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Our Mud Pie Kitchen Engages Young and Old!


It’s been a month or so since our Mud Pie Kitchen (read how it began) has been here and it attracts residents and visitors alike  – from every age group!

The other day, my mom and sis-in-law stopped by in the evening when Pari was busy in the balcony with her outdoor kitchen.

It was only for a short while that they could watch and gush over it. For soon enough, first my mom, and then my sis-in-law – both were playing alongside Pari!

Continue to read and see some pics of their creative play…

Mom was making all sorts of sculptures with the clay-like mud. She and pari were brainstorming and working feverishly. This sight was utterly heart-warming. Two ladies – generations apart – were most comfortable playing along-side with the same tools!

Well, THAT is the effect of free play – especially mud.

Here are some pictures for you to enjoy the creativity and camaraderie between these ladies!


Making mud ‘kebabas’ on skewers. Oh well, those skewers are actually from the broom I use to clean the balcony ;)


That’s my mom seriously focused on some sculpting. As a girl, she liked making beautiful clay ‘shivlings’ and idols.


This was good fun and learning trying to form mud balls and then balancing and stacking them on the skewer.


While I was engaging Sarah in our five senses nature box, Pari stacked her ‘kebabs’ with help from my sis-in-law
Sarah, who’s 1.5 years, was curious about what Pari was doing but did not venture to get her hands dirty. Instead, she chose to explore the water (mixed with mud) that was now all over the balcony.
Making pretend rotis (bread) by patting with hand. Now, this is a method mom is all too familiar with. In our native state – Rajasthan – we make bajra (pearl millet) rotis this way – without using rolling-pins (belans).

Are you tempted to play along, too? :-)

After all – age is no barrier when it comes to playing in mud and clay. 

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  • Deeksha May 18, 2012, 10:50 am

    Wow..that makes me feel like going and playing in mud again …not in mud but i have played with sand a lot ..that was piled up on roads for construction purpose.
    Anyways,I was googling to find out the names of common flowering trees of north india , when I came across this link
    http://www.arvindguptatoys.com/
    There are a lot of e-books and links here to teach science in fun and easy way to kids.And also, the profile of Arvind Gupta is inspirational.Iwas reading it when I thought , since its useful for kids, it must be mentioned on Mommy Labs :)
    Take Care ,
    Deeksha

  • Ann May 19, 2012, 6:28 pm

    Isn’t that great! Great for the adults but also great when kids see adults playing – I think it can really energized their play. I REALLY have to do more of that with my kids!

  • Jennifer May 20, 2013, 3:49 am

    In addition to Monday Kid Corner, this week’s theme is MUD. Brush off those archives and link them up at thejennyevolution.com. See you there! Jennifer

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