*The twins are 25 months actual, 23 months adjusted
Hello, friends! Next up in our series of farm activities for toddlers is a fun art activity that my toddlers loved…making muddy pigs with coffee ground paint!
This activity was inspired by a muddy pig painting I saw at Mrs. Lee’s Kindergarten. I’m not sure what type of paint her students used, but I wanted ours to have some texture just like real mud would. Pigs are one of the twins’ favorite farm animals, and they love to get down on the floor and demonstrate how the pigs roll in the mud and dig for roots with their noses. So I knew this would be a hit!
We started by coloring our pigs with crayons. As we did it, we talked about where pigs live, what they eat, and pointed at all their different body parts. I downloaded our free printable pigs from PrintColorFun.com and printed them on my home printer.
While the twins were finishing up their coloring, I mixed up our “mud.” I didn’t follow a specific recipe- I just squeezed a generous amount of white glue into a bowl, added a couple heaping spoonfuls of coffee grounds, and then added water until I got the right consistency.
I gave them brushes to use if they wanted, but Will preferred to dive in with his fingertips.
Sydney chose the paintbrush and was all smiles!
Then Will decided to have our mama pig roll in the mud and make tracks on his paper.
At the end of the painting session we added some straw to the paintings to match the mud and straw mixture that we saw in the pigsty on our farm field trip (post to come soon).
This activity was lots of fun for the twins and for me, and it was great to see them connect our activity to a real experience. It’s important to me that our activities aren’t just cute and fun to blog about, but also serve to reinforce and expand upon new things we are learning.
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