In the mud of love

How to make mud paint in bold colors, such a cool sensory art project for spring! I’m so excited to kick off a month long Spring Activities for Kids series with Jaime of Frogs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails. Like me Jaime has a house full of little boys who love art and sensory play. We thought it would be fun to join forces to bring you a series full of kids activities for spring! As I mentioned we had a recent rain storm, so our mud pit is full of soft mud. I scooped up a bowlful and brought it inside to mix up a colorful batch of mud paint. By the way, if you look closely you can see a worm peeking out of the mud. Please use caution while mixing up mud paint. I returned him safely to our garden.

Directions:  I added a large scoop of mud to each container then sprinkled powdered tempura paint over it. I did not measure, but I would guess that I used 1-2 tablespoons of each color. Food coloring, liquid watercolor paint, or even regular tempura paint can be substituted if you don’t have powdered tempura on hand. Next I added a small amount of water and a squirt of Dawn. Once the mud paint was mixed up I took it out front and set up an invitation for my boys. I kept water and spoons nearby in case the paint settled and became too thick. Be sure to use a thick cardstock or even poster board or card board.

Thin paper could rip with the moisture from the paint. It didn’t take long for the boys to get excited about the mud paint. He really loved the texture of the paint. He went back and forth between using the brushes and scooping mud paint onto the paper with the spoons I left out for mixing. Ironically his hands and feet didn’t get dirty at all. Peanut was truly mesmerized by the texture of the paint. He loves to paint and requests to do it every day, however he is usually done after ten or fifteen minutes. His interest in the mud paint lasted for a good hour. He used every paint brush I set out, every color, many sheets of paper, and really seemed lost in his art. He often looked up to be sure I was watching, and he described his painting to me.

He even used his hands to paint briefly, although the paint did not stick to his hands, as you can see. After that he danced around excitedly. Who knew mud could be so pretty? Be sure to check out FSPDT’s Rainbow Spring Sensory Paints. That’s beautiful paint that you made! I want to do it and mix colored sand, perhaps, into it as well. How did this stay on the paper?

I think my home school class I teach might be really interested in this and the color is so rich that it looks great and gives it a new life. When it dried did it flake off? I think adding clear glue would help it adhere better to both the paper and to itself if you wanted to be able to send it home. I would probably add more water if I wanted artwork to hang up or send home. It does and this is such a great idea that I think kids of a variety of ages would really get into this being their art medium of the day. Thanks so much for a great idea! No doubt this mud will create great works of art worthy of painting!

in the mud of love

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