Infinite Playgrounds Guest Blog and Mud Kitchen GIVEAWAY!

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Infinite Playgrounds Guest Blog and Giveaway

We’re delighted to be back on ABC Does again, four years since we first appeared on Alistair’s amazing blog with our playground development at Embleton First School. Since then, we’ve grown to be a national design and build playground company, whilst still keeping our roots in promoting natural play. It’s been an exciting year for Infinite Playgrounds with the opening of our South East branch as well as the launch of our brand new website! To mark the occasion, we’re delighted to team up with Alistair again to give away our Mud Kitchen set, which is hugely popular with schools and nurseries.

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This set, worth over £1000, includes a mud kitchen hand built from natural larch timber with a ceramic sink and shelves, perfect for muddy play. We’ve also added in a set of balance scales on an oak stump, digging trough, oak stump seats, oak slice plates and a carved oak log mixing bowl.

Here at Infinite Playgrounds, we have visited schools and nurseries around the country we have seen some wonderfully creative mud kitchens. To give you some ideas for how to develop your own mud kitchen, read on below. Or head over to our website www.infiniteplaygrounds.co.uk where you can find the full article and other publications.

Mud, Glorious, Mud!

Over the past few years mud kitchens have been a revolution in schools around the country so now many Early Years settings have a mud kitchen as an essential learning space. A mud kitchen can be made from the simplest muddy corner or old bench without having to spend a fortune. Through this we have put together this simple guide how to develop a mud kitchen in your playground and why mud is really essential for children’s play.

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Creating Your Own Mud Kitchen

Choose the Space

Thinking carefully about your space will help your mud kitchen be a success. A mud kitchen works best in a cosy corner rather than in the middle of a busy playground. When a mud kitchen is in a large open space it will encourage more boisterous play, which may be a barrier to more cooperative and imaginative play and language development.  If you do not have an obvious corner then you can create a quieter ‘kitchen like’ space using trellis, planting, tarpaulin or netting to seclude the area. However care should be taken not to separate the area off completely from the rest of the playground as it should be part of the children’s play, developing their storylines and allowing them to interact creatively between the kitchen and other areas such as dens, sand and water play. Allowing children’s play to develop across their areas of learning can help children develop cross-curricular links and skills such as imaginative play and problem solving. Placing a mud kitchen near a den can develop children’s imaginative role plays, for instance, teddy bear’s picnics or camping in the woods.

What Do you Need?

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The Kitchen

You need very little to start a mud kitchen however it is essential that there is some structure; a mud kitchen is different to a digging area or mud trough. This could be as simple as a kitchen bench or planks of wood across two crates or tyres. Parents can be very helpful in donating unwanted offcuts of wood or even old kitchen cupboards to make a simple mud kitchen structure.

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Mud kitchens that have walls, fences or other vertical surfaces on one or two sides then have potential for hanging pots and utensils on them or for installing shelving, making it feel more kitchen-like and better to use. Pallets can be a cheap solution that can also double up at shelves. Having the utensils hung up on hooks enables to children to select what they are going to use and makes them more inclined to put items away at the end of their play session. Workbenches are also helpful; built at child height, with plenty of space for pie making. A recycled cupboard/dresser can be a good choice. Indoor furniture will quickly warp if left outside in the wet – a thick coat of yacht varnish can help stop this as can raising wooden items off the ground slightly.

Sinks and Appliances

There are plenty of options for kitting out the kitchen too. Old sinks can be added with butler sinks being a favourite. Or use plastic washing up bowls that can easily be lifted out for emptying and cleaning. Children love sinks and they will be in constant demand so the more sinks you can include in your mud kitchen, the better.

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Old microwaves, toasters and kettles are excellent for pretend play. Children will love opening and closing the doors and pushing the buttons of microwaves or making the ‘leaf toast’ pop.

Old balance scales can be fascinating for children as they explore the comparative weights of ingredients such as flowers and pebbles and try to make the two sides balance; developing fundamental maths skills.

Mud

It may sound obvious, but your kitchen should be in easy access of mud or soil. This could be from a muddy corner or digging trough. We find the best soil to use is top soil (readily available from garden centres) to top up an existing muddy corner or trough. Compost can be a good ingredient but doesn’t have the right consistency for the mud in a mud kitchen as it can be too granular rather than sticky.

