Outdoor Kitchen in a Box

Monday, August 8, 2011

This past year, I have started making gifts for my daughter's friends, and I was inspired by Childhood 101's sewing basket. It's the perfect gift for a four year old's birthday. This past weekend we attended a three year old's birthday, and I wasn't sure she was ready for a sewing kit.

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.





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9 comments:

Christie - Childhood 101 said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a great gift! You have thought of everything for a little, portable kitchen. And thank you so much for the link back to the sewing basket :)

P.S. I would love to add this to Playopedia if that is okay?

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Christie, of course, you can use the outdoor kitchen in a box for Playopedia. I love all the idea on there and would be happy if you included me in it. =)

Jamie @ hands on : as we grow said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That's a TERRIFIC idea!

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you, Jamie!!

Caz said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love this idea, perfect for my childrens play tent! Thanks for sharing.

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Caz, now that you mention your tent, this would be a great play kitchen to take along on a camping trip. =)

jenny said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

such a clever idea - thank you for sharing it with us all.

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you, Jenny, for the compliment! :)

Angelique Felix said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh Rebekah! What a clever idea with the basket and the possibilities to put all inside and carry it easy around. So organized and easy for miss E :)

Thank you for linking up this idea to 'Made with Love', I will pin it!
Love to you my friend, Angelique

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