Herb sensory soup for kids {A-Z Play at Home}

mud kitchen play at home

We’ve recently moved our garden round. Since we moved in 4 year s ago it’s been a pretty plain garden. We finished renovating our house so now our attention has turned to the garden. As you know, we built the children a playhouse and mud kitchen. They also have a sandpit and trampoline and these four things keep them so happy. They love to be outside and I love to dream up activities to keep them outside exploring nature.

Our pallet mud kitchen has moved from one side of the garden to the other. It gave us the opportunity to have a clear out, disposing of some old equipment, sweeping away last years’ concoctions and just making it look an appealing place to play again. I think it’s aged pretty well despite it’s age.

making herb soup in the mud kitchen


Last week my 7 year old asked for a bag of soil to make mud but this week I wanted something which smelled a little sweeter. Our kitchen window sill herb garden has been getting a little out of hand so I offered them to the children to make some herb sensory soup.

Herb sensory soup for kids

Did you do this when you were little? I have the fondest memories of making my own ‘perfume’ from my mother’s herb garden. It’s a lovely way to explore the different herbs, learn a little about them and experience a full sensory overload.

When they had got back from school I had set up an invitation to play. There was a clean and tidy mud kitchen, a selection of fresh herbs (I’ve also done this with dried herbs from the kitchen cupboard), fresh water and a selection of old kitchen utensils.

experimenting with herbs in our mud kitchen

I let the children experiment. Snipping and snapping off the herbs so they could feel the different textures and smell them. We had basil, parsley and chives which all smelled pretty good. Then the children let their imaginations run riot, making mad concoctions – first perfume then full on meals in their little mud kitchen cafe.

fun in the mud kitchen

At first everything looked quite pretty but soon soil and sand were added and it didn’t look quite so appetising. At least my children smelled good!


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    Jacqui Paterson (@JaxFortyNorth)
    June 23, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Is it weird that I’m a bit jealous of their mud kitchen?! It looks like so much fun!! My eldest would go crazy for this – she loves anything that makes a big muddy mess! x

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    June 24, 2017 at 8:26 am

    This sounds lovely! I spent hours picking up freshly fallen rose petals to make perfume!

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    Ickle Pickle
    June 24, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Pickle’s school has a brilliant mud kitchen, I would love to make him one in our garden. Kaz x

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    June 24, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Such a lovely idea! I definitely used to make potions and perfumes as a child with herbs & flower petals! Your mud kitchen looks awesome

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    June 24, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Such a great thing to do with the kids!! I wish I had a garden to do the same but perhaps I could manage with a window box for the time being.

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    June 25, 2017 at 7:41 am

    I love the sound of the mud kitchen and it sounds as though your garden has really taken shape!

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    Angela Milnes
    June 25, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    This is awesome. I love the idea and it’s something I would have loved to do with the kids when I was an early years teacher.

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    June 26, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Sounds like a lot of fun! I just love the smell of fresh herbs, and I get for young kids it is even more intense.

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