WB Logan calls” Dust the Ecstatic Skin of the Earth”.
Playing in mud is more than just fun. Mud offers endless opportunities for creative expression. Scientific studies have connected the happy, relaxed and calm moods after mud play to the dirt that contains microscopic bacteria called Mycobacterium Vaccae. This bacteria increases the serotonin in our brains.
It is vital in today’s world to get children outdoors to reconnect with nature. With nature-deficit disorder on the rise, mud play creates memories and a relationship with earth.
Think about the kids who get really dirty and how often they get sick. Now think about the kids who are constantly applying antibacterial potions and never going outside. You will find it is the dirty kids who are healthier. Studies show the same microscopic bacteria in the dirt that can make you happier have also proven beneficial to the immune system.