As the weather gets warmer and you're spending more time outside, you might be looking for something new to play with the kids.
Mud kitchens are becoming a popular household item and can be a very attractive addition to a garden set up.
I am a huge fan of mud kitchens but that certainly doesn't mean that I am telling you to go out and spend a lot of money on one!
Yes there are some beautiful mud kitchens now made by small businesses and by simply searching #mudkitchen on Instagram will pull up plenty of options for you. As well as these, some of the bigger brands and supermarkets are also starting to sell them too.
An alternative idea is to make your own! Yep reusing old pallets, doors or even pre-loved kitchens can be a really simple but effective way of creating a mud kitchen. Paired with a good old lump of mud and a few kitchen utensils and the kids are ready to play.
And if dedicating a space of your outdoors to a mud kitchen is an issue, then a simple tuff spot or tray of mud is just as good!
However you decide to introduce a mud kitchen to your play, here is a free download for you to add some new ideas for things to collect or add to your mud kitchen to keep their interest fresh!
If you are looking for more ideas of ways to encourage your children to play outdoors with the things you've got lurking around the house or at the back of the shed, then try our OUTDOOR playPROMPTS activity cards!
And if you are looking for some key items to purchase to enhance your outdoor play, please click this link to visit the playHOORAY! Amazon affiliate link and see our favourite finds!
And finally, a word of safety. Mud kitchens often invite children to pick items from the garden to add to their play so please always closely supervise and check any plants you are unsure of on the internet.