You can’t beat imaginary and sensory play mixed together. And who doesn’t love a mud pie! The children will spend hours in the garden mixing mud potions and cooking up a foliage feast for pretend play. It’s so much fun. So we decided that we would extend that play further afield and take our mud pie station to the beach to set up a seaside sand kitchen. We packed a bag with some old cake tins, wooden spoons, a jug, a wooden spoon and some candles and headed to the seaside. We picked some daisies on the way to use as cake decorations and scoured the shoreline for sea glass and shells.
The beach is such a wonderful place for children’s activities and a great place to be able to get mucky knowing that a quick dip in the sea will wash it all off!
We’d previously taken our mud pie kitchen out with us and made a wonderful cake baking station in the forest.
Boo had a fabulous time mixing and squelching the sand as she made her cakes. She was in her element.
It took ‘sand in your ice cream’ at the seaside to a whole new level.
She was happily in her own little world and it was beautiful to watch her playing and cooking up a feast for us. She especially liked pretending we were to have a birthday party. It was lovely to watch her using her imagination.
The candles and natural cake decorations were great for her to practice her fine motor skills too!
She enjoyed counting out the flowers and cake cases.
Look how proud of herself she was…
We even made a family birthday cake together.
Outdoor play really is great for children and even whilst the garden is an awesome place to start, it’s so easy to extend that play by taking things further afield. Fill a bag with items you may use at home (dinosaurs, cars, etc) and take it to a different location. The kids will have a ball.
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