Stimulate your child’s senses—right in your own backyard!
Steer your little ones away from their screens and into the outdoors with projects designed to spark their insight, dexterity and imagination: Just add mud! With parenting blogger Sophie Pickles’s expert guidance, you’ll transform your backyard into a lively space where your children can experiment with different textures—there’s even a taste-safe alternative!—and understand the wonderful world around them.
Using natural ingredients that are on-hand or easily obtainable, you’ll help your kids explore concepts like environmentalism, culinary science, creativity and math, while never losing sight of all the delightful sensory stimulation. Bond over the sheer fun of Shape Play, or try out Muddy River for an introduction to physics. Watch them delight in creating their own food station, with projects like Juice Bar and Mud Café. Better yet, help them build the blocks of critical thinking and observational skills, with activities like Mud Investigation and Mini Beast Hunt.
With Mud Kitchen Crafts, education meets fun in a major way.
About the Author
Sophie Pickles is a coach and writer dedicated to helping parents of young children blend learning with enjoyment. She is regularly featured on BBC Radio and in national publications as well as writing for the Oxford University-funded parenting app, Easy Peasy and speaking at the UK's Baby and Toddler Show. She shares her tips with her large following of parents on YouTube and Instagram. Sophie lives in West Yorkshire, England, with her husband and children.
“Many cherished moments will be made with these ideas. This book reminds us all what childhood is at its very best; playful, imaginative, messy and magical.”
—SJ Strum, YouTube creator
“This is a brilliant and inspiring book. I highly recommended it for messy play inspiration and for encouraging your children to get outside for some much-needed nature play.”
—Natalie and Joel Gurr, owners of The Original Mud Kitchen Company
“Finding the fun in the muddiest of moments, this book is an absolute must-have for anyone with an outdoor space to explore.”
—Sarah Hurst, early education and lifestyle blogger at Arthur Wears
“Sophie Pickles is an expert on all things creative when it comes to young children. This book is packed full of inspirational ideas that children will absolutely love.”
—Heather McAvan, founder of Mrs Mactivity and author of Learn to Read the Easy Way
“This is a wonderful book that guarantees endless fun memories with your children.”
—Deena Keller, founder of ABCDee Learning