Water

The mud kitchen should have access to a water source such as a rainwater butt or water play stream however it doesn’t need to be too close; children love to transport water. By limiting the size of the containers they use, such as small buckets or jugs, this will reduce the amount of water (and therefore mud!) in and around your mud kitchen. You could even set up a pulley system between the water and the kitchen and encourage children to problem solve how to transport the water.

Sand

Offering mud and sand also provides a contrast in colour, texture and mixing consistency and many more possibilities for developing imaginations.

You may not want to place a mud kitchen in or next to your sand pit as the children will mix these with glee, however a large container or trough of sand nearby will become an essential part of your mud kitchen.

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Other Ingredients

Introduce different ingredients to the area, such as sand, shells, leaves, dried flower petals, pebbles, glass beads, acorns, seeds, conkers and herbs. Have the ingredients laid out for easy access and rather than having everything mixed together, separate them into different containers. Wooden boxes, wicker baskets, canvas cubes are great items you may find lying around the house. Containers with multiple compartments are also great. And these help you to group certain items together and allow children to sort materials.  These do not have to be expensive items – you can use household such as recycled egg cartons and spare ice cube or cutlery trays. When everything is laid out in this way children get the chance to think about which ingredient they want to choose.

Equipment

Pans, funnels, colanders and muffin trays create more play opportunities and pestle and mortars always create lots of enthusiasm. Ice-cream scoops, jelly moulds and biscuit cutters are favourites too.

Charity shops and Pound shops are an Aladdin’s Cave when it comes to equipping a mud kitchen; stainless steel, wooden and silicone kitchen equipment is available easily and cheaply. It is also possible to find weird and wonderful appliances such as interesting bowls and scoops that children will enjoy guessing what they are. Silicone moulds are great for outdoor play; they are durable, reusable and come in a rainbow of colours and shapes for mud cupcakes to sandy jelly.

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Enhancements

There are lots of fun enhancements that can be added to make extra special potions – powder paint and food colouring can make brightly coloured mud, washing up liquid makes a good foamy substance and bicarbonate soda will produce a mud eruption! Old cook books that you may have lying around can also provide good inspiration.

Kitchens can be enhanced and changed every day by providing different ingredients. Rose petal perfume is always a popular option for budding scientists in the kitchens!

Mud may be messy but the benefits of playing with mud are endless. We can’t encourage you enough to get your aprons and wellies on and go outside and start playing. Let the mud pie making commence!

THE GIVEAWAY 

You will get ALL of the items pictured in the photograph!

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  • Mud kitchen built from natural larch timber with butler sink, shelves, tiled effect splashback and hooks and holes for implements w120cm x d50cm x h112cm approx.
  • Balance scales mounted on an oak log h112cm x w50cm approx.
  • Digging trough w80cm x d30cm x h32cm approx.
  • 2 x Oak seating stumps h30cm x w28cm approx.
  • 2 x Oak slice plates w20cm x h3cm approx.
  • Carved oak mixing bowl h30cm x w40cm approx.
  • Various cooking implements

Infinite Playground will provide delivery with a delivery company and it will be sent on a pallet.

The individual or setting that wins will be responsible for positioning the kitchen.  The mud kitchen is free standing and therefore will not need installation (although we would recommend attaching to a wall or post).

We would recommend that two people lift the kitchen and that the sink is lifted out of the kitchen before moving.

Due to the size of his Giveaway it is open to the UK only

 

To stand a chance of winning the Infinite Playgrounds Mud Kitchen  you can…

Leave a comment on the bottom of this blog post

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Like and leave a comment on the ABC Does Facebook page here 

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All entries must be made by NOON on FRIDAY 2nd DECEMBER 2016.

 The more entries, the better your chance so get your parents/carers to vote for you too!

Good Luck!

555 Comments on “Infinite Playgrounds Guest Blog and Mud Kitchen GIVEAWAY!”

  1. Mud kitchens are fab! My youngest son’s school has started one, but it is no where near as good as the one in these photos!!

