Messy activities for kids
Ready to have fun? Get started now with these simple kids’ activities and arts and crafts projects. They'll keep your little ones busy and happy, and cleanup is a snap.
Whip up a "Dirt" Dessert.
Making food is a lot of fun for kids and an activity they love. Let them do as much as they can:
- In a large bowl, beat one 113-gram package of chocolate instant pudding mix with 2 cups cold milk for 2 minutes.
- Let stand for 5 minutes.
- Stir in one 227-gram container of frozen whipped topping, thawed, along with half a cup of finely crushed chocolate sandwich cookies.
- Divide among several small drinking glasses or mugs and top with more crushed cookies to form a thick layer of “dirt,” plop a few gummy worms on top and finish by sticking in a small silk flower. The perfect snack before playtime.
Pick up Some Rocks.
Encourage your kids’ creativity with this activity where we try a twist on normal painting. First, gather, then wash and dry, a few baseball-sized rocks. Use non-toxic acrylic paint, and let the kids’ imagination run wild. Once dry, add a coat of clear, non-toxic varnish to seal the paint, let dry again. Then display their masterpieces on your deck or in the garden. Viva la art!
Have a Good Old Puddle Stomp.
Slickers, rain boots, a warm summer sun shower—let them go for it. Super-size the fun by cranking some tunes and joining in the wet mess. And be sure to video tape the moment because no question, it’s going to be a keeper.
Messy clothes? Let Tide help! Launder with Tide Plus Febreze Freshness Liquid detergent. The amazing scent will rev up your mood long after the fun is over.