Celebrating the Mud Kitchen
There is a lot written about the merits of the “Mud Kitchen” is getting students engaged in outdoor play. One impetus for the development of the University Hill Elementary School “Mud Kitchen” was the fact that our school playground was condemned last year and will not be rebuilt until the middle of June. I needed opportunities for kids to be engaged in purposeful and productive play at recess and lunch. I spent some real time and effort considering organization. Fortunately Megan Zeni and I were chatting. Her inspired words, “Or you could just clean out your cupboard and throw it in a bin and let the kids play with it.” And that is what I did. Kids look forward to playing in the Mud Kitchen and I have been making a conscious effort to incorporate measuring tools into the collection of pans, sieves and mixing tools. During the Wild About Vancouver Festival, the goal is to introduce the possibilities of the Mud Kitchen to someone who has not yet discovered it.
Date and time
University Hill Elementary
5395 Chancellor Blvd
Vancouver, V6T 1E2 Canada
The event will be located in Vancouver
There will be no fee for participants
There will be an educational component that invites participants to take something away that they can enact elsewhere (school, home, community-centre, etc.) and share their experience with others
Lessons will be offered by teachers/educators. They will be closed events that only the teacher and students participate in. Different classes many join up for a lesson, or even different schools and grade levels may collaborate for an outdoor lesson. Outdoor lessons are a chance to share what you are currently doing outdoors with other teachers/educators.
For lessons, WAV will share your outdoor teaching with other teachers/educators to help inspire them to take their teaching outdoors and offer some ideas about the range of learning that can happen outdoors.
Looking for funding for your event? Check out Go Grants or the City of Vancouver’s Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants.