There are so many things that a mother can do for her children that a father never could do. From giving birth, breastfeeding, making boo boos all better, and making meals just right, moms do a lot for their families. But, there is one thing dads can do better than anyone, even a mom and that’s having some messy fun with kids!
Children aren’t meant to be picture perfect and neat all the time. Childhood should be covered in muck and grime, mud and slime, and every other icky and gooey substance imaginable. And who better to be a child’s guide to this galaxy of grossness than dear old dad? In this article, I’ll give you some great ideas of ways to get dirty with your kids in the most fun ways possible! Now, let’s get to it!
One of my favorite things to do with my kids is to take them out for a walk right after a big rainstorm in the summertime. There are always countless puddles to find and splash around in. And I am sure to expressly tell them that on these walks they are supposed to get wet!
It is always so cool to see how excited they are to jump, splash, and even sit down in all those glorious puddles that they normally have to avoid. It’s especially satisfying if we can find some mud puddles too! Not only do we get wet, but we get good and muddy too, which leads me to my next activity.
Making Mud Pies
If we find an especially muddy patch of ground, be it after a rainstorm or right around a stream or pond, my kids have always loved to play in the mud. It’s squishy and oozy and oh so nice for making mud pies. Just make sure that you tell your littles to pretend to eat the pies and not actually take a bite. Although, a little mud won’t hurt them!
You can also use this mud to build a little mud town. Just think of it: you could get rocks to line the streets and sticks for flagpoles and whatever else your child can imagine! Then, the best part is that you and your kids can destroy it before you head for home!
When I was young, my mom would often take us to my Aunt’s house to visit. Now, she had an awesome little creek near her house that my siblings and I would go and play in. I have started taking my own kids now that I’m grown, and they love it just as much. It’s so much fun to build and destroy dams, look for crayfish and interesting rocks, or to dig in the banks. There is so much to do in a creek; you’ll have a tough time getting your kids to leave!
The Great Creepy Crawly Search
Now for this one, you need to know your kid. If they are petrified of bugs, snakes, and salamanders, then you can skip right over this section. Otherwise, this is another easy and fun way to get your kids out, active and dirty. Though it might not sound like a messy activity, once you think about where all these critters live, you’ll get it.
To find any of these slimy creatures, you and your kids will have to get down on your bellies and lift up rocks, branches, dead leaves, and logs, which will allow you and yours to get covered in a pleasant patina of putrid gross stuff!
Now, it doesn’t have to be all fun and games of course. If you want to get some work done around the house, but you want to involve your littles, nothing works quite as well as yard work. Pulling weeds, digging up the garden, and cleaning up the yard are all suitable jobs for children 2 and up.
It is also a great opportunity for you to discuss different parts of plants and how they work. This works especially well if you are planting flowers into your garden. Let your kid pull the root ball apart and get their hands dirty while you explain the basics of what a plant needs to grow properly. Just think, you’ll provide your child with a chance to get dirty, an educational experience, and the pride that you feel after a job well done. You should totally give this one a try!
What A Gross Of Fun!
Kids are meant to be dirty! It is a necessary part of their development. Not only does it help them to play imaginatively and use creative thinking skills, but it also will help their immune systems. By playing messily, their bodies will be exposed to lots of bacteria, which their immune system will then combat, while strengthening itself in the process.
I truly hope that you take the time to get your kids out and get them dirty! You won’t regret it! If you have any questions, comments, or advice, please let me know in the comments section below. Have a wonderfully messy day!