Your Step-by-Step Guide to Mud Painting With Your Toddler
Kids love to get messy! Nothing makes your child more excited for playtime than a mom and toddler activity, especially one where they can get their hands dirty. A messy activity for toddler gets their creative juices flowing all while keeping them entertained, mentally stimulated and happy. There’s no better feeling than watching your child have the time of their life getting messy and imaginative with crafts. Mud painting with your young one is tons of fun and although it can get pretty messy, bath time calls for additional fun thanks to our nurturing rituals. More about that later. Check below for your step-by-step guide to mud painting.
In order to begin this fun mom and toddler activity, you will need to gather some simple supplies together:
- 3 cups of mud
- 3 plastic bowls
- 3 different colours of food colouring
- 3 tablespoons of water
- Sheets of heavy cardstock
- Paint brushes
First things first: add a heaping scoop of mud to each one of the plastic containers. Try and get mud that is soft, as it will mould better in your hands and make for a more enjoyable messy activity for toddler. Tip: if mud is slightly too dry; add a drop of liquid dish soap to smooth the consistency out.
With steady hands and mom’s supervision, have your child add in approximately 2-4 drops of each colouring into the individual mud container. Note: this measurement will depend on the size of your muddy scoop. When that is complete, add 1 tablespoon of water into each of the containers. Hand a plastic fork to your toddler and with guidance, let them mash up the concoction until it is smooth in texture and colour. If you’re feeling brave, allow them to go all in and just use their hands to mix the mud up with the colouring [this may result in temporarily coloured hands].
This next part of your mom and toddler activity is best enjoyed outside so grab your brushes and head to the yard! Lay out several sheets of heavy cardstock on the ground and set the containers of mud beside them. Hand your toddler three paint brushes and let them assign one to each container. Remind them that when they want to change the colour of mud they are painting with, they must use a different brush for each colour. Tip: If you do not have heavy cardstock, feel free to use a folded out cardboard box or even poster board – both will do the trick just fine!
Inevitably, your toddler will not be able to resist the urge to get their hands in the mud so be prepared. This is totally fine, remember, it is all about building confidence and providing mental stimulation in a non-traditional way! To make this even more interesting, forget the brushes and let them get messy by mud painting on the sheets with their hands. I know what your thinking; how will you ever clean this messy little toddler up? That brings me to our last and final [but possibly most important] step in mud painting: Clean up.
Our unique children’s product line, MiniBLOOM, is designed to be gentle on your child’s skin yet effective for easy cleaning! This specially formulated line of bubble baths, kids shampoo, detangling spray and body wash will become just as enjoyable as play time! With nurturing rituals and the safest ingredients, you can be sure that bath time is safe, fun, and guaranteed to cleanse your messy toddler. With chamomile and lavender scented Bedtime Bubble Bath and Mild Body Lotion with Rosehip to finish off the fun, messy activity for toddler isn’t so hard anymore!