Sticky, ooey, gooey mud – there’s no denying, most kids love mud play. A mud kitchen is such a great way to get kids playing with mud, but what if you don’t have a lot of garden space or you are concerned about what is in your soil? Well, today we are sharing the simplest of simple DIY mud kitchen that anyone can create – no matter the size of your outdoor space!
Our small city garden is well planted with no bare patches of dirt for digging. We also discovered that our soil is full of debris. With two children who love to dig and get messy we decided to build a simple DIY mud kitchen in a large rectangular planter box.
It became a family project that has paid dividends in play. The mud kitchen is in constant use for digging, making mud pies and lots of fun, messy play.
Making Your DIY Mud Kitchen
If you want to create a mud kitchen like ours, this is what you will need:
1. A rectangular planter box or large, stable pot with drainage holes in the bottom. Kids add lots of water so it is a good idea to raise the planter box or pot off the ground for good drainage.
2. Clean soil – obtain clean garden soil from a garden centre or sand supplier or you can create a mix of sand and fine coir peat (available from garden centres). Be aware that garden potting mix straight out of the bag can contain pathogens.
3. Easy access to water – a key ingredient in mud!! Our kitchen is within easy distance of the garden hose.
4. A table or bench nearby for mud pie creation.
5. Digging and old kitchen equipment – muffin tins, spoons, cups, anything to keep it interesting. I often add a a small shaker of glitter to give our mud pies a little sparkle.
And in Winter?
The mud kitchen is in full use in summer but during winter it’s often too cold for this kind of play. We plant the planter out with winter veggies instead. Carrots and radishes are great winter choices. Changing things around with the seasons works well. By the time the weather warms up the veggies are ready to harvest and the kids are keen for some more mud play fun!
If you are interested in seeing how we have adapted other areas of our garden for the kids, check out my Small Garden Spaces for Kids series.
Are you brave enough to add a mud kitchen to your garden?
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