  2. Wow! Just what my school needs! My reception children would have such an amazing time in here, in fact so would our year 6!

  3. Wow this is amazing. I have just arrived home from a very inspirational afternoon listening to Alistair speak. Our school has just expanded to a 3 form entry school and we would love to have this to enhance our environment. With now 90 children, in our EYFS Reception year, it would be very welcomed! Fab, fab fab!!

  4. Wow, what a fantastic prize! This would really complete our outdoor area and provide lots of learning opportunities that our children would love and really benefit from. Please consider us.

  5. Wow, what a fantastic prize! This would really complete our outdoor area and provide lots of learning opportunities that our children would love and really benefit from.

  6. We are trying hard to develop our nursery outdoor area at our village school. This addition would make such a difference and be the starting point to greater things ahead. Most importantly our children would love it! X

  7. Yes please! I’ve been trying for months to create a mud kitchen! Would love this to make it happen for our children ?

  8. Our mixed FS/Y1 class would love this amazing resource and so will the staff! What an inspiring set. Fingers crossed.

  9. Wow this would be fantastic, we are about to embark on a major redevelopment of our outdoor area, this would be a great focal point at which to start!

  10. Our Nursery and Reception children would adore and cherish this to say the least, we are currently ” trying” to reconstruct our two next to nothing outdoor spaces for them the best we can due to the minimal resources and finances our school has. This would make their play so much more stimulating and enriched when being in the outdoor spaces. This would benefit be be appreciated more than I can say.

    Please please please consider us for your give-away.

  11. Lovely resource. Will share your page and would love this mud kitchen in our school as we do not have anything like this. The pupils would love it as would the staff!!!!!

  12. This would be a perfect addition to our EYFS outdoor classroom and a definite hit with the children (probably catch some adults in there too!)

  13. I have just the quiet corner in mind, we would love the opportunity to develop it into a mud kitchen.

  14. The children at Rollesby Primary School would love a new mud kitchen and would make superb use of it. The children love being outside and this would make an excellent and valuable enhancement to their learning.

  15. What an amazing giveaway we would love to receive this for our Little Ducklings. They love to play in our ‘made up’ mud kitchen and cant get enough of it. Imagine what they would achieve with this wonderful prize!!!!!! We are attempting to develop our outdoor area what a difference this would make.

  16. Fantastic natural resource that would look amazing in our outside learning environment. Fingers crossed

  17. Oh if only santa’s elves would deliver this to our garden! The nursery at St Oswalds rugby would have so much fun with it.

  18. would love to win this for our school. We have wetsuits and wellies – just need an excuse to get them muddy!

  19. Would love to win this for my children I can imagine hours of fun to be had. It’d bring back memories of my mud pie making days.

  20. Please let us win this! Not only would it be fantastic for our little ones, but it would stop my EYFS team leader from bombarding me with email requests! Then again, it might not…

  21. What a fantastic resource; our early years kiddiewinks would love this in their outdoor classroom. Bring on the mud pies!

  22. What a super mud kitchen. Would be fantastic for our EYFS outdoor classroom!! The children would love it ?

  23. Wow this is a great give away! I would love to win to give to my little girls reception class, as they looked after her so well when she was poorly with a heart murmor. She would love to play with this with her friends outside. Xx

  24. This is amazing and would look fab in our outdoor area. Our children would gain so much learning and enjoyment from this.

  25. “Play is the highest form of research” Albert Einstein, please help our little Einsteins in school, not only in EYFS, but for our very young class of Year 1’s, two thirds of the class are summer born so they NEED to play outdoors! At the end of everybody day we want them to be mucky with light in their eyes and smiles on their faces xxx

  26. There once was a young man named Alistair
    Whose giveaways were beyond all compare
    He loved the outdoors
    And the under 4’s
    And the winner was a teacher called Clare

  27. Totally totally love ceramic sinks and mud and outdoor and rain and wetsuits……..im a ta and deliver a parent group each week and i would soooo get our parents out with their children to see the benefits and fun we can all have in a mud kitchen! 🙂 too excited at the thought! 🙂

  28. The children at Rollesby Primary School and Nursery would really love to play with this wonderful mud kitchen, the grown ups would love it too.

