We are all more aware than ever that planning curriculum around outdoor activities is a good way to avoid spreading germs. In California, playing outside during the cold months comes with plenty of dirt and mud. Mud creates a wonderful environment for exploration, creation, and messy play. And, best of all, it’s free! Toddlers and younger preschoolers will enjoy the sensory experience of squishy mud between their fingers while making mud pies, while older preschoolers might see this project as a dramatic play opportunity to create in a pretend kitchen.
All you need to make mud pies are disposable tins or old baking trays for children to create with. You can also use flowers or leaves that are found around the yard. You might have a muddy area in your yard that children can create in, or you can simply mix water and dirt to create muddy fun. As a note, you will want to ensure that children have a change of clothes beforehand, as mud is messy!
Click here to find more details about how to set up this activity. If the children are looking for more ways to play with mud, they might also enjoy trying a mud painting activity.
For more winter activity ideas, check out this previous Good2Know Network article, Winter Curriculum Ideas, that featured a sculpting activity and a sparkly winter wonderland art project using pipettes.
Children’s Winter Books
These books are entertaining on their own, or they can be coupled with a circle time topic such as, “Where do animals go during the winter?”