As promised yesterday, today I am telling you a bit more about our Mud Kitchen.
We had great plans for our kitchen, building it from bricks and wood, painting it, but when we went outside with a little plastic tub filled with pots and pans the little ones were far more interested in the plastic tub than the kitchen we were putting together.
There is something so very satisfying about digging in the earth, be it for growing, gardening or pretend play.
The whole process of making mud pies is so wonderful and free, there are just about a million different ways to mix the mud, decorate the cakes, bread, cookies and all the other things that get cooked up in the mud kitchen.
It is one of those things that truly every child understands and enjoys.
I love how freely my little ones play with the mud, happily squishing it between their fingers and toes, gently picking up bugs and worms to rescue them, gathering flowers to decorate their pies and not worrying one bit about their clothes getting messy. For now our mud kitchen remains a work in progress, we are slowly adding more pots and pans, bowls, spoons and other kitchen things to it, and I am hoping to find some more cupboards or shelves to use,too.
“As a child, one has that magical capacity to move among the many eras of the earth; to see the land as an animal does; to experience the sky from the perspective of a flower or a bee; to feel the earth quiver and breathe beneath us; to know a hundred different smells of mud and listen unselfconsciously to the soughing of the trees.” -Valerie Andrews, A Passion for this Earth
Have you been playing in the mud this summer?
Have a lovely day!