  29. We would love to win this, we are in the process of redesigning our outdoor area and this would be perfect!

  30. This would be a lovely way to enhance the outside play at Rollesby Primary school! The children would certainly get hours of enjoyment from it!

  31. It would be truely amazing if Rollesby Primary & Nursery school won this, its such a lovely little school and everyone works so hard to fund raise to improve the play areas. This would be so special

  32. This looks great. It would fit in beautifully with our unique wildlife garden or in our extensive main play garden

  33. I love the idea of a mud kitchen and I think our children would too! They would also benefit hugely from all the learning opportunities it would provide.

  34. This looks like an amazing resource. Our Nursery children would benefit enormously from this great mud kitchen

  35. Fantastic enhancement to our new early years build!! Loving the website and ideas for CP. keeping everything crossed

  36. Please consider Rollesby Primary School. Rollesby primary school deserve this prize. They are a small village school and are always looking for ways to enhance the children and their learning.

  37. The children have hours of fun playing with mud kitchen and Rollesby primary school would love a new one and would benefit extremely.

  38. My daughter would love to have this at her school, She loves playing outside and in the mud at Rollesby Primary School. This would be a lovely treat that all the children could enjoy.

  39. Rollesby Primary School and Nursery would make briliant use of this. The kids are really great and try very hard and woud love such an amazing mud kitchen.

  40. The children would really enjoy learning in the mud kitchen, they’re not dirt cheap. Hope the mud pies have really soggy and sloppy bottoms!

  41. I would love for our children to have this resource. We currently have a few very old school tables outside and some storage shelves. The children love playing in the mud kitchen but it isn’t really big enough.

    P.s. Wish i had the skills to design and make mud kitchens like that.
    Will Downes

  42. This would make a BRILLIANT addition to our Forest School area used by not only EYFS but also Year 1 and 2 as well. The children already love making ‘troll soup’ and ‘pebble cakes’ with the pots and pans but this would give them a lovely designated space for potion brewing and all things mud! 🙂

  43. We were just talking about upgrading our mud kitchen in SLT. This seems like a fabulous place to start the ball rolling. I will be looking through all the ideas listed to make sure ours is a quality design.

  44. What a fantastic resource and an amazing prize! Having just gained some garden area in our setting (blocked off by a fence previously) we’re excited about having a new area to develop….the article will be useful even if we don’t win but how incredible if we did! Thanks for opportunity to enter.

  45. My little girl’s nursery would benefit so much from a facility like this this. This is the sort of equipment that Invites imaginative play!! Hope I can win it for them

  46. Would love this. I missed seeing ABC at Manchester on Friday – From all accounts it was fabulous as always. Great ideas streaming from our two teachers who where able to go. So please put my name into the draw. Fingers crossed several times!!

  47. Our setting has been bitten by the outdoor learning bug and we are really starting to make the most of the area we have, we are fund raising for all weather playsuits to support this. The mud kitchen would make such a playing, developing and learning enhancement for our children and our setting.

  48. What an amazing set of resources. A far cry from my Tesco delivery box mid kitchen at the moment!

  49. This would be amazing. We have a reception unit of 90 children who all love getting wet and muddy!!

  50. Wow. I have a small childminding space with limited funds. A mud kitchen like this would make my kids so happy.

  51. This looks amazing. Our mud kitchen is in early days and the children love it. We would love to have the opportunity to expand ours especially as so many of our families live in poor housing conditions and do not have access to natural materials. I can only begin to imagine the creativity and language skills that could be enhanced through these additional pieces of equipment. We are focussing on habitats as well at the moment.

  52. “I would make mud pies and cookies by using mud recipes”
    “we can cook stuff and burn stuff and put some stuff in the freezer”
    “I would cook the mud pancakes in the frying pan”

    As you can see by the imaginative quotes above our children would love a mud kitchen all of their own

  53. What a fantastic resource this would be to offer to the children in my setting they would love it, so would I something’s you never grow out of! ?

  54. Mud mud glorious mud! Nothing more inspiring than glorious mud!!!! What a kitchen like this would do with my inspiring minds at school would blow my mind!!

