In the Garden – Part Two

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.

baking mudpies

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.

childhood is the best thing in the world

It is one of those things that truly every child understands and enjoys.

in the mud kitchen

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.

nafrayu in the mud

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!

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7 Responses to In the Garden – Part Two

  1. Neve says:

    Dear Miri,
    when I was little, I used to believe that small creatures, like pixies and fairies, lived in my grandma’s garden ( three gardens!) and i used to fill a saucepan with water, and sprinkle in petals and herbs, I went inside, and by the afternoon, it would disappear, maybe you should try that with your children! Also, I like building rope swings. If you are REALLY adventurous, you could go to a forest, where there is a slope, and put a really long peice of rope, with a strong stick, and sit on the stick!

    Have a great day

  2. Eva says:

    Yes! We love mud here. Even my big girl still does.

  3. Beautiful, happy photos, they really made me smile. We are big fans of mud here too!

  4. Lindy says:

    Love it! Looks like they’re having an absolute ball!!

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  6. Jacci says:

    Looks like so much fun!…I want a mud kitchen so badly for the kids…I never thought of putting the mud in a container first! So cute!

  7. Karina Stienstra says:

    gosh I totally missed this post! Such fun photo’s! Love playing in the dirt and get messy….