Few things are more fun than good old-fashioned mud pies. We decided to make a mud pie kitchen in our back yard. We took an old wooden plant stand and set it on top of two empty planters to make a counter (Violet tells me the space underneath is the oven). We added some old, scratched up, but REAL pans from Great Gramma and Grampa, and lots of REAL utensils...the tongs being by far the favorite. Sand from the sandbox, rocks from the patio, shells, dirt from the garden, water from the hose...what else could a kid need?!