Outdoor play kitchen

Quick! It’s not raining, get outside!

We’ve had so much rain here in the UK recently that any break in the downpour, no matter how short, needs to be acted on if we’re ever to get any fresh air. The upside of this is that we’ve really been making the most of, and appreciating, our time outdoors. It’s also been surprisingly mild for winter. This means no snow, boo. (Probably. If it snows in March I will not be happy.) But it also means we can play in the garden for a little bit longer and without having to wrap up like the Michelin man.

Outdoor play kitchen

This week, we’ve had fun squelching in mud at the park and exploring our local zoo, as well as keeping it easy and low key with some pretend play in the garden.

We moved ToddlerGirl’s workbench (knocked up by The Husband and so useful for garden playtime!) onto our decking and I laid out a few bits and pieces for some outdoor kitchen play: colourful paper plates, cups, spoons and beakers, plus a few good handfuls of grass from the garden (which could really do with a mow if the rain stops for long enough!) and a smattering of any leaves that I could find still lurking on the lawn.

Simple outdoor play kitchen

This simple set up kept ToddlerGirl happily occupied for a good three quarters of an hour, mixing the grass and leaves to make a delicious soup for us both to enjoy. The ingredients were carefully added to the beakers for stirring, then poured onto the plates for eating, before being swept away for the whole process to start again! She kept up a lovely running commentary while she was creating and I mainly just sat and watched her play, getting the odd spoonful of leaves thrust towards me to ‘eat’ every now and then.


It was lovely to watch her intent on her playing and to be sitting outside, catching maybe just the faintest whiff of spring in the air. I can’t wait until we can make this sort of thing a more regular activity :)

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11 Comments on “Outdoor play kitchen”

  1. Jaime Oliver says:

    What a super activity .. nothing like some grass stew and leave tea :-) x

  2. Oh my goodness I love this! My girls play with their indoor kitchen constantly…I bet they would be thrilled to have similar stuff outdoors when the weather warms up. :)

    • Yes, cooking up concoctions seems to keep little ones really happy :) I’m waiting for the weather to warm up and then we’ll do mud kitchen – it’s a LOT more messy but it’s hours of fun. It went down really well last year anyway!

  3. What a lovely creative activity, so simple yet so effective. It looks and sounds like you both had fun and near to home, free and lots of fresh air. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

    • Thank you :) It was such an easy activity to set up but gave ToddlerGirl so much play. We’ll definitely be doing more outdoor kitchens as the weather improves!

  4. Kim Carberry says:

    Now that looks like great fun! Something my youngest would love x

  5. Mudpie Mama says:

    I love this! Little Man has got right into his pretend cooking at the moment as well. Thanks again for sharing at the Outdoor Play Party :-)

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  7. Jen Farr says:

    Hi there – I just wanted to let you know that I featured your post at today’s Outdoor Play Party. Thanks so much for linking up. Cheers. http://www.kitchencounterchronicle.com/2014/02/outdoor-play-party-ravine-summer-winter.html

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