Playing in the mud is the perfect activity after a rainy spring day! No rain? No problem. Turn on the hose, and let kids get down and dirty with these mud play activities.
One of my fondest memories of my oldest is the day I gave him permission to play in the mud. He played all afternoon. At the end of the day, I stood him on the back porch and hosed him down before I tossed him in the tub for a bath.
I am not a fan of messy play every day, because…. well… it’s messy. But, I do think it’s important for kids to be able to explore messy things. I think it’s an important part of childhood.
Kids love to explore with all of their senses, and they’ll get a big kick out of making mud pies, splashing in mud puddles, and just plain getting messy in the mud!
If you want to contain the mess of mud play or your kids aren’t fans of full-body mess, you could fill a plastic container or wading pool with dirt or soil for some a-little-less-messy mud sensory play.
Creating a mud garden is easy enough with a planter box and some clean dirt/soil. Kids can really dig and explore all summer long. In the winter, when it’s too cold to play, plant some winter veggies with your kids.