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Olivia in the mud kitchen

Four year old girl playing outdoors, alone, in the mud kitchen. She is baking a cake with utensils, a baking tray and some mud. She puts it in the oven, uses the scales and mixes up her cakes. There is no adult interaction.

Good for looking at

  • Messy play
  • Mud kitchen
  • Learning outdoors
  • Solitary play
  • Pretend play
  • Object play
  • Self-talk/private speech
  • Effective provision - materials


  • What cues can you see that show what the child is interested in? (Look out for non-verbal and body language as well as spoken language)
  • How the child is learning?
  • Which areas of development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
  • How does the environment and the materials provided support the children’s learning?