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Do you let your child play in dirt?
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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?
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.
Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:18 PM
yup. endless entertainment (especially sand for my DS). mess washes off
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!
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.
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.
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!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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
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
Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:40 PM
Do I get a choice?! DD is a dirt magnet, DS isn't much better...
Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:44 PM
DS loves dirt. Who am I to deny him his fun?
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.
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.
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
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
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