Every kid loves playing with mud. No matter how hard you try, it can be a challenging task to keep them away from it. But instead of prohibiting, parents should come up with other genius and smart ways to let their kids enjoy these constructive plays. And building a mud kitchen is one of them.
It is simply a replica of the real kitchen in your home with shelves, cabinets, and sinks so that your kids would act as true chefs and cooks to make cakes and pies on it. This doesn’t only provide a great opportunity for your children to have fun, but also help them develop essential imaginative and physical skills in life.
In this post, we’ll show you a simple guide on how to make a mud kitchen from pallets and other available materials in your home.
What you will need
Before getting started with your mud kitchen project, it is necessary to prepare the following materials and tools:
- Materials: 3 to 4 wooden pallets (1.2 x 0.8 meters), 3 wooden lengths (1.2 x 0.022 x 0.1 meters), wood screws, utensils, utensil rack, and a stainless steel bowl
- Tools: saw, cordless driver/drill, jigsaw, tape measure, pencil, carpenters square, hammer, sandpaper, drill bits, crowbar, countersink
- Safety equipment: strong footwear or boots, safety glasses
A few of tools used in this project are very dangerous. Thus, all work with power tools should be undertaken by an experienced person. Do not allow your kids to stay around when you are working with any of the equipment or tools.
Similarly, these equipment and materials can be very cumbersome and heavy, so make sure to prevent your children from undertaking or playing with them to avoid any accidents.
How to make a mud kitchen
Once you have prepared all the necessary materials and tools, it’s time to following our simple guide and build a mud kitchen for your kids:
Step 1: Choose a place
The best place for a mud kitchen might be a corner in your garden or the backyard because it will make your kids feel cosy as a separate playing area. Also, make sure an ample supply of dirt and water can be easily accessed. A water supply like a tap is also important to give your children the right “ingredient” for their recipe.
Step 2: Make the frame
The next thing you need to do is to create a sketch for the frame of your mud kitchen. After that, you need to turn a wooden pallet upside down and use the saw to cut through the outer slats. Remove the slats and blocks with a crowbar and hammer to make the main structure of the kitchen.
Stand the frame pallet on the edge and hold it securely to keep it from falling over. Use the removed blocks in the previous step and place them on the lowest part of the pallet. Next, drill and screw these components in place.
Drill and screw one of the 1.2 meters wooden pieces to the top part of the 2 blocks. After that, lay down the next pallet, then saw through either side with a top slat. Use a saw to trim it till you get the same length as the frame pallet.
Also, you need to follow the locks to trim any excess in both ends. Similarly, make another piece from the other side of the second pallet.
Stand these new pieces in front of the frame pallet. After that, position the second 1.2-meter wooden piece across the top and screw it in place. Remove a few slats from the third pallet, then cut 4 0.46-m lengths and screw them to the edges of the frame. Screw the third long wooden piece under the ‘splash back’ to complete the main structure.
Step 3: Create the working surface
Remove more wood slats from the other pallets and cut 12 0.305-meter lengths. The corners and edges of these pieces need to be sanded carefully with sandpaper before installing. Drill and screw all of these parts in place to create the working surface.
Step 4: Install the sink and utensil rack
To install the sink to the frame, you first need to measure the bowl, then draw an appropriately-sized circle on the working surface of the mud kitchen. Make sure its rim shouldn’t fit through this hole. Follow the mark to cut out the hole with a jigsaw.
Once everything has done, just drop the stainless steel bowl in position to finish. Next, screw and install the utensil rack in place on the top of your mud kitchen.
Now your beautiful kitchen has been done. Just stand back and enjoy your work!
Here’s another simple guide you can follow to make a mud kitchen for your kids:
Further ideas for your mud kitchen
Here are some smart ideas to improve the performance of the mud kitchen:
- Consider making two or more of those units so that you can easily enhance the size of the mud kitchen and allow for a larger playing area.
- You can screw the log slices to the top of the working surface to make a hob.
- Use a chest of draws or old cabinet to build an oven for the mud kitchen.
- Include some of measuring devices such as measuring jugs or scales to help your children develop mathematical, measures, and weights skills.