Places to find what you need

January 9, 2018

Section 5 of the Making a Mud Kitchen book.

Author: Muddy Faces

Age Range: all ages

Duration: 3-4 hours

Location: anywhere

Time Of Day: any time

Season: any

Tags: mud, mud kitchen, mud kitchen book

Category: outdoor play

Places to find what you need

The best mud kitchens, and those which have the most atmosphere and character, are made from found, gathered and donated items – especially when these come from the children’s own families. It’s important not to spend much money – what matters to children is that these things come from the real human world, to combine with the stuff of the real physical world.

Here are a few possibilities

  • Families of children and staff – specific requests and lucky finds – items used in a range of represented cultures – the perfect little old cupboard might come from someone’s garage
  • Charity and second-hand shops – especially for interesting tableware, bakeware and utensils
  • Emporia and house clearance sales – can yield some really interesting and unusual things
  • Furniture recycling centres, such as REMAR – can yield some quirky and cheap cupboards and dressers
  • Specialist suppliers, such as Muddy Faces – for a range of really interesting and unusual resources to set up and extend mud kitchens.
yellow flowered bowl and a jelly mould