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The Pathways, Inc. Erwin Child & Family Center (ECFC) participated in International Mud Day on Friday, June 27th. According to, International Mud Day is children and early childhood professionals all over the world celebrating nature, outdoors, and mess by getting really muddy. It aims to connect children around the world through the Earth. Mud Day began in 2009 in Nepal when 58 orphaned children we encouraged to get acquainted with Mother Nature by playing in the mud. All of the children were hesitant at first, but before long they were squirming about in the pit of mud.

ECFC has been celebrating International Mud Day for 3 years. At our first celebration, we used a few bags of top soil to make a small mud puddle. We now use four large scoops of top soil, add lots of water, and we play in a 20-foot wide, 4-inch deep pit of muddy fun! In the words of Riley, age 5, “This is the dirtiest mud day EVER!”

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