So, now that Banana has started school and Duckling and I have a bit more free time in the week, I have decided to start a new blog feature…Muddy Mondays. This will be a weekly feature that goes out on a Monday (in case you hadn’t sussed that already)and will involve me and Duckling exploring the outdoors in as many different ways as possible. It won’t always be muddy, (but you’ve got to love a bit of alliteration, right?!) but it will always involve the outdoors and nature, which at this time of year, often ends up involving mud in some way or another! I may even turn it into a linky, in the future, if it gets enough (any!) interest.
So, without further ado, here is our first Muddy Monday…and it is a muddy one! We have been painting with mud!
First I created a lovely, oozy mud mixture by simply mixing soil from the garden with some water, and put it into one of the water table pots. I put a piece of A2 paper on the closed water table lid, and found a suitable sized stick to use as a paintbrush. I also put Duckling in some old clothes and had a bucket of clean soapy water, and a dry towel ready. I did most of the preparation while Duckling had her morning nap, so it was all set up as an invitation to play, and ready for after lunch.
Once we got outside, I showed her what I’d set up and she was sold! She happily played; mark making and dripping the mud onto the paper.
After doing this for a while, she went across and tried to paint the Hydrangeas with mud too, which gave me inspiration for the next thing, which was to use one of the flowers to make mud flower prints. Again, I modelled this to her and then she happily copied and made a beautiful, messy mud painting!
She even picked some blackberries from the garden and smooshed these into her picture too. It really was fabulous fun and made a really effective piece of toddler art.
Once, she’d finished, she enjoyed washing her hands in the bucket of soapy, water and this too became a game. We had a wonderful time, and finished just in time for a thunderstorm to come and wash away all the mess! Bonus!
Do you have any other ideas for outdoor toddler play? We have quite a few, but always looking for new ideas! You can link up using #MuddyMondays on Twitter or Instagram too 🙂