Well after months of seeing a ton of wonderful postings on Mud Kitchens I decided to try making my own! 🙂
First came purchasing all the supplies I thought I’d need. This required two trips because I needed more screws than I originally thought. Then I moved everything outdoors and applied two coats of waterproof stain. I let that cure for 24 hours in between coats. One thing I learned is next time to make sure I purchase some boards to place all the pieces on as I coat them, so the grass does not adhere to the sticky surface and create a hairy mud kitchen like it did this time! 🙂 Oh, well, a little texture never hurt. 🙂
I assembled the mud kitchen in different ways until I found a good height combination.
For each step, I used my electric hand-held drill and some Ikea tools. It took about three days in total to put together, stain, cure, stain, cure and assemble. After placing a backboard and an extra shelf for stability and storage I was ready to load it up and see how it would handle some tubs with dishes and some flower pots for loose parts. All put together I thought it turned out pretty functional. I then placed the unit onto a blanket and slid it along the floor till my sister could help me carry it outside. I’m sorry, but for now, I don’t have any pics with my students interacting with it so I will post what it looks like outside later on.
If any of you have made your own without the help of your husbands, boyfriends or handymen, please let me know. And if you care to share a photo or two that would be great too! 🙂
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Heidi Scott has over twenty years teaching experience in grades preschool through third and holds a Bachelor’s in Human Development with a Focus on Early Childhood Education and a Master’s In Teaching grades preschool – eighth grades.