Eight Inspiring Elements for Mud Kitchens

We are getting ready to move! We’ll be going from a tiny yard to a decent-sized garden, and I’m so excited. One of the things I’m looking forward to is creating a mud kitchen for the boys. Sensory, open-ended, loose parts play. It’s going to be awesome! I’ve been gathering ideas for a while, and here are some of my favorite ideas that I hope to incorporate.

Simple Kitchen, Built to Get Dirty

I love that the kitchen is built from loose parts, giving the kids the option for redesigning the space. I also appreciate that this would be quick to put together: no nails needed. Plus, it's not super shiny which says to me 'dirt is welcome here'!

I love that the kitchen is built from loose parts, giving the kids the option for redesigning the space. I also appreciate that this would be quick to put together: no nails needed. Plus, it’s not super shiny which says to me ‘dirt is welcome here’!

Create with your Hands

An Oven and a Hob

The stump oven and hob is super cool!

The stump oven and hob is super cool!

Rounded & Grounded

Lots and Lots of Loose Parts

So many loose parts, tools and objects to manipulate. I think it is really key to have all of these materials available. The entire post about this mud kitchen is really amazing - you should click through for sure!

So many loose parts, tools and objects to manipulate. I think it is really key to have all of these materials available. The entire post about this mud kitchen is really amazing – you should click through for sure!

ABC Does

A Sink with a Working Tap

We plan to reuse the sink and tap from our current kitchen for the mud kitchen. Something like this would work well, we just have to figure out how to hook it up to water.

We plan to reuse the sink and tap from our current kitchen for the mud kitchen. Something like this would work well, we just have to figure out how to hook it up to water.

Grillo Designs

A Place to Mix Concoctions

 

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The wheelbarrow is kind of like a giant mixing bowl – plus this version can be moved around the garden.

Build, Sew, Reap

A Chalkboard to Write and Draw On

For emerging writing skills, I want to include a chalkboard in our mud kitchen.

For emerging writing skills, I want to include a chalkboard in our mud kitchen.

Adventures at Home with Mum

A Spot to ‘Eat’

Every kitchen needs a table - and it is a great opportunity to include natural textures materials.

Every kitchen needs a table – and it is a great opportunity to include natural textures materials.

Aspetuck Land Trust

Glorious Mud

A mud kitchen needs mud: I like the idea of having a space to dig, rather than letting the boys have free reign over the whole yard. I also like the shovels and pails.

A mud kitchen needs mud: I like the idea of having a space to dig, rather than letting the boys have free reign over the whole yard. I also like the shovels and pails.

Natural Play Areas



 

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