Muddy Pigs: Painting with Coffee Grounds

*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!

Farm Activities for Toddlers: Muddy Pigs with Coffee 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!

Muddy Pigs with Coffee Ground Paint @ Twodaloo

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 and printed them on my home printer.

Muddy Pigs with Coffee Ground Paint @ Twodaloo

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.

Muddy Pigs with Coffee Ground Paint @ Twodaloo

I gave them brushes to use if they wanted, but Will preferred to dive in with his fingertips.

Muddy Pigs with Coffee Ground Paint @ Twodaloo

Sydney chose the paintbrush and was all smiles!

Muddy Pigs with Coffee Ground Paint @ Twodaloo

 Then Will decided to have our mama pig roll in the mud and make tracks on his paper.

Muddy Pigs with Coffee Ground Paint @ Twodaloo

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).

Muddy Pigs with Coffee Ground Paint @ Twodaloo

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.

More Good Stuff for You

If you are looking for more farm activities for toddlers, I’ve rounded up all of our farm series posts in one place- click HERE to see the entire collection.


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  1. I LOVE THIS! We did cars in coffee grounds for brown week at tot school and, not going to lie, I loved the way the room smelled the whole week, haha. This one looks like so much fun!

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