What do most children like to do best? Get very messy, of course!

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At one Fleetwood pre-school, youngsters can get right into the thick of it – with a purpose built mud kitchen.

There’s nothing like oozy mud to grab kids’ attention, so it’s no wonder the innovative mud kitchen at Skools Inn has rapidly become one of the most popular areas of play.

Children enjoying the mud kitchen at Skools Inn Pre-School, Poulton Rd., Fleetwood. From left, Aidan Woolford, Tabatha Bretherton and Brodon Garden.

Children enjoying the mud kitchen at Skools Inn Pre-School, Poulton Rd., Fleetwood. From left, Aidan Woolford, Tabatha Bretherton and Brodon Garden.

Mandy Woolford, general manager said: “The mud kitchen is an environment that children will not necessarily get the opportunity to play with at home, so is usually unique to a pre-school or nursery setting.

“Like everything at Skools Inn, we like to try and make everything from realistic or real objects to further children’s understanding of their environment and learning.”

The mud kitchen has a real hob, work surface, running water from a real tap, pots and pans, spatulas, honey drizzles, egg cups and lots more.

“Children love getting messy, playing in mud, making mud pies and serving mud pancakes for our breakfast,” said Mandy.

“We are delighted to have this new area available for their learning and have already apologised in advance to all our parents if their children come home a little muddy!!!”

As well as the mud kitchen, the pre-school and after school club has created a giant sand pit and a ten foot pirate ship.

This part of the outdoor area was officially opened on Thursday with a pirate-themed fancy dress day.

“We desperately needed a permanent sand pit,” said Mandy.“We contacted the YMCA in Fleetwood and asked if we could recycle their pirate ship on Kemp street that was used by their nursery prior to it closing last year.

“They have enjoyed digging for buried treasure, making a new flag for the ship and learning new pirate songs.

“I would like to thank the YMCA for giving their old pirate ship a new lease of life in our setting, we are sure that it will bring many, many years of fun for the hundreds of children who will sail aboard her.”