Monday, October 24, 2011

Outdoor Mud Kitchen

Looking for a great way to engage your children outside? Creating a mud kitchen (at school or in your backyard) is an amazing way to encourage creativity, math, and language development in children while engaging them in play outdoors.  We have been inspired by recent blogs that have demonstrated easy ways to create outdoor kitchens.

This weekend I helped my children to create a mud kitchen in our backyard. We used an old wooden box with layers, our play kitchen utensils (real ones would be much better), and whatever we could find in our backyard. My children were so engaged in the experience and it was interesting to watch them play cooperatively together for over an hour - picking ingredients for their 'stew', measuring out what they needed, and pretending to taste and re-taste their creations.

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