He'll push a chair up to the counter and try to help me when I'm in the kitchen, or whine til I plop his butt down on the counter so he can "help."
Chunky went through this phase too. It was a few years before I started this blog.
Back then we was po'. And I reallllly wanted to buy a toy kitchen for Chunky. But I ran into the following problems:
a. Most (not all) toy kitchens are uber-girly;
b. The decent toy kitchens are expensive!; and
c. They take up a buttload of room--and then you've got to either sell, give away or trash them when the kid has outgrown it. What a pain in the ass any way you slice it.
A toy kitchen seemed like such a big and burdensome investment.
So, being the cheapass that I am, I made Chunky a toy kitchen out of cardboard boxes and contact paper.
I wish I had a picture of it to show you. Alas I do not.
The cardboard kitchen solves all of the above problems.
It's not pukishly pink and sparkly.
It's not expensive.
Ok, it does take up room, but when he's done with it, you literally smash it and toss it in the recycling.
Now that Moochie is going through the same phase of wanting to play in the kitchen* I wanted to get him a kitchen.
But I ran into the same old problems.
So back to the cardboard kitchen like I made his big brother seven years ago!
Here's what I came up with.
Now keep in mind it's not full of polished and clean lines like this cardboard kitchen, but you have to remember my target audience--a (soon to be) 2 year old. He doesn't give a care if the craftsmanship is a little, erm, off.
Besides, lord knows he WILL trash the hell out of this thing with regular play.
The full view!
I never made Chunky a fridge--but I found this PERFECT box at work with the inner-lip and a flap that covers the entire width of the box. I couldn't resist. I even made him little produce drawers--ha ha!
The dollar-store-roasting pan sink. Milk bottle caps for the hot and cold taps.
A couple of burners and some cupboards.
And my favorite, a spacious oven!
I tried to do a tutorial for this, but in all honesty, I tried, and couldn't. You just gotta get yourself some boxes, packing tape, scissors, contact paper, and basically some trash (empty toilet paper/paper towel tubes, bottlecaps, plastic handles) and just go for it!
The most expensive thing I bought for this was the white "granite" contact paper. That ran me about $4. And then I found contact paper at the dollar store. My only advice if you buy contact paper at the dollar store--buy two rolls of each color you want to use. I nearly ran out of the fake woodgrain!
I hope he likes it!!! The hardest part is going to be resisting giving it to him BEFORE Christmas!
*Upstairs Neighbors rolled their eyes when I told them I was buying Mooch a set of toy pots and pans for Christmas. Fuck that. I mean how many chicks want to throw their panties at that Alton Brown? Or any of those other "hot" celebrity chefs? Nothing wrong with a boy playing with pots and pans. If anything, he'll end up learning to cook (and clean--Mooch is also getting a kiddie sized broom, I'm sick of sharing mine, for Xmas) and be the best husbandly catch ever!