We moved a few things outside to a readily muddy area near a place where we can keep an eye on grand-girly. I was inspired by a mud kitchen my blogger pal over at Messyfish, had made for her son. Of course, she tries to use mostly all natural elements, but I have a bunch of plastic here, which I used so that we could get it going much quicker! She must have spent at least 3 hours out there! When her brother got home from school, he joined her. This is such a hit! We do have to have one rule though.....the holes dug in the dirt must be filled at end of playtime. No broken hips for this grandma!!!!
Note the beautiful mud cake "dough" in the cooler, with floral ingredients! Beautiful. She was delighted mixing it up! We put Christmas lights and balls on the jasmine covered gate as well, for a well lit holiday kitchen at night! Tomorrow I will go through my pots and pans and find some old ones for her, and we are keeping an eye open for a free coffee table to add, that we can paint burners on the top, for a stove. I believe this will be a fun activity for Donovan (age almost 8) to paint.
If you have any young people around....give an outdoor mud kitchen a try!!! It is truly enchanting for them!