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Best Sandbox and Mud Kitchen Ideas for Endless Fun

Playing in the mud is good for kids — here's how to create a sandbox or mud kitchen with your kids

Published on: March 08, 2021

mud kitchen in the backyard
Credit: Rhubarb and Wren

Spring into mud!

Spring here in the Pacific Northwest brings with it outdoor play and mud! While it may seem counterintuitive to create a playspace for playing in the mud, there are many benefits for kids. Exposure to friendly soil bacteria can boost the immune system and helps to increase serotonin release in the brain, a hormone which helps in mood regulation. In addition, educational opportunities abound when children use all of their senses to create, measure, dig and build —whether in a mud puddle or a sandbox.

We’ve gathered 10 ideas for your very own sandbox or mud kitchen — from easy to complicated. Use the arrows above the image to find your inspiration. 

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