The Mud Café

Published May 30, 2012
Subject: Science, Art
Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Place of Learning: Garden
Resource Type: Lessons
Grade Level: Pre-K, Kindergarten
Uploaded by:
Katrina Siladi

Every young visitor of the Edible Schoolyard Greensboro's 1/2 acre garden wants to dig. With the amount of visitors and the temperamental nature of our soil we solved this issue by building The Mud Café . It can be replicated in any playground or garden area to combine the kitchen and soil in imaginary play.

  • Children use imaginary play to cook and serve.
  • Children use problem solving skills.
  • Children work on fine motor skills.
  • Pots and Pans
  • Cooking Spoons
  • 10 gallon buckets
  • Soil
  • Tables
  • Play stove, sink, or oven (not necessary)
  • Aprons
  • Measuring cups
  1. Set up a space for your outdoor "kitchen" by leveling a shady area.
  2. Decide if props will stay outside or come inside.
  3. Place props
  1. Allow children to play freely in the area
  2. Engage children with questions about food preparation, ingredients, cooking, etc.

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