Mud Pies

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Kids usually don’t need any excuse to play with dirt, but at least with this project you get a lovely result! This game was yet another beautiful suggestion from our Barefoot Books Kids’ Garden kit.

To start, fill a pie plate or paper plate with soil using a hand trowel, leaving room on top. We’re new to having a backyard of our own, so Travis is loving all the play with shovels and dirt lately!

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Slowly add water to the soil, stirring until you have a wonderful goopy mud. Travis loved this step of course.

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Now we needed to decorate our “pies.” Add any pretty flower clippings, leaves, or petals, and let your “baker” decorate to his or her heart’s content. I placed a few flowers facing up, but Travis preferred his facing down – a whimsical little element.

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Leave your mud pie to bake in a sunny spot. We checked it again after 4 hours, but since the day had clouded over, it was mostly set, but still a bit mushy.

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Continue checking on your mud pie for about a week to observe any changes. It might turn to mud again if you get a rainy day!

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At the end of the week, simply tip it into your garden as compost. How’s that for easy clean up?

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