Renfrewshire Council

Messy play on the way for every nursery in Renfrewshire

Brand-new mud kitchens designed to inspire imagination and creativity through messy play are on their way to every council nursery in Renfrewshire thanks to an inspiring volunteer.

Aaron (4) making mud soup Our Senior Warden Gail Scoular came up with the idea to provide the kitchens and raised funds in her own time to ensure there was no cost to the thirty-four nurseries, with our Unpaid Work Team carrying out the work to create them.

Made from recycled pallets, they provide an immersive, multi-sensory experience for children to get their hands dirty making mud pies and soil smoothies while interacting with their peers.

The kitchens aim to encourage little green fingers to flourish by helping children discover the benefits of outdoor play and encourages them to use their imaginations to create culinary inventions.

Gail Scoular mud kitchen Gail said: "This has been an amazing project over the last six months and who would have thought you could make something so fantastic from fly tipped pallets.

"The Unpaid Work Team have done a terrific job making the mud kitchens, as well as tabards and mats made by re-using plastic bags.

"The children are going to have a fabulous time using their imaginations to make muddy smoothies, soup, mud cakes and more!"

The kitchens will encourage young children to see the benefits of working together and to find enjoyment in the great outdoors, ensuring they appreciate their local environment which is a key tie with Renfrewshire's Team Up to Clean Up campaign.

Cllr McEwan and Gail Scoular Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council's Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: "I can't wait to see all our young people using their new kitchens and I must thank Gail, the Unpaid Work Team and everyone who has put time and effort into making this happen.

"A big part of our Team Up to Clean Up campaign is encouraging people to work together while enjoying being outdoors and appreciating our local environment.

"The kitchens will hopefully inspire our young people to get out in their gardens and green spaces and take care of where they live, while finding the fun in doing so.

"It's going to fantastic for the little ones and hopefully we can roll this out further in the future."

Donations were made by UNITE, GMB Union and enva which facilitated the purchase of tools for use in the mud kitchens.

For more information on the campaign, visit Team Up to Clean Up.

Published 9 September 2019.