We all know about jumping in mud puddles; squishing and squelching mud between the fingers and toes and making mud pies, but have you ever thought of painting with mud?
Everyone is doing it, it seems:
- Mud Painting @ Mom with a Lesson Plan
- Colourful Mud Paintings @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree
- Mud Painting @ Bowerbird Blue
- Celebrating International Mud Day @ Alameda Arts
- Milkshakes and International Mud Day @ No Time for Ironing
- Play in the Mud @ Growing a Jeweled Rose
- Mud, Glorious Mud @ Creative and Inspired Play
With our playground full of squishy, squelchy mud puddles just begging to be explored, the time was ripe to try a little mud painting of our own.
Our version was simple. The clear perspex easel was plonked down next to the gooiest mud puddle, and the children were given free reign with thick paint brushes. They soon discovered that mud is like a gloriously textured finger paint and abandoned the brushes in favour of the hands.
The sensory qualities of mud make it an ideal medium for children to explore in all manner of ways.
What have your kids been doing with mud lately?