Messy (and Silly) Farm Books
Muddy Pig Finger-painting
I printed a picture of a pig from a free coloring sheet online. I didn't have pink printer paper, so I printed on plain white paper, cut the pig out and then traced the pig on pink construction paper. I used a black marker to draw the outside border and the details on the interior like the eye, ears, etc.
For a child that doesn't put everything in their mouth, regular brown finger paint should be fine. But since my child must taste EVERYTHING I put in front of him (especially things in a bowl that look like food), I opted for chocolate pudding. He doesn't usually eat sweets like pudding, but I knew if he tasted it it would be safer than paint.
I gave him a bowl of chocolate pudding "mud" a pink construction paper pig and let him run with it. He had a lot of fun squishing the pudding and using it to "paint" his pig. We used the descriptive words from The Piggy in the Puddle to talk about how the mud felt "squishy-squashy" and more.
Farm Animal Baths
I set up two bins. One with mud...not the chocolate pudding kind, the real deal. I dunked some plastic farm animals in the mud in preparation for their "bath." The second bin had water and washcloths (my toddler is really into wiping things with cloths/tissues etc., so I tried to incorporate that).