wonders around them, we are also exposing them to healthy bacteria, parasites, and viruses that will inevitably create a much stronger immune system! Many kids who live in an ultraclean environment have a greater chance of suffering from allergies, asthma, and other autoimmune diseases that we would otherwise be protected from through the simple pleasure of playing with some nice common dirt.
The Joy of Dirt
Studies have shown that simply having contact with dirt, whether it's through
gardening, digging holes, or making pies out of mud, can significantly improve a child's mood and reduce their anxiety and stress. Who knew, right? With antidepressant use in kids on the rise, an increasing number of experts are recognizing the role of nature in enhancing kids' mental health. Dirt can even improve classroom performance. It's easy to see the effect when you watch children play outside.
I encourage you to visit their site and get the rest of the dirt on dirt! I wish I had photos of the Secondary students working with cob mud bricks on Friday to go with this entry. They mixed up 3 batches of cob with different amounts of sand and clay and left them to harden. They are working on an outdoor oven on the back porch of the school. I was less thrilled about the mud slung all over the back (white) wall of the school and the sliding door. Sometimes I can be a stick in the mud.