The Mud Kitchen

Cathy’s Not-So-Secret Mud Pie Recipe


  • A random collection of inexpensive or used kitchen implements and dishes
  • Dirt
  • Sticks, flowers, grass, dead bugs, pine cones, acorns, feathers, leaves, shells
  • One or more children wearing clothing you don’t particularly like
  • Water


  • 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?

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6 Responses to The Mud Kitchen

  1. Mudpie Mama says:

    What a lovely post. I especially love the body art! Thanks for including me 🙂

  2. preciousplay says:

    Thank you so much for including Precious Play in your post! Flattered to be included as yours is a fab post! 🙂

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