Today, I’m happy to be joining a group of wonderful bloggers participating in the “100 Days of Play Blog Hop” hosted by Sun Scholars and Life at the Zoo. Every day between April 1 and July 20, 2013, a different blogger is sharing one easy play idea to help you connect with your kids.
Now it’s my turn and as you might have guessed, I’m sharing a simple idea for outdoor nature play.
Backyard mud bath
Warning: This is not an activity for those who cringe at the sight of a little dirt (which is none of you, right?). The goal here is to get as messy as possible!
To make a backyard mud bath:
- Find a large container. We used a galvanized tub, but as long as the container is big enough to get hands and feet into, you’re good. (Or consider going big and use a kiddie pool to create a giant mud pit.)
- Set up the container in a fairly open space. This is important so that stray mud doesn’t find its way onto things it shouldn’t be on (like garage doors, back doors, house windows etc.). And yes, I learned this lesson the hard way.
- Have the kids add dirt and water until they are happy with the consistency of the mud.
- Encourage the kids to apply mud to hands, arms, feet and legs as desired.
- Let ’em play!
I can promise that no two mud baths will ever be the same. After The Explorers covered themselves in mud, they made mud pies, muddy hand prints and a mud run. They laid out in the sun to help the mud harden on their skin. Then they had a mud fight, which is when things got really messy.
To make clean up a little easier:
- Dress the part. Make sure the kids are wearing clothes that can get dirty. Some may prefer to strip down or wear a bathing suit instead of play clothes.
- Have a wash down station prepared in advance. It could be as simple as a hose or a bucket of soapy water. The goal is to wash off as much mud as possible from both clothes and bodies before entering the house.
- Make a beeline to the bath or shower.
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That's such great news! I agree – many parents discourage their children from exploring with their fingers, hands and feet because they don't like messes. Glad to hear you're working to change that.
You are awesome for being open to this idea if you don't like mud, Karen! 🙂
Yay – enjoy! 🙂
Veens @ Our Ordinary Life says
Awesome fun! Aarya would JUST LOVE this!
We are in the process of developing a mud kitchen at our ECE Centre. Its very exciting, because to me it signifies a positive change in an acceptance for most towards messy play. It may seem extreme, but not for the children, they revel in this tactile, earthy substance.
Love this idea. I am not a fan of dirt but, I need to lighten up a bit. This seems like fun.