Dirt + Water = Mud

Dirt + Water = Mud”

What do you get when you add water to dirt? Come, find out in this fun book!


The girl adds water to dirt, and her imagination takes off.

(Notice the girl’s shadow.)


Add more props.


A sheet, a stick and a cat’s ear equals a queen and her knight.

Follow this pair of best friends as they play in the backyard.

This story promotes imagination, humor, and flexible thinking.

TITLE: Dirt + Water = Mud

AUTHOR: Katherine Hannigan

ILLUSTRATOR: Katherine Hannigan

PUBLISHER: Greenwillow Books, 2016


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, humor, flexible thinking


1) Compound words are two words put together to form a new word with a new definition. Make a list of compound words. From your list, pick a word. Sketch an image for each word, and then, combine both images to create a new definition. For example, rain + bow = rainbow. Sketch an image for rain. Sketch an image for bow. Combine your two images to form a new definition of a rainbow.

2) Let’s use your imagination just like the author did to combine math and your favorite activities. Make a list of your favorite activities. Work in reverse by thinking about which two items can be added together to equal one of your favorite activities. For example, one of my favorite activities is baking cookies. Chocolate + circles = cookies

Think Deeper:  What if instead of adding things together in the above activities, you subtracted, what would happen?


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