I noticed as the preschoolers took small sticks and held them as they would typically hold a paint brush. They dipped the sticks in a pot of mud and gently touched the end of the sticks to their faces, rubbing slowly and precisely, making patterns by memory.
I then watched as more Preschoolers walked over to the "face painting" area, but were unsure about how to put the mud on their faces. A couple of the preschoolers quickly stepped in with their mudded sticks and carefully spread the mud on their friend's faces.
It was a joyous moment of togetherness and shared love for becoming someone else as the mud touched their faces.
They ran around the back yard together, moving under the tree to apply more mud. Once their mud faces were complete, they ran to the "Ice Cream Club House" to have a moment of celebration in their shared painted mud face love.