Fine Tuning the Mud Pie Kitchen

In case you’re one of the few who doesn’t read my blog religiously (gasp!), we’ve been building a mud pie kitchen in our yard. It began in part as a way to lure my child into our yard, but its popularity with our resident 3-year old has organically turned this into one of our summer’s bigger projects. And the biggest surprise is that it’s been almost entirely child-driven.

About a month ago we started with this. A couple crates, some sand toys, and lots of big ideas. Two weeks later the kitchen was still going strong, so we piled into the car to drive to the Goodwill to search for mud kitchen treasures. 

This is how it looked after our thrift store trip. But did you know that my daughter likes things in their places? I was aware that the hodge-podge pile of dishes and scoopers might eventually keep her away from the outdoor kitchen, so I pulled out a jar of nails for us to hammer in “hooks” for our pots and utensils.

What I didn’t anticipate is N’s interest in hammering the nails in HERSELF! But I should have. This child has three (3!!) wooden hammers and couldn’t scramble into the house fast enough to get one.

She hammered in a few nails, but really enjoyed directing me to hammer nails in specific places.

N’s friend came over and the two of them were so industrious in this new space. It was actually very difficult to turn off the caramel-maker and break up the party at closing time!

And now I think we’re done! I love the order that the hanging utensils brings to the kitchen.

Comments

  1. says

    I love this Rachelle! My kids’ favorite activity last summer was “making apple soup” — which involved mixing various things they found in the backyard together and adding water. They played this for hours on end! An outdoor kitchen sounds like it would be much more appealing to the kids than our indoor kitchen b/c they could actually make things and not worry about being messy.

    • rachelle says

      Mmmmm, apple soup sounds delicious! When I was little we just cobbled some dirt and water together in flower pots right there in the garden, so by comparison my child is spoiled with her high-end range and appliances :)

  2. says

    Your mud kitchen is so nice and tidy! I’ve always let C play in the garden, but recently have encouraged her to create with mud by putting out a little table and some kitchen materials. She loves it! Her little plastic house has become storage for this mud kitchen. Thanks for the inspiration…as always!

    • rachelle says

      You know, mud kitchens don’t have to be fancy to be used! The simpler the better, in fact. Thanks for sharing, Melissa!

  3. Lara says

    I love this idea! My kids make versions of “Bug Soup”, “Worm Soup”, “Dirt Soup” all the time in our fountain, much to their parents’ chagrin (esp my husband who has to clean it out every weekend.) This would be a great way to channel them a little better… and my littlest one would LOVE it. I’m adding this to the to-do list… Thanks for sharing this inspiration!

  4. says

    Thanks for the inspiration… Your Mud Pie Kitchen is BEAUTIFUL and prompted me to finally take a few steps to make our own… We called it “Cocina Orgánica” (organic kitchen) and will be a permanent part of our homeschooling classroom.

  5. says

    I absolutely adore your mud pie kitchen! And what a great little helper you have! Great post. I found your blog on the outdoor play link up. Thanks for sharing.

  6. says

    Thia is a WONDERFUL idea! Just genius. I’d love to do it for my son and daughter. Where did you find your wooden crates?

    • rachelle says

      Thanks very much, Angel. I picked them up at JoAnn Fabrics for about $10 a piece. I hope you can find some.

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