I’m always looking for ways to entertain Elijah when I have to be in the kitchen doing kitchen things. We recently scored a Step Two play kitchen from a neighbors garage sale for $19, but like many garage sale items, was incomplete without the kitchen props it was originally sold with.
We have a couple random mis-matched pretend kitchen items he can play with, but I didn’t hit it big until I remembered the kiddie-Dominicks exhibit Elijah LOVED at the Khol’s Children’s Museum we visited for his second birthday. The bread and butter of that exhibit are the real-life grocery items that kids can place into carts and scan at the registers.
We may not have a shopping cart or working register, but we do have lots of empty real-life grocery items that are tossed in the recycling bin every day. So I set to making them part of his play kitchen. You can do the same for your budding chef very simply too :).
- Save packaging from grocery items that have remained in good condition after having emptied their contents.
- Using packaging tape, tape boxes closed.
- Place a protective layer of tape on all edges of the boxes and reinforce any sides that may be weak.
- Let the kiddos have at it!