May 04, 2013
Today is the last day of our week long Play inspired by Nature series with Housing a Forest.
We have had such a blast! If you have missed any of the fun we have shared, be sure to check the list of activities from the series at the end of today's post. Today, Tammy is sharing about how sticks are nature's greatest toy, and we are sharing another fun mud play recipe.
Magic Mud- A NEW Play Recipe from Growing a Jeweled Rose
Earlier in the week we shared a princess mud recipe. Rosie had such a blast I thought we would finish off the series with another FUN mud play recipe. We have shared a MAGIC mud recipe before using an indoor faux mud. This time we were excited to make magic mud using REAL MUD!

To make MAGIC MUD you will need:

  • Dirt/soil
  • Water
  • Baking soda
  • Powdered tempera paint, food coloring, or crushed chalk (optional- use if color is desired)
  • Begin by mixing roughly equal parts dirt and baking soda in a large bin or container.
  • No need to measure.  More baking soda just means more FIZZ!  To my kids that equates to heavy hands.
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  • Slowly begin to add water to the container, slowly adding more water and mixing until the desired mud-like consistency is reached.
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Little ones can then have a ball playing with the mud just like this, making mud pies, cakes, muffins, and more!

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Jewel didn't make any pies, but seemed in awe by the mud itself.

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I love her curious expression here as she examines the mud's texture.
Rosie made lots of pies and muffins, and played for a really long time!play recipes

Everything is better with color, so once Rosie had cooked up lots of pies I gave her powdered tempera to finish them off!  She had lots of fun throwing the colored powders onto her creations.

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Then, it was time to make the MAGIC happen! I gave Rosie a cup of vinegar and she had a blast making her pies erupt into beautiful rainbows of color!
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I just love using powdered tempera in our activities. It is so colorful and fun!

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Rosie added more and more vinegar until her magic mud no longer reacted. By then her pies were a beautiful, colorful, soupy mess!
After we were done making pies Play continued!
We added color to our left over mud mixture and used it to paint. The magic mud paint was SO FUN!

Full post coming soon! Check back with us!
Our MAGIC MUD kept us busy all morning, and it was quite a magical morning too!
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Magic Mud- a NEW play recipe from Growing a Jeweled RoseMagic Mud- a NEW play recipe from Growing a Jeweled Rose

More About the Author

Crystal Underwood is the writer and creator of Growing A Jeweled Rose. She has worked extensively with children and strongly believes in the importance of play at the core of early learning. She is passionate about the early years and believes that childhood should be a truly magical time in life. For all the best kids activities connect with Growing a Jeweled Rose below!