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To Mud Kitchen or to Not Mud KItchen??

By samanthagowland, May 2 2014 01:31PM

Mud kitchens seem to be the latest craze, they're everywhere on the childminding forums.


I've read lots of ideas about why a permanant structure is beneficial. I'm still not convinced. My garden is my garden and really how many regular households have a wooden (it can be made of other materials) construction in their gardens?? Ok I concede some people do have 'state of the art' bbq's out there but is it really the same thing?


A little personal trip down memory lane reminds me of the joy of making 'mud pies' with old tins and soil and water. I can recall many a summer's day playing in the dirt with whatever was to hand- weeds, grass, soil, baby milk powder we'd found in the bin(I'm not advocating that). We were engrossed in the activity we'd chose for many an hour. This was when TV was restricted to 3 channels and not very much to watch, computers were just emerging and the internet was not even imagined by regular people.


Hence I've decided to embrace the principles of a mud kitchen without an actual mud kitchen. For the unimaginative this simply means providing the space and resources(old cooking pans and utensils not to mention an array of natural materials).


In my garden the children will find plenty of herbs and plants of different textures, collections of pebbles and an assortment of chopped willow branches/sticks alongside sand and soil/compost. I have provided a collection of pans, sieves, pudding trays, spoons etc. Water is freely available from the water butt, they know how to fill watering cans as they water the plants we grow.



A typical 'permanant' mud kitchen.
A typical 'permanant' mud kitchen.
My own children working together and creating their own oven.
My own children working together and creating their own oven.
My own children again using their imagination and what's to hand.
My own children again using their imagination and what's to hand.
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