Kids love to play in the water outside. Kids love to play in the dirt outside. Kids love to mix the dirt and water outside. The hose seems to constantly be running ’round here.
Rather than fight it, I embraced it: I built them a “mud kitchen”.
Made entirely from materials I had on hand. I just said, “I want to make it” and an hour and a half later it was completed. This should cut down on the amount of water used by my kids at playtime.
Materials: plywood, flat top/bottom logs from the wood pile, my leftover splashes of spray paint in an assortment of colors, two plastic dish tubs, assortment of (leftover from other projects) nails with heads and finishing nails, giant lids from food containers (collected because they are always useful and colorful!), wipes box for storage, broken pieces of cinderblock gathered from around the yard, a giant cement slab doing nothing in particular, and assorted plastic recyclables.
The kids played for hours out there! Particularly the boys. It made me very happy. River made “mac and cheese” using the dandelions from around the yard. Such wonderful imaginations on my kids.
I hope it will alleviate some of the “there’s nothing to do” blues this summer…