Mud Kitchens and Beyond

Code: LE3027 ISBN: 9781903670965

Authors: Janette Smith, Alison Norman


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(2 customer reviews)

50 exciting ideas for investigative play

Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud! There is nothing quite like it for learning opportunities. A mud kitchen can be a key element of outdoor continuous provision. Mud is good for children! It connects them with nature and provides open-ended sensory experiences.

This book is designed to give early-years educators some starting points for developing children’s interest in a mud kitchen throughout the year. It guides you through creating a mud kitchen and how to ensure that the area is a place where high-quality learning takes place. The 50 innovative and exciting ideas in this book can be used by beginners and those who already have a mud kitchen in place. They can used flexibly to follow the needs and interests of the children. Every activity shows how a supportive adult can teach, model and respond to the children through their play, while emphasising that children sometimes need uninterrupted time to develop their own ideas and to play and explore. 54 pages. A4.

Make the most of your outside space with our Outdoor Learning Kit full of exciting and engaging activities to promote learning outdoors.

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2 reviews for Mud Kitchens and Beyond

  1. :

    “An excellent book covering the use of mud kitchens and much more. Clear, detailed activities covering the implementation, setting and also why and how children might be learning. It has helped the children become imaginative and creative. We are just starting with an outdoor kitchen and the range of ideas was superb! Lots of imagination, role play and language has come out within the children’s play by using this book and the ideas. Hugely recommend this book as a resource for other pre-schools and the price is great as well.”

  2. :

    “What I particularly liked about this book is the way in which each mud kitchen activity is introduced by an adult led ‘provocation’ which gives children the background and some knowledge about what they could do or make in their mud kitchen. There is then the opportunity for open ended learning as the children explore the activity further in their own way. This encouragement for open-ended learning addresses the different ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ allowing your ‘players and explorers’ to get stuck in, your ‘active learners’ to have a framework within which to test out and try their ideas and those who prefer to work ‘creating and thinking critically’ to have a background of knowledge from the adult input to use as they develop their own thoughts and ideas. Staff would find this an invaluable resource and I think the structure of the activities would benefit their planning and observation in other areas – which can only make their practice better and improve the outcomes for children. I loved this book, you need it in your setting!”

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