small foot mud kitchens, mud tables, sandboxes and more

Children love to play and splash around with water, especially when they're also sand and mud involved! Water and earth toys are a refreshing way to spend hours of captivating fun. But mudding, splashing, and building aren't just loads of fun – they're also extremely important for children's development and sensory perception!

A happy smile, curious eyes and hands, grabbing handfuls of mud with total enthsiasm – few and far between are the things that can make children so fascinated as playing with mud, sand, and water. These simple natural elements have lots of educational value and offer positive contributions to the development of our young ones.

Why is playing with sand so beneficial?

Because it offers so many opportunities! For childhood development, it's critical that play objects and materials allow children to play and create freely without too many predeterminations. This freedom is found in playing with sand: it encourages creativity and imagination while strengthening children's natural curiosity. Whether the young sand fans are digging tunnels, modelling figurines, or "baking" the classic sand cakes, every child can play exactly how they want, and do it either alone or with others. Children have to experience their surroundings firsthand and intensively with all their senses. When playing with water, sand, and mud, all senses are stimulated, and both gross and fine motor skills are trained. "Getting dirty" is absolutely allowed because playing water games out in the fresh air strengthens the immune system and the body's defences!

Bring on the mud, sand, and water!

You can play with mud and sand at all kinds of different places: on the beach, by the river, in puddles in a field, or at the water play ground at school. At home, mud kitchens and sandboxes offer the ideal conditions for lots of mudding fun and excitement. Mud toys made of robust wood are particularly desirable – not just because of their environmental sustainability, but also due to their special look and feel.

The big Mud Kitchen from small foot is the star of the garden: Sand + Water = Mud & Fun!

  • Playable from all four sides
  • Oven with clicking turning knobs and wooden baking tray; oven door with magnet catchers
  • Easy to move with robust wheels
  • Convenient slots for tools, sticks, and hose
  • Extra plant section with two metal flowerpots
  • Two metal mud pots for collecting, storing, and scooping water
  • With a large mud bowl and worktop
  • Weather-resistant, untreated, solid wood, can be designed individually

The compact Mud Kitchen from small foot: for the loveliest sand cakes in the world!

  • Compact outdoor play kitchen made of untreated, solid wood for playing with water and sand
  • Ideal for a small garden, a terrace, or a balcony
  • Incl. Metal mixing bowl and two plastic tubs (removable)
  • Practical recessed slots for sand toys, sticks, and a water hose
  • Worktop for mucking about and playing; comes with turning knobs
  • Playable from all sides and easy to move thanks to the robust wheels
  • Splayed legs for a sturdy standing position
  • Perfect as an add-on or alternative to the sandbox

💡 An extra tip for when you're looking for mud toys with a little extra

Multifunctional mudding toys with multiple functions and loads of play value in a small space are particularly well-suited for terraces, balconies, or small gardens! They offer children an extra helping of playtime fun and space for creativity when playing with mud, even when there's not a lot of space available. Two great examples of this are the small foot Sandbox with Seating Area and Mud Table and the small foot Children's Seating Area with Mud Table.

The small foot Children's Seating Area with Mud Table: Awesome mud play for young explorers!

  • Picnic table for kids made of untreated, weather-resistant, solid wood with 2 removable mud bowls made of robust plastic (3 liters)
  • Multifunctional plastic buckets for playing, storing sand toys and storing sand, natural materials and water
  • Slots make it easier to remove the tubs
  • Tabletops above the tubs can be individually removed
  • Hole for a sun umbrella
  • Splayed table legs for a sturdy standing position
  • Two foldable seats (protects against bad weather and allows kids to stand while playing)
  • Can be used as a kid's sitting suite, a picnic table, or a table for drawing and crafting

The small foot sandbox with seating area and mud table: Multifunctionality for lots of mud and digging fun!

  • A particularly space-saving sandbox for the terrace, balcony, and garden
  • Combines a sandbox, mud table, and children's seating area
  • Removable metal basin
  • Hole for a sun umbrella
  • Comes with high-quality Oxford fabric cover that prevents the sand area from getting soiled
  • Special angle holds the two sandbox parts securely together
  • Easy to push together and move around thanks to the robust wheels
  • Weather-resistant, untreated solid wood, individually designable; A wood-preserving lacquer is recommended for a long product lifespan

So many good reason why children should play with sand & mud

Mucking around, splashing, building, dumping, burying, and sifting – playing with sand is "free play" with loads of easy fun that keeps kids occupied for a long time. But it can also do so much more:

  • Playing with mud and sand provides a host of different tactile stimuli and is a real "paradise of the senses". Feeling various textures, listening to the patter of the water, observing how the mud runs through your fingers, and recognising how your own actions have an impact on your surroundings. This holistic play experience with sand and mud promotes the development of cognitive, motor, social, and emotional skills in astounding ways.
  • Cognitive Development: When playing with mud, sand, and water, children use their imagination and creativity. They learn to recognise connections and relationships, experiment with cause-and-effect relationships, and develop problem-solving strategies. When building sandcastles, shaping figures or decorating the mud kitchen trains their fine motor skills and improve their spatial perception.
  • Motor Development: Our young ones' hands and fingers are used intensively when they play with sand, water, and mud. They knead, bury, pour, and shovel – and all of these activities strengthen the muscles of the hand and their fine motor skills. They also improve their coordination and teach them to control their movements. When pouring, scooping, dribbling, burying, and decorating, they're also training their hand-eye coordination.
  • Social Development: When children play together with other children, they're actively developing their social skills. Building sandcastles or preparing mud and sand recipes teaches them to communicate together, work together, and coordinate their efforts. They share their toys, exchange ideas, and develop empathy for others.
  • Emotional Development: When playing with mud, sand, and water, children can express their emotions and process them. They'll feel joy and pride when they've created something; they'll also feel frustration when their sandcastle topples over or when water spills out of their bucket. With these experiences, children will learn to deal with failure and improve their tolerance for frustration.

From the shovel to the ships – Mud playing accessories round out the set!

Add-on play utensils expand the possibilities of sand play. Children can use them to let their creativity unfold and create different kinds of shapes and structures.

Two simple play ideas in the theme of sand & mud

1. "Just Feel It" Game:  Dry sand that's been warmed by sunlight feels differently than wet sand, which is sand that's been turned from dry sand that just barely still trickles down into sticky, mouldable mud that's heavier and colder than dry sand. Soft or rough? Powdery or stroppy? Fine or coarse? Sand can take many different forms ... It's an awesome game for the senses that's even more fun when played with your eyes closed!

2. The Sand Treasure Hunt: Small objects and treasures disappear into sand and mud and must be found with the use of hands or shovels to dig them out or sift them out. What an exciting search it will be to unearth the marbles, shells, or toy coins! It's also a great game for the next birthday party!

Play with mud and sand any time of the year!

One thing is for certain – you can really get dirty with mud and sand: toys, clothes, and especially the children themselves. But that's certainly not a reason to avoid mud play. A change of clothes or clothes specifically for mud play can also be very useful in the spring and autumn, and a happy little "mud monster" makes up for that extra load of laundry! When playing outside, children gladly lose track of time. This can be a concern for the young ones in the spring and autumn particularly since they can be exposed to the sun for longer periods of time. This is why sun protection is always a crucial component of sand play – ideally, sandboxes and similar structures have the means to incorporate a sun umbrella!