More than Mud Pies: Making a Mud Kitchen

Victoria Hackett

Do you remember making mud pies as a child?

Or 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. And creating a Mud Kitchen can add a “mud-luscious world” into your program.

But… you’re not so sure. After all, you don’t want a class full of young children covered in mud.

And you’re not so keen on the idea of being covered in mud either!

In fact, most of the time, you’re saying “No!” every time your kids head for the mud.

Why would you invite an activity that let’s them dive in?

Okay…. it’s true. Mud is a little tricky to work with. As a parent and a teacher of young children, I had some of exact same worries and concerns.


  • What if you could use mud as a teaching tool and eliminate all the worry about messy kids after playing in the mud?
  • What if there was an easy way to invite children to become scientists, cooks, entrepreneurs, and artists while playing with mud?
  • What if you could make a lasting Mud Kitchen that parents, teachers, and families embrace?

With a Mud Kitchen, you can stop saying “No!” and give your children the freedom to get dirty and explore without hesitation. And you get the pleasure of having happy, healthy children as a result!

“The world is mud-luscious and puddle wonderful.” E.E. Cummings

More than Mud Pies: Making a Mud Kitchen is a fun exploration of how to use mud as a teaching tool and create your own one-of-a-kind Mud Kitchen.

In this Master Class, you will:

  • Let go of the traditional ways of teaching and find freedom with Mud Play.
  • Make your own one-of-a-kind Mud Kitchen that sparks your children’s imaginations and engage their creative thinking.
  • Discover and implement different ways to teach children math, science, and art using mud.
  • Invite open-ended play and support child development in your outdoor classroom.
  • Enjoy happy, engaged, healthy and curious children.

By the end of this Master Class your hesitation and questions about letting your children learn in the mud will be gone and you’ll be eager to jump in too!

You get:

  • 4 Modules delivered to your inbox with videos, handouts, and ideas galore!
  • 2 Virtual Gatherings via Zoom Call for support, community, and a live class!
  • Private Facebook Page to post your celebrations and accomplishments!
  • 15-Hour Participation Certificate to honor your time and commitment!
  • A new community of like-minded educators from all over the world!


Module 1: Get Inspired & Choose a Location
Module 2: Mud Kitchen Studies
Module 3: Behind the Scenes
Module 4: Mud Play & Mud Activities




Course Features

  • Lectures 16
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration 30 hours
  • Students 19
  • Assessments Yes

My mission is for every child in every school to have access to an Outdoor Classroom. Therefore, I inspire educators to teach outdoors and lead an on-line virtual community of Natural Teachers all over the world to create their own Outdoor Classroom story.