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Mud Madness

Here's mud in your eye! Getting dirty is the name of the game when it comes to building with mud. Try out this fun back-to-school activity.

What You'll Need:

  • Stick
  • Soil
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Dull knife

When you were younger, you probably loved to make mud pies. But now you can do more with mud than make a sloppy blob of goo.

Step 1: Using a stick, mix together some soil, flour, and water until it's stiff and looks like dough.

Step 2: Now shape this mixture into a large rectangle (around three feet by two feet -- about as big as a sofa cushion) and let it dry until it's firm.

Step 3: Once it's ready, have an adult cut the large brick into small bricks with a dull knife.

Step 4: You can use these bricks to build whatever you can imagine -- a building, a city, a space station, or something else entirely. What muddy masterpiece can you create?

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