For the start of summer vacation I thought we needed to do something good and messy!
We started by reading a few books:
We had to start with the classic "dirt" book, Harry the Dirty Dog.
Next we read "Dirt Boy." It's the story of Fister Farnello who, to escape his bath, runs away to the woods and meets "Dirt Man."
Diary of a Worm is a hysterical story told, in the form of diary entries, from the point of view of a worm. This was a family favorite!
Finally we read Mud. The beautiful illustrations show the world turning from snowy winter to the big, muddy mess of spring.
It's the last book that leads to our craft today - MUD painting!
I simply dug up some dirt from the yard and mixed it with water to make a nice muddy mixture. I gave the kids some paintbrushes and recycled cardboard to paint on and told them to have fun.
They quickly gave up on the paintbrushes and moved to using their hands.
While the finished pictures aren't something we'll frame, the process was fun, fun, fun! And I have to say, clean up wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. :)
Linking up to some of these great parties