Mud pies and other recipes ~ book inspired play


I’m quite a bookworm, and love finding new books to enjoy and explore with the kids. So when Jackie from My Little Bookcase recommended Mud Pies and Other Recipes I could not resist!
Mud Pies and Other Recipes by Marjorie Winslow is a gorgeous recipe book for child mud chefs to create amazing delicacies for their doll friends.


Mud Puddle Soup
 Find a mud puddle after a rainstorm and seat your dolls around it. Serve.
Erik Blegvad’s retro illustrations are the perfect complement to this sweet book. And it is a wonderfully fun read, that we giggle along to as we go *grin*


Even better, it has inspired a new level of mud kitchen play in our backyard *grin*
With the kids getting super creative in their ‘cooking’, and making their desserts look so pretty and delicious!


Pick a dandelion from the lawn carefully, so as not to disturb the fluff. 
Hand it to your doll and tell her to lick.


Dino Boy likes to scour the garden for pretty petals and leaves… Making wonderfully decorated hellebore ‘chocolate’ mousse for his doll friends. And mud flower soup for me *grin*



While Little Miss Q luxuriates in the wonderful texture and mess of it all! Running her hands through the glorious mud and tipping the contents from one baking tray to another!



There were showers at the end of this happy and messy play!
Happy days,
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  • Reply Bekka Joy October 7, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Oh wow! We love mixing up all sorts of concoctions in our mud kitchen too! Sweet pictures Kelly! x

  • Reply Kate Gribble October 8, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I have been oogling that book since you showed a pic on Instagram. It looks so wonderful. I’m definitely putting it on the Christmas list for this year 🙂 …. did you lick the dandelion? 🙂

  • Reply Rachel Brown October 8, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    What beautiful pictures. I am adding that book to my (very long) wishlist 🙂

  • Reply katef October 8, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    OOoh that book looks lovely… and right up my kid’s alley as they all play ‘mud pies’ constantly… even the nine year olds!

  • Reply Rez P October 8, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Oh awesome! We love mud play but haven’t in a while.
    That look like lots of fun & creative mess 🙂

  • Reply Penny Whitehouse October 9, 2013 at 7:47 am

    That mud at the bottom looks just like chocolate. I bet it wouldn’t be nice if you licked the bowl though. he he he. What an adorable book. I’m going to hunt it down today and look at the pictures!

  • Reply Chelsea October 10, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    This post will be such a lovely memory in the future – how gorgeous and fun.

  • Reply October 11, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    So putting that book on our Christmas shopping list. Awesome! 🙂 xo P

  • Reply Kate Lloyd October 12, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I adore the idea of setting up and having my little girl play with a mud kitchen. Our outdoor area is so small that I can’t imagine where it will go. I might have to set one up at her grandparents place. Love this soooo much.

  • Reply Elise Ellerman October 12, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    We have this book and it has certainly inspired lots of colourful and muddy dishes! So many beautiful photos in this post, brimming with creative goodness 🙂 Elise @ Creative Play Central

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