Why is clay cleaner than mud?

in Forest School, Theory and Ideas

muddy hand

The thought of putting a hand into the mud can be pretty uuugh! for some people….

Why is clay cleaner than mud? Why are barbecues safer than fires?

These are questions that often come to my mind when I am working with adults rather than with children. The thought of putting a hand into the mud can be pretty uuugh! for some people.

I have learned to spot them and make sure they get to see the handywipes are all ready for them, I tell them that I have dug up some specially prepared ‘clay’. Because clay is cleaner than mud, and some people just need a little bit of encouragement to get stuck in.

mud face on treemuddy tree spookmud faces on treemud face with lips

Mud could also make you smarter and more able to learn…. (here’s the science part: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100524143416.htm)

**Kindling bears no responsibility if you decide to take science into your own hands and eat dirt.

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