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Muddy Faces

Mud slinging

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

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Who said mud slinging was bad?

It’s great to see children’s faces light up as they ask ‘What, really? We can chuck mud about?’

During this activity we observed so many processes and communications - confirming once again that learning does occur through play:

  • discussion and resolution as boundaries and rules were worked out
  • encouragement and competition during the slinging
  • artistic opinions + a couple of rude ones in the descriptions of what the mud splats look like
  • maths, as trajectories were discussed
  • science, as changes in the texture of the mud effected the stickiness of the splat.

What you'll need

  • a little bit of 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:

  • leave no trace

Health & Safety Considerations

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

  • hand hygiene
  • source of mud
  • establish rules - not at faces


Establish any ground rules – discuss and agree the target area, and consider the implications if the target is missed.

Prepare or find some nice gloopy mud.

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Step #1

Take a handful of mud and press it into a ball.

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Step #2

Take aim and fire!

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Step #3

Check out your handy work.

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Step #4

Decide just throwing is not enough - now it's who can throw it the highest!


Be prepared to get a little bit dirty if you stand in the line of fire.


An activity that could be seen to be unproductive actually demonstrated many skills – physical development, hand eye coordination, gross motor skills, mental processing (particularly when they changed what they were aiming to do), and communications – always discussing, adapting, not always agreeing.

What will you see?

Download a copy of this activity and a target here!

Mud Sling game instructions

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Mud Sling game target

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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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