3 Things Every Mud Kitchen Chef Needs

Every time we play in the mud kitchen we always have these 3 items. They add dynamics to all the independent and imaginative play happens. Keep in mind that anything you already have will work perfectly. You don't need to go out and buy lots of new items to play in the mud. 

Places I love to check when I am looking for new items for the mud kitchen:

  • Dollar Store
  • Target Dollar Spot
  • Hobby Lobby
  • HomeGoods

A variety of bowls are so important for mud kitchen and imaginative play. Different colors, shapes, sizes, clear, wood, metal. All great for playing in the mud.

1. Mini bamboo bowls from Ikea. These come in other sizes too which would so fun in the mud kitchen. 

2. Mini Clear bowls from Target. These are so great for holding small pieces, loose parts, watching color mixing, and fizzy play. 

3. Rainbow Sorting Bowls - These come in other colors too! They are perfect for color recognition and sorting but also color or holiday themed play.  

4. Silicone Bowls - These ones have measuring marks inside which is so fun for muddy recipes. This set also comes with 3 different sizes which gives your little chef more creative ideas. 

You will need pots and pans for all those mud cakes and flower soups that your little chef will make. There are many options to choose from.

5. Melissa & Doug Pots and Pans - This set is the best! It has lasted years and years.

6. Baking Set - This set is so cute with those fun colors! 

Add as assortment of spoons and utensils to your mud kitchen play. Scoops, spoons, shovels, rakes, whisks, ladles, etc.

7. Wooden Spoons - keep in mind the size of the spoons. Wooden spoon sets tend to be very large which might make it tricky for little hands to hold.

8. Melissa & Doug - These are a great size for kids and will last a long time. Plus they come with a little holder which is so nice!

9. Rea Dunn Mini Set - We love these sets. They often come in all sorts of fun colors, and they are the perfect size for little hands.

A few Tips:

  • Plastic tends to crack and fade when left in the sun for long periods of time. So keep that in mind when looking at new things to buy. If it breaks will you be upset at the money you spent?
  • Wooden items will warp if they are left in water for long periods of time. They may need to be resealed or re-waxed from time to time. 
  • Metal lasts a long time but can get very hot when left in the sun.