Make your own DIY mud pie kitchen and get the kids playing outdoors whatever the weather, rain or shine. In fact the more rain the better when mud pies are concerned.
Make the outdoors more appealing for your little mess monsters and give them the tools they need to be creative, explore and learn more about nature.
A mud pie kitchen has been high on our list of things to create at home, because since the smallest boy started nursery and discovered the amazing mud pie kitchen in the play area it’s all he talks about.
Mud Pie Kitchen for Kids
You can create your own DIY mud pie kitchen really easily in the smallest of gardens or even on a balcony!
You don’t need very much, in fact it’s better to repurpose items wherever you can.
Empty plastic bottles, old pans, spoons, sticks and containers are all fab for including. Take a look around the house for some mud pie kitchen utensils, I’ll bet you can find most of what you need just lying about.
What you need to make a mud pie station
- A small bench, stool or upturned crate to use as a work surface.
- A washing up bowl or old plastic mixing bowl.
- A selection of old spoons, containers, buckets, pans, funnels, sticks and bottles.
- Mud… if you’ve only got a small garden or balcony you may need to just have a pot of soil by the mud pie station that can be used.
- Watering can – you can buy kids watering cans cheaply or make a milk bottle watering can for free!
- A crate, basket or bucket for holding all your mud pie station tools.
- If creating a mud pie station on a balcony or small yard – add a dustpan and brush to the list for a quick tidy up at the end of play.
How to make a mud pie station
- Arrange all your mud pie station things so they can be easily reached by your child.
- Let them get on and play – easy!
What age are mud pie kitchens for?
My kids have always LOVED mud kitchens from around aged 2 1/2 years right up to around aged 7.
More outdoor kids activities to get busy with
- Mud Pie Target Shot – crate a target shot with chalk on the fence or wall, mix up the mud pies and fire away!
- Make fat balls for the birds – help children to look after wildlife by making nutritious fat seed balls to hang in the garden.
- Bat watching – snuggle up outside with hot chocolate and watch the bats fluttering in the night skies.
- Small bench/stool or upturned crate to use as a table
- Washing up bowl or plastic mixing bowl - even a big ice-cream tub would do
- Selection of sticks, old spoons, containers, buckets, pans, funnels and plastic bottles
- Watering can
- Crate or bucket for holding all the mud pie kitchen utensils
- Upturn the crate to create a surface top
- Arrange all the empty and upcycled utensils and pans/tubs/bowls
- Make some mud!
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