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• Recycled pie tins, cake pans, baking sheets
• Small garden trowel or discarded wooden spoons
• Measuring spoons, whisks, spatulas
• Plastic or metal bowls
• Good quality dirt from your yard – soil with more clay holds together better and
  will dry in the sun
• Flowers, pine needles, leaves, pinecones, shells, small pebbles or wood chips
  and other decorative natural materials
• Pitcher of water
• Shady, outdoor space where kids can be messy

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1. Scoop the dirt into the bowls. Select dirt from different spots, or deeper down
    for each bowl.
2. Pour in some water and use the trowel or wooden spoon to mix up the
    ingredients. Add pebbles or wood chips for “chips” or other items for different
    ingredients. Start off with a thick mixture then allow your child to experiment
    with adding water. Children can learn a lot by adding more water, then dirt, etc.
    Creating thickness and thinness of mixtures builds scientific concepts and can
    add to imaginary play.
3. Fill a pie pan, top with a crust of another type of dirt or leaves. Make a pine
    needle upside down cake by layering pine needles in a cake pan and covering
    with mud (let dry in the sun and turn over). Fill cake pans with mud andlet dry
    to make a layer cake with different “fillings”. Mix up some wood chip cookies and
    let dry on a baking sheet. Follow your child's lead by imagining the cakes,
    cookies and pies you are baking, or that you are both famous chefs. Your child
    will cherish this time with you.
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