I've been working on a fun project for the kids this week in between thunderstorms. I first saw the idea of a mud kitchen on Pinterest but this one stuck with me. Two months ago I was driving to the grocery store when I saw a bucket of wood on the corner of an empty lot along with some trash. All I saw was $$ being saved on my next project so I pulled that car around and loaded it up. I also used some of the siding from our old white table on the front and back for contrast. It left for an odd gap on the sides since they were a different width but really this isn't about looks as much as it is about function. Plus, FREE!
I bought a storage tub and it turned out that most of my free wood was just the right width to house it. If I would've sketched this out before hand I would've changed a few things but I really just wanted a quick, satisfying project - wonky cuts and all.
The tub is resting on four loose slats that are held up by the extra lip leftover from the white pieces that used to be our table. I can pull it out to dump when it gets dirty and possibly use it as a planter when the kids get tired of it. Everything else is nailed in and screwed on.
We brought out a few buckets of our own and thrifted some pots and pans because kids like containers when water and mud is involved. Nothing too fancy, just containers. There's a shelf underneath for storing things when play time is over and space to move out that tub and replace it with two - one for water and one for sand or mud. Ruby took to it as soon as I was done and spent another hour out there while I made dinner! Talk about a win/win.
I don't have a DIY for this since it was such a quick and messy job but I love how easy it would be to make your own mud pie kitchen out of crates or an old end table. I like to think it'll get a lot of attention this fall and even when we get snow!
I want to give my kids more reasons to be outside than inside (when it's practical). I want them to learn through play and spend time in their imaginations. This is just one of the ways I can fulfill my need to create while encouraging theirs.
How do you encourage your little ones to get outside and play?