Mud kitchen is a recipe for suc­cess

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Chil­dren at­tend­ing Lit­tle Pets Play Group will be get­ting muddy in the kitchen as a cache of out­door play equip­ment is de­liv­ered.

Staff at the nurs­ery took de­liv­ery of mud kitchens for the out­door area of the nurs­ery, based at Ward­lawhill Par­ish Church Hall, af­ter they were awarded a £6000 grant by the Big Lot­tery Fund.

The money was used to pur­chase mud kitchens from Ruther­glen so­cial en­ter­prise Handy Folk, whose wooden kitchens are in high de­mand.

Lynn Duff, chair­woman of the Lit­tle Pets Play­group Com­mit­tee, said mud kitchens pro­vide a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in­clud­ing sen­sory, imag­i­na­tive, cre­ative and ex­ploratory play.

She said: “The chil­dren have quite a small out­door area so this grant was to get more re­sources for that area.

“The nurs­ery is a char­ity and whilst the chil­dren’s places are funded, any­thing above that such as re­sources, toys or trips needs to be paid for through fundrais­ing.

“Get­ting the mud kitchens from Healthy n Happy’s Handy Folk was a good way of ty­ing in with an­other com­mu­nity group and en­sur­ing the grant ben­e­fit­ted two or­gan­i­sa­tions.”

Tom Harten, Healthy n Happy Com­mu­nity Trust’s trans­form­ing lives worker, who works with Handy Folk, said: “It feels amaz­ing to be pro­vid­ing lo­cal nurs­eries with af­ford­able out­door equip­ment and any money we re­ceive sim­ply al­lows the group to carry on do­ing what they en­joy do­ing and maybe buy a few new tools.

“For nearly four years we have made all sorts of things from scrap wood, such as bird boxes, or­na­men­tal wheel­bar­row planters and re­cently kid’s pic­nic benches and mud kitchens. Th­ese were first made for handy folk grand­kids and have grown in pop­u­lar­ity from there; peo­ple seem to like them.”

Handy Folk is a group of lo­cal vol­un­teers, sup­ported by Healthy n Happy, who like to meet up and make things. Peo­ple in­ter­ested in join­ing the wood­work group can con­tact Tom Harten at tom@healthyn­ or ring the Healthy n Happy Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Trust of­fice on 0141 646 0123.

Mud Lit­tle Pets Nurs­ery com­mit­tee mem­ber Lisa Mo­ran with daugh­ters Leah, two, and Lucy, four, and man­ager Carolann McI­nally, with Handy Folk’s Tom Harten, Andy Henry, Robert Richard­son, Danny Smith and Jac­qui Cox.

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