Jan White Natural Play

Natural Play, Natural Growth, in the Early Years

Mudlark Finds *10: When I Was Born


When I was born Isabel Minhos Martins & Madalena Matoso

Mudlark Find Number 10 is a really delightful book that needs to be shared outdoors whilst comfortably surrounded by nature, especially now that Spring is really here. This book nicely supports the National Children’s Day (11th May) campaign this year to swap screen-time for Wild Time.

“When I was born, I had never played with stones or got muddy hands.  I had never made tunnels in the sand.  My hands had never touched anything except each other.  When I was born I did not know there was a sky or that the sky could change or that clouds were so beautiful.  When I was born everything was new. Everything was about to start.”

What a way to trigger a discussion about children’s experiences and loves about being in their world, and also to consider what they would like to do next: “But one thing is certain. Each day I discover something new. And that is the most wonderful thing of all!”  A book with an amazing amount of potential for conversation, sharing, reminiscing and doing… and for deepening connections and a sense of belonging to the Earth.

With this section of my website, I share some of the many wonderful treasures I dig up while researching and supporting outdoor play for children from birth to seven. I hope they inspire you too, and help you to create motivational, meaningful and satisfying outdoor play experiences for all the children you work with.

Mudlarking is the ancient practice of digging in the mud of the Thames to find treasures.  It still goes on today, uncovering and recovering some amazing artefacts from the life of London city through the centuries.  Click on this link for more information about mudlarking.


2 thoughts on “Mudlark Finds *10: When I Was Born

  1. What age level is the book written for? I love finding new books I can use for my outdoor classes. Thanks! Sue

    • Hi Sue, I think the book is written for younger children – but like most of the best books it would work with all primary (elementary) ages as well. Thinking about when you were just little and didn’t know anything about the world can appeal to many children. The artwork is simple and not age-specific in my view too. If you use it with older children, I’d like to hear what they thought of it. Jan

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