We’re having a lot of fun in our mud kitchen, alone and with friends. We’ve added a cupboard and a few pots, pans, and other cookware. We’ve also run into new problems that we’re trying to solve.
The children seem to want to play in the mud kitchen daily, which means muddy, muddy children. We’re on the lookout for a more permanent hose setup that will allow the children to shower themselves off before coming back into the house. Maybe this will take the shape of a foot shower or similar fixed-water source.
Friends are coming over more frequently and wanting to play in the mud kitchen. We need to add space and things to cook with. We have only a fraction of what you might find in a real kitchen, so there is a lot of opportunity to add new elements.
The children’s cooking is becoming more elaborate, and a wider range of ingredients could expand their experience. Our yard and nearby open spaces present a lot of opportunities for foraging, but we’ll need containers to hold different ingredients.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg for what’s possible….
While I continue to take my children hiking, mountain biking, camping, boating, and exploring open spaces for regular, unstructured nature outings, I consistently find that the backyard mud kitchen experience and play is well suited for them now.