Mud Pie Kitchen Fun with Kids – Preschool Activity

There’s something so primal and animalistic about mud. It’s cold, wet, slimy, sloppy, sticky, gooey and brown – a sensory bin at it’s finest. Recently, I let my kids tap into their inner cave boys and go to town in it. It was quite the success and a great way to kill a couple of hours on a lazy summer afternoon.

Outdoor Mud Kitchen fun with Kids

I don’t remember making mud pies as a kid, but I probably did, as we played outside all the time. It seems like I remember my grandparents telling stories of making them, but now’s it become something gross and dirty, even germy, and kids just aren’t getting dirty outside like they used to.

I didn’t used to be this way – I used to be a ballet dancer, always dolled up, 3-inch heels, never left the house without makeup, and spent every dime on new clothes. Now? I’m married to a man who loves the outdoors and has trained his three sons to be the same. I’ve become so accustomed to their dirtiness that tonight at dinner, I looked across the table to see our oldest with dirt smeared all over his hands, chins, and cheeks, eating veggies with those bare nasty hands. I had to laugh so I wouldn’t go crazy!

Playing in the Mud is Fun Again!

Just grab some bowls, spoons, spatulas and baking tins. The kids will figure out the rest. (Dontcha love how their baby brother is smiling on in the background?)

Ironically, I was inspired by an outdoor mud kitchen that I saw on Rhythm of the Home, where she makes playing in the mud look almost glamourous. The pictures are just beautiful and I unwisely thought our experience might look the same. Ha! I didn’t have any pallets lying around, but I do have buckets, plant pots, muffin tins, bowls and utensils…and two precious boys who are crazy nuts about getting their hands dirty and playing outside.

Mud muffins

Mud muffins anyone? No? Anyone?!

I hope this also inspires you to let your kids just be kids sometimes and give them an opportunity to be allowed to really play and get dirty (without instruction). And it doesn’t have to be glamorous or complicated to be fun – just grab whatever you have in your kitchen and garage and get outside. It’s a true invitation to play.

Play in the dirt again

Uh-oh. This is when things got REAL.

Because I gave them kitchen utensils, they naturally pretended to cook in their kitchen, without any prompting from me. Baby Griffin and I just sat and watched the fun take place.

Making Mud Pies

Gabe helped himself to a mud spa treatment.

And fun they had! We used the hose to make some dirt I dug from the woods really wet. If we were picture perfect, then we would’ve had charming little tree stumps on which they could work. Instead, I had a few plant pots leftover that served as perfect tables. Thankfully, we have a utility sink in the garage, so I put the baby in his bouncy seat, stripped down his brothers and scrubbed them off out there. Otherwise, it would’ve been with the hose outside because they were covered in muckity muck!

If you’re really brave, invite some friends over and share the fun!

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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.


  1. Such fun! My kids used to love playing in the mud – we got them a slip ‘n slide too – so of course after a couple of hours the lawn was just a big mud bath! My sister and I always had to behave like little ladies, dressed up and neat as pins! One rainy season we were in our element though – we moved into a new house – no roads yet – and it poured, the street was literally a river of mud. The whole neighbourhood was outside playing in the mud My baby sister up to her armpits, me up to my waist. It was brilliant – think that is my favourite childhood memory!! Just proves that good, “not-so-clean” fun is what makes memories for little people! Good job Sara!
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  2. I remember loving to make mud pies when I was little. I once remember eating them -.- boy I’m not sure if I could handle DD taking it that far, but she loves mud too! We live on 50 acres and, unbelievably, I’ve yet to let her do this! It’s not that I haven’t ever thought about it, just havent been brave enough! Thanks for the inspiration, maybe that will be Mondays fun 🙂

    • Breanna, I love that you live on 50 acres! And you are SO right, it takes bravery to let your kids play in the mud. You’ve got to have the energy to wash them off afterwards and you won’t have fun with it if you’re tired or have to be somewhere.

      • My parents own the land, and they also live on it, but we are able to do whatever where ever. We have a pond and my daughter LOVES to fish! We ate fresh caught bass last night 🙂 yes, it’s tough! We didn’t get to it Monday or today, but I hope to be able to tomorrow. My little mans been fussy 4 1/2 month old, so I couldn’t leave him in his seat any to get her cleaned up when she got through. We have red mud and its awful! Making me even more nervous! I’ll update when we get a chance though!

        • Oh Breanna, I can totally understand why you wouldn’t attempt a big mess yet with a little baby around! I did attempt it with our 6 month old sitting in his bouncy seat, and I got really lucky that he was happy the whole time watching his big brothers. But, I will not attempt it again until my husband is home to help me, or if I have extra energy that day. I love that you have a pond and can fish! What a treat for your kids.

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