My husband found this little gem on the curb last fall. We stashed it in our garage, knowing that it would become our outdoor play kitchen (aka mud pie kitchen).
All of our mud pie kitchen play structures were found on curbs, freecycle, or salvaged from the garbage. They include: our play kitchen, toddler size picnic table, table made from wooden spools and a piece of plywood (covered with our old camping tablecloth), and all sheltered from the sun and rain by a 8×8 garden canopy/gazebo that we scored a few years back off of freecycle. Frugal fun is where it’s at.
I scored some awesome mud pie kitchen finds at a local thrift store too: metal mixing bowls, old muffin tins, old pie pans, old mini tart tins, old egg beater, small metal pots, and some enamel bowls. I think I spent about $20 total.
I’m sure my quest for more fun and unique thrift store items to use in our outdoor play kitchen will be never ending, but this is a good start.
A deck planter filled with topsoil has been our go-to dirt pile for months now; making it a “no-brainer” addition to our mud pie kitchen too.
I dusted off an old plastic tub (usually our camping dish sink), and filled that with soapy water too (which was promptly used to give the dog a bath).
For something that we just threw together in an hour, I’m definitely pleased with it; and I think a little JBird is pleased with it too.