Let’s play choose your own adventure 🙂 Ready? Here goes:
It’s been raining all week and you and the kids have been cooped up indoors. You seized the opportunity to focus on spring cleaning tasks- wiping walls, freshening upholstery, scrubbing tile grout- the whole nine yards. The kids have played Legos, taken Popsicle baths (they’re awesome, trust us!) and painted a zillion pictures. Now they’re going stir crazy. You can see them staring out the window as the rain subsides and clouds roll away. The minute the sun starts poking through they turn to you and BEG “Can we please go outside now?!?!?” Do you:
A) Take one look at the mud and puddles and offer an encore of the Frozen Sing a long movie instead.
B) Hand over their rain boots and and grab your camera. This is what childhood is made of!
I choose B all the way (and I make no apologies for bringing my camera along for the fun- I want to remember these moments!) But maybe you’re more of the type A person- The thought of mud and water all over the kids, and potentially all over your clean house, makes you shudder. You know it’ll be fun for them…but you don’t think you can handle it. If that describes you, then read on. These tips for mud play can help ease your fears and make mud play fun for everyone 🙂
Rule #1- No coming in and out of the house. You play outside until you’re done, then it’s straight to bath
Typically my kids are in and out of the house all day, but on muddy days they know this is our #1 rule. (Be ready to hose off feet and have a towel close by the door for when they are ready to come inside).
Decide where to play
We have plenty of weedy dirt patches in our yard, but you can offer mud play on patios or perfectly manicured lawns, too. All you need is a re-purposed sand box or water table with dirt (buy it a home improvement stores if need be) and voila- mud pies a la mode are ready to go!
Weather permitting, let the kids go sans clothes
(This tip is best used for when the you get a humid rain or when the weather is warming up, but there’s still mud outside to play in). Clothes get weighed down and uncomfortable when they’re wet/muddy. Your best bet is to let the kids go in nuthin’ but undies.
Have the right outerwear
I know this goes against our second tip, but there are days that it’s too cold to go outside naked (we don’t let a little chill keep us in, though!) On those days, we grab rain boots and umbrellas for puddle jumping and mud pie makin’ fun!
Have the right toys
While kids can definitely enjoy mud all on its own, there are some toys and tools that we enjoy having available (like our mud kitchen and DIY mud pie food). Old pots and pans are a natural mud accessory, too. Other toys we like to have available are these extra large dinosaurs and tractors (my boys dig tractors! See all our tractor related posts here).
Don’t put if off for a rainy day
Why wait for mother nature to dictate when you play in the mud? Grab the garden hose and go for it right in the middle of summer!
Take the Mud Play Challenge and share your photos with us!
So many parents are scared of letting their kids play in the mud, let’s be a source of encouragement and inspiration for one another on Instagram (my favorite place for mommy community!) Take the Mud Play Challenge with us and share your photos (old or new) of muddy fun using the hashtag #mudplaychallenge and #munchkinsandmoms.
I cant wait to connect with you and see how you learn, play, and grow alongside your kids <3