When I was a little girl, after we had a nice summer rain, my mom would take us all to the low spot in the driveway and let us play in the mud puddles. We would strip down to our underwear and then once we were all through, she would spray us off and we would play outside until we were dry and we never once got back in the mud. She was a smart woman.
The other day I decided I would take the girls on their first mudwalk. We don't have the luxury of having a mostly private yard so there was no stripping and no hosing and no playing in our underwear until we were dry.
We just walked out to the small ditch in the front yard and the girls had fun running in the mud. I finally had to get down with them and show them how to get their hands dirty and make awesome mud cakes and pies. Elaina LOVED it. Claire liked it. Eily hated it.