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Mud Kitchens

Mud Kitchens are great for developing the following skills! All you need is a patch of mus and some kitchen utensils!

  • Development of Pretence – Children developing the capacity to use their imagination to feed their play.
  • Development and use of receptive and expressive language – Children’s ability to listen to and understand what is being said to them and also their ability to communicate their ideas and thoughts is a way that others can understand.
  • Mental representations – ideas that children create in their mind and then play out through role play and interaction
  • Transform objects – Children use their imagination to turn one object into another. The more ambiguous the object, the easier the process. So a box can be a boat, a house, a microwave a shoe etc
  • Symbolic action – children imagine how something might ‘be’ or ‘feel’ and then use this as a mechanism for their play.
  • Interactive dialogue – Children talk to others who respond appropriately
  • Negotiation – Using language and conversation skills to reach a compromise or end result.
  • Role taking through choice – Children coorperate in play but decide on the role within that play that they would like to take. Often done without talk
  • Role taking under direction (cooperation) – Children cooperate in play but are happy to be directed by another child or adult who is leading the scenario
  • Improvisation – Children have no set or fixed plan for how their play will develop. The scenario emerges as a result of the children’s interactions.


The children are going to be exploring and consolidating a range of skills like:

  • Filling
  • Pouring
  • Emptying
  • Transferring
  • Sorting
  • Whisking
  • Mixing
  • Splatting
  • Counting
  • Handling
  • Mashing
  • Sharing
  • Scooping
  • Gathering
  • Estimating
  • Decanting
  • Adding
  • Stirring
  • Sieving
  • Foraging
  • Serving
  • Ladling
  • Squashing
  • Grinding
  • Molding
  • Smoothing
  • Splashing
  • Picking
  • Selecting
  • Collecting
  • Crushing
  • Squashing
  • Measuring
  • Brewing
  • Separating