This mud pie kitchen has been the best ever entertainment for my kiddos for about a 1/2 a year now. Darla really started joining in on the fun when she started walking (4 months ago). This is one thing that my kids can do together. There is not much to it. You just mix and mix and dump, and mix to your hearts content. The mud pie kitchen really took off when I stole/borrowed this sorter thing from Jeff. It is made for the garage for nut/bolts/etc. P.S. there are a ton of great sorters at the hardware store - check it out if you need some. Anyways, I fill up the 8 compartments with flour, sugar, beans, old cereal, coffee (they love this one for the smell), rice, cornmeal, or what ever I can find in my cupboards. They aren't allowed to use any water with the kitchen until it is summer. Water gets out of control very fast with Desmond, so they would be cold in 5 min. Instead, this will keep them busy up to a good hour - YES! I moved it up on the porch, where the snow melts the fastest, and it always seems hottest up on the porch, so basically they can play year round.
P.P.S. This is why the neighbor girl is always begging her Grandma to please can I go play with Desmond.
You know everyone is having fun when the house looks like this!
So many hours spent playing/tasting this bag of noodles
This was another idea I saw oneline
Nature project - from things that we found on the way to the pool
Add water to the sandbox and you have hours of fun
Building and building
The sculpture was Desmond's favorite project of the month I would say
Even Darla likes the sandbox/water - she just eats too much of it
The finished/painted sculpture - this project took a couple of days
Glueing plastics - if you can glue it we don't throw it away
Painting - when it is dry you take the tape off and have a beautiful picture
He is starting to get into the mud pie kitchen a lot more
Trains trains trains
Even Darla likes the trains
Chalk with paint brushes for blending
Shaving cream and matchbox cars = instant car wash
Desmond got all the stars filled up on his good behavior chart, and so he got to pick out what he wanted from the toy store - finger paints.
I don't think I will be taking as many pictures of projects, since it is getting a little unlimited - and then I will want to scrap them all. We love doing projects - they have slowed down a little in September, but when it gets colder I'm sure they will pick up more and more.