Way Back in the early 1980s, there was a girl who took Summer road trips across the United States with her family...
These adventures were hot, dusty, messy, noisy, and incredibly memorable, for all the right reasons.
At almost every city along the way, there was a Children's Museum to explore... an amazing reward for long stretches in a clunky car with no air conditioning and vinyl seats that stuck to your legs, a sweaty reminder of the seemingly endless hours between pitstops.
These museums were like bits of heaven on Earth - everything invited discovery, nothing was off-limits to touch, and many fast friendships were made while 'driving' a real NYC taxi, or pressing corn tortillas in a replica Spanish Hacienda. There were giant old-fashioned telephone switchboards, child-sized towns to roam, and enormous ball runs that filled rooms and twisted down hallways - kids made the rules here, and all of it was perfectly designed to open the world for the curious, the imaginative, the eager explorer.
Fast forward 30 years, and those road trips turned into global wanderings, and landed that girl in Australia, with children of her own, and a desire to give them a taste of the playful learning nirvana she had experienced in the museums all those years ago.
And that's how Mud Kitchen began... by scouring the world for products, equipment, and resources that captured the same magic of hands-on, 'old-school' immersive screen-free play that was so captivating and memorable.
Since that time, Mud Kitchen has cemented its niche in Australia by supplying a vast array of classrooms, communities, businesses, and homes with larger-than-life, high quality, and truly unique playful learning products. We are proud to distribute some of the world's most innovative educational brands, including Big Blue Blocks (Imagination Playground), Rigamajig, and Kodo. And we're even prouder to have developed products of our own, designed and manufactured in Australia, and sold all around the world.
We consult with educators, museum curators, early childhood professionals, parents, and most of all, kids themselves, as we test ideas, pick our products, and build our Mud Kitchen collections. We know we offer something special, and we would love to share it with you and your school, your home, your community, but especially, your kids... and Australia's future.
Thanks for getting to know us, we hope to know you soon, too!
All the best,
Liz, Stephanie, Laura, Katie, Hannah & the whole Mud Kitchen Team
PS We don't sell Mud Kitchens, we just appreciate the idea behind them - open-ended, creative, messy, fully immersive play... if you need an actual mud kitchen, try here We aren't affiliated with any of these mud kitchen makers, but we love what they do!