A pile of dirt can entertain my preschooler for hours, and my second-grader would rather paint with her hands than use a brush. Sometimes I find strange science experiments in the freezer or cups of soapy water lining my children's dressers. What is it about making a mess that's so much fun? I love it when my kids are creative and happy and thinking outside the box. But, it's not as fun if it means hours of cleanup, which is left mostly to Mom.
So I'm all about looking for other places for my kids to get dirty. Here are some spots we found to be delightfully messy.