  55. Please put me in the draw. It woukd be great to start a new job at a new setting with such an amazing prize ?

  56. This is how ALL playground equipment should be made, functional, fun and educational aswell as being made from sustainable outdoor materials…well done x

  57. This would be a fantastic asset to our early years setting. Our children love to get messy and it really would support and extend their learning in our beautiful orchard area.

  58. Hi,
    We have a very sad and lonely part of our playground which is calling out for a mud kitchen. Just think what that lonely space could do if it was transformed into a mud kitchen. Oh, the happiness and joy it could bring. It could also keep the mud slide company! Muddy fingers crossed!

  59. Amazing and high quality resources, what a fantastic mud kitchen! Can just imagine the hours of fun that my class would have playing in such a fantastic space.

  60. This would be the perfect addition to the nature play area we’re developing on our community garden at leith community croft. The kids would love it.

  61. We just done an all day winter session today and just discussed the need we have for the kids to have something like this in the area we are developing of Leith Community Croft.

  62. Mud glorious mud…nothing quite like it for cooling the blood!
    Amazing mud kitchens! Love it all!

  63. This looks totally brilliant and even if we don’t win the blog post has given me lots of good ideas.

  64. Wow – what a prize! I’m slowly collecting freebies from freecycling sites to try to establish a mud kitchen in our outdoor area but this would be the crowning glory and much loved by our reception classes.

  65. Desperate for a high quality mud kitchen. We have been improvising as best we can but this would be wonderful!

  66. Oh we would love to have this mud kitchen in our playground, thanks for the opportunity!
    Mary Berry eat your heart out.

  67. Our current mud kitchen is so well used that it’s beginning to fall apart. Would love to be lucky enough to win this wonderful resource for all our budding chefs!

  68. Olie is mad on being in the garden, we regulary make mud pies, plant thinks and he even loves to help raking the leaves. Messy play is so good for little ones, I would love him to win.

  69. Wow! This would be perfect to help develop our outdoor space. The mud kitchen would hopefully encourage those children who don’t like getting their hands messy to embrace it whilst having fun!

  70. What a generous offer! This would be perfect for our muddy corner earmarked to become the mud kitchen!

  71. Really helpful article. We’re building a mud kitchen for the garden and fundraising for a mud kitchen at Preschool. The give away set looks fabulous.

  72. This would be perfect as a corner in our new forest school space, we are almost ready but this has inspired me to expand the area just a little further!

  73. Wow! Such a fab, natural resource and a really great article full of great advice. Would love to win. Thanks for the opportunity. Fingers crossed!

  74. Hi there,
    This looks amazing…just what an inner city concrete jungle of a school like ours needs! Would dearly love to win to enhance our OLE! Here’s hoping!

  75. As we’re in a very built up inner city environment, we take all our pupils for their weekly Forest School lessons in a local park. Everyone loves it but for a large group of the children (those who have challenging lives) it is their highlight of the week. If we were to win this amazing prize, we could have a Forest School section in our playground and which would be so great for the children to continue with their FS learning in school in a lesson organised way.

  76. This prize is amazing. Would really enhance our outdoor area which we are revamping for the new year. Fingers crossed. xx

  77. Would love this as it would have an amazing impact on what the children are able to achieve. Thanks so much.

  78. A mud kitchen is at the top of our wish list to enhance our outdoor learning area. I know 60 children who would just love a kitchen like this .

  79. I have been dreaming of a mud kitchen but don’t have the money or skills to make one myself. This would be perfect for our outdoor area.

  80. I don’t think our school should be without this. Our children would love it. Mud glorious mud!

  81. When I was young I created memories whilst playing outside in the mud and the dirt, adding in petals and and pebbles, creating magic potions and pies. All children should have a chance to create experiences and treasured memories. Good luck to all.

  82. We are trying to develop our very tired outside area at the moment by fundraising and this would make a huge difference as well as lifting the spirits of our fantastic fundraisers!

  83. I would love to win this for my local nursery class where my sister works, they would love to have this in their outside play area.

  84. A very interesting read! Thank you.
    I know our young Reception & Pre-School children would be delighted with a fantastic piece of kit like this!
    Thanks again.

