Over the years I haven’t met many children that don’t like playing in mud. It’s everywhere and kids have a magnetism to it like nothing else. A large muddy puddle is asking to be jumped and squelched in. The great thing is you really don’t need much to keep little ones happy for hours in the fresh air whilst letting their imaginations run free.
The sky really is the limit when it comes to mud creations. It could be a mud sandwich (two large leaves with a generous layer of mud inbetween) or maybe a mud pizzas with lots of different “toppings” (leaves, grass, bark, flowers). Perhaps if you added more water it could become a mud soup or a hot chocolate topped with sprinkles (scrunched leaves)!
First of all you want to get together some old kitchen utensils. Children can relate to these as they’ve seen grown ups using them. Whisks are always popular, along with spoons, pots & pans, ladels, etc. Then add in different sized plastic containers and jugs for pouring and you’re ready to gather the vital ingredient…….mud!
As well as mud I’ve listed below some other ingredients that children can collect from the garden or can be found in most homes. This is certainly not exhaustive but it hopefully gives you a guide to get started with.
- Mud (of course)
- Flowers and petals
- Bark & Twigs
- Shaving Foam – this is great as a topping for mud pies
One last thing I should mention – make sure you put your little one in some good waterproofs that way everything/everyone can just be hosed down at the end of the day!!