This has been in my mind for a long time. A summer mud kitchen. Where it's okay to get dirty and play in water, dirt and mud.
My husband looked at me like I was crazy when I told him what I was up to. "You're what?" He shook his head. He said I could clean them up.
"It's childhood, why can't they get dirty when they are just home?" I said to him.
My friend was getting rid of the metal potato bin for free. I found the typewriter cart for $3.00. My uncle gave me the wire hanging basket. My dad cut the stump table and chairs a while ago. I have been collecting free or cheap metal things for them to use. Most were a quarter or less! In the metal fruit basket, there's potato mashers, whisks, pots, pans, cups, pitchers, buckets, meatball maker, hand crank mixer, bundt cake pan, etc. Add a watering can and an empty container? Mud is what you get. Lots of it. Know how much I spent? $6.00 for the entire setup!
You know, they don't even get that dirty. My husband doesn't even mind them playing there one bit when they are under his watch. It's actually a great way to get things done in our real kitchen, as the kitchen window opens out to this area. Although our guest was confused at first ("You're going to let me make mud? Are you sure?" ABSOLUTELY!), he got to see how much fun it was too. It's been a really awesome addition. Lots of fun and gifts. Where else can you go to get mud soup?