  85. What an amazing giveaway! This would be a great addition to any setting, so would love to enter the draw. Good luck everyone.

  86. I would love to have this in my outdoor area, I have been looking at how to create a mud kitchen and this would be perfect.

  87. This would be a great addition to our lovely preschool. It’s a deprived area and would benefit the children greatly.

  88. Just doing up our outside space and this would be amazing for both our EYFS and Year 1 children to access!
    Fingers crossed x

  89. Would absolutely love this for my nursery/reception/year 1 class!!! super independent learning opportunities!!

  90. Fantastic resource ! The play in our setting would definitely benefit from the addition of such a quality area

  91. We trialled also allowing years 2-6 having access to our Reception / year 1 outdoor learning area which includes a makeshift mixing area during lunch times.However due to poular demand we had to introduce a band system URGHH Oh the pleasure of binning the bands if we won this!!!

  92. I would love to win this for the children at my school. As we have a high percentage of pupil premium and the catchment is lots of high rise flats this would provide an opportunity for the children to be outside more and enjoying the mud while engaging in first hand experiences of the kitchen

  93. What an amazing way to support all areas of learning. It would be a huge benefit in any early years setting.

  94. The children will absolutely adore this. It would be a fantastic addition to the setting to make the outdoors magical!

  95. I tried making a mud kitchen for my kiddies in our garden in the summer – sadly it didn’t work out cos I’m useless with making things haha. I am a complete clean freak yet i love the idea of a mud kitchen It allows my children to use their imaginations, creativity and get as dirty as they like without mummy freaking out. In fact I’m sure my kids would be shocked if they had the opportunity to have a mud kitchen in our garden. Its a great learning experience for all ages

  96. What an amazing tesource. Just what we need to enhance our area. I can’t wait to get started and this would be wonderful!

  97. Having just had a new classroom built and gained a big grass area, this would be a welcome addition and really enhance our learning opportunities. Our children would be blown away to find that this had been delivered as would the staff!

  98. This is amazing. Our children would love and benefit from this so much. We are hoping to revamp the outdoor classroom this year and this would a fantastic and well used addition

  99. I would love to win this for our school, it would be an amazing resource for our outside area which we are currently expanding.

  100. Would love this for my setting. We are trying to be develop it so it’s a lot better for all the children we care for.

  101. What fantastic resources and brilliant ideas. This needs to be on our schools action plan! Love the powder paint idea!

  102. We had our outdoor area upgraded in the summer for our special needs children but now have no natural play area. We are planning to develop the adjacent grassed area & this would be a perfect start- would live this set

  103. Love mud kitchens. Desperate for one. My mind buzzes with ways to enhance them. Would love to win. ❤️️?✌?️

  104. We would love this so much in our outdoor play area. We currently just have a plank with bowls! Hope we win!!

  105. i would love this to donate to my son’s school who have so little funds and outdoor toys for their early year’s classes. #infiniteplaygrounds

  106. Wonderful kitchen! If only funds would allow…. sigh! But hey ho…… we use our imagination along with the children and have created our own version as best as we can. We have a garden full of mud, leaves, plenty of pots, pans and kitchen utensils, which are loved by our children in our make shift outdoor kitchen (a piece of decking square and a plank of wood shelf raised on crates, with a couple of chairs to act as ovens). Our favourite place to play.

  107. Wonderful prize, our nursery children would love this. And thanks for the tips on enhancing a mud kitchen area.

  108. This would be a dream come true for my class of budding chefs, wizards and scientists. ??????????

  109. This is an amazing prize! The children and staff would be so grateful to win it for our setting.

  110. This would totally enhance our outdoor area and enable the children to fully explore their environment.

  111. Yes please! Mud pies are our preschoolers absolute favourite! Would be a fantastic addition to the ourside area 🙂

  112. Love it! Some amazing but simple ideas!! Winning this resource would really compliment and enhance our current mud kitchen.

  113. What a beautiful fantastic set of resources and a brilliant article of ideas on how to get the most out of it. Whether we win this or not we have gained from this! Thank you.

  114. Our mud kitchen was made with donations and help from parents. It’s been so well used that now it’s seen better days. I would love this for my little ones as they love playing in the mud kitchen! ??

