Claire Warden: Learning with nature – Mud kitchens

By Dr Claire Warden



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Dr Claire Warden
Claire Warden is one of the world’s leading consultants and writers on the use of consultative methods in education. She is particularly well known for her Nature Pedagogy Approach.


This module examines the principles behind the design of a mud kitchen. It also explains how you can give children empowerment and autonomy in their outdoor landscapes. Using videos, recorded conversations with children and real-life case studies, this module brings to life the benefits and learning opportunities of using a mud kitchen within your setting. This module is designed to help early childhood professionals integrate mud play into children’s learning. This is an introductory module and does not need any prerequisite knowledge of the topic.

In this course you will:

  • describe how to create a mud kitchen to give children empowerment and autonomy in their outdoor landscapes
  • demonstrate how to make landscapes work for children
  • list the items you need in a mud kitchen
  • create a mud kitchen for use within your setting.


Duration: 1 hour