A mud kitchen can be messy but it can also be great fun, what child doesn’t love mixing up a mud pie? For younger children, mud kitchens can also provide a whole variety of different learning opportunities including sensory, imaginative, creative and exploratory play. Being outdoors gives children the chance to connect and learn about nature, to be creative and invent their own role play games and can even allow opportunities for early maths and science activities. Mud kitchens are recognised as a key activity for younger children for forest school, a philosophy which is becoming increasingly due to the benefits of allowing all children to develop self esteem through outdoor learning. Mud kitchens offer so much more than just the chance to explore mud and get messy. Playing outdoors in this way, helps to increase confidence and gives the chance for creativity, role play, collaboration and communication. Most importantly, whilst outdoors in a mud kitchen, you will notice that children are rarely anything other than happy and contented.
Communication and Language
- Talking, listening, describing and discussing what they are doing.
- Answering open questions about how they are making mud pies and what they are doing.
- Communicating with other children through role play games.
- Running, jumping and moving about in an outdoor area.
- Filling up, carrying and using water cans and kitchen utensils.
- Health and self-care – discussing the importance of washing hands after playing outdoors.
- Developing self confidence by creating their own games and ideas for play.
- Developing relationships with other children through playing games and role play.
- Writing recipes for mud pies and writing on menus for a mud kitchen cafe.
- Letter writing in mud or sand with sticks.
- Measuring water and other materials for mud pies.
- Using money in a mud pie cafe.
- Exploring the properties, colours and textures of mud and discovering how the ingredients affect properties.
- Experiencing and discussing nature.
- Mud paintings and outdoor art.
Understanding the World
Art and design