Thomas and her two young sons were walking home from church on Tuesday afternoon. Her youngest son never made it.

New Kate Spade baby bag designs

Don?t adjust your screen: this bright beauty is coming to you in full colour.

Easter gifts for babies, no chocolate in sight!

If this is your little one?s first Easter you might want to mark the occasion with something a little extra special. Here are 10 Easter gift ideas, which won't harm little teeth.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win the brand new phil&teds vibe

Check out the good looking new release of the Vibe 3 and the Verve 4-wheeler inline strollers. To celebrate their release, we have a Vibe with double kit to give away.

Baby sleep

From birth to one year and beyond, read about baby sleep, soothing techniques, routines, and sleep school experiences.

Easter gifts for babies, no chocolate in sight!

If this is your little one?s first Easter you might want to mark the occasion with something a little extra special. Here are 10 Easter gift ideas, which won't harm little teeth.

7 tips for a kid-free trip, not a guilt trip

Although I?m jumping out of my skin to take my child-free holiday, I?m dreading the goodbye. But I?m determined to make the most of it without tarnishing it with guilt or sadness about leaving the kids.

Itchibubs: clothes for babies and toddlers with eczema

Parents of children who suffer from eczema will know only too well the scratching that occurs around the clock. A new clothing range aims to help make everyone more comfortable.

Ear piercing: what age is best?

What is it that shapes our opinions on what?s an 'appropriate' age for our children to get their ears pierced? Parents share their views on how young is too young when it comes to piercing.

Caring for kids helps grandmothers stay mentally alert

Looking after grandchildren can help grandmothers ward off brain disease - but it's also possible to get too much of a good thing, researchers say.

Why I loved my third home water birth

After two water births at home, I was determined to give birth to my son the same way. I just hoped this birth would be quicker than my last two.

Revealed: 7 ways food marketers try to trick consumers

If you?re confused by food labels, you?re not alone. Next time you?re shopping for food, look out for these seven common labelling tricks.

'My mother-in-law found out our baby's gender behind our backs'

My husband and I mutually decided that we didn?t want to know our baby's sex before the birth, but his mother couldn't handle that.

 

Free Printable Activities

Keeping little hands busy

Free printable acitivity pages like colouring in, cutting, word finders, mazes, maths activities and puzzles.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.