What could be better than cool, squishy mud on a hot summer day? Add some dishes, leaves, rocks and a towel and you’ve got your very own mud pie picnic!
Toddlers enjoy the sensory experience of dirt, water and mud. Preschoolers add an artistic touch and a dramatic play element to their mud baking. Children are learning so much through this type of play, no wonder it keeps them busy for hours!
They are not just getting their hands dirty here. Making mud pies allows children to experiment with volume, measurement and science. It also supports their emotional health and provides an opportunity to connect with nature.
Mud Pies can truly be a work of art. I was impressed by the careful placement of the garnishes on the dish above. It took several tries to get it just right before I was presented with this beautiful dish.
- Set up for success by dressing children in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
- Check thrift shops and the dollar store for inexpensive mud pie kitchen items.
- To keep the mess localized, designate a special place for digging up dirt. Clearly mark an area for mud play in your yard.
- Direct your kids to plants you are OK with them picking and let them know if there’s any that need to be left alone. Remember to keep an eye out for toxic plants that young children may try to eat. Sometimes, those mud pies just look too good not to taste!
- Keep a hose nearby for easy clean up.
- Sit back and relax! It’s good for kids to get dirty. Check out Let the Children Play for just of a few of the reasons kids should be allowed to play with mud.