I have so much fun teaching! With the summer break right around the corner, I wanted students to explore some classic childhood summer activities. Who doesn’t love making mud pies? I played the song “On Top of Spaghetti”. It’s a great song, and it got the kids excited for our activity. After reading we pretended to be chefs and we ventured outside to our mud pie kitchen.
With the song “On Top of Spaghetti” playing in the background as our inspiration, we began making our own meatballs…with dirt! In small groups, each group got a bowl full of dirt/soil. I had small cups and water available for them to experiment by adding water to get the right consistency for their ‘meatballs’. They then mixed and squeezed and got their hands dirty!
Once they had formed a meatball, or two, that they were happy with, they added ‘spices’. The ‘spice’ was really sand.
After their ‘meatball’ was made we put them all together to ‘cook’. Children were really proud of their cooking and they loved the opportunity to intentionally get messy at school. After cooking, I had set up a large container with soapy water that students rinsed/washed their hands in. I was so proud of students because they took their job as chef very seriously and I had hundreds of muddy hands, but no one covered in mud!
It was a wonderful activity that I just had to repeat at home with my own kids! The meatballs are a fun twist on regular mud pies and it helps to create a somewhat structured environment for messy play. There are so many summer activities to do with kids and it’s okay to get messy!