  115. We are just in the planning stage for our mud kitchen. With 90 children in our Early Years setting this would be a welcome addition! Fingers crossed!

  116. What an amazing and generous give away. This would be an amazing addition to our outdoor area as we try to redevelop it.

  117. A very useful blog – thank you. I now have lots of ideas for my mid kitchen. The giveaway would be just perfect, I can imagine my children having a wonderful time in that mud kitchen!

  118. This equipment looks great, I acquired a stainless steel sink and draining board from Freecycle with aspirations of making it into something like this… I can dream at least!

  119. This would enhance our outdoor area beautifully. So many skills to develop! So much fun to be had! ?

  120. I would LOVE to give the children in my Reception class the opportunity to have this wonderful prize in their outdoor environment!

  121. Oh my this is an amazing prize, we would absolutely love to have this in our Early Years outdoor area!

  122. What an amazing prize!
    This would be a fantabulous start to the New Year if were to win…

    Imagine any child’s face to see this when they arrive at school.

  123. Wow, what a fantastic kitchen! I am currently clearing an area at school, very overgrown, I am about 1/3 of the way through the `clearance` part of my project to create a mud kitchen and natural outdoor area for the Early Years department. This kitchen would be perfect for encouraging more of my colleagues to get involved! The children (and staff!) would absolutely love it! Crossing everything that we win!

  124. This would be amazing in our garden! We’re in the middle of an outdoor project where the children are helping to revamp the outdoor resources!

  125. This is such an amazing prize, our boys love making cupcakes and this would enhance their learning so much. So much communication, literacy,maths, pSED in fact every area!!!!!! Crossing fingers xxx

  126. I leave at the end of this term and this would be perfect to leave something for the children who I love very much!

  127. Wow, this looks fab! Know some wonderful creative children and staff that would love to have this in our foundation unit!!!

    Some great ideas too, thanks x

  128. Looks fantastic and just what we need for our EYFS outdoor provision .
    No way we could afford one – like everyone our purse strings are tied .

  129. Great article which will be really useful to share with staff team and parents. Amazing resources which would enhance any outdoor area…but especially ours!

  130. This would def help sway the head teachers opinion on setting up a mud kitchen! What a fantastic prize! The children would absolutely adore this x x

  131. We are just launching a preschool at school and have the perfect spot for this in our outdoor area. It would be an absolutely amazing resource to start our new venture with a bang. Please! ?

  132. This looks fantastic! Would love to win this to extend the children’s creativity even more !

  133. Wow yes please! Currently developing my outdoor area with no money! This will save me a lot of time & means l can use my pallets to make other resources!! Looks amazing!

  134. This would be ideal for our EYFS setting. Just what our children need! Love your blogs Alistair. Fingers crossed ??

  135. Wow! What an amazing prize! We are currently re-designing our outdoor area and this would be perfect!

  136. What a wonderful resource for inquisitive little minds!
    As a grandparent I would love to win this for our school, they put so much time and effort into outdoors play and this would fit right in and provide the children with valuable knowledge.
    Go NPS!

  137. Wow! Our children’s are really into bake off at the moment… the possibilities are endless. Hadn’t thought of adding recipe books to the mud area before… yes please

  138. What a wonderful way to encourage creative play, especially for some children less likely to engage with a clean tidy indoor kitchen!

  139. Amazing, I would love this set of resources for our foundation unit, our current cohort love exploring in the mud and this would elevate their play no end!!!

  140. We would love this in our garden. We are currently drawing up plans to revamp our garden as its in need of an overhaul and sadly our mud kitchen is practically non existent!

  141. I’m always blown away by the quality of the giveaways on this site. This one however is epic! I’m praying to the mud kitchen gods for this one ??

  142. This is amazing we are currently developing our outside area for a new school and this would be perfect!!!

  143. Wow!! We would love a chance to win this wonderful mud kitchen. The school I work at is about to re-do the EYFS outdoor area will limited funding so a change to win a mud kitchens would be amazing for us! X

  144. We are in the process of developing our outdoor area and would love the opportunity to win this for our setting. ?

  145. Amazing article guys thanks. Will be sharing this with my boss, I’ve been wanting a mud kitchen for ages ❤️

  146. This looks amazing and we would love to add it to our ever growing outside area. Fingers crossed

  147. Omg this is absolutely amazing and what a perfect giveaway. We are just developing our outdoor area and this would be a fantastic resource to have. This is soooooooo exciting.

