Kids love getting dirty, and these ways to play with dirt are a great way to encourage creative play at the same time!
We all remember our first mud pie. Or jumping in muddy puddles. The desire to dig into dirt seems to be built into kid DNA, so rather than discouraging it jump in! These 25 Ways To Play With Dirt will help you find activities that encourage your children’s messy side, and get them a little bit closer to nature. Have fun!
Your kid will be surprised and excited when they see how easy it is to build their own bricks out of dirt.
Hunting for plastic bugs is a great way to explore nature inside on those days when it’s too rainy to go outside.
This cloud dough sensory bin looks and feels just like dirt, but can be used over and over again.
Show your children how to dig for actual worms. They’ll love watching them wiggle and roll all over the place.
If your child loves dinosaurs, help them build a dinosaur habitat using a planter, actual plants, rocks, and (of course) their dinosaurs.
If you don’t want your kiddos playing with actual worms you can make your own out of noodles for this exploring bin.
Instead of a sand box, build your toddler a dirt box. They’ll love getting messy and exploring all the fun textures.
Show your kids how to sculpt with dirt and watch their imaginations come to life!
If you build this adorable fairy garden and wait long enough, your children might catch a glimpse of a real life fairy!
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This frog terrarium uses real plants and dirt. Your children will love checking in with their frog every day and keeping their plants alive.
If you want to give your kids the wiggly fun of worms and dirt (but don’t want to touch worms or dirt) you can make your own dirt and use gummy worms.
This activity is an awesome way to teach your children about sedimentary layers and how worms live in dirt.
If your little builder likes to get messy, they’ll love using dirt as mortar and creating their own brick wall.
If you can’t get to the beach this summer, that’s okay. Your kids can still build castles…out of dirt.
Your tiny chefs are going to love creating mud pies and dirt shakes with this moveable dirt kitchen.
Watch your creative kiddo’s paint their canvases with dirt. Easy and cheap? Always a favorite!
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Give your children a chance to really get messy by filling a kiddy pool with dirt and water and letting them play in the mud.
Dinner’s ready! On the menu? Mud soup. Your kiddo will love stirring up rocks, grass, dirt, and whatever else they can find for this delicious feast. Bon Appetit!
Teach your children how vegetables grow in dirt, then let them create a picture using real dirt to ‘plant’ their carrots.
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Or if you want to take it a step further, make this awesome gardening sensory bin and let them plant real carrots and dig them back up again.
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Searching for dinosaur bones in a bowl of dirt is an awesome way to teach your children about size and about dinosaurs.
This amazing sediment jar will excite your children. Watch their faces as the dirt separates from the water to form separate layers.
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Learning letters? Use dirt as a writing surface and your kids will spell for hours.
These closed terrariums use real dirt and plants and never need watering. Your kids will want to make more and more and more.
If your child wants to remember their dirty day, let them make a picture using real dirt and pieces of yarn as worms.