Embrace Messy Fun With Mud Creations

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Lucas loves messy activities, whether it’s painting, playing with playdough, digging in a sensory bin or building castles in the sandbox outside. I thought making mud creations would be a fun activity for him so we gathered everything we needed for a mud/dirt kitchen and then he set out to create a mud “cake”. (If you are thinking this sounds like a super messy activity, you are right but don’t worry- I had the new all® POWERCORE™ Pacs OXI on standby so I knew I’d easily be able to get his shirt clean, bright and smelling fresh again).

Here’s what we had set out for our {non-edible} pretend mud creations:

  • dirt (*see note below)
  • water
  • colored sand
  • rocks of different sizes
  • fake flowers
  • kitchen tools (spoons, spatula, wisks, measuring cup)
  • metal baking dishes
  • cupcake liners
(*We used soil instead of dirt since that’s what we had available but you will want to use dirt if you have it. Dirt will form more of a mucky messy mud whereas soil is more of a soggy mud. Both are fun though and I don’t think the kids would mind either way.)
You can gather anything you find in your backyard or have in your art area. Other things that would be good additions to a mud kitchen include sticks, acorns, pine cones and pie tins.

I gave Lucas a chef’s hat to wear and set the “ingredients” out for him. I then let him get to work on his creation, giving him little direction.

He started out with a little soil, some rocks and some flowers. He then added water, mixing it while he went.

It was fun watching him create and I loved listening to him as he talked out loud about the steps he was doing. It was almost like we were in a real kitchen and he was the chef and I was his apprentice ;)

He made a layered creation, much like his favorite desserts, and topped it with the colored sand to imitate”frosting”.

After he was all done making his creation he loved digging through the mess to find all the rocks and flowers.

Of course he also liked squishing the mixture between his fingers!

As his hands got messier and messier, so did his outfit. Kids will be kids, right? He even used his shirt and pants as a napkin at times but I wasn’t worried about the mess at all (remember those new all® POWERCORE™ Pacs OXI I have?)

Once we had cleaned up our pretend mud creations I decided that we should end the afternoon with a creation that we COULD eat. Chocolate pudding, chocolate sandwich cookies and gummy worms combine to make “dirt cups”, one of our favorite fun treats!

I kept Lucas in the clothes he had been wearing earlier which was good because he ended up getting pudding all over himself as he made his snack and ate it.

Thankfully I had all® POWERCORE™ Pacs OXI in my laundry room because by the end of the afternoon, Luke’s shirt had dirt, colored sand and chocolate pudding on it. These new products are the first ever powder-liquid combination pacs and perfect for tough kid stains.

I put the shirt in the washer with one pac and it came out completely clean and ready for another day of messy play! (You can use two pacs for more soiled loads- just make sure to read the directions on the package and follow them exactly.)

You can find both all® POWERCORE™ Pacs OXI and all® POWERCORE™ Pacs Plus Removes Tough Odors at your local Walmart. Both products offer superior whitening & brightening along with a powerful clean. What messy fun will your kids have now that keeping their clothes clean, white and bright is easier?

31 thoughts on “Embrace Messy Fun With Mud Creations”

  1. We have not made mud pies very long time. I always have fun when I was a kid making them. When I have my son do it too because it is cool just make mud pies!

  2. I actually love how much fin kids can have getting dirty. My kids grew up country and I’m here to tell you… their clothes were dirty at the end of the day. Thanks goodness for helpers like All Powercore Pacs!

    • I love that! We live in the suburbs so there aren’t tons of opportunities to get messy. I have to make them myself lol.

    • I bet that picture is adorable. I love pics of kids being messy- like when they “eat” their first birthday cake and they are just covered in frosting and sprinkles lol

  3. I think that’s a great idea. My girls always love to get messy. They’d love to do something like this. I know they still play in the mud all the time.

  4. I think it is important for kids to get messy. This is a great way for kids to have fun and get dirty. I will have to try all POWERCORE Oxy.

  5. My kids would have a blast making mud creations. I will have to set this up on the weekend. I wanted to make a fairy garden and these can go with it.

  6. My kids love to play outside and get dirty. They always seem to get messy. I will have to pick up some all POWERCORE to try.

  7. I love that your kids are having a blast making a mess. My kids love making mud pies but we have not tried with colored sand yet!

    • Yes! It wasn’t so messy until that colored sand and all that water got mixed in. Super messy but super fun!

  8. My kids got home from a week long camp and I love to see that they are dirty. IF all their clothes came home clean I would think it was a horrible time.

  9. What a fun activity! My daughter LOVES to play in the mud. We live in NC and our “mud” is this bright red clay mud. I am a huge ALL Oxi fan. It works great on our red mud stains!


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