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Top 20 things to do in a Muddy Puddle

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Top 20 things to do in a muddy puddle

By  Muddy Teacher Jess Habgood

  • JUMP JUMP JUMP!

Go jumping crazy in those muddy puddles! Unleash your inner gymnast and … star jump, hop, 360 turn, 180 turn, banana, tuck, stag, pike or straddle!

  • Who can do the biggest splash?

Grab your friends or family and have a jumping competition.  Count to 3 and see who can make the largest SPLASH!

  • Make a puddle soup

Collect some nature treasures, pots, pans, bowls and spoons and create a puddle soup.

  • Stepping Stones

Find some logs or stones and create a path through the puddle so you can get across without touching the water.

  • Evaporation experiment

Once the sun comes out after a rainy day, get outside and use some chalk to draw around a puddle. Then, over the next few hours keep going back and draw back around it to see how it has changed size and how much water has evaporated.

  • Floating/sinking experiment

Find a deep puddle and see what can float or sink. Try out pinecones, leaves, sticks and stones.

  • Create and sail a recycling boat

Reusing plastic cartons, egg boxes and yogurt pots make your own boat to sail across the puddles.

  • Measure the depth

Grab a ruler and measure how deep the puddle is. Make predictions about which is the deepest, then test it out. Can you make an accurate estimation before you measure it?

  • Go Dancing

Go singing and dancing in the rain. Splash, skip and spin in those muddy puddles!

  • Build a bridge

Using only natural resources can you build a mini bridge over the top of the puddle? 

  • Drive your toys through it

Make a splash by driving your toy trucks, cars and speedboats through the middle of the muddy puddle. How about having a race car race through puddles?

  • Ride your bike through

There is nothing as satisfying as speeding through a puddle with waves of water spraying either sides of your wheels! Jump on your bikes or scooter and make waves! Do this one with caution as the water can make you skid.

  • Animal stomp

One person calls out an animal name and the rest of you have to act like it as you move through the puddles. Can you stomp like an elephant or leap like a gazelle?

  • Make a whirlpool

Find yourself your perfect ‘mixing stick’ then swirl and mix your puddle to create a Whirlpool. 

  • Floating pictures

Find 4 sticks to create a frame, place them in your puddle, then find some more natural treasures to create a floating picture inside.

  • Leaf boats

Using only leaves and twigs make mini boats to sail across the puddle.

  • Observe it

Get up close to your puddle and see what you can find. Are there minibeasts hidden in the water?

  • Make a Muddy rainbow

Using some chalks, crush them up and use the perfect mixing stick in the water and make colourful rainbow puddles.

  • Puddle tag

The only rule of puddle tag is that you can only move by jumping between puddles. Playing tag whilst jumping in puddles is a lot more fun than normal tag! 

  • Puddle race

Be prepared to get VERY wet. Choose a path or play area which has lots of puddles in a row and see who can jump from one side to the other first.


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3 November 2020

Super ideas!

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3 November 2020

Great blog!

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Here are 3 top outdoor learning ideas to get you started :

  1. Make sure the children have the right clothing - bring a muddy bag in or dress for mud that day!
  2. Make it messy and muddy - why not you are outside!
  3. Stick to natural resources - less clearing up for you and more kind to the environment.

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Outdoor learning in primary schools is an essential way to bring wellbeing to the classroom.

Here are some muddy top tips to make a start in each key stage.

  • Outdoor Learning KS2 - Try taking 10-minute slots or brain breaks in between sessions. Do the Muddy Walk and Talk and just use it for general discussion or chat.
  • Outdoor Learning KS1 - Try taking phonics games outside. Choose a sound and use leaves
  • Outdoor Learning EYFS - If you can make sure there is an outside space that is accessible and start to reduce the plastic and have more natural objects. Such as leaves they can write on, stones to do art with. Strip back the made plastic objects and keep natural for optimum imagination and creative skills to be used.
  • Outdoor Learning KS2 - Try taking 10-minute slots or brain breaks in between sessions. Do the Muddy Walk and Talk and just use it for general discussion or chat.
  • Outdoor Learning KS1 - Try taking phonics games outside. Choose a sound and use leaves
  • Outdoor Learning EYFS - If you can make sure there is an outside space that is accessible and start to reduce the plastic and have more natural objects. Such as leaves they can write on, stones to do art with. Strip back the made plastic objects and keep natural for optimum imagination and creative skills to be used.

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