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Muddy Faces

Mud campaign

We created our Mud Campaign in 2011 and have been promoting play with natural resources and, in particular, mud, ever since.

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The Muddy Faces Mud Campaign initiative has three strands

1. Developing information & literature

Jan White is the author of Making a Mud Kitchen and other fantastic mud play resources. Muddy Faces offers free downloads of the book, and many resources and information on the benefits of mud, including free activity downloads and mud play tips, here on the Mud section of our Outdoor Hub.

FREE Mud Kitchen book

Making a Mud Kitchen has everything you need to know about mud kitchens – all the whats, whys, wheres and hows - and is available to download for free.

Making a Mud Kitchen has been translated into TWELVE different languages and counting! Download your free pdf in:

• English • Croatian • French • German • Greek • Hungarian • Icelandic • Italian • Portuguese • Spanish • Swedish • Turkish or Welsh below.

A printed version of Making a Mud Kitchen is available to purchase in the Muddy Faces shop.

Read More about FREE Mud Kitchen book

2. Developing a range of resources

Jan White designed the Mud Kitchen range in our shop, where each set is a collection of beautiful items that wonderfully support young children’s natural desires to explore and discover, imagine and create, relate and interact. Each collection has been carefully selected starting from what we know young children want to do, and with strong regard for how children’s play and learning is best supported during the early years.

To find these collections and many more inspirational and open ended resources visit the Muddy Faces shop.

Cat Mud Kitchen Kits

Mud Kitchens, Sand & Water Play

Jan White's Mud Kitchen range in the Muddy Faces shop.

3. International Mud Day

Supporting the World Forum Foundation’s Nature Action Collaborative for Children annual International Mud Day, which aims to bring together children and early childhood professionals all over the world to celebrate nature, outdoors, and mess, by getting really muddy! Muddy Faces produces a dedicated Mud Day newsletter each year, runs competitions, social media campaigns and shares Mud Day activities, resources and information.

Find out how the Mud Campaign developed

Mud Campaign story

pdf, 1.84 MB

See also

International Mud Day

Celebrating glorious mud on the 29th of June every year! Read on for history, links, free resources & more on International Mud Day.

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Mud play tips

These tips are from the experts - Forest School practitioners, outdoor leaders, teachers, families - people who love mud play and it’s benefits so much that they have generously shared their skills, knowledge and experience with us.

We thank them all - and welcome any new mud play tips you have - send them to

Read More about Mud play tips

Mud activities

If you want FREE mud activity downloads and mud play activity inspiration, you've come to the right place!

Read More about Mud activities
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