Rainy Day Fun: Painting With Mud!

Rainy Day Fun: Painting with Mud! Rain or Shine Mamma.I live by the old Scandinavian saying “There’s no bad weather, only bad clothes,” which means that I’m also a big fan of my kids playing outside every day regardless of weather (within reason, of course – we don’t go out during severe storms or thunder). Why? Mainly because I believe kids that play outside in all types of weather become resilient and more capable of adapting to what life throws at them. Plus, different weather conditions open up opportunities for completely different ways to play.

At our house “rainy day activities” usually refer to things like puddle jumping, worm digging and mud cake baking. And after a heavy rain this afternoon the girls added a new activity to their repertoire: Painting with mud. Although they both participated, the Little Naturalist (3) was especially absorbed by the process. “Look, I’ve made numbers,” she said proudly, showing me some random patterns that she had made.

With a little help from Mr. Garden Hose they both ended the session soaking wet and extremely happy. To sum it up, I’m pretty sure they would both recommend this activity to anybody that is looking for simple and open-ended play ideas for wet weather!

Rainy Day Fun: Mixing Mud Paint! Rain or Shine Mamma.

What you need:

  • Paint brushes
  • Something to make and keep the mud paint in – we used a couple of empty yogurt containers.
  • Optional: natural materials like pine cones, feathers and sticks to make different patterns with the mud

How to do it:

Collect some mud in the containers and add water until the mixture has a good consistency. If possible, try to find dirt with different color tones. For example, we have a lot of iron-rich soil in our backyard that makes a rich, red paint that is perfect to paint with. Find a smooth area to act as your canvas – a concrete driveway or patio works great. Sit back and watch as your kids’ creative juices flow!

Rainy Day Fun: Painting with Mud! Rain or Shine Mamma.

For more outdoor play ideas, make sure to follow my Pinterest boards.

What are your kids’ favorite thing to do when it rains?

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  1. Looking forward to painting like this with my daughter! She’ll be 3 in the fall and I’m sure she’ll love mud painting. ;-)

  2. Im excited to try this! We are called Weston-Super-Mud so yeah we have an abundance of mud here and this is one of the way to put it in good use #countrykids

  3. Great idea, I think my kids would love that!
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

  4. That is so lovely! We love being outdoors too! I’m going to have the boys doing this one day very soon x

  5. I love this post! Little Man is very into drawing and making marks with whatever he can get hold of. He will love doing this. Thanks so much for sharing at the Outdoor Play Party :-)

  6. Great post, Linda & perfect for International Mud Day on the 20th. We have a white wall at the back of the mud kitchen & the children love to decorate it!

  7. I am sure this what every child would love doing :)
    Rain, the fragrance of mud, painting and childhood: what a fantastic combination it is! Thanks sharing those awesome tips, Glad reading!

  8. What fun! My kids have been playing with the mud-on-the-side-of-the-car-version. ; ) Snow on the ground and muck on the roads = yucky car (with finger painting on it). LOL. Glad you let them get messy! It’s the best fun!!

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