Cathy’s Not-So-Secret Mud Pie Recipe
- A random collection of inexpensive or used kitchen implements and dishes
- Sticks, flowers, grass, dead bugs, pine cones, acorns, feathers, leaves, shells
- One or more children wearing clothing you don’t particularly like
- Mix all ingredients thoroughly.
- Stand back (especially if you are holding a camera)
Here is our mud kitchen.
OK, I’ll be perfectly honest. It didn’t start with mud. It started out with just a basin (sink) of water. Here, I thought, is a great way to get the kids to play outdoors, while training them to perform a useful task (the dish washing). With dreams of sitting back and reading a novel, while my boys take care of the washing up after dinner, I filled the play kitchen with empty soap bottles, rubber gloves, sponges and plenty of plastic dishes.
Their interest lasted a while, but died down after a bit.
However, one day, inspired (shamed?) by a post from Jan White’s Natural Play, I was finally brave enough to add dirt.
The boys loved it.
One decided his shirt was coming off, and the mud was going on.
The other got a real kick out of scooping spoonfuls of mud and flinging them at his cowering mother.
Was it worth the mess? Absolutely.
Here are some other mud kitchens:
Do your kids make mud pies? Did you ever make them?