Gather all of your supplies. We put all of our materials for outside exploration in a large tin or a basket. Find something that makes it easily portable to your outside environment.
Get all of that lovely weather appropriate clothing on. Hopefully it is warm by you and this just means a pair of boots.
Encourage your toddler to freely explore by offering them something from your collection. Maybe "do you want a cup to investigate that puddle?" That is usually all it takes for them to be off and exploring.
We had a conversation about the difference between clean water and dirty water. They were able to clearly see that what they were looking at had dirt in it and therefore was not for drinking. Avoid offering anything that looks to much like a cup - clearly an invitation to drink. Offer your child(ren) other ideas, for example "can you scoop the mud into a bucket?" "what happens when you pour it on the ground?" "what does the muddy part feel like?"
Hopefully if you are taking your child to scoop and splash in dirty puddles you are expecting to return home with some wet and dirty kids. Have them help you gather everything back into your basket or bucket.
Before they step inside, lay out a towel(s) for them to stand on. Have them take everything off on the towel and wrap them up in a towel. Depending on the level of dirt/exploration, you might want to have a warm bath or you might just need to go wash hands. Either way, you want to dry off and warm up.
Once they are taken care of, return to your mucky materials - I threw ours in the dish washer after a quick rinse.
Weather appropriate clothing
- hat, water resistant coats, boots, and clothes you don't mind getting muddy
Cups, shovels, buckets, bowls
- materials around the house for exploring the puddles
- right inside the door to clean up and dry off your little ones
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