Mud Pies

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Mud pies are the ultimate fun autumn and winter activity. They will teach your child that it’s okay to get a little messy sometimes as it can be a lot of fun!


What you will need:

  • Mixing bowls
  • Various natural objects like rocks, twigs, leaves
  • Bottle filled with water
  • Kitchen utensils like mixing spoons, potato mashers, rubber scrapers (Optional)
  • Cake tins (Optional)

How to:

  1. Go on a stroll to collect various natural objects to decorate your mud pie. Find a muddy area in your local park and get dirty!
  2. Once back at home, scoop up handfuls of mud into your mixing bowl. If your mud is quite hard, add some water from your bottle to make it easier to work with.
  3. When you are happy with the consistency, add some of the things you collected from your walk into your muddy bowl and mix away! You can use your hands or a potato masher to squish the mud about.
  4. Scrape the mud out of the bowl and into a cake tin or onto the ground. Decorate the top with any extra leaves or sticks and admire your creation!

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Discover our parks

  • Howe Park Wood

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    Howe Park is probably the woodland mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086. Parts of it may be rare surviving fragments of the 'wildwood' that covered the whole of lowland Britain after the last Ice Age, 6-11,000 years ago.

    Refreshments
    There is a Café at Howe Park Wood ran by Grounds. The café is operating a takeaway only service until further notice.

  • Willen Lake North

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    Willen Lake North is home to one of Milton Keynes’ best-known landmarks, the first Peace Pagoda to be built in the western world - and to a rich and varied bird population.

    Refreshments
    Nearest refreshments are at the Lakeside Hotel and Cafe (weekends and school holidays) at South Willen Lake. The Camphill Community runs a vegetarian café opposite the main car park.

  • Campbell Park

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    Located at the heart of Milton Keynes, Campbell Park hosts many of Milton Keynes’ major festivals and events. Its imaginative mix of formal gardens, water features, woodland and open pasture mean it’s an ideal spot to enjoy the changing seasons.

    Refreshments
    There are no refreshment facilities in Campbell Park other than during special events. However, there are a wealth of cafes, bars and restaurants in the nearby city centre, theatre district and Xscape centre.

  • Great Linford Manor Park

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    Great Linford Manor Park is a special, heritage-rich park set within the old village of Great Linford. It contains features that were first laid out centuries ago, including ponds and a Wilderness Garden which represent the English Landscape style of garden design that became popular for country estates during the 18th Century.

    Refreshments
    Refreshments and food can be found nearby at The Black Horse and the Nag’s Head which are open for lunch and supper. Milton Keynes Arts Centre has a small café where drinks can be purchased.

  • Lodge Lake

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    Lodge Lake is one of the city's ‘on-line’ balancing lakes. It was created in 1981 by building a dam across the Loughton Brook. This holds back water as flow rates in the brook increase, helping to prevent flooding in downstream areas. The lake is perfect for a short outing - a gentle walk around the lake edge takes about 30 minutes - with plenty of interest on and off the water year-round.

    Refreshments
    None on site; the nearest shops are located in Great Holm about five minutes’ walk to the west. A Chinese restaurant, the Kam Tong Garden, overlooks the lake.

  • Nature inspired activities which you can do at home or in your local parks.
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