TEACHERS and students of Tamworth's NutureOne Childcare put their gumboots to good use by celebrating International Mud Day on Monday.
From jumping in mud puddles to making mud pies, the day helped kids appreciate the benefits the wet stuff brings.
The kids marked the occasion by learning about the environment in a hands-on fashion through practical and theoretical learning.
First started in 2009, International Mud Day aims at helping people understand and appreciate the environement around them.
Tamworth's NurtureOne Childcare Centre manager Rachel McRae said allowing the kids to have fun and get dirty was key to helping them appreciate their environment.
"We love celebrating International Mud Day," Ms McRae said.
"It is all about getting outside in the fresh air, getting dirty and most importantly having fun."
Ms McRae said the children were encouraged to enjoy the day in their own unique ways.
"We have provided many muddy experiences for the day, such as a mud kitchen, mud playdough and a number of other different activities," she said.
"There was also pigs in mud sensory trays, mud paintings, mud pits with dinosaurs, trucks and of course mud puddles.
"Kids are naturally drawn to messy things, so we made sure they all packed several sets of clothes and there are so many benefits to playing in mud, including the endless opportunities for experimentation and discovery."