Making Mud Pies and Playing in the Dirt

Little Tikes Mudpie KitchenBack to making mud pies and playing in the dirt!  (See previous post for the health benefits.)  Just to get you started, Little Tikes sells the Little Tikes Mudpie Kitchen which is currently unavailable.

One review suggested just get pitchers, bowls, pots and spoons from the thrift store and let the kids make mud pies with these.  The thing that is so nice about the Little Tikes toy is that there is a reservoir to hold water and a faucet that you can pump for water. See below for an alternative idea to this since this is unavailable.

My husband came up with an alternative to the water reservoir and faucet that is also very appealing.  Take a 2 1/2 gallon spring water container and set it up on a child’s picnic table or a small table.  Show them how to pull out the dispenser and push it in.  Cut a hole in the top so you can refill it with the hose and voila you have instant water for the mudpies!

So while you are gardening, your kids can be enjoying playing in the dirt and making mudpies.  It is healthy for them and then they are more prepared to plant and dig in the dirt with you planting a vegetable or flower garden.  Both of you will benefit from the bacteria in the soil, see Soil Bacteria Can Increase Serotonin Levels.