How to build your own mud kitchen


We can’t count how many times we’ve talked about the benefits of mud kitchens. Not only are they super fun but also great for your child’s development. Find out how to build your own in 5 simple steps.

They help them to connect with nature, support their cognitive growth and allow their imagination to flourish. Plus, they encourage children to spend more time playing outdoors which is the best thing about childhood!

Have you ever wondered how to make your very own mud kitchen? It’s easier than you think plus you can use leftover materials and build one at minimal cost. Follow our tips and build one for your little explorers.

1) Build your mud kitchen base

You can build it from pretty much anything. We recommend wooden pallets, but you can also use a table, bricks, cardboard or even plywood and a couple of empty buckets. Get your children involved in the building process – we’re sure they’ll love it! It’s also a perfect opportunity for them to learn and develop creative skills. Try to make your mud kitchen as big as you possibly can. If you have enough space, maximise the work surface and build a mud kitchen that can be accessed from both sides so that children can face each other and cooperate.

2) Add some cookware

If you have no spare or old cookware around the house, a trip to the nearest charity shop is a good idea. Collect a couple of old pans, containers, casseroles, saucepans, whisks, jars, bottles and whatever else you can think of and make your mud kitchen look as authentic as possible. You can even get some small hooks and hang pots and kitchen utensils to make your mud kitchen look even more authentic and fun.

3) …and some ingredients

You will need mud, mud and…more mud! But of course, a mud kitchen is not a real mud kitchen without some fun ingredients to decorate those muddy creations. We like adding flowers, grass, little stones, sticks or feathers to the mixture.

4) Decorate your mud kitchen

We’ve built lots of mud kitchens here at Muddy HQ and we love the process of decorating them and making them look nice. We like using colourful watering cans, little buckets, log seats and paper bunting to add the finishing touch to our mud kitchen.

5) Have fun!

Playing outdoors is SO good for your little explorers. It is healthy, fun and crucial for your children’s social development. Plus, it boosts their self-confidence (we’ve so many blog posts on this, have a read here) and there’s something magical about getting all muddy and messy without the fear of getting your clothes dirty. Easy to wash, waterproof and fuss-free outerwear is always a great idea. You can pop it in the washing machine as soon as playtime is over.