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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!
Playing in the Mud
You will be the favorite mom on the block when you host a kids mud pie messy playdate! From the mud pies to hosing down at the end, the kids will love every minute of playing 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.
Gather some small rocks, leaves, and flowers. Set out a muffin tin or aluminum pie pan, and let your kids get busy making mud cakes.
I love the idea of creating a mud kitchen for young kids to play in. Your kids will really be able to show their creativity if you choose to have a mud bake-off.
Mud painting gives kids a chance to create one-of-a-kind artwork that they can bring inside to display when it’s dry. Check out how to make colorful mud your kids can really paint with.
Your kids are going to love exploring dinosaur mud! Their dinosaurs are trapped, and it’s up to them to set them free with a magic fizzing potion.
Take time to stop and smell the mud and help your kids make lasting memories in the process.
Gather some small items from nature – rocks, twigs, flowers, etc – and some old pots and mixing bowls, and your preschoolers can enjoy this mud pie nature art sensory activity.
After spending some time splashing in the mud, let your kids bring some of that mud inside to create a batch of homemade mud slime.
If you’re not a fan of mud play, you can simulate the experience with a not-so-messy Stuck in the Mud with Little Blue Truck oobleck activity.
This Pigs in the Mud Sensory Play and Song activity is another twist on some “muddy” oobleck.
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.
Kids who don’t enjoy getting messy may enjoy this clean mud recipe. With three simple ingredients, your kids will squish and squeeze and explore this fun sensory activity.
Our new house won’t have a backyard. But, we have a big deck in the back of the house. It’ll be the perfect place to set up this garden sensory bin for my grandson when he’s a little bigger.
I love the idea of setting up a huge dirt sensory bin in a raised garden bed. This one is half garden-half sensory bin so kids can dig and get messy while watching the life cycle of plants as they do.
Add some STEM fun to your mud play afternoon by teaching your kids how to build with mud. This is also a great way to introduce your kids to earth science.
Taste safe mud encourages kids to play, create, and imagine to their hearts’ content. And, you won’t have to worry about little ones who might still put their hands in their mouth.
Digging for bugs in the ‘mud’ is exciting for kids who don’t like to get dirty. Just make some “mud” dough. Add some plastic bugs, and they’ll be entertained for hours.
I love all of the ways these kids explored Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud. From mud pies to mud prints, they explored the mud in many different ways.
Easy clean play mud dough isn’t oobleck like the ideas shared above. It’s a fun playdough that looks like mud. It’s perfect for indoor mud play.
Your kids will love making mud prints: animals, feet and handprints! This activity would make a great follow-up activity to your child’s favorite animal books.
Playing in the mud is a fun childhood activity! Whether it’s real dirty mud or less-messy oobleck or dough, your kids will have a great time making memories by playing in the mud.