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Summer fun in the garden {win an Olympus Pen camera}

how to make a mud kitchen

With my 7 year old facing a week of SATs we’ve been making sure to have some weekends relaxing at home. He keeps mentioning all the test papers they are practicing so I know he is a little anxious about it all. He loves to be creative and use his hands so we have been making things to encourage him outside, give him something to do and totally take his mind off his SATs.

Our favourite building materials are upcycled wooden pallets. They are the best resource – usually free, can be upcycled in so many ways but are strong and sturdy. I can’t quite believe it’s been 2 year since I first wrote about the homemade mud kitchen, using an old pallet. I think every garden should have one. You may remember it’s built around an old wooden pallet and some spare pieces of wood. It came together in a few hours but has been added to ever since. That’s the great thing about building a mud kitchen – they can really grown along with your child.

how to build a mud kitchen - the gingerbread house

You can find my original post about how to build a Mud Kitchen here.

We’ve recently used another wooden pallet to build a bug hotel. Creating in the garden seems a natural extension to how we create indoors during the colder months. We would all much rather be outside and I’m wondering what we could make next for our garden.

I love to see what other families get up to in their garden during the warmer months so I created a Photobox using million eyez. You can create and use community-driven photo collections to illustrate your blog posts. The best thing is that you can add your own pics to my Photobox. I love to see what everyone else is getting up to so if you have any Summer fun photos you’d love to share then please add them to my Photobox.

Win an Olympus PEN Camera with million eyez

I wanted to share a fantastic competition but please note you must have a blog to take part. million eyez are offering an Olympus PEN Camera to bloggers who take part (I have one and love it).

million eyez brings bloggers and photographers together from around the world, to create Photoboxes on a theme. You can create your own Photobox, or embed someone else’s, and ask friends to contribute too. It’s a brilliant way to add high quality photos to your blog if you find yourself writing a post about something and needing a little extra visual input.

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To take part in the competition for the chance to win an Olympus Pen Camera simply visit million eyez, choose an existing Photobox (or create your own) and embed it into a blog post. You can enter your details via the Gleam widget below, and there are a few bonus entries too.

million eyez #throughmyeyez Blogger Contest for Olympus PEN Camera


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    Ali Rost
    May 19, 2017 at 12:04 am

    This is the first summer our grandchildren will be living close enough that they can hang out with us in the garden. I literally can’t wait to make fun projects like the the palate with the colorful containers or bug hotel. Thank-you for the ideas and also the giveaway. I entered and really hope I win .. what a wonderful camera!

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    May 19, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Getting a bit creative and messy really helps unwind and destress. We’re experiencing anxiety with my eldest at the moment, it’s really hard. But we started making lavender sachets (lavender can have a calming effect). So we’re making something handy but the sewing is therapeutic from us both. GREAT photo box, loved it x x x

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    May 20, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Oh my god I’ve been looking for mud kitchen ideas ready for summer thank u!! I will be recreating this as soon as weather gets better. Can’t wait to make memories with this!

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    May 21, 2017 at 11:01 pm

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    May 26, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Great post Jenny! My daughter actually goes to a messy club once a week, they just love it! Thanks for the post and for being part of the campaign!

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    May 29, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Wow what a great post Jenny! 100% going to enter great campaign! L x

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