On this page we have put together lots of free downloads that have been created by Liz Knowles and there are also contributions from different outdoorsy people. They have been developed to help and inspire you to get outdoors and connect with nature. Each year we support International Mud Day on 29 June and have further developed our mud play range, by adding more information to the mud pack. We hope to develop this part of our website over the next few months by expanding the information we have, and helping people to link to the outdoors. Keep visiting our website, or sign up to our newsletter, or follow us on social media, to be informed about anything new.
Full Mud Pack
Download all files in the mud pack as a single archive file. Note, the translations of the Mud Book can be downloaded individually.
“Making a mud kitchen” book by Jan White
There is little more important in our physical world than earth and water and they are truly intriguing things, especially when they interact. Mixing soil, water and a range of other natural materials has a foundational role in early childhood which has deep importance and endless possibilities for well-being, development and learning. The breadth and depth of what these experiences offer young children is truly remarkable. Extract from “making a mud kitchen” by Jan white.
Hikaru dorodango are balls of mud, molded by hand into perfect spheres, dried, and polished to an unbelievable luster. The process is simple, but the result makes it seem like alchemy.
A – Z of Mud Play Highlights muddy activities for every letter of the alphabet together with some lovely photographs.
Further information These links provide blogs, research, articles, photographs and information about outdoor play in general and many specific to mud play and mud kitchens. Thanks to all these great people and sites for sharing so much. I know how much work is involved to produce information to share, and we really appreciate it.
Making a mud kitchen – language translations
As well as our English version of the “Making a mud kitchen” book by Jan White, we also have it translated into various other languages. These are also available for download
- German translation
- Hungarian translation
- Italian translation
- Portuguese translation
- Spanish translation
- Welsh translation
Examples and case studies
The work carried out at different settings, on a day to day basis, can be fascinating. In this section of the Mud Pack, we have brought some examples together. By sharing this work with you, we hope you are inspired and can develop confidence to get children outdoors and interacting with natural materials more.
- Ashton Keynes pre-school
- Bradford Surestart
- Tighnabruaich Primary
- Toris Childcare Muddy Toes
- Tree Tots Woodland Playgroup
- Windmill Primary School
- Delux mudkitchen Windmill Primary School
- Gill Wildish Baxter Kindergarten
- Jo Clarke -Rainbow pre-school
Health and Safety
A range of documents by different authors offering an introduction to the concept of risk benefit assessments and templates for assessments. Templates are working documents offering ideas rather than finished assessments. This is to ensure the author of the assessments fully interacts with their own processes. All these documents are a guide to support your own health and safety procedures and are not designed to be complete in any way.
- Explanation Benefit Risk – Explanation: Niki Willows
- Making things easier
- Ingredients Benefit Risk – Ingredients
- Resources Benefit Risk – Resources
- Infrastructure Benefit Risk – Infrastructure
- Individuals groups Benefit Risk – Individuals and groups
- Weather Benefit Risk – Weather
- Process Benefit Risk – Process
- Digging: Gill Wildish
- Benefit Risk Assessment Template: Gill Wildish
Letters and posters
A number of letters and posters are included in the Mud Pack that you can change and adapt, for your setting, saving you time when organising a Mud Kitchen or International Mud Day event.
Please feel free to download and adapt. All we ask is that you reference www.muddyfaces.co.uk
- Letter to parents
- Mud day invitation poster
- Mud day poster
- Mud day poster 2
- Mud day official logo (large)
- Mud day official logo (large, transparent)
We also have many more free to download non-Mud Day resources available
A Practitioners Clothing guide to help support understanding and use of outdoor clothing
Parents Information Pack for you to print and distribute to the parents
Outdoor Clothing Buying Guide with ideas to help you choose the right clothing for your setting
Outdoor Clothing Care guide to help you keep your waterproofs waterproof for longer.
Cooking pancakes outdoors tips, recipies and creative ideas for cooking pancakes outside.
Dandelion recipes Dandelion jam, marmalade and other dandelion recipes.
Billberries Campfire cooking with billberries.
2015 Christmas craft ideas Leaf decorations, Tic-Tac-Toe, Wooden slice robins, snowflakes, santas, pine cones
Seasonal craft ideas Leaf bashing, hog logs, reindeers, flags and more
Making ice decorations Giant coloured ice marbles, ice lanterns and decorations
Frog activities Loads of great frog related activities
Science in the outdoors Activities to help learn science outside
Deep learning with plenty of practical examples and stories
Wonder of the every day inspiration and ideas around dandelions
3D shapes from sticks making large objects. Thanks to Createstar Learning.
Keep it simple – Beach edition Beach activity ideas from Niki Willows.
Woodland survival crafts Bushcraft and survival based activities
Den building a practical guide to indoor and woodland den building
Full Den building document our most complete guide to indoor and woodland den building
How To guides
These are guidelines only. Always do as instructed by a qualified Forest Schools practitioner
Use a Bow Saw how to introduce and use bow saws safely with a group aged 8 yrs +
Use Loppers how to introduce and use loppers safely with a group aged 4yrs and upwards
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