Create, make and play with a mud kitchen

Create, make and play with a mud kitchen

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The winter weather makes the ideal time to get creative in the kitchen – a mud kitchen, that is. A mud kitchen allows kids to learn about seasonal changes, life cycles of plants and even basic weather patterns in a FUN, hands-on way.


The cooler temperatures and frequent rainfall make for perfectly soft, malleable dirt. And with the seasonal change, you’ll find plenty of materials on the ground to get creative with. Think: fallen leaves, dry bark, acorns, pine cones, twigs and so many other excellent additions for potions and mud pies.


It’s also the time of year for sensory exploration with many distinct smells and crisp, cool sensations that encourage children to deeply explore and learn about their environment.

Outdoor mud kitchen for kids and how to set it up

Mud kitchen set up for kids

To get started you’ll need an outdoor mud kitchen plus some old pots, pans and kitchen utensils, which you can readily find in your local op shop.

Have a hose or buckets of fresh water nearby, plus some old-but-clean towels for washing up. A waterproof smock or raincoat and gumboots for each little chef is ideal, too.

Basic mud recipe

This recipe is from The Muddy Chef, by Penny Whitehouse and Emma Bear – a fabulous book for inspiration to inspire your muddy chefs.

  • 1 cup dirt (from your garden or topsoil)
  • 1 cup sand
  • ½ cup water
  • Seeds, bark, leaves, flowers, expired herbs and spices, natural food dye and anything else you can get your hands on.

Creative mud kitchen ideas for all ages

Mud Kitchen ideas : mud bakery

Have kids mix up a mud recipe and shape it into pies, muffins, biscuits and cakes. They can then decorate their creations with leaves, petals and seeds.

Mud Kitchen ideas : utilising leaves

Select large leaves and encourage kids to press them into the mud and see the impression left behind of the outline and veins

Mud kitchen ideas : a pretend soup kitchen

Set up a pretend soup kitchen with water, mud and assorted natural ingredients. In an old saucepan let kids mix up various soup-y mixes. You can prompt them with ideas like ‘forest stew’ or ‘berry brew’ or let them make their own muddy recipes.

Mud Kitchen ideas : creating artworks

Get some old frames or create borders using sticks for children to fill with mud-based artwork. Use leaves, sticks, flowers and other found objects to add colour and texture.

Mud Kitchen idea : a science lab

Older kids can turn the mud kitchen into a science lab, experimenting with soil types, testing what floats or sinks in muddy water and setting simple chemical reactions with ingredients like vinegar and bicarb soda.

Make your mud kithcen a magic potion station

Create a magic potion station, complete with coloured water, eco-glitter and leaf confetti where children can cast spells and conjure up creativity. We love the kits from our friends at Little Potion Co.

Mud kitchen benefits

Not only does a mud kitchen offer endless hours of play, but it also contributes to a child’s development. From sensory discovery to fine motor skills, fostering creativity and scientific thinking – the benefits are vast. Plus it gets kids outdoors, active and engaged with nature – the perfect antidote to the cold weather.

Transform your backyard into a creative hub with a mud kitchen.

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