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Mud Painting

Posted by: Rhonda June 12, 2018

The end of this month brings International Mud Day, but you don’t have to wait until then to enjoy one of nature’s finest, and most open-ended, art materials: mud.

If you can’t find a natural source (aka a mud puddle), simply make your own mud paint by mixing dirt with water until it’s nice and smooth. We started with thick paint brushes, but these were soon abandoned in favor of hands, as the kids discovered that the mud was a glorious form of finger paint. We also started with thick paper, which likewise was abandoned in favor of natural canvases—tree trunks, rocks, legs, and faces!

Unleashed from conventional art materials and requirements, the creativity of kids seems to explode. You’ll want to add mud painting to your list of summer activities so you can experience it for yourself.

Read more about the benefits of mud play here.