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Finally, the perfect play kitchen made from junk

Finally, the perfect play kitchen made from junk. I am so excited that today my kids went outside and used their imaginations for two whole hours!   This hasn’t happened in a while.  We collected a lot of junk and made an outdoor masterpiece.

It was all here. All junk.  All free. They don’t need that cute expensive play kitchen to imagine. So last night we “built” it.

Why I love this play kitchen more than a real one from the store

If they get bored with this, I can throw it away, burn it, or repurpose it.  Tomorrow it could be made into a store or it could be a campground.  It could be turned into a lot of things, because if a kid can pretend wood triangles are noodles, then they can be anything right? I can remember as a kid playing kitchen with nuts and trees and leaves, imagining every detail, which I want my kids to do!

What we used

  • An old rusted Bbq that had some vegetable roasting pans with it.  They made perfect “pots and pans”,
  • A frisbee was their serving plate.
  • Triangular cuts of wood from our garage were food (in this case macaroni noodles!) as well as rocks.
  • Wooden spoons I needed to get rid of anyways…perfect and real looking for mixing.
  • Tree branches Peter just trimmed made a nice “stove” with the oven underneath.
  • Empty plastic flower pots made good drinking glasses.
  • A built wooden base we had around that our old dryer sat on.

 

Finally, the perfect play kitchen made from junk
This made my heart happy to see him cooking away. Although we don’t keep many toys, It feels like they have not been playing outside enough. This was a total turn around.

 

Finally, the perfect play kitchen made from junk
Peter had built that platform already, for something else and we no longer needed it. It would be easy to make with scrap wood.

 

Finally, the perfect play kitchen made from junk
Cooking macaroni noodles. I would ask him questions like, where is the salt and pepper? He would go get something like dirt and sprinkle it in.

 

Finally, the perfect play kitchen made from junk
Laila, plating up lunch.

 

Finally, the perfect play kitchen made from junk
Rocks as food. I would ask him questions to get him to imagine, like “did you make some vegetables too?” and he would go back and add something.

 

Finally, the perfect play kitchen made from junk
These old BBQ parts went from pots and pans to plates for their “lunch”. That flower vase was her “cup”. And Nigel filled it up many times with lemonade.

 

Minimalistic thinking

I’m on the hunt for play ideas that are fun for them, hands off for me, and don’t require so many toys! If you are tired of your kids not playing with their toys, or just don’t have the money for them, then something like this is the answer for you.  Drop a comment if you have any good play ideas for me!

 

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