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How to build a mud kitchen

how to build a mud kitchen - the gingerbread house

A few weeks ago we made our children an outdoor kitchen or mud kitchen. It is quite a basic construction from some unwanted wood but that’s what I love about a mud kitchen – it can be as simple or elaborate as you want. My children love to spend time outdoors and it wasn’t hard to give them some more space, with some spare utensils, to have fun and learn outside.

We’ve wanted to make a mud kitchen for our children since we moved house 2 years ago. We managed to stockpile an old pallet and a few scaffolding boards from the loft, which we recently boarded, so were no longer needed.


Equipment needed to build a mud kitchen for outdoor play

wooden pallet
scaffolding planks
electric sander

How to build a mud kitchen for outdoor play

We didn’t want to spend much money on our mud kitchen so recycled existing materials where possible.  The idea behind it was simple and twofold. First – to create a working space at child height. Second – to give the children plenty of room to store and arrange their utensils, a surface to create, and space to carry out their stirring, mixing, pouring and creating!

how to make a mud kitchenWe created a table and shelf from the scaffolding planks, and created a back from the wooden pallet. We sanded the whole thing to make sure there wouldn’t be any splinter accidents.

how to make a mud kitchenOur only purchase was a metal rail and cups from Ikea to provide more storage. I added a spare blackboard so the children could have fun writing a menu too.

how to make a mud kitchenThe mud kitchen has really evolved since we built it and the children have been asking for different things to add to it. The milk bottle watering cans we made have been great for mixing water with soil to make lots of mud, which has meant more delicious mud cakes being made.

how to make a mud kitchenI’m glad we made the mud kitchen after talking about it for so long. It came together quite quickly and is so popular for very little effort. I’ve made a few further purchases, such as the mini cookware set from Ikea and donated some old bowls for washing up. I also whipped up some cheerful Duck Tape bunting flags.

how to make a mud kitchen - the gingerbread houseThe benefits of a mud kitchen are plenty. It encourages role play, gross motor skills with all that mixing and stirring, and creativity. There hasn’t been nearly enough muddy mess yet but I’m hoping my children will feel free to explore the potential messy play opportunities soon!

I can’t wait for more sunny days and lighter evenings to watch my children explore the endless possibilities with their mud kitchen.

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    Emma - Me, The Man & The Baby
    May 16, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Looks amazing!! Perfectly timed this post as only today I was trying to figure out where do I start with making ours?! Love the little chalkboard 🙂

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      May 19, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      Thanks, I really enjoyed making this and putting everything together 🙂

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    Michelle Twin Mum
    May 18, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    This is my idea of hell but know my girls would adore it, I’ve pinned it thanks, Mich x #MondayPinningParty

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    Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations
    May 18, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    This really is super cute… I know my girls would adore it! Now the question remains whether I am brave enough to give it a go!

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    Claire Potter
    May 19, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Love it! There was a mud kitchen for kids at a play farm down the road from us but they got rid of it because too many mothers complained about their kids getting dirty!!!! Unbelieveable!!! I actually heard a mother say one day, “Come away from their darling -you’ll get dirty!” ?????

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      May 19, 2015 at 10:40 am

      That’s so sad! I want my children to have messy fun 🙂

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    Let kids be kids
    May 19, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Oh I love this mud kitchen, my children would adore it!
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

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      May 19, 2015 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks, it’s proving really popular with everyone who comes round to our house!

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    Annabel (Tickle Fingers)
    May 19, 2015 at 11:18 am

    They have a play kitchen, love to cook real food, but don’t have a mud kitchen. Been meaning to make one for them for ages. This has inspired me to get to it. Thank you. #LetKidsBeKids

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    May 19, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    That looks so cool and so much fun!! My girls would love that!!

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    May 19, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Oh, boy! That looks like so much fun. My girls would be in heaven.

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      May 19, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      Thank you, my children have certainly been playing a lot more outside now we have one.

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    May 20, 2015 at 9:09 am

    This looks like so much fun! Think I would like playing with it just as much as the kids!

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    Mummy on a Budget
    May 22, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Popping over from #LetKidsBeKids

    This looks great and lots of fun! We’re just in the process of creating a mud kitchen for our daughter. So far we’ve sourced everything for free. Might have to buy a little blackboard for the Menu though as love this idea!

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    Anya from Older Single Mum and The Healer
    May 22, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    My kids would love this! Brilliant idea. Thanks for linking up to #mbpw

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    August 13, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    This is so great! I’m desperate to build my daughter a mud kitchen … this has spurred me on even more!

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    How lovely! This has given me great inspiration for our garden makeover!

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