Friday, 1 May 2015

Mud Kitchen Fun

Getting your little monsters out in the garden is key to their growth and development. Nature is important to children’s development in every major way—intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually and physically. (Natural Learning) And what better way to allow your little monster to really get their hands dirty, than a Mud Kitchen! Setting up an area where your little monster can explore with confidence, will allow them to move, create and imagine (and maybe they'll leave your flowers alone- MAYBE!)

We set up a multi-level mud kitchen/garden for our little monsters to move, mix, make and create-The older ones loved using the large rake and shovel on the ground level and got involved in loads of "heavy" lifting and transferring. The younger ones got involved with making mud pies- stirring and mixing.

Mixing soil, water and a range of other natural materials has a foundational role in early childhood which has deep importance and endless possibilities for well-being, development and learning.(Muddy Faces) Mud kitchens are easy to set up for hours of fun and learning for all ages- they don't need to be fancy and certainly do not need to cost much- get one going in your outdoor space today!
 
Key Ingredients:
Dirt, sand, water, sticks and weeds ( go on a woods walk and collect these items for free!)
 Rakes, shovels, old pots and pans- anything old from the kitchen really 
 
Check out what else you can do in your garden with your little monsters:

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