30+ Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt!

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To celebrate International Mud Day coming up, here’s 30 fun activities for the kids to have an excuse to get dirty! From construction activities to art with dirt, exploring teaching opportunities as well as the obvious mud and dirt sensory activities.

Find a dirt patch, make some mud and start digging!

For even more dirty and muddy ways to play, there’s a mud day linky at the end to provide you even more inspiration to let your kids get full of mud!

30+ Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt!

 

Fun activities to build in the dirt:

Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt! Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt!
Build a Mud Castle:
Sun Hats & Wellie Boots
Underground Plumbing:
My Kids Make
Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt! Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt!
Mud Brick Buildings:
Education.com
Build with Mortar:
Irresistible Ideas
for Play Based Learning

Art projects to do with dirt:

Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt! Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt!
Mud Painting:
Camp Slop
Create Mud Sculptures:
Casa Maria’s
Creative Learning Zone
Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt! Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt!
Paint Dirt:
Time for Play
Create Art in Dirt:
Tinkerlab

Sensory play in the dirt:

Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt! Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt!
A Mud Tub:
Chasing Cheerios
Dirt Sensory Tub:
Play & Learn with Dana
Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt! Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt!
Sensory Bin for Farming:
Teach Preschool
Baby Dirt Terrarium:
Play Learn Love
Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt! Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt!
Dig for Worms:
The Chocolate Muffin Tree
Mix Dirt Soup:
Kids Activities Blog
Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt! Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt!
Jump in a Mud Puddle:
Play-Based Classroom
Sand Mud Box:
Play Create Explore

Pretend play in the dirt:

Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt! Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt!
Cook in a
Mud Pie Kitchen:
Simple Whimsy
Archaeological
Treasure Hunt:

Greening Sam & Avery
Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt! Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt!
Create &
Plant Caterpillars:
Child Central Station
Pretend Paleontologist:
Habeebee Homeschooling
Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt! Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt!
Plant a Fairy Ring:
Nurture
Create a Play Garden:
The Imagination Tree

Learning activities with dirt:

Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt!
Dirt is Good:
Peaceful Parenting
D is for Dirt:
Naturally Educational
Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt! Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt!
3 Dirt Science Projects:
Parenting Science
Make Compost:
Spell Outloud
Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt! Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt!
Terrarium:
Paint Cut Paste
Start a Garden:
hands on : as we grow
Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt! Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt!
Build a Bird’s Nest:
hands on : as we grow
Make a Pond:
The Work Plan

 

Gotten muddy lately? Share your dirty experiences below!

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42 Comments

  1. Holly Ann says

    Just found your blog and I fell in love! I'm an elementary school teacher (I've taught 1st and 2nd grade) who is going down to Pre-K next year and I could use all the great ideas I can get! Plus my kids are 3 y/o twins plus a 19 month old so I can do lots of these activities at home with them too! We'll definitely be getting dirty tomorrow! :)

  2. Melissa @ Simple Whimsy says

    What a wonderful list of mud activities! Thanks for including our Mud Pie kitchen. I will be sharing some of these ideas with my girls. I definitely think a fairy ring is in order.

  3. Pretty Nifty says

    Thanks so much for this! My son and I (yes, I joined in!) just played in the mud for probably a full two hours! Made a mountain, waterfall, river and huge lake complete with a swamp monster (just a root of a weed)! Played with blocks, dinosaurs, construction vehicles and the always useful bilibo! He's two and usually hates getting dirty, but he warmed up eventually and I think he had the time of his life! His favorite part was the monster!

  4. Debbie says

    Pretty brilliant collection! Wow! I stand in awe of your efforts to reach out and include such a cross section of ideas.

    Thanks also for including the linkie party for those of us joining somewhat after-the-fact!!

    KUDOS!!

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