Spring Activities for Kids - Mud Paint Recipe for Play
I'm so excited to kick off a month long Spring Activities for Kids series with Jaime of Frogs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails. Like me Jaime has a house full of little boys who love art and sensory play. We thought it would be fun to join forces to bring you a series full of kids activities for spring! We will be posting every Monday this month, so stay tuned. Our first theme is paint recipes. I am a bit obsessed with making my own homemade paint recipes, and since Jaime is also known for her creative paint recipes we challenged each other to come up with a homemade paint recipe for spring. We finally got a downpour of much needed rain here in San Diego, so the first thing that popped into my head was to make mud paint!
How to Make Mud Paint
As I mentioned we had a recent rain storm, so our mud pit is full of soft mud. I scooped up a bowlful and brought it inside to mix up a colorful batch of mud paint. By the way, if you look closely you can see a worm peeking out of the mud. Please use caution while mixing up mud paint. I returned him safely to our garden.
Directions: I added a large scoop of mud to each container then sprinkled powdered tempura paint over it. I did not measure, but I would guess that I used 1-2 tablespoons of each color. Food coloring, liquid watercolor paint, or even regular tempura paint can be substituted if you don't have powdered tempura on hand. Next I added a small amount of water and a squirt of Dawn. The Dawn is optional. It helps the mud paint spread easier on paper and also helps keep clothing stain free. Here are my best laundry tips to keep clothes bright and clean even after all our messy play activities.
Once the mud paint was mixed up I took it out front and set up an invitation for my boys. I kept water and spoons nearby in case the paint settled and became too thick.
Be sure to use a thick cardstock or even poster board or card board. Thin paper could rip with the moisture from the paint.
It didn't take long for the boys to get excited about the mud paint. What little boy (or girl) doesn't love playing with mud?
As is often the case, Peanut (25 months) painted long after all his brothers were done. He really loved the texture of the paint. He went back and forth between using the brushes and scooping mud paint onto the paper with the spoons I left out for mixing.
J-Bug (4) came in like a tornado and used all the colors on his paper then ran off to play.
Tank (25 months) loved scooped and mashing the paint on to the paper. Ironically his hands and feet didn't get dirty at all.
Peanut was truly mesmerized by the texture of the paint. He loves to paint and requests to do it every day, however he is usually done after ten or fifteen minutes. His interest in the mud paint lasted for a good hour. He used every paint brush I set out, every color, many sheets of paper, and really seemed lost in his art. He often looked up to be sure I was watching, and he described his painting to me. (In toddler gibberish.)
He even used his hands to paint briefly, although the paint did not stick to his hands, as you can see. After that he danced around excitedly. tips for messy play
Who knew mud could be so pretty?
Be sure to check out FSPDT's Rainbow Spring Sensory Paints.
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