This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Maytag. All opinions are 100% mine.
Kids are filthy.
There’s just no getting around that fact. From toddlers to teens, your kids are going to find all sorts of different ways to dirty themselves up. Parents should be patient and remember that a little bit of dirt, or maybe a lot of it, isn’t going to hurt. In fact, getting dirty can be quite fun.
Encouraging your kids to get dirty is a great way to get them off the couch and away from the video games. How big a smile will your child have when you tell them to go make mud pies? Coming up with old school ways for your kids to play in the dirt is easier than you think.
Your kids can:
- Build a mud castle
- Pretend to be a farmer
- Dig for worms
- Roll down a hill
- Make a pond
- Splash in a mud puddle
- Create dirt art
- Dig tunnels
- Pretend to be an archaeologist
- Dig for dinosaur bones
These are some tried and true dirty activities. Kids have a knack for coming up with new and unique ways to cover their clothes, and themselves, in mud, grass, leaves, and bugs. Sometimes all you need to do is give them permission to get dirty and their imaginations will take care of the rest. The worst thing you can say is, “Don’t get your clothes dirty!”
Because that puts a stop to all the fun.
Last year, my daughter entered one of those “Muddy Miles” races with a friend. The goal of these events is usually to raise money. The other goal is, of course, to have fun getting dirty. And did they ever. The girls ran, jumped, crawled, rolled, and splashed through the filthiest obstacle course I’ve ever seen. Mud was everywhere, piled up high and hidden in pools. There were barrels of mud and showers of mud. It was ridiculously dirty.
I cringed when they emerged at the finish line covered head to toe in mud. But then I thought, “What am I worried about? A little dirt?” Well, it was a lot of dirt, to be honest. Very quickly, I realized that a high-powered hose would take care of my daughter’s hair and skin, while my washing machine would handle her clothes. That’s one of the nice things about owning a Maytag washer and dryer. They’re designed to handle any level of filth, especially a caked-on muddy mess. Maytag’s newest Top Load Washer and Dryer pair is better built because they are designed, engineered, and assembled in America and have the power to clean big league stains. There’s really no other appliance I’d hate to give up more than my washer and dryer. I’d be willing to wash dishes by hand, but not my kids’ clothing!
So, let your kids get dirty. Let them run through the mud, dig in the dirt, and roll through the sand. The memories will be worth whatever mess you need to clean up.
Before you clean up, however, make sure you take a few pictures to preserve those memories. If you have kids who play baseball, those pictures could win you a trip to this year’s World Series! Maytag is the official washer and dryer of Major League Baseball, and they are currently running a very cool contest called #MyFilthiestPlay. All you have to do is upload a photo or video of your kids sliding or diving in the dirt onto Instagram or Twitter. Use the hashtag #MyFilthiestPlay and you’ll be eligible to win weekly prizes, as well as a shot at the big grand prize of a trip to the World Series.
Read all the contest rules at the Filthiest Plays of the Week MLB page.
Thanks to Maytag laundry, you could be turning your kids’ dirty summer into one very exciting fall classic.