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A collection of muddy ideas & activities; perfect for early years and all ages! Enhance your mud play and enjoy!

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Mud glorious mud! We have a massive, in-depth section dedicated to MUD on our Outdoor Hub that includes: a muddy gallery, case studies, articles, reports & research, risk-benefit assessments and much more.

* Muddy Faces actively promotes child-led outdoor play & learning. We recognise and believe in the curiosity that children have and their drive to explore and discover. We hope that you will bear this in mind when considering more prescribed activities like these – often much more creative ideas will occur if resources are simply provided and children are given the time and space to explore independently.

What you'll need

  • mud!

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Environmental Considerations

Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:

  • use of water

Health & Safety Considerations

Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:

  • source of mud
  • contaminants - animal poo, etc

Top tips for mud play

You will need
  • suitable clothing
  • enthusiastic staff
  • pump-up plant sprayer for cleaning
  • if you dig a mud pit (hole) - be clear about where digging is allowed

Find more Mud Play Tips here.

A-Z of Mud Play

Muddy play ideas & inspiration developed as part of our campaign encouraging mud & natural materials play in the every day lives of children.

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Mud Faces

A simple activity using clay to make the trees come alive!

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Shiny mud balls

A fun & shiny mud activity - Hikaru dorodango, the Japanese art of making mud shine. Simple, engaging & rather compulsive!

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Mud slinging

Play like this is simple yet vitally important to development - you will observe many important skills, communications & processes.

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Campfire play set - make your own

Using loose parts to create a set up for campfire cooking, ideal for any mud kitchen or den area.

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Mud kitchen ingredients

Spruce up your mud kitchen with our 'shopping list' of ingredients and activity ideas.

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FREE downloads

Mud activities

If you want FREE mud activity downloads and mud play activity inspiration, you've come to the right place!

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Other muddy ideas

Mud Dough

Mix 1 cup of soil & 1 cup of flour then gradually add vegetable oil and mix!

Muddy Face Painting

Clay & water mud mix

Fizzy Mud

Add a bit of bicarbonate of soda & vinegar into the mix!

Sculpting with mud

"We made mud sculptures like Giacometti! We used our woodwork bench to nail a stick to a base and then mixed mud with shredded paper, we squeezed and squished and then moulded onto the sticks with out hands! 😃"

Thanks to @beckselisabeth for sharing their mud activity with us.

Lashings more mud on the Outdoor Hub!


Welcome to our Mud page! Come and explore mud and the whys, hows and wherefores of mud play, along with some inspiration for bringing mud and messy play into your setting.

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Watch our Modular Mud Kitchen Inspiration video!

Create Modular Mud Kitchen

From: £379.99 exVAT

Nominated as Best for Open-Ended Play in the Independent's Best Mud Kitchens for 2021. A large set that can be assembled in many different configurations to suit your activity. These simple but very effective Mud Kitchen Modules create a variety of different ...

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Mini Hob Bench

£89.99 exVAT

This lovely little bench sits beautifully on its own and also fits with the 40H modular systems (MFW9156, MFW9157 & MFW9158). The wooden bench is 43cm high and has a rustic top. The worktop has hob detailing and rotating dials.Hard-wearing, ...

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Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.

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