I don’t know about your kids, but mine love the mud. I think yesterday I changed my 2 year old’s clothes about 4 times because he was so muddy. Ya. So I decided that mud painting would be right up my kids’ alley. We love doing anything that involves nature/outside/messy play. Mud play is a great summer activity for kids! It hits all the sweets spots we want in an activity for kids: sensory, fine motor, planning, outside play, and social.
Summer Art For Kids. Painting With Mud
When I told my daughter I thought we should paint with mud, she got SO excited. She went to work collecting different colors of dirt and sand in water bottles. We have a lot of choices where we live. My favorite was the black mud we pulled from the river. Smelly, but beautiful!
She decided she wanted to make colorful mud, so she gathered rose petals to make red, dandelions to make yellow, and spinach to make green. Hahaha. I love that she came up with that all on her own. That’s what the child art process is all about! Allowing kids to discover and create on their own. She pounded the plants to make a nice smooth concoction.
I let her do her thing and didn’t interfere as she got things ready for the project. It is always good to let kids take the initiative and figure things out on their own. It helps them build creative thinking skills, autonomy, and confidence. If I had prepared everything for her in advance, my daughter would have done a cool project, but she gained so much more when I stepped back and let her plan how we were actually going to carry everything out.
How to Make Mud Paint (From a six year old)
- Get different kinds of mud
- Put salad in there. Put rose petals in there. And the third is dandelions.
- Put them all in different containers and then you have mud.
Here is what our mud paint looked like. We made some of the paint pretty runny, which worked really well. I love activities that focus on nature. Being in nature is something I am passionate about. I didn’t want to add any man-made colors or weird concoctions. This was all about exploring mud. Good ‘ol fashioned messy stuff.
Give your child a thick paper and some paints and let them get to work. You will find that they don’t need much prompting to start creating with mud. I think any craft for kids involving mud will be a hit. It’s messy, it’s wet and slimy. What more does a kid really need?
The Perfect Art Project For Boys
Finding art projects for boys can be difficult. My 4 year old says he doesn’t like doing art or painting. “I don’t like that stuff,” he tells me when I ask him if he wants to paint. He is baffled as to why his sister and mom draw and paint every day!
When I showed him the mud paint, he was all for it! Art doesn’t have to be all about tempra paints and paint brushes. Finding art projects for the timid artist does not have to be challenging. Just be creative with the materials you choose and any kid will create! Creating is natural for kids. If I were to focus on the end product with my son, he would be even more apprehensive about art. I just make sure that I offer him a lot of messy art projects to choose to do. He will pretty much always join in.
I joined in on the fun and painted a couple of muddy poppy flowers. Painting with mud was actually kind of satisfying. Go ahead and try it with your kids. You can probably make a cooler picture than I did. Oh well, my kids were just happy that I was creating with them.
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