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Whether it’s a mud run or a mud bath, Scan­di­na­vians are en­cour­aged from an early age to get messy in the great out­doors in or­der to stim­u­late imag­i­na­tion and ex­per­i­men­ta­tion. In Den­mark, there are even ‘junk play­grounds’ where chil­dren can for­age for scraps to build re­cy­cled crafts.

In the coun­try­side: next time it rains, don your wellies and head out­side for a muddy walk, see­ing where your feet take you, and what you nd along the way that you can use for cre­ative projects.

In the city: even a 20-minute dip into ‘messy play’ has been shown to pro­mote cre­ative think­ing and re­lax­ation. Run your hands through some fra­grant shrubs at the park, build a sand­cas­tle, or re-pot a plant. The Creek­side Ed­u­ca­tion Trust (www.creek­side­cen­tre.org.uk) or­gan­ise reg­u­lar low tide walks in the mud at Dept­ford Creek, or go na­tive and join the Bare­foot Walk­ing Brigade (www.bare­foot­ers.org).

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