There really is so much more that can be done with a Mud Kitchen than just making mud pies, and so many opportunities to encourage children to explore different learning experiences year round.
Mud kitchens are a very popular playground resource for nursery schools because they are very cross-curricular, meaning that they can be used to reach many learning objectives from the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) curriculum. Mud kitchens provide great outdoor learning spaces for young children. Learners enjoy getting hands on playing with mud and water, while also developing important physical, social and emotional skills. Let’s explore some of the benefits of mud kitchens for nursery aged learners:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
Mud kitchens work incredibly well as part of PSED for learners because they encourage role play, sharing and turn taking. The kitchen style environment promotes role play amongst children and it’s not uncommon to see learners taking on the role of a chef in a restaurant kitchen or mum or dad cooking at home. By taking on these roles, children are developing their social skills and heightening emotional understanding.