Marvellous mud kitchen!Posted: 15/05/2014
If there’s one thing guaranteed to put a smile on my ToddlerGirl’s face it’s the chance to poke around in some mud. Add water and she’s in seventh heaven. So setting up a mud kitchen for her to play with in our garden was a winning activity, keeping her happily occupied for ages.
Our mud kitchen was very simple to create. ToddlerGirl’s outdoor workbench (knocked together from some left over decking by my husband!) provided a perfect kitchen surface. I spread out a few plastic bowls and cups of varying sizes, plus spoons, a jug or two, a basket full of sticks and some handfuls of grass and dandelions from our lawn.
And, of course, the two most important ingredients: mud (I set everything up next to her mud planter for easy access) and water; we started with a large bowlful which was replenished several times.
With ToddlerGirl dressed in some old clothes, a few towels and a change of clothes at the ready, and some ground rules explained (keep the mud and water to this area please and definitely do not take any into the house…), I set her loose.
It didn’t take long for her to get stuck in, concocting all sorts of ‘delicious’ drinks and stews: a scoop of mud here, a liberal splash or three of water there, a generous sprinkle of grass and a dandelion on the top for decoration.
I was offered several tasting opportunities as she created and had to make suitably impressed yummy noises, all the while avoiding actually having a spoonful of mud shoved into my mouth. (This prompted an additional rule: pretend eating only!)
There’s no doubt that this is a MESSY activity but totally worth it on a sunny day in the garden for keeping my ToddlerGirl entertained for a good hour or so – and oh so happy to be up to her armpits in mud and the water!
For a less messy alternative to our mud kitchen, have a look at our outdoor play kitchen :)