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Getting dirty doesn’t stop Harry in “Harry the Dirty Dog” from having fun. And, it doesn’t stop us either! We’re getting outside and making downright dirty Nature Cakes. With real dirt, these aren’t so tasty, but super fun to make – for kids and pups of all ages!
We’ve been cooped up with yucky rainy weather. I totally get it… April showers bring May flowers. But. But, this momma needs a little sunshine up in here. We all do. It did however, stop raining for a little bit. Time to take the kids and pup outside to get a
little lot dirty.
Last week we shared a Stoplight Toss Tutorial & “Go, Dog, Go!” in our Kitchen Stories series and had so much fun, we invited Molly-the-dog to join us for another round. This week, “Harry the Dirty Dog,” by Gene Zion, inspired us. The kids all love reading the book, finding Harry on the pages when he’s getting dirty, then empathizing with him after he’s all cleaned up.
And when I told the kids they could make REAL nature cakes – with mud, sticks and rocks. They were in!
As we do before any great adventure we make sure everyone is fueled up. The kids had their snacks and Molly had her breakfast.
We feed Molly Purina Beyond dog food. Besides being available at my local Kroger, my reasons for giving her this food include that real meat, poultry or fish is the #1 ingredient, and that there is no corn, wheat, soy or by-product meat.
I also love that there are no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives; the ingredients are safely sourced, and the natural nutrition is backed by pet nutritionists.
Oh, and don’t miss this awesome coupon! Use this exclusive digital coupon for $3 off any Purina Beyond dry dog food online at Kroger (until 6/29/17). Now that we’re all fed, let’s get dirty!!!
Downright Dirty Nature Cakes
First- we all went out to gather our cake decorations.
Flowers, rocks, sticks, pinecones… all fair game.
And then? Time to make our “cake” batter. I let the kids decide the proper ratio of water to dirt. I thought they could handle it.
Make sure you get all of the clumps out and beat until smooth, about 60 strokes. Just kidding. It’s dirt. 😉
Divide the dirt batter equally between all children. If your children are like mine, making sure each kid has the same amount is the most important step of the whole process.
Arm the kiddos with spoons, and let them smooth out their cakes and decorate them. Time to get as dirty as you want. Oh, and whatever happens, don’t let them lick the bowl! 🙂
And just like in “Harry the Dirty Dog,” there’s nothing a hose and a bath can’t fix!
When’s the last time you played in the dirt??? Get more inspiration for you and your pet here! And, if you loved this themed story and activity, don’t miss our other Kitchen Stories posts!
Jenna Wood says
I would have loved something like this when I was young- my mother, not so much! You definitely win awesome mom points! #client