This magnificent butterfly finds a little heap of dirt and sits still on it; but man will never on his heap of mud keep still. — Joseph Conrad
Did you know that yesterday was International Mud Day? One of my fondest childhood memories is pretending to feed my friend Alexandra’s cat the ooey gooey mud pies we made in her garden, and my hope is to instill my own child with a similar joy for mucking around and being comfortable in nature…and mud, even!
I wrote about our new Mud Pie Kitchen two weeks ago, and since it’s still a popular place to hang out I thought we could move into phase two of our kitchen remodel and talk about mud pie kitchen accessories.
This, of course, involved an educational trip to the Goodwill for some new tools and appliances and N was eager to go.
Thrifting for Mud Pie Kitchen Accessories
My two little kids and I scooted quickly past the fragile knick knacks and dishes (phew!), and made our way to the metal and wood aisle. N picked out everything you see in the basket while I acted as her guide, making suggestions and occasionally vetoing her choices (she really wanted that pizza wheel up there, which was smartly taped off).
The biggest score was a pink and blue plastic toy called the Fluff Factory, which you can see buried in her basket. It was reminiscent of a meat grinder, and I couldn’t wait to find out what its original purpose was. It turns out that it’s used to fill teddy bears with fluff. How awesome is that? N had no idea of its purpose, but she saw potential in it and I love that even more!
Setting up the Mud Pie Kitchen Accessories
When we got home there was the requisite costume change into the tutu bathing suit (for her, not me) before unveiling the new pots and pans. And while these new goods were for our MUD pie kitchen, it was all water play without a speck of mud in sight. N loved her new coffee pot (just $3!), kid-sized REAL frying pan, and of course, the Fluff Factory. To accomodate our expanding collection of dishes and such, we added some more counter space, which helped tremendously.
She spent the rest of the afternoon pouring water and dropping flower petals into the little factory and turning the crank to push the water through. Problem solving at its finest. Oh, and maybe next time we’ll actually play with mud!
Mud Pie Kitchen Accessory Ideas
- Old Tables
- End tables (they can act as stoves and fridges)
- Wooden spoons
- Small pots and Pans
- Shiny Dishes
- Jell-o molds
- Measuring spoons and cups
- Large Tub (to act as a sink)
- Nearby hose
Mud Pie Kitchen Accessory Tips
- Shop for materials at a second hand store. You never know what you will find, which can help you (and children) see the potential in surprising objects.
- Involve children in the design of the kitchen. Purchasing her own kitchen supplies raised N’s eagerness to use them. She talked about playing with her new pots all the way home and couldn’t get into her bathing suit fast enough.
- Include interactive Tools that can work like appliances