Posted on | February 24, 2012 | 7 Comments
Sebastian really loves helping out in the kitchen. He helps me stir vegetables on the stove and shakes in the seasoning. He has even shelled his own hard-boiled eggs. He also loves playing with pots & pans and our big wooden spoons. Play food and kitchenware seemed like a no-brainer, so we bought a couple of play sets from Ikea. Sebastian had fun with them, stacking the pots and “feeding” us banana and oranges, but he didn’t really take to them the way I’d anticipated. That is, until I picked up a piece of chalk and drew a set of burners onto a small table.
It was like a light switched on in his head from the moment I finished on the chalk. I wasn’t even sure that he would get it that they were supposed to be burners, but he caught on immediately. He played with his new “stove” for at least two hours on the first day and has played with it every day since. Proof that kids do not need the fanciest or most realistic toys!
We’ve been talking for awhile about building Sebastian a play stove soon and I’m definitely more inclined now that I’m sure it will get a lot of use. (Ikea has a play stove for around 100 bucks but it isn’t solid wood. Could have toxins, plus I’d rather upcycle!)
Have any of you put together a play stove for your wee ones, even just a shanty one like ours? What are your kids’ favorite ‘make-believe’ games?