Whether it be a good, old fashioned mix of sand and water or thick and sticky, clay based earth, mud play is a fabulous way to engage children in real, sensory based play and we’ve got 15 awesome ways to get you playing!
1. The first step is creating a mud play space. Don’t despair if you have a small outdoor area or soil that isn’t safe for play as this mud garden solves all of your mud play problems. Now there is no excuse not to play with mud!
2. Make mud pies. Recycle old baking trays to the mud pit to bake in. Add coloured fairy stones, flowers and leaves to decorate.
3. Add sticks, leaves and stones and a few small figurines to mud play for making mud dwellings.
4. Make mud prints with your hands and feet on the pavement. Then have fun hosing it all off once you are finished.
5. Make mud paintings outside with brushes and pots of mud.
6. Make rivers and dams by digging water courses into the dirt. Experiment with ways to change or direct the water flow.
7. Make a mud play construction zone by adding trucks, rocks and shovels.
8. Provide pre-loved ice trays and have a go at making mini mud bricks. Via Munchkins and Moms.
9. Add plastic bugs, farm animals or dinosaurs to invite some messy, imaginative play.
10. Inspire your mud play by reading one of these fabulous picture books before you head out to play: One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root, Mrs Wishy-Washy by Joy Cowley, Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion or Muddy Puddle by Robert Munsch.
11. Add toy cars and have fun carving out roads in the muddy landscape.
12. Add short lengths of plastic plumbing pipes and guttering then sit back to see what your children create.
13. Try your hand at mud ball making with this mud play target practice! Via Hands On As They Grow.
14. When you’ve had fun with traditional mud, try something completely different by making glittery fairy mud with your kids. Via Happy Hooligans.
15. If your kids are true fans of mud play, why not dedicate a small outdoor area to a mud play kitchen! Here are some simple ideas to get you started.
Do you have a favourite way to play with mud?