Saturday, April 9, 2011

Mudplanting...A Dirty Activity

This afternoon we stopped by a Green Expo hosted in Wayne, Nebraska.  The event is filled with green and money saving booths ranging from composting to farmer's market information.  We scored a free hot water heater blanket, sensor night lights, light bulbs, low flow shower heads, bandaids, and more. 

One of the boys' favorite activities they participated in today was "mudplanting".  I thought I would share this fun, easy activity.  It's perfect for Earth Day celebrations in a classroom or at home.  I included a picture of my son's "mudplanting" and a pamphlet on Nebraska wildflowers. I hope our seeds germinate and thrive. I plan on having the boys identify and chart the types of plants that we grow.

What you will need:
  • potting soil
  • water
  • packets of wildflower seeds
What to do:
  • Moisten the soil with some water.  Make it into a nice mud, but not extremely wet.  You want it to stick together.
  • Form handfuls of mud into balls.
  • Make an indention with your fingers.  Hollow out the inside a bit-  we are making room for our seeds!
  • Put a teaspoon of wildflower seeds in the hole.
  • Squeeze the mud back into a ball.  You may need to add a little bit of dirt to cover the hole.
What's Next?

Now that you have made your mud balls you can wait a day or two, or use them right away.  All you need is a select location that isn't mowed or maintained.  Throw.  Yes, throw, your mud balls onto the area.  You may water them if it's dry, but that's entirely up to you.

Watch your "mudplantings" and see what flowers emerge. 

This is a fun activity and the kids love getting their hands in the dirt.  What flowers will you try to grow?


Plain Graces said...

This activity is not for the faint at heart! You must love to get down and dirty...

Michelle said...

I love it!!! Will definitely need to try this!

Michelle said...

Followed you from the blog hop!

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I will definetly look at your blog.
This is a fun craft/activity. It's very tactile and hands on. Plus, where else do you get permission to throw mud? : )

Charcoal and crayons said...

This sounds like a lot of fun! I've never heard of it before... thanks for sharing!
- Andrea

Purple Froggie Clay Stuff said...

Now this looks fun! Thanks for posting with us on Show Off Your Crafty Side blog hop.

Have a great day!


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