A girl getting dirty splashing around in a muddy puddle.

How to do Mud Painting

As every parent knows, kids love mess: the more, the better. So why not just embrace it for a day, and introduce your kids to painting with mud? You might be surprised by the impressive artwork they create – and how much fun they have making it! And since mud is one of the simplest stains to remove, you can relax and join in too.

How to make mud paint balloons

You will need:

  • Small water balloons
  • Mud
  • Water
  • A bucket
  • A funnel, or paper rolled up to create one

What to do:

  1. Make your mud paint. This is very simple. Ask your kids to mix water with mud until it reaches a runny consistency, flowing easily between their fingers. Luckily, mud is one craft material you’ll never have to go too far to find! Just be sure that you don’t use mud that’s been contaminated by animals, and avoid using potting mix.
  2. Fill your balloons with mud paint. Use the funnel to channel your mud paint into the open end of the balloon, and then tie up in a knot. Your mud paint balloons are ready to create beautiful art!

How to do mud painting

You will need:

  • Mud paint balloons
  • Large sheet of white butcher’s paper

What to do:

  1. Attach the large sheet of white butcher’s paper to a wall or fence with masking tape.
  2. Spit your mud paint balloons between you.
  3. Stand back from the paper, aim and fire!
  4. See the amazing effects of painting with mud as it splatters on the paper.

Safety warnings for when you’re setting up mud painting for kids: As mentioned, it’s important to make sure that children do not play with dirt that may have been contaminated by animals. Do not use potting mix to make mud paint either; it is dangerous, as it contains potentially harmful bacteria. You should also ensure that children do not put dirt or dirty hands in their mouths. Make sure any cuts are covered. Finally, everyone needs to wash their hands afterwards!

Once your kids know how to make mud paint, they’ll find all kinds of uses for it! One really fun option to try when you’ve finished painting with mud balloons is to make hand print art with it. And when your day of muddy art is over, you can trust Persil to take care of your kids’ clothes too. Take a look at our article on how to remove mud stains for some tips.

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