Sometimes I just want to bottle up the wonder and imagination that my little ones show. I try to write down as much as I can, and take lots of pictures, but since we don’t do cute activities in our preschool at home, I don’t have a lot to hang on to that shows the beautiful moments we’re having.
I wouldn’t change our Charlotte Mason preschool for the world, but sometimes I wish I had something a little more tangible to remember these precious days. But an amazing idea jumped out at me from a book I read recently:
A mud kitchen cookbook!
Yep. Beauty, magic, and wonder all rolled into a pile of mud.
During our hours of outdoor time each day, Miss H loves to pretend to make food. She brings me concoctions of mud and crumbled up leaves with exotic-sounding names: filet mouchaka, mushroom lambaba. And some with less exotic names: spaghetti and meatballs, or stone soup. I pretend to gobble them up and laud her culinary expertise.
These are precious memories.
To preserve them, I made a mud kitchen cookbook for Miss H. I asked her about some of her favorite recipes and I wrote them down on a little template I made. I recorded her recipe, just as she told me, to remember her imagination and creativity and word choice just as it is right now: capturing a moment by preserving her favorite activity.
I also included a page for a real recipe that’s similar, also capturing one of our other favorite “preschool activities”- cooking!
This idea stood out to me when I read (affiliate link) Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens. Just like my children, the children in the book loved making pretend recipes outside. The “recipes” were recorded, and the teachers enlisted the help of a local chef to make related real-food recipes.
The first recipe I recorded was for Stone Soup. We’ve been inspired by (affiliate link) this amazing living book, and making stone soup has been an almost daily thing in our backyard.
Here is Miss H’s stone soup recipe:
1 Big stick for stirring
1/2 bucket of water
10 inches of mud
1/2 cup crumbled grass
5 crumbled leaves
- Fill the bucket halfway with water.
- Put the stones in the bucket.
- Add vegetables (sticks, mud, grass and leaves).
- Stir in circles forever.
I left space at the bottom of the page thinking that I can print out a picture of our mud kitchen adventures, or that Miss H might want to draw a picture. I’ll put the date on each page so that we can remember when we did it. My mud kitchen recipe book has just been added to the subscriber library, so if you have’t signed up for my newsletter already, make sure you do ASAP!
The pages have a little cover, and I printed off a picture of Miss H playing outside with her big stirring stick. This is a sweet way to record our early years days without compromising the philosophy that we follow.
This mud kitchen template is available in the brand new My Little Robins Subscriber Library! Sign-up for access to this library to download this template and other resources for your Charlotte Mason homeschool.