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Anyone for Mud Cakes?…

The children in Reception are absolutely thrilled with their fantastic new mud kitchens. They couldn’t wait to start using them and have even made potions to catch the Joker who stole their superheroes!

Research has shown that mud kitchens have great benefits for children, such as:

  • Creative expression and invention (mud can become anything!)
  • Problem solving opportunities (e.g. how to make soup thin or thick, how to make mud meatballs stick together)
  • Cooperative play possibilities (e.g. let’s cook dinner, let’s have a restaurant, let’s feed the baby—you be the baby)
  • Stress reduction (being outdoors in nature helps children relax)
  • Building stronger immune systems (research indicates that some exposure to dirt helps build resistance to bad bacteria)
  • Growing affection for the stuff on our earth—soil, stones, sand, and growing plants (leading to care for our planet)

The kitchens were kindly built by two Reception dads, and it is safe to say they did an amazing job. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to them for all their hard work and generosity. As the photos show, the children are really getting stuck in.