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Nature Craft Activities for Kids

Mud Decorating for Kids

Try mud decorating for kids after the next rain. Paint with mud, as do the Korhogo people of the Ivory Coast in Africa.

Mud Decorating
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Get creative with mud.

What You'll Need:

  • Mud
  • Plastic bowl
  • Pitcher
  • Strainer
  • Plastic spoon
  • Water
  • Paint
  • Cotton cloth (old sheet, muslin, or handkerchief)
  • Paintbrush or leaf or twig
  • Newspaper or brown grocery bag

Step 1: To prepare your mud paint, dig up a cupful of dirt or mud.

Step 2: Gather together a plastic bowl, pitcher of water, strainer, and plastic spoon.

Step 3: Place a little of the dirt or mud in the strainer and add some water. Stir the mixture over the plastic bowl, removing pebbles, sticks, leaves, and other pieces that do not fit through the strainer.

Step 4: Continue to add and strain more mud, stopping occasionally to pour off the water that collects at top of the bowl as mud settles to the bottom.

Step 5: When the mud is fully strained and smooth, add some paint to the mud to create a rich, earthy color.

Step 6: Paint on cotton cloth as the Korhogo do: Place a handkerchief, piece of muslin, or cut section of an old sheet on newspaper, and paint the material with the mud using a paintbrush or a leaf or a twig. Or, paint on the newspaper or a grocery bag that's been cut open.

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