Mud Painting

June 28, 2020

Paint doesn't get any more eco-friendly than this. 

Haley Gastineau helps you express your creativity with a medium that people have used for centuries - mud. 

Materials | Supplies

  • dirt
  • water
  • spoon
  • bowls or cups
  • paint brushes
  • paper, wood, food coloring, water colors (optional)

Concepts Explored

  • fine motor skills
  • nature
  • creativity
  • mixtures and solutions

Discovery Starters

Does all mud look the same? Why or why not? 

Is all mud the same color? What happens when you mix different types of soil and add water?

Describe how the mud reacts with paper, rocks, or other surfaces. What do you notice?

What happens if you leave your mud painting out in the sun? 

Explore Further

Look for different types of soil and make "paint." Can you blend the "paint" to make new colors?

How can you change the opacity of the mud paint? 

Explore ancient cave drawings and paintings. How were they made?

Additional Resources

Mud Puddle by Robert Munsch

Stuck in the Mud by Ree Drummond

Amazeum YOU activities Marble Painting | Mud Kitchen

Amazeum YOU activity guide Mud Painting