  148. WOW! the children in my school would love this. We are developing a brand new outdoor area and there is a space where this would ideal! The last mud kitchen I made was out of old pallets, wooden fruit boxes and my old kitchen sink!

  149. Gosh! This would make our already ABC inspired provision even more fabulous! And it would make the fact that our head won’t let us go on another ABC conference this year a little easier to bear xx

  150. Wow what s prize I am a childminder and have a great space in the garden for something like this.

  151. We are having a major overhaul and re-development of our outdoor provision at my new school. All of this would be used constantly, and would have such a huge impact on progress for our children in or shared nursery and reception outdoor classroom.

  152. This would be an amazing addition to our Nursery setting. Children just love to explore and create potions, so much fun on a daily basis.

  153. We are developing our outdoor area and hoping to create a Forest Schools area to be used by the whole school. This would be an amazing addition to our ongoing development project.

  154. This set would be amazing for my outside area I am trying to establish. I have year ones and they would really benefit from these resources to make their learning more practical and enjoyable x

  155. This would be a brilliant addition to our nursery outdoor area. Our children just adore playing in the mud.

  156. Yes please we are working to improve our outdoor space currently thus would be a fantastic addition!!

  157. This would be amazing for our reception class. We are curently trying to re-develop our outdoor provision. Yes pleas.

  158. Absolutely love this, the children at our nursery would benefit greatly from this amazing resource.

  159. Wow I love the spaces that infinite playgrounds create and would love to win this to extend and enhance our mud kitchen! Muddy fingers and toes crossed!!

  160. This would be amazing as I’m out mud kitchen only has a table currently. Great article to with many great ideas. Shared with the team as well.

  161. Fantastic ideas to extend our current mud kitchen. This would be a wonderful resource to have- yes please!

  162. This would be so beneficial for our children who do not have access to green spaces at home ????

  163. This is amazing. It looks like it would last forever! I particularly love the balance scales. Thank you for the opportunity to win this! Our children would love it ?

  164. This would be amazing! We are currently planning to renovate our outdoor area so it would be a fantastic addition! ☺️☺️☺️

  165. This would be an amazing addition to any outdoor area. It look so inviting! We would love it.

  166. Wow our reception and preschool class would love we are desperate for a mud kitchen but just cannot afford one ?

  167. Wow! Fantastic resources ?
    We are a very outdoors focused nursery but our mud kitchen desperately needs replacing! Thank you xx

  168. Wow wow wow!
    Me me me!
    Pretty pleasey!

    Amazing blog and amazing resources. The winner will be very lucky indeed!!

  169. An amazing resource. Our little ones love exploring the mud! This would be a real asset to our setting. Brilliant information in the post about mud kitchens.

  170. Aww what an amazing giveaway all our little outdoor adventures would love to win this prize for Seaview Primary School, Belfast

  171. Our outdoor area is currently ‘under development’ and in need of some TLC. I know plenty of Nursery & Reception children that would absolutely love this mud kitchen! And the teachers too! Thanks for sharing these ideas ?

  172. We are trying to redevelop our outside area and this would be just perfect – our nursery and reception children would love this 🙂

  173. Great article!! Kids really love playing with mud and the learning opportunities are endless. Would be great for our children with additional needs if we won this.

  174. A recently completed build project has left the perfect mud kitchen site ready to fit a deluxe product. We would love to win it. Think of all the “willy nipping” it would cause!

  175. This would be amazing in our setting! We have a lovely space waiting for something like this to go inside it!

  176. Wow! Brilliant ideas and what an incredible prize….there will be some very happy children somewhere.

  177. This looks amazing! I am not really into the man made mud kitchens normally and tend to like bits of scrap to build up a messy play area…..BUT, this is beautiful. I just love it!!!

  178. Amazing resource. Would love this for our school. Know just the space 😉
    But if we don’t win I now have all the ideas for building our own
    Thank you x

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