My kids loved making their nature play mud pies! Mud was the topic of lesson 10 from Down on the Farm. This is the perfect activity to take outdoors and make a mess out there! Allow kids to get out and play in the dirt and make some mud – it’s good for their immunity and it’s just plain fun.
Nature Play Mud Pies
Where could you find some mud? At our house, it’s in the garden! Currently, it’s kind of dry, so what can we do? What do we need to make mud? One boy knew- dirt and water!
It’s fun to talk about mud but there’s nothing like getting outside and playing in the mud! That’s not something kids get to do every day so this is exciting. We have a sand kitchen and that’s fun, but we don’t always play in the dirt.
Our garden is done and needs to be clean up, so we dug out some dirt to put in our big bucket.
I put the pie tins on the garden wall so everyone could have their own when they were ready to make a mud pie.
These little disposable foil pie tins are perfect for small mud pies and make them look like real pies. The pie tins and small pebbles were included in our Experience Preschool (formerly Mother Goose Time) Down on the Farm preschool curriculum.
We also used sunflower seeds from our garden. Our sunflowers are heavily leaning now and the heads are drying out.
I love the beautiful mess of nature play and sand kitchen fun!
This activity originally went quickly, with everyone creating their pies quickly but then we moved to the sand kitchen and continued playing and remaking the pies.
We have plants around our yard that are available for the kids to pick leaves and flowers off for their sand kitchen or nature play mud pie creations. This pie features columbine leaves. They are no longer flowering but the plants are still green.
It’s dirt and water that make mud, kids know that! What fun to pour water and stir dirt to make mud.
Our zinnias are nearly done so they are great for decorating mud pies. Who knew nature play mud pies could be so beautiful!
The lesson included a literacy game, matching lower case letter pigs to uppercase mud puddles. These kids are on it – working together, they figured it out right away! Recognizing letters, matching upper case and lower case as well as learning the letter sounds are all included in this fun muddy phonics game.
Be sure to check out our Muddy Pigs painting too!