Written by Tahnee Moore
A mud kitchen ticks all the boxes for holistic developmental play with toddlers. It is a sensory activity that connects children to the elements (sand, dirt, water, flowers, seed pods, etc.) and it allows them to play out adult roles. It is free form, imaginative and open. Feeling that their work is purposeful is important for little ones who love the opportunity to imitate the adults in their life.
The activity of creating the kitchen in the first place can be a memorable and shared experience
The mud kitchen can always be expanded, changed. If you notice the children have stopped engaging with it it is time to clean out all the mess and renew the space. Children can help with the cleaning!
You can always request that your little one prepare a meal or even a dinner party for all of your (washable) friends.