After the messiness of the spaghetti ocean we decided to stick with mess and celebrate International Mud Day!
For a while now I have wanted to create a mud kitchen in our garden, but we are currently waiting for some work to be done, so it really isn’t practical to set up a permanent space. So I was very pleased when I saw Happy Hooligans idea of making a wheelbarrow into a mobile mud patch. A wheelbarrow, some mud, some sand and some water and we had ourselves a fantastic mud patch.
We bought some cheap kitchen accessories and I found some old shelves in the shed to go with it. As well as a stand for the kitchen things, we also used the shelves to create an additional kitchen area, a ramp for cars, and a lid for when it started raining
We also used our water container from camping to create a water station so the children could add more water and wash their hands
In the afternoon we read The Loving Father and talked about how pigs liked mud. Then we played with our pigs in our own gloopy mud
This is just cornflour, cocoa powder and some water – it takes a bit of trial and error (and lots of mixing) to get the right consistency, but the process is lots of fun and the end result is great to play with.
We also discovered you could write words in the gloop, which was good for our letter recognition practice
Next I had created an ‘invitation to create’ based on Clare’s Little Tots
Then we used paint like Beautiful chaos made up of brown paint and coffee granules to make our pigs muddy.
Later in the week we returned to our mud play. I had left the gloop to dry out in the tuff tray with the intention of coming back and adding more water to turn it into mud again. However, Bobcat loved playing with it as it was. It looked a lot like rubble, as it has cracked into pieces as it dried, and it was a lot of fun to break it up more and more.
We started off doing simple things like breaking the pieces and stacking them, but it wasn’t long before the construction vehicles joined in the fun
…and adapted the recipe from I can teach my child to make mud playdough (I used hot water and mixed rather than heating up. Beware this recipe makes lots of playdough!)
(Bobcat is 3 and a half, Little Monkey is 20 months)