How to Build and Set up a Mud Kitchen
Forget about sandpits, mud kitchens are creating a lot of interest as a way for parents to teach their children about everyday life, recycling and are a great way to keep the kids occupied for hours - all the while having fun.
If you are looking for an educational and fun way to keep the kids occupied, think about building a mud kitchen. Parents around the world are making mud kitchens for their children as a way of encouraging their imaginations and letting them discover nature while being creative and having fun. An outdoor mud kitchen allows your kids get dirty and keeps your house clean - it's a win-win for everyone!
Popping up all over the Internet, DIY mud kitchens can be small or large depending on how much garden space you have to space and they are a great way for kids to let free with their imagination. A mud kitchen allows children to create something truly unique.
You don't even need to buy materials if you already have a couple of reclaimed pallets, scrap fencing or leftover timber. Reclaimed wood pallets are excellent for this type of project, or think about any old furniture you have that could be recycled and repurposed to make a mud kitchen. The most important element of any mud kitchen is well... mud. Give the kids some old pots and pans, soil and water and let them run wild with ideas.
How to Design a Mud Kitchen
There are no set rules for designing a mud kitchen, you can make one that is small or large, one that has built-in - fake of course - appliances. The only requirement is for a sink and water for creating mud recipes and plenty of space where the kids can prepare their mud 'meals'.
Let the kids collect pebbles that can be painted to look like food that can be served on paper plates and the kids can forage for fresh ingredients to serve for lunch or supper.
How to Build a Mud Kitchen
The easiest way to build a mud kitchen is by using a table you might already have, or knocking together a couple of reclaimed pallets. If you prefer a more fancy design, you can buy PAR pine at any Builders store, or use leftover scraps of timber and board. Once you have all the materials ready, you can cut everything to size with a jigsaw and screw all the pieces together. Don't use nails for this type of project - you can to create a safe play area for young children, one that can take more than a few knocks when the kids go crazy.
While the mud kitchen doesn't have to be painted, do take the time to sand away any rough areas and splinters - you want the mud kitchen to be safe for the little ones after all. Add some cup hooks and a shelf unit for storing all their kitchen supplies.
Let the kids paint pebbles for food groups and then forage for pine cones, twigs and plants to add to their food collection.
Having Fun with a Mud Kitchen
Setting up an outdoor mud kitchen is both healthy and educational for young kids and improves motor skills. Not only do they learn more about nature, being outdoors is good for kids and if they are allowed to use their imagination more, it keeps them happy and healthy.