Benefits of a Mud Kitchen

It goes without saying, most kids love getting out into the garden and playing in the mud. The simple nature of playing in the mud encourages creative thinking and allows little ones to create whatever it is they like - without the fear of making a mistake! There are also substantial immune-boosting benefits to playing in the dirt. 

What is a mud kitchen?

Here at TP Toys, our biggest and best-selling range is our mud kitchens. Now, if you’re wondering what on earth a mud kitchen is - we’re here to help. Essentially, a mud kitchen is an outdoor setup for children that allows them to prepare and cook “food”, using things like sand, water and of course… mud! 

So what’s the point of a mud kitchen? Well, there are plenty of benefits to using a mud kitchen that you may not be aware of... keep reading to find out!

Is it ok to play in the mud?

We touched on it earlier, but not only is it ok for kids to play in the mud, it actually offers some great health benefits - both physical and mental. Mentally, giving children the chance to explore and express themselves freely means their mental health will thrive. Physically, playing in the mud and the dirt helps to build up a child's immune system, because they’re being exposed to bacteria in the dirt that otherwise they may not be exposed to.

Fine motor skills development 

You may be wonderful how a play kitchen helps a child develop. Well, in the early years, developing a child's fine motor skills is key, and things like gardening and play kitchens are a great way to do that. When playing with a mud kitchen, children will play with things like pots and pans, and various other utensils. They will measure, pour and mix ingredients together which develop their fine motor skills! 

Maths skills 

How does a mud kitchen support math development in children? Well, you may not realise it straight away - but when playing, there are lots of opportunities for things like measuring and weighing, and also learning about shapes, spaces and measurements. When supported by an adult, they’ll even begin to make comparisons between quantities when mixing water, mud and sand. 

Roleplay & imaginative play 

So what do children learn from a mud kitchen? Well, they have the creative freedom when playing with a mud kitchen, and using their imagination in creating their mud concoctions helps children develop language skills, as well as practicing what they’ve learned and observed in the real world. It also helps them build connections to others and language development.  

Sensory development 

Mud play is important for sensory development too, especially in younger ages. The different textures offered from playing with mud, sand, water, sticks and other things found in the garden gives children sensory benefits they may not otherwise get. Messy play, creating mud pies and role playing whilst creating exciting concoctions in a pretend play kitchen is a great way for little ones to develop their sensory skills as well as creating wonderful childhood memories!