Benefits of Mud Play


Playing in the mud can make you happier.

Scientists have discovered something that children have always known – playing in the mud can lift your mood. This page describes the numerous benefits that mud play and the mud kitchen provides children with . Mud can make you happy, healthier.

Recent studies have revealed that mud contains microscopic bacteria called Mycobacterium vaccae which increases the levels of serotonin in our brains, helping to relax, soothe and calm. So time spent playing in one our mud kitchens is never wasted.

Playing in the mud connects you with nature.

Many kids these days never know the outdoors beyond the school playground or their own back gardens, if they’re even lucky enough to have one….If you aren’t connected to something it’s hard to care about it. We must teach our children about the power of nature. One of our wooden play kitchens provides a focal point for messy nature play.

Getting kids outside to play (as a place to act out make believe worlds and explore) creates happy memories with the one most primal element in our world: nature.

Child cooking up a muddy delight
Experimentation and mixing. Cooking up a muddy delight

Playing in the mud can make you healthier.

Step away from the antibacterial hand wipes! Research has shown that playing in the mud – including very wet mud – is good for a child’s immune system.

So let your child be a child. Mud is good. If your child isn’t coming in dirty every day, they’re not doing their job. They’re not building their immunological army, this is so important for a healthy childhood. Our kids mud kitchens provide a daily invitation to play.

Playing with a Mud Kitchen
Playing with a Mud Kitchen

Playing in the mud can make you smarter.

Throw away the flash cards and sent your child outside to play in a kids play kitchen instead. Studies have found that playing in the mud can make you smarter.

The same release of serotonin that occurs when playing in mud has also been shown to improve cognitive function.

Playing with a Mud Kitchen
Playing with a Pebble Two Bowl Mud Kitchen

Playing in the mud helps children to learn and develop.

Sensory, hands-on play feeds children’s brains. Listing all the ways playing with mud – a delightfully sensory experience – can help children to learn and develop would be a whole post in itself. Mud kitchen set ups can help children learn essential life skills, children learn best with fun hands on experiences…..our play kitchens provide a safe place to learn whilst having plenty of fun.

Pebble Two Bowl Mud Kitchen
Cooking up a fine mud recipe in a Pebble Two Bowl Mud Kitchen

Playing in the mud helps develop positive dispositions.

Having an area outdoors set aside for mud play – a mud patch or a mud kitchen for example – provides a space for children to retreat to for some time alone in a soothing sensory experience or to play with peers co-operating, communicating, negotiating and sharing.

Mud is a wonderful art medium.

It can be moulded and decorated and it responds differently than sand, clay or playdough.

Play welcomes all comers.

Soil is an open ended material that meets the different needs and interests of different children.

A younger child might want to explore the sensory experience while older pre schoolers are busy making their own mud bricks or creating whole mud café menus!

With mud, there is something for everyone.

Playing in the mud encourages creative thinking.

Childhood memories.

Think back to your own childhood. Do you have happy memories of playing outside in the mud and the dirt or making rose petal perfume?

After all, making mud pies is one of the iconic images of childhood.

We are creating the experiences, the memories and the childhoods of today’s children. What do we want them to remember?