Recently at Cooloon we have put together an amazing new mud kitchen up near our garden area. As soon as it was set up all the children dove straight in to the messy Kinesthetic play. This has been a great way for us to explore and be curious in our environment while having an opportunity to extend the play with some measuring, pouring and other mathematical concepts not often thought to be involved with mud kitchens.
Messy play such as a mud kitchen is also a great way for us to build our immune systems as we dig and get right into the dirt. Recent studies have shown the need for dirt and mud as children grow up to build up the immune system.