More than Mud Pies: Making a Mud Kitchen

Posted by on Apr 1, 2019 in | 0 comments


19 students enrolled


Hello Natural Teachers,

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 engages 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: May 6,13, 20, 27 with videos, handouts, and ideas galore!
  • 2 Virtual Gathering via Zoom Call: May 8 & 29 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!

MODULES: (NOTE: Press on the Curriculum button above to see the full outline) 

Module 1: Get Inspired

Module 2: Build a Foundation

Module 3: Explore Mud Kitchen Elements

Module 4: Let’s Play and Learn in the Mud

See you in class,





  • Module 1: Get Inspired!   0/4

    • 1-1: Welcome
    • 1-2: Let’s Get Started
    • 1-3: Discover 5 Mud Kitchen Missions
    • 1-4: What Makes a Great Mud Kitchen?
  • Module 2: Build a Foundation  0/4

    • 2-1: Choose a Location
    • 2-2: Invite Tom Bedard’s Framework for Play Spaces
    • 2-3: Join My Mud Kitchen Tour
    • 2-4: Mud Kitchen Photo Studies
  • Module 3: Explore Mud Kitchen Elements  0/4

    • 3-1: Play with Seven Key Mud Kitchen Elements
    • 3-2: Virtual Workshop #1 Recording: Simple Mud Kitchens
    • 3-3: Case Study: The Children’s Place
    • 3:4: Embrace Open Ended Play and Exploration
  • Module 4: Let's Play and Learn in the Mud  0/4

    • 4-1: Invite Mud Kitchen Activity Missions
    • 4:2: Virtual Workshop #2 Recording
    • 4:3: Play in Mud and Build a Mud Kitchen
    • 4:4: Let’s Play: Mud Activities Galore!

Leave a Reply