More than Mud Pies: Making a Mud Kitchen

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Hello Natural Teachers,

Do you remember making Mud Pies as a child? How about the hours and hours of simple open-ended play outdoors where you lost track of time? Mud is a fabulous medium for exploration and discovery for children. The Mud Kitchen invites children to become scientists, cooks, entrepreneurs, and artists. Have you ever thought what would happen if every outdoor classroom included a Mud Kitchen and all parents, families, teachers, and communities embraced and valued Mud as a teaching tool? Children just might navigate their world feeling the freedom to get dirty and explore without hesitation!

Do you know:

  • Mud can make you happier
  • Mud Play connects children to nature
  • Playing in Mud has health benefits

Have you ever thought of creating an outdoor learning station that will encapsulate your children’s imaginations Join us in this five-step e-course as we explore how to make a one-of-a-kind Mud Kitchen.

More than Mud Pies: Making a Mud Kitchen is an acclaimed course for Natural Teachers who want to create a one-of-a-kind Mud Kitchen. Simple as that. It’s about letting go of the traditional way of teaching, finding freedom with Mud Play and building an outdoor classroom learning station that will engage children’s creativity and thinking.

Inside this instant access online course, designed to take around five weeks, I will show you how to:

  • Create a one-of-a-kind Outdoor Mud Kitchen
  • Connect Tom Bedard’s Framework of Play to your Mud Kitchen
  • Fill your teaching toolkit with fun nature-based Mud activities 

More than Mud Pies: Making a Mud Kitchen is about re-connecting children with nature, opening the door to possibilities, and showcasing how children can learn math, science, and art in an outdoor play kitchen.

A large part of More than Mud Pies is about creating a Mud Kitchen on a shoe-string budget. In this course we explore every area of the Mud Kitchen, to understand what is possible, what could be possible, and how to get from here to there. Every Mud Kitchen will be different and that is the beauty.

More than Mud Pies: Making a Mud Kitchen will show you that all of your options are still open, no matter how big or small your outdoor space is. Inside this e-course possibility and Mud Play is your new reality.

The e-course is self-paced, virtual and available to you from the comforts of home. You can access the e-course on your own schedule.

Want to learn more?

There are 5 Steps to More than Mud Pies: Making an Outdoor Mud Kitchen.

  • Step One: Get Inspired
  • Step Two: Choose a Location
  • Step Three: Build a Foundation
  • Step Four: Add Mud Kitchen Elements
  • Step Five: Mud Kitchen Activities

Each Step contains several missions which include creative activities that will act as your guide for making your Mud Kitchen. Each week a “Muddy Note” will be delivered to your inbox. These notes help you to stay on task, include additional inspiration and resources.  

You can also include your children and community in the process. Invite children to answer some of the questions with you. You may be surprised with what they have to say. You can be as creative as you want.

I look forward to seeing you in class,





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    • Welcome
  • Step One: Get Inspired  0/3

    • 1-1: Get Inspired
    • 1-2: Missions
    • 1-3: Mud Kitchen Visits
  • Step Two: Choose A Location  0/2

    • 2-1: Choose a Location
    • 2-2: A Post Winter Walk
  • Step Three: Build a Foundation  0/3

    • 3-1: Tom Bedard’s Framework for Play Spaces
    • 3-2: My Mud Kitchen Tour
    • 3-3: A Mud Kitchen Picture Study
  • Step Four: Mud Kitchen Elements  0/2

    • 4-1: Key Mud Kitchen Elements
    • 4-2: Case Study
  • Step Five: Mud Kitchen Activities  0/2

    • 5-1: Mud Kitchen Activities
    • 5-2: Kids and Open-Ended Play


  1. Course work should be all completed now. Some how I missed session 1-3 and 3-3.

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