In an age where we have become so reliant on technology for entertainment, there has been a real movement towards outdoor play.
As much as we would all love to take our children to the wonderful forests and woodlands around our glorious countryside, it is not always possible, for reasons often beyond our control.Mud kitchens offer excellent outdoor and nature play experiences in your own back garden. No matter if you have a large garden or small shared yard, your little ones can enjoy the magic, and excitement, of nature play in the comfort of your own surroundings.
Benefits of Mud Kitchens
1. Connecting to natureWith the constant rush of daily life it is not always practical to get out into the countryside, but the same benefits can be recreated in the smallest of outdoor spaces. Outdoor play inspires children to feel a connection to nature and develop an appreciation for the environment.
2. Provide focal point in your gardenBringing children of all ages together. Pre-schoolers and older children alike benefit greatly from immersive messy play. Children need regular sensory input for their all-round good health and wellbeing.
3. Sensory playSupports language development and cognitive growth. Children learn to problem solve through social interaction by sharing ideas. Use of real tools in play situations develops fine and gross motor skills.
4. Mud playThe open-ended nature of mud play encourages creative thinking and allows children to freely create without fear of making mistakes, contributing to a child’s sense of self, and helping to build confidence. Not to mention the huge health benefits of immune boosting dirt!
Allowing curiosity, exploration and experimentation in an open-ended way allows a child’s imagination to flourish!
Our Top Tips
- Provide resources such as mud, water, flower petals, pans, beakers and tools to extend children’s play. Leave them to it, its great to see what they come up with!
- Allow them to collect their own ingredients from around the garden or when you are out and about, such as pine cones, rocks, daisies and dandelions.
- Remember it’s the process, not the product (although you may be handed some culinary delights).
- Join in! Show that its ok to get your hands dirty.
- Dress right! Nobody likes to be cold and wet.