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DIY Mud Kitchen

Are you looking to add a mud kitchen to your home or setting? If you are planning to make your own you are in the right place! Not only because this mud kitchen we are sharing with you today is probably one of the best you will see BUT it is really simple to create!

What is a mud kitchen and why are they good for children?

A mud kitchen is an area that is equipped with lots of utensils, bowls, mud and water. There is usually a sink area and additional space to 'bake', mix and experiment.

They allow children the freedom to create and make. It's an area where children can improvise, enjoy role play, take turns with their peers, develop language and of course get MESSY!

Hands on; children practice and learn new skills such as pouring, sorting, transferring, counting, mashing, scooping, grinding, splashing - the list goes on!

Today we are sharing with you a brilliant mud kitchen area that was designed and created by Jenny Louise Piff and her husband who live in York, UK. Jenny's husband is currently in the military and has two years left. They have two children - Alfie who is 7 and Evie who is 3.  

We had a handful of pallets lying around. I had seen many variations of mud kitchen - most that had been created from wooden pallets, so it was no suprize that I got thinking about creating one too!!

My husband had some time off and was looking for a little project to keep him busy and seeing as the children just LOVE being outside and making things - it was the perfect opportunity to get creative and make the mud kitchen!

My husband began by experimenting with different designs by placing the pallets in different positions. 

As soon as I saw the pitched roof, I just knew it would make a super cute mud kitchen! While he got busy drilling it all together - I was busy hunting for equipment and decorations that I just couldn't wait to add to the finish product.

Once it was all fixed securely together, I painted the shell of the kitchen white. I then decided to add some green and yellow paint.....

I was in my element adding the bunting and mud kitchen materials once it was all good to go! I was so excited to show the children and couldn't wait to see what they made of it!

In total it took 6 pallets and only one hour to put together! It took an hour or so to paint! The children were over the moon with it and haven't stopped playing with it! They've enjoyed having their friends over and creating mud pies and endless concoctions together!  

Are you looking for LOTs of fun play ideas and inspiration once you have your mud kitchen? 

I have found an amazing website that you wont want to miss - ABC Does.

I had to pin this post on Pinterest straight away as it's jam packed full of mud kitchen antics!

You can see just from flicking through the post just how much fun a range of children can have using a mud kitchen! 

I do love the flower soup  in the teak wooden bowl!! 

ABC Does also gives you lots of ideas as far as utensils, materials and apparatus goes.

If you are in two minds STILL whether to create your very own mud kitchen then this will be the post that makes you want to get stuck in and make one right away! 

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