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If you re­mem­ber the fun of mak­ing mud pies in the back­yard, then you know the hours of en­joy­ment this sim­ple plea­sure can pro­vide.

Blog­ger Penny White­house from Mother Na­tured is a wildlife ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer and a mother of three who is pas­sion­ate about con­nect­ing kids with na­ture.

She says if par­ents can get past the mess that comes with mak­ing mud pies, then your kids will want to spend hours out­doors.

“I cre­ated a mud kitchen for my three daugh­ters and they play with it all the time, mak­ing mud cakes and mud ice creams and dec­o­rat­ing them with flow­ers and leaves.

“I also cre­ated a na­ture craft space on our deck and have a book­case with cane bas­kets filled with leaves, sticks, cones, gum­nuts as well as glue, string and twine for them to make their cre­ations.

“Most re­cently I made a na­ture weav­ing frame from four pieces of wood and string wo­ven be­tween the wood. The girls can weave ferns, leaves, plants and any­thing they want to make an out­door can­vas. At the end of the day, when they’ve fin­ished play­ing, I clean it all up in min­utes us­ing a leaf blower.”

Penny says the beauty of these ideas is that they’re ex­tremely cost ef­fec­tive and if you use re­cy­cled prod­ucts, it can even be free.

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