Muddy play ideas: mud pies, mud cakes, mud paints

Mud pie
Make your own mud pie (Photo: K Jacobs-Rutter/WTML)

Spring showers mean there’s lots of glorious, gloopy mud to play in! But don’t worry if it’s been dry – you can just make your own by mixing some earth from your garden with water. If you don’t have a garden of your own, you can add water to a bag of compost from your local garden centre or supermarket.

Once your mud is ready, get some old pots, pans and plastic containers and make a mud kitchen. Here are some recipes you could try, as well as some other fun stuff to do with mud.

Mud pies and mud cakes

Rustle up some mud pies and mud cakes, then decorate them with natural objects – you could use small stones to make flower shapes, or use real flowers and leaves that you find on the woodland floor. How pretty can you make your pies? You could even make mud cupcakes – just pack mud into cupcake cases!

Super mud soup

Mix in some water so the mud is lovely and runny, and then add all your other ingredients, such as bits of grass, crumbled up bark, some seeds… whatever you can find. Serve it up in some plastic bowls and don’t forget to garnish it with some flowers. Just remember not to eat it - no matter how tasty it might look!

Mud paint

Smiling girl with muddy hands
Mix up some mud and paint with your hands (Photo: WTML)

Fill some small plastic pots with mud and add some powder paints or food colouring to make some marvellous mud paint.

Then grab a large sheet of paper or card, find an old paintbrush – or just use your hands – and get creative!

Will you paint a creature, a muddy landscape or a family of mud monsters?

Muddy footprints

Fill a container will lots of slippery, slimy mud, take off your shoes and socks and stomp around in it, letting the mud squidge between your toes. Then make a footprint pattern by walking all over a large piece of white paper or an old white sheet.

Muddy foil river

Get a length of strong kitchen foil and lay it on the ground outside, then turn up the edges. Fill it with water and add some earth to make it muddy. Then you could do some dredging, build dams with stones, and sail some toy boats.

If you have a sloping garden, you could even make a flowing river by pouring in water at the top end and then collecting it in a bowl or bucket at the other end. Try not to waste too much water though!

Want to do more mucky activities? Then try our marvellous mud creatures and mega mud pies, or take a look at some more mud play ideas.

Let’s see who got the messiest! Don’t forget to post pictures of your muddy fun on our Facebook page, or on Instagram or Twitter using #NatureDetectives.

What's your favourite muddy play activity?

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