Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Simple is best!

Our fab mud kitchen built by Martin & Adam last year.
The past month has been unseasonably dry & warm, the children have been fine in their poloshirts or jumpers & haven't needed coats at all. It has also allowed them to fully explore the playground, sometimes if it is very wet early on, we find the children are reluctant to wear the rain gear & stay under the verandah area. They have had such great fun in the mud kitchen & it's been so dry they haven't even needed rain gear on, just their wellies. This has made me realise that a canopy over the mud kitchen would make such a big difference, so this is on my list of things to do in the next 6 months or so. You can read about how we got such a brilliant mud kitchen over here.
It is incredible how the children just naturally incorporate the many loose parts around the forest area in their play - the long pinecones have become sausages, the glittery gumballs are decorations for cakes. They have all really enjoyed using the 3 willow dens too, they have become their houses, some girls have even added more branches & planks to decorate them. 
I loved that these 2 children decided to cook on a fire in their house!

Who knew a couple of years ago when our grass wore away in a particularly wet Autumn that having to put down bark chippings would prove to one of the best decisions we ever made!
A cake with lots of decorations on the top!

4 comments:

  1. I love using loose parts in play. Its wonderful how children develop their imagination to use objects to enhance their play. We have been so lucky with the weather at the moment, makes it so much easier to be outdoors.

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    1. It certainly does but we also had a great morning in the rain this week too & the mud kitchen took on a whole different feel with lots of 'soups' being made!

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  2. The long dry weather has been so welcome this autumn and I'm sure it has made a huge difference for you in the time saved in removing wet overalls for outdoor fun. the kitchen looks as popular as ever. thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids

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    1. So true, Fiona, it is definitely a lot easier without the rain gear!

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