10 amazing mud kitchens for outdoor play

Mud kitchens (also known as outdoor kitchens or mud pie kitchens) are one of the best resources for little ones to play outside. We’ve been dreaming of building a fabulous mud kitchen for ages but the boys have had to make do with an old plastic toy kitchen we found on the side of the road!

This year is our year, we are finally biting the bullet and making a proper mud kitchen. I’ve been doing a lot of research and looking for inspiration over the last couple of months and today I wanted to share some of the best mud kitchens I’ve found.

So if you’ve been wondering how to make a mud kitchen, what resources to use in a mud kitchen or are just looking for mud kitchen inspiration then keep reading!


1. This amazing mud kitchen is created from a broken bench and a pasting table, yet it looks absolutely stunning! This blog post is a must read for anyone who is interested in mud kitchens – Not only do they talk about how they made their mud kitchen (with beautiful photos) but skills children develop by using mud kitchens and great resources to use and information on safety.

2. This unique mud kitchen has a bookcase attached to a fence, hanging baskets and storage containers with loose, natural play materials and a fabulous spool table they managed to snag for next to nothing.

3. This deluxe mud kitchen is from one of my favourite blogs for anything outdoor play, and it’s only just been built! It is made with wooden palettes, has tons of storage space and has chalkboard walls. My favourite thing about it is the wooden slices they used as a play cooker top. You have to see the before and after of their mud kitchen, it’s truly inspirational!

4. This is the sweetest whimsical mud kitchen, and so simple. A small bookcase, and a beautiful wooden high chair to serve up food to dolls.

5. This pretty mud kitchen started life as a couple of crates and buckets but quickly blossomed into an amazing outdoor play space. I love that she let her daughter help hammer the nails in for hanging pots, pans and tins.


6. This mud kitchen has a peg board for tons of hanging space and a play cooker top. You have to see their gorgeous ‘table’ for serving mud pies – AKA a huge tree stump!

7. If you want a mud kitchen with running water then you need to check out this post. Not only does it have running water, it’s made out of boxes and milk crates – showing you really can make a mud kitchen out of things you have at home!

8. And if you want the water without having to plumb anything then this portable mud kitchen has the answer. They also have beautiful photos of mud kitchen supplies and a recipe for ‘mud’!

9. This outdoor play kitchen has it all. Chalkboard walls, hanging buckets with loose materials, hooks for pans and utensils. My favourite part has to be the cute bridge they made to get to their mud kitchen – a genius idea!

10. This gorgeous mud kitchen has a play cooker, a huge double sink, cute wooden stepping stones and milk crates for storage; as well as a great mud pit and huge play space.

After looking through this bucket load of inspiration you can’t tell me you’re not itching to make a mud kitchen now! Or do you already have a mud kitchen? I’d love to see it if you do, so please let me know in the comments, and then I can add it to my pinterest board of awesome mud kitchens!

As a bonus note…

If you’re looking for more resources for a mud kitchen then Muddy Faces is truly the best shop for anything outdoor play, and they also have a fantastic FREE PDF on making a mud kitchen.

Twinkl also have loads of great printables to use with mud kitchens.

I hope this post has inspired you to make a mud kitchen – happy outdoor play :)


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  1. says

    Kiddo has her very own kitchen in the basement. We’ve upcycled materials for it. Now that she’s helping more cooking in the kitchen she doesn’t play so much down there. However, now that the weather is nice and we might plant one last garden before we put the house up for sale, this might be something I can put together for her to play. On the other hand, I think she would have more fun gardening ;)
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    • Hannah says

      Before you decide to ‘make a bespoke Mud Kitchen for the little ones’ please read the Muddy Faces document carefully. It’s not about handing them an adult idea of what is fun or ‘cute’, it’s about working with them to find real world items that fire their imagination, and probably your own creativity. It’s also about dirt – lots of lovely, immunity boosting DIRT!

  2. says

    Oh wow Charlotte what amazing mud kitchens. POD would just adore any one of these, she really would! She has a playhouse in the garden with a kitchen in it and she’d stay there for hours if she could. Brilliant :)
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  3. says

    Wow! I love these! I’ve never heard of these before but we do like to play about in the mud. I really like the idea of hanging bits and bobs up for them. The wheelbarrow looks great too. Thank you for sharing-this is something that has inspired my thinking today :-)
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  4. says

    I do want a mud kitchen and the children would be forming a queue behind me, my Granny gave us an old Belfast sink when we were children and we often made mud pies!!
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  5. says

    This looks fantastic! What a great idea and so creative. I would love this out back here. So would the kids. I really lack letting my kids get messy and play messy. This would be perfect for them I will have to try one when the weather gets warmer.
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