The children helped to prepare the area and spread bark chips on the ground then collected the furniture and decided where they wanted it to be placed. They then got to work and began preparing their recipes and mud food! Some of the most popular creations were soups, potions, sausages, pancakes with snails and worms! They are very happy because when working with mud, a chemical reaction occurs, the body produces serotonin which makes you happy.
The children have taken great ownership of their mud kitchen and it is their responsibility to wash up and tidy the mud kitchen at the end of the day. Washing up is very popular and the children have enjoyed using the scrubbing brushes. It is also an important part of the play as whilst restoring calm and order in the kitchen they are also restoring calm within themselves.