I’d like a slice with beads and bird seed, please.

My sister and I loved making mud pies when we were young. Little did we know we were building nerve connections, supporting motor skills and language development, developing memory functioning, and developing social and problem solving skills.

Fun – we knew we were having fun. All we needed was dirt, water, bowls, spoons, decorative items (sticks, rocks, grass, leaves) and each other.

As I think back, I found mud pie making to be a calming and relaxing break from running around. My flashback memory takes me back to the sensations of cold water from the garden hose and squishing cool mud between my fingers.

It’s time to bring back mud pies!

It’s a fun, easy and inexpensive way to incorporate sensory play (any activity that stimulates children’s senses) into your child’s summer days. And since it’s an outdoor activity, clean up is manageable for the kids.

Your kids will also love making Magic Mud.

You need: Crushed sidewalk chalk (carefully crush in a baggie with a hammer), dirt, water, approximately 2 cups baking soda, white vinegar in spray bottles, and old container for mixing in.

How to: Add baking soda and water to the dirt and mix until you
have mud. This is a great stage to mix, stir, and make mountains
and mud pies.
Next step: Sprinkle some sidewalk chalk powder onto the mud
and spray with white vinegar.

All that fun and play making you hungry? How about some Mud and Worms for dessert?

Storytime? Read these great picture books — Mud (Mary Lyn Ray/Lauren Stringer), Mud Puddles (Robert Munsch/Dusan Petricic) and Worm Weather (Jean Taft/Matt Hunt).

It was fun to reflect on my mud pie making days. Time for my sister and I to get back to the mud. This time at the spa.