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Soil Jar Science

Learn what your soil is made of with our Soil Jar Science experiment! Materials: 1 pint or quart glass jar with a tight fitting lid Water Liquid dish soap Soil Shovel or trowel Head outside and dig a hole. Aim to go at least 6-8

Gaia Egg Excavation

Turtles lay their eggs in nests they build on land. Mama turtles dig a hole about 6 inches deep in loose sand, soil, or decaying debris. They lay 20 or more eggs in the hole and then cover it back up. After the eggs are

Clean Mud

Looking for all the fun of mud play with less of the mess? Clean Mud is for you! It’s as fun to make as it is to play with. Materials: White bar soap Roll of toilet paper Water Butter knife Shallow bin or baking pan

Muddy Habitats

Lots of humans of all ages LOVE to play in mud.  Did you know that there are lots of wild animals that NEED muddy places for their survival? When you play at Ithaca Children’s Garden, you have probably splashed in the bioswale, the wet area

Magic Mud

Get messy and make magic with this enchanted activity using household pantry items! Gather what you need: Baking Soda A cup a child can pour from easily A large bowl, metal pie plate, dishpan – something to mix in that you don’t mind getting dirty

Mud Painting

Mud paint is easy to make and a great way to celebrate mud! It makes beautiful, rich earthy shades of color and you can paint paper, large sheets of fabric, or even your body. Materials: Soil Water Bowls or cups to hold paint Washable paint

Mud Kitchen Play Space

Muddy play can be one of the most joyous sensory experiences of childhood. At Ithaca Children’s Garden, we’re fortunate to have the Hands-on-Nature Anarchy Zone where muddy play can roam wild and free. Bring some of that muddy play home by creating a muddy play