Have you heard of mud kitchens? Basically, it’s a play kitchen where the kids pretend to cook… with mud! Since it can get quite messy, mud kitchens tend to be outdoors. I have been drooling over all those lovely mud kitchens I see all over the blogosphere, but.. we don’t have a backyard : (
Then one day, I decided to just try to make one anyway! Our circumstances haven’t changed, we are still in a HDB flat more than ten stories aboveground… the only thing that has changed is my mindset!
We have had this storage box of mud at the corridor for quite some time, for free play.
TATA! Our mud kitchen! 2 pails, 2 baskets, an old shelf, all from our storeroom
Chef is busy
Added a ‘sink’
How To Do It?
Mud: I mixed gardening soil (bought from Giant Hypermart) and sand (from aquarium shop), and of course water. No fixed recipe, just go by the feel! (Yes, Mummy, put your hand in the mud!)
Setup: I didn’t spend any money on the setup. All those stuff had been collecting dust in the storeroom for ages. I thought it would be quite cool and practical to use old flower pots too, but I didn’t have any. Whatever goes!
Accessories: Most of the things I provided for the mud kitchen are old ones which I hardly use. But I am definitely going to Daiso ($2 shop) to buy some more!
Cleanup: At the end of the day, I get the boys to rinse the accessories in the ‘sink’ and keep them on the shelf underneath. I pour the water into the small drain at the side of the corridor and pour the mud residue back into the storage container. Then I give the area a quick sweep and rinse the drain with some clean water. Quick and simple!
There you go! I wonder if this is the first mud kitchen in Singapore??? Hee hee : ) It can be done even without a backyard! And if you have a backyard… are you jumping up and down and running out to build your kitchen now? Gosh, the things I will do if I live in a landed property! (Actually, it is not that difficult. We just have to move in with my in-laws who will be more than happy. But I do not want to live on the ground/lower floors with lizards and rats and cockroaches. Sorry, kids, no backyard for you even if Daddy & Mummy strike a windfall.)
Need more inspiration?
Mud Kitchen On The Balcony
Simple Mud Sensory Bin
10 Reasons Why We Should Let Children Play In The Mud