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…
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