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Mud Kitchens

  1. Autumn crate shelfie Ideas

    Autumn crate shelfie Ideas

    Autumn is a special time of year and with lots to discover, play with and learn about. Seasons, falling leaves, conkers and lots of natural loose part treasures to collect on your autumn walks. Crates make great locations for setting up areas for children to discover. Crates can be packed up and taken outdoors too. We have gathered some of...
  2. Acorn activity ideas

    Acorn activity ideas

    Acorns can be used in play in a variety of ways. They are perfect during the autumn months. Acorns usually drop from their trees late summer, early autumn. Acorns are the fruit of the oak tree. They contain the seeds that can grow new oak trees, and falling to the ground is part of the tree's lifecycle – this is how...
  3. Autumn play ideas in the early years

    Autumn play ideas in the early years

    For so many people Autumn is their favourite time of year. The beautiful colours, natural treasures, the smell of autumn, fallen leaves and autumn crafts. Autumn begins in September and is a season famous for its harvest times, turning leaves, cooling temperatures and darkening nights. Did you know that Chlorophyll is the chemical that makes tree leaves green and as...
  4. Spooky Halloween Mushroom activity

    Spooky Halloween Mushroom activity

    A simple Spooky Halloween Mushroom activity for little hands to get involved with. It is really easy to create these spooky mushrooms using just a skewer and mushrooms. Larger mushrooms are slightly easier for children to work with if available. You could ask children to bring them in from home. They can also be roasted and eaten as a tasty...
  5. 12 ways to use crates in play

    12 ways to use crates in play

    Crates are very popular at the moment in play and learn set ups. Not only are they great for storage but they can also be used in a variety of ways to inspire learning in your setting. Here we show 12 of the best ways to use wooden crates in play. Mud Kitchens Create your own affordable mud pie kitchen...
  6. Mess is Good!

    Mess is Good!

    Play in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) can involve mess – whether that’s mud, paint, glue or baking ingredients.  Sometimes, just the term ‘mess’ and conjure up negative images of this type of play, making it seem chaotic and out of control.  However, the truth is that mess can be a sensory, hands on, practical experience.  It holds immense...
  7. Outdoor Play in Winter - a Season of Possibilities

    Outdoor Play in Winter - a Season of Possibilities

    It might be cold, damp and grey but the outdoors in winter can be an inspiring place to play and learn.  Winter offers us new experiences which are in stark contrast to spring, summer and autumn.  The change of season enables us as educators to empower children to be adventurous, explore and discover and ignite their innate drive to be...
  8. How to make your own basic mud kitchen

    How to make your own basic mud kitchen

    From mixing and pouring, to measuring and baking, inspire children to get creative with a mud kitchen. Mud Kitchens are expensive, but with a bit of imagination you can create your own using old wooden pallets, plastic milk crates or wooden fruit crates with a wooden plank for a top or an old wooden table. Children will love creating, mixing...
  9. Mud Kitchen accessory ideas

    Mud Kitchen accessory ideas

    So what are the benefits of a mud kitchen? Mud Kitchens are more than just the chance to explore mud, get messy and have fun. They also provide a whole variety of different outdoor learning opportunities including sensory, imaginative, creative, mathematical, scientific and exploratory play. Children can spend hours outdoors in a mud kitchen in immersive messy play. Allow children...

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