3-3 Case Study: The Children’s Placex

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 and playing in Mud has health benefits.

Welcome to More than Mud Pies: Making a Mud Kitchen Module 3-3. In this Master Class, you will be exploring all the elements for making your own one-of-a-kind Mud Kitchen. If you have any questions, leave a comment below or email me a victoria@outdoor-classrooms.com. If you would like to connect with other Mud Kitchen enthusiasts, check out our CIRCLE Membership.


  • Understand the importance of learning from other Outdoor Classrooms
  • Observe & Learn the key elements of a Mud Kitchen
  • Get Inspired!

Session Checklist:

  • Watch Video: Case Study
  • Add notes and pictures to your Visual Journal & Step 4 Workbook
  • Write a reflection in the Comments below
  • Download Workbook

Case Study: The Children’s Place at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA


  1. WRITE A Reflection and earn your participation certificate
    • What are your favorite elements? What did you learn from this type of Mud Kitchen?
  2. DOWNLOAD Step 4 Workbook

Download Workbook