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Hamel. E., Leeper Miller, J. (2013). "Mud Glorious Mud: Embracing Messy Play." National Association of Education of Young Children National Conference. Dallas, Texas. November, 2014. Poster Presentation
The perfect companion to nature is messy play. Allowing children (and pre-service teachers) the opportunity to touch, prod, splash, toss, and experience the natural world through their senses is a must. Teachers created opportunities for children to wonder, engage and marvel in the natural world through hands on experiences; using mud day to spark interactions and inquiry among children, families, teachers and mud.