Gail’s daughter, Virginia, shares a memory.
Make your own play kitchen
When my little sister was eight, Mom made a play kitchen for a big Christmas gift for her. The play kitchen appliances were made from large cardboard boxes. Just decorate them with paint that you have around and felt-tipped markers. There was a “stove” and a “refrigerator” plus shelves for storing the “food.”
The play food for the play kitchen started out as real food for the family. When Mom shopped for groceries, she bought small sizes of boxes and cans of regular food. She opened the cans from the bottom and washed out the interior. They looked like child-sized versions of real food sitting in the play kitchen cupboards. Nothing was wasted, as we ate the food. There were small cans of fruit juice and single-serving boxes of raisins.
I still remember how much fun my sister had playing with those cans and boxes and her cardboard appliances. The empty containers looked colorful and realistic on the shelves.
The house we lived in then had a large basement, so there was plenty of room for the kid-sized kitchen down there.
The play kitchen and play foods above are available from Amazon. Of course, you can just make your own, like Mom did for Shannon.