Kara loves pretending to cook food and wash dishes and do everything Mommy and Daddy do in the kitchen, so I’ve been wanting to make a toy kitchen for a while. I’ve seen lots of people make really nice ones out of old entertainment centers, but that looks like it involves some measure of actual skill, plus real tools.
I’ve been wanting to try to make one out of cardboard.
Steve’s been ordering parts to build a computer. When the computer case came, I saw the box and knew I had a fine beginning for an attempt at a toy kitchen.
Now it’s time to actually pretend to know what to do. I have plenty of mixing bowls and decided to use one for the “sink,” but my mixing bowls don’t have rims, so here’s what I did:
Trace the rim of the bowl you want to use for the sink.
Fold the “tabs” down, the slide your bowl right in. Instant sink.
Now, the oven. Trace something for a rectangle—I just used a standard piece of printer paper. Then I folded the paper not quite in half to make the “window.” Plastic wrap is the clear choice for the window. Now, I didn’t want the oven to open up to just dump everything into the huge interior of the box, so I cut the front off a smaller box and inserted it inside. Later, when Kara’s sleeping in for the night, I’ll glue it in to make it more secure. Then we went to Hobby Lobby and got some doo-dads to help us finish it off, for the grand total of $7.93. Kara was really excited about the zebra-striped oven handle, so I got the zebra-stripe bottle caps that I’ll somehow turn into the stove knobs. Put your handle on the oven, and voila! Good enough for my surprisingly patient child to play with for now. Later will come the stove and maybe a backsplash for the knobs, reinforcing the sides of the oven (I cut the window too big), and the faucet and handles. And an under-sink cabinet. And maybe aluminum foil around the oven to make it look like stainless steel. But for now, she’s happy and excited to play with it as it is.