Embrace Messy Fun With Mud Creations

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Lucas loves messy activities, whether it’s painting, playing with playdough, digging in a sensory bin or building castles in the sandbox outside. I thought making mud creations would be a fun activity for him so we gathered everything we needed for a mud/dirt kitchen and then he set out to create a mud “cake”. (If you are thinking this sounds like a super messy activity, you are right but don’t worry- I had the new all® POWERCORE™ Pacs OXI on standby so I knew I’d easily be able to get his shirt clean, bright and smelling fresh again).

Here’s what we had set out for our {non-edible} pretend mud creations:

  • dirt (*see note below)
  • water
  • colored sand
  • rocks of different sizes
  • fake flowers
  • kitchen tools (spoons, spatula, wisks, measuring cup)
  • metal baking dishes
  • cupcake liners
(*We used soil instead of dirt since that’s what we had available but you will want to use dirt if you have it. Dirt will form more of a mucky messy mud whereas soil is more of a soggy mud. Both are fun though and I don’t think the kids would mind either way.)
You can gather anything you find in your backyard or have in your art area. Other things that would be good additions to a mud kitchen include sticks, acorns, pine cones and pie tins.

I gave Lucas a chef’s hat to wear and set the “ingredients” out for him. I then let him get to work on his creation, giving him little direction.

He started out with a little soil, some rocks and some flowers. He then added water, mixing it while he went.

It was fun watching him create and I loved listening to him as he talked out loud about the steps he was doing. It was almost like we were in a real kitchen and he was the chef and I was his apprentice ;)

He made a layered creation, much like his favorite desserts, and topped it with the colored sand to imitate”frosting”.

After he was all done making his creation he loved digging through the mess to find all the rocks and flowers.

Of course he also liked squishing the mixture between his fingers!

As his hands got messier and messier, so did his outfit. Kids will be kids, right? He even used his shirt and pants as a napkin at times but I wasn’t worried about the mess at all (remember those new all® POWERCORE™ Pacs OXI I have?)

Once we had cleaned up our pretend mud creations I decided that we should end the afternoon with a creation that we COULD eat. Chocolate pudding, chocolate sandwich cookies and gummy worms combine to make “dirt cups”, one of our favorite fun treats!

I kept Lucas in the clothes he had been wearing earlier which was good because he ended up getting pudding all over himself as he made his snack and ate it.

Thankfully I had all® POWERCORE™ Pacs OXI in my laundry room because by the end of the afternoon, Luke’s shirt had dirt, colored sand and chocolate pudding on it. These new products are the first ever powder-liquid combination pacs and perfect for tough kid stains.

I put the shirt in the washer with one pac and it came out completely clean and ready for another day of messy play! (You can use two pacs for more soiled loads- just make sure to read the directions on the package and follow them exactly.)

You can find both all® POWERCORE™ Pacs OXI and all® POWERCORE™ Pacs Plus Removes Tough Odors at your local Walmart. Both products offer superior whitening & brightening along with a powerful clean. What messy fun will your kids have now that keeping their clothes clean, white and bright is easier?


  1. Robin Masshole Mommy says

    You guys sure know how to have fun! My kids love mud pies :)

  2. Oxi Power Core looks like great detergent. My kids are always playing outside, and you can ALWAYS tell by their clothes. I’ll have to give this a try.

  3. We have not made mud pies very long time. I always have fun when I was a kid making them. When I have my son do it too because it is cool just make mud pies!

    • Alicia Marie says

      From reading your blog I can say I think this is something your kids would LOVE to do, Jeanette :)

  4. It sure looks like he had a lot of fun. I remember making mud pies when I was a kid.

  5. I actually love how much fin kids can have getting dirty. My kids grew up country and I’m here to tell you… their clothes were dirty at the end of the day. Thanks goodness for helpers like All Powercore Pacs!

    • Alicia Marie says

      I love that! We live in the suburbs so there aren’t tons of opportunities to get messy. I have to make them myself lol.

  6. Mud is a favorite activity when my twins head outdoors. Mud Pies specifically are what they like to make so mess is our middle name! :D

  7. I love mud play. I have a picture of my grandson covered with mud. It’s my favorite picture.

    • Alicia Marie says

      I bet that picture is adorable. I love pics of kids being messy- like when they “eat” their first birthday cake and they are just covered in frosting and sprinkles lol

  8. Both of my kids love playing in the mud. I can see them both enjoying these mud creations.

  9. Sarah Johnson says

    Awe! I miss making mud pies!! I need to help my kids do that more :)

  10. This is definitely one way to get the kids outside! And also, to let them get messy – love it!

  11. I think that’s a great idea. My girls always love to get messy. They’d love to do something like this. I know they still play in the mud all the time.

  12. Ann Bacciaglia says

    I think it is important for kids to get messy. This is a great way for kids to have fun and get dirty. I will have to try all POWERCORE Oxy.

    • Alicia Marie says

      You should try it! It’s such a great product and kept me from worrying about him getting messy :)

  13. My kids would have a blast making mud creations. I will have to set this up on the weekend. I wanted to make a fairy garden and these can go with it.

    • Alicia Marie says

      When I was looking for fake flowers I saw some fairy garden accessories and thought that would be so cute!

  14. Winona Rogers says

    My kids love to play outside and get dirty. They always seem to get messy. I will have to pick up some all POWERCORE to try.

  15. Messy mud creations sound amazing, my grandson would love to this!

  16. Amy Desrosiers says

    I love that your kids are having a blast making a mess. My kids love making mud pies but we have not tried with colored sand yet!

  17. Aww, that looked like so much fun! It was definitely messy though! Those All Powercore pacs are helpful!

    • Alicia Marie says

      Yes! It wasn’t so messy until that colored sand and all that water got mixed in. Super messy but super fun!

  18. My son LOVES getting messy outside – looking forward to trying this soon! #client

  19. maria @closetohome says

    My kids got home from a week long camp and I love to see that they are dirty. IF all their clothes came home clean I would think it was a horrible time.

  20. Well doesn’t that look like fun. Who doesn’t like playing in the dirt. Kids of all ages can enjoy that…and it’s great you can get the dirt out of the clothes too.

  21. What a fun activity! My daughter LOVES to play in the mud. We live in NC and our “mud” is this bright red clay mud. I am a huge ALL Oxi fan. It works great on our red mud stains!

  22. Looks like so much fun. I loved playing in the mud growing up!

  23. That looks like so much fun! Kids love playing in the dirt!

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