Mud Kitchens: Science, outdoor time and lots of imagination!

Embrace spring’s rainy days by exploring the magic of mud. 

Spring is here! April brings a mix of sunshine, rain and a little extra mud. And that mud is a great chance to explore science. One of our – and children’s – favorite outdoor activities is “cooking,” “stirring” and “baking” in a mud kitchen.

A mud kitchen in your outdoor play space may be just the thing your young learners need for a multitude of hands-on experiences! What does it take to create a mud kitchen? Mostly, it’s items that you already have in the classroom, just moved outside. Play or real pots, pans, spoons, forks and rolling pins each offer fun chances to learn and play.

You know that the children in your care learn best through play. Take a look at four easy ways for your little learners to explore in your mud kitchen.

  • Expressive language occurs with every “goopy, sloppy, wet, dry” conversation that happens during mud kitchen adventures.
  • Science happens when children explore the bugs they find, sort rocks and flowers, or observe what happens when we add water.
  • Math truly is everywhere…full, empty, more, less. Math and conversations happen naturally as children mud dinners, make mud pizza and wash dishes. “How many cups fill the pitcher?”
  • Social interactions abound during this type of pretend play! Children naturally work together to imagine new uses for the mud and make sense of their world.

This video shows a simple mud kitchen and can speak directly to families about the fun and learning that happens with a mud kitchen! Can you take just a couple of minutes to share with families?