The colder weather needn’t be a reason to stop playing outdoors so why not try some Autumn mud kitchen ideas to help prolong play?
Why Is A Mud Kitchen Beneficial?
Other benefits include:
- Easy ‘sensory play‘ option. Sensory play is important and there’s no better way to embrace it than to be outside engaging with natural resources!
- Language development – playing pretend, learning new vocabulary, playing with siblings /other children
- Early math – counting ingredients, capacity, volume, weight etc
- Hand-eye coordination – pouring ingredients, adding water and so on
- Fine motor skills – stirring potions, using tongs, grating chalks.
- Learning about the world – children make sense of their everyday world by emulating what they see.
- Simply being outside! Children need at least 2 hours outside each day. Playing in a mud kitchen is an easy way to pass that time.
20 Autumn Mud Kitchen Resources
Here are just ideas for what you can use in an Autumn mud kitchen. I always recommend that you use items that are seasonal rather than store bought. Availability of the items below will depend on where you live.
Get 8 Autumn Mud Kitchen ‘Recipes’ to Download
Children are honestly BRILLIANT at creating their own recipes but if you are looking for some playful inspiration, I have included some A4 sized recipe cards in my exclusive membership, ‘How I Drink my Coffee Hot.’
The Autumn Mud Kitchen Recipe cards themselves are written with children in mind (and have been tested by my 6 year-old daughter). However younger children might need the cards read to them.
Instructional texts (such as recipe cards) are a great way for children to follow instructions and work on their comprehension skills.
The beauty of doing reading ‘out in the wild’ is that children don’t often even realise that they are still working on their reading skills.
With the exception of the bubble foam lattes (which might get out of hand if the dish soap was used freely!), I have deliberately left off quantities so that your child can create more freely.
All ‘ingredients’ are merely suggestions and you absolutely don’t need to create the mud kitchen recipes in the same way.
The ‘lemonade’ recipe could be used as a real drink, but if you are intending to use the idea for play only, there is no need to add the sugar.
Autumn Blog posts to read next:
If you loved these Autumn Mud Kitchen Ideas, you might also enjoy some of our other Autumn posts. Most are suitable for both toddlers and preschoolers:
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Interested in learning more?
If you enjoyed these Autumn Mud Kitchen ideas and want to learn more about sensory play and the importance of play in the early years, you might just like my exclusive membership, ‘How I drink my Coffee Hot’ too. The membership costs just $5 per month and you get access to 10 mini courses on a range of topics including sensory play, play spaces and starting school. Here are some membership posts that you might enjoy: