How to Make a Mud Kitchen on a Budget!

how to make a mud kitchen for summer outdoor play for kids on a budget | cheap ideas low cost for sensory play

How to Make a Mud Kitchen on a Budget!

Wow, hasn’t the weather been amaze! Well, at least it was for us down in Bognor Regis last weekend. If you haven’t been to the south coast then take a look at what delights Bognor has to offer families. You’ll be surprised. And what with this warm weather, we have a treat today…

Today on the blog I’m sharing some tips, tricks and blog posts on how to set up a super duper easy peasy mud kitchen – and on a budget. You don’t need to fork out hundreds on some fancy affair. Believe me, you probably have everything at home already. Or you can grab it from a car boot sale. We love them and find loads of bargains.

Think Outside the Box

Have some old furniture kicking around? An old desk? You’d be surprised at what you can do with unused pieces or something picked up for a few quid on Facebook Marketplace. Take a look at how we made an old desk into a very cool mud kitchen here.

how to make a mud kitchen for summer outdoor play for kids on a budget | cheap ideas low cost for sensory play

Even a small table would work. Give it a sand and paint it using something like Cuprinol on Ronseal. Basically something that will weather the erm..weather.

Use Old Pallets

Pallets are great and there are loads of ideas on Pinterest these days. I love this idea for inspiration from The Illustrated Teacup.

how to make a mud kitchen for summer outdoor play for kids on a budget | cheap ideas low cost for sensory play

I like this idea from The Gingerbread House too. They use pallets too, and some IKEA bits and bobs!

how to make a mud kitchen for summer outdoor play for kids on a budget | cheap ideas low cost for sensory play

Re-Purpose a Wardrobe

I love the way Mama Cat and Baby Bee reused some old IKEA wardrobe pieces for this mud kitchen.

how to make a mud kitchen for summer outdoor play for kids on a budget | cheap ideas low cost for sensory play using old wardrobe

Use an Old Stool

Your mud kitchen could be as simple as a stepping stool. And you can pick these up pretty much anywhere. Pop a bowl on the top step and add in some utensils. So easy, hours of fun and literally a few quid to put together.

This mud pie station from Daisies and Pie is perfect.

mud pie station using old stool - perfect if on a budget and want cheap free ideas for mud kitchens

We recently upcycled a little tea cart into a very cute BBQ table. You could make that into some sort of mud kitchen/station though.

Crates and Wood

Pears and Chocolate Sauce share a wonderful post on how you really can create a mud kitchen without spending a small fortune. If your DIY skills are non-existent then take a nose because this really is super simple. I absolutely love the Balti dishes from ASDA!

mud kitchen balti dishes and budget ideas

Have you tried making a mud kitchen? Is this on your to-do list this summer? Share your tips and photos with us on social if you give any of these ideas a go! Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter!

And don’t forget to check out some of our other summer fun plays ideas:

Ice Egg Dinosaur Excavations

Create a Science Station using just a few items

how to make a mud kitchen for summer outdoor play for kids on a budget | cheap ideas low cost for sensory play

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9 comments

  1. All of this! We made G a little workman’s bench but I love he mud kitchen idea. He loves imagination play and getting dirty at the mo #KCACOLS

  2. I love seeing all the different ways people have made mud kitchens, really proving the point that you don’t have to spend a fortune to put one together! My children would love one too, I’ll have to keep an eye out for something we can use to make one. x #KCACOLS

  3. Your blog is so amazing! I just love reading texts like this one. Very creative and fun. Your mud kitchen is very cute. But, your kid is the cutest definitely. Thank you for sharing these tips with us. Just keep writing! Do you spend the most time in the kitchen?

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