20 Epic Outside Messy Play Ideas

This time of year is my absolute favorite time to be outside with my kids. In fact, this is the best time to not only enjoy the fresh air, but also to get outside and try out some of our favorite messy play ideas! We love to get outside and get messy, so I’ve joined our sponsor, Maytag, to share some totally awesome outside messy play ideas that include everything from art to science.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Maytag for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Messy Play Ideas for Outdoors

Outside Messy Art Activities

Who knew squirt guns could be so messy? This is a must try outdoor art experience!

Get the kids moving with gross motor art!

It might sounds clean, but really making soap foam prints can be a fun messy job, that someone has to try.

Take the paints outside for this awesome large scale painting project.

Outside finger painting is the perfect messy activity!

Outside Messy Science Activities

Shooting bottle rockets with soda is never a clean experiment, but it’s oh so much fun!

Rainbow explosions are the perfect messy science for outdoors!

Have you ever tried the classic mentos and soda experiment? It is not clean at all!

My favorite engineering project is to attempt the egg drop project from all heights possible! Nothing says messy more than “slugs“!

Why not do a whole study on the creature? You won’t regret it! Messy Sensory Play for Outdoors

Outside Messy Sensory Activities

Every kid loves jumping in mud puddles right? Love this simple sensory experience!

Summer is not complete without the joy of playing with oobleck!

Explore different textures by setting up this fantastic outdoor sensory walk.

Is it muddy outside? Who cares? Let the kids get their sensory input through muddy play!

Sand Foam! Seriously… this stuff just screams messy!

Outside Messy Play Activities

I have always wanted to make a mud pit! I know my kids would love me for it!

Forget the kids, I want to make these amazing paint bombs!

Why not make a whole family night out of messy games!

Even when it rains you can make a mess with rainbow puddle jumps!

Get the vehicles out and make art while making messes with this awesome wheels on the bus painting experience. Messy Play Ideas for Outside There is no denying that these activities are downright filthy! However, the benefits far outweigh the trouble that comes with having to clean the clothes at the end of the day. Luckily, Maytag’s newest Top Load Washer & Dryer pair is better built because they are designed, engineered and assembled in America and have the power to clean big league stains.


Now, Maytag laundry and MLB are continuing to bring fans new programs that enhance their connection to America’s national pastime by asking the fans to submit their own “Filthy Plays”.

In fact, right now you and your ball players of all ages will be able to upload photos or videos of their sliding, diving or just “filthy plays” using “#MyFilthiestPlay” on Twitter or Instagram, for weekly prizes, and the opportunity of a lifetime – a grand prize trip to the World Series, plus a Maytag Top Load Washer and Dryer pair!


What are your Filthiest Plays of the Week ? I can’t wait to see them!

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4 thoughts on “20 Epic Outside Messy Play Ideas”

  1. What a fun collection of activities! My kiddos would love all of them. I’ll be pinning this to come back to soon. 🙂 Thanks for including us in your list!

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