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Your outdoor space provides many learning opportunities for young children. They learn to navigate new challenges, re-navigate familiar ones, and explore the world around them. Being outside fills their lungs with fresh air, and allows them to use their large muscles for running and climbing. An outdoor space should be equipped to allow the children to explore the area independently.
When you set up your outside space you can save money by building outdoor items yourself, shopping for second hands items, using items from nature, and using recycled materials.
Don't throw those tires out quite yet. Here are some fun ways to use them in your Outdoor Space.
There have been so many fabulous mud kitchens shared in our Pre-K Fun Facebook group over the last few years.
Mud kitchens provide Children the opportunity to explore nature through dramatic play. They provide children with sensory experiences, opportunities to cooperate with others, as well as many new ways to explore language.
Mud kitchens can be made from a variety of recycled materials, and can be as elaborate or as simple as you want. Don't pass up the opportunity to stock them with real cooking utensils, pots, and pans.
In addition to mud, you can also include other loose parts for "Ingredients" such as: Twigs, Flowers, Rocks, Seeds and cut wood slices.
I hope you enjoy this collection of Outdoor Kitchens from our group, as well as inspiration from around the web. Be sure to click on the links to be re-directed to the source for additional information and directions. Happy Cooking (with mud)!
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