Spring is around the corner! The start of the new season brings many opportunities to play in the mud and read books for kids about the squishy goodness! Somehow a mud puddle attracts little ones like a magnet.
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Mud Book and Literacy Activities
Mud by Mary Lyn Ray is one of our favorite books on the topic. It is a poetic tale of how the ground thaws, the rain falls, the mud forms and then the grass becomes green welcoming us all to Spring! The book if full of descriptive language that draws you deeper into the beautifully illustrated pages.
“Gooey, gloppy, mucky, magnificent mud.” Doesn’t that line just make you want to get your fingers and toes into some mud? Here are a few fun indoor and outdoor mud literacy activities that we have enjoyed.
Mud Writing- Outside Activity
All you need is a bowl of mud, a small paint brush and a patch of concrete (driveway or sidewalk). You may need to thin it with a little water to get the right consistency. Now, you are ready to write! How about writing all the words that you can think of that describe mud. Or, maybe a list of words that begin with the letter m. To clean up, simply wait for a good soaking rain or spray off with a garden hose.
Find a patch of mud and a stick. Use the stick as your writing utensil and practice writing letters or words.
Mud Setting Stories- Inside Activity
The setting is the mud. Now, you name the characters, problem and solution. Write your creative story and then illustrate with chocolate pudding mud. To make chocolate pudding mud you will need one package of chocolate pudding, water (about 4 TBSP), and a bowl. Mix enough water into the pudding to create a thick paste. The mixture will thicken upon standing so you may need to add more water as you work. Draw your illustrations with crayons and then add your messy details with your pudding mix. Allow each page of your book to dry before assembling the completed book.
Happy muddy reading and writing!
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