So, I came up with the idea to make her an outdoor kitchen in a box. Miss E loves her outdoor kitchen, and it was influenced by the mud pie kitchens featured in Let the Children Play and Child Central Station and I couldn't create it on the large scale that we have at home or I've seen at preschools since the birthday girl's because grandiose presents sometimes miss the mark, and I like to try to keep birthday presents simple. I admit that making birthday presents isn't as simple as buying them, but making gifts is more personal and can be less wasteful.
First, I found a basket on discount from Michael's. It was important that the basket could be easily carried by the child, and had a lid. A box should work fine too, but mud pie kitchens are usually wet which would create more wear on a cardboard box.
I made stovetop burners using yogurt top lids and Sharpie markers. My husband drilled small holes on the lids, so I could tie the lids onto the basket.
I filled the box with kitchen items from my home, Goodwill, and World Market. World Market is one of my favorite stores for home goods, and items are generally priced well.
I filled the condiment bottles with red, yellow, and white paint. Paint is one of my daughter's favorite ingredients in her outdoor kitchen.
I poured colored sand in the spice bottles, and the large container has sand.
The cheese shaker would be a great place to put water since water is an essential element in our outdoor kitchen.
Miss E and I created the sign for the kitchen. We used watercolor paper and colored it with bleeding tissue paper. I covered it in contact paper to hopefully make it waterproof. I attached it to the box using hot glue.
A kitchen in a box is an easy and simple toy to create for a special child in your life. It's perfect if you want something that can be transported easily to places, such as a park or playdate. It works well for families who are short on outdoor space because this could be played with on a small porch.
I hope the birthday girl enjoys playing with her outdoor kitchen in a box.
- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad