Imaginative play based on their own life experiences must be one of the most loved forms of play for toddlers and preschoolers. At 15 months, AJ’s has adopted a small doll of Immy’s as her regular companion – she loves to cuddle and kiss it, push it around in her wooden trolley, and pretend to feed and put it to bed. And she has recently started to show interest in role play using our wooden, play kitchen. Both of my girls have loved this type of play from a young age and at five and a half Immy still plays in the home corner area of our playroom.
We didn’t start out with a wooden kitchen, after all they can be quite an investment, but given how popular our DIY cardboard kitchen and buffet unit were with Immy for the sixteen months before we upgraded I am so glad we did. If you have the space I would definitely recommend a play kitchen as a fabulous addition, and if you just aren’t sure whether your kids will play with it – you can always go the DIY route first like we did.
Here are some DIY kitchens from cardboard boxes that might just inspire you to make one of your own…
Teach Preschool: Pizza Box Kitchen (a stove top and sink from pizza boxes! Who would have thought!!)
Or if you are looking for a more permanent DIY version, I love both of these re-purposed cabinet projects…
And finally, if you are ready to purchase a commercial play kitchen for your kids Feels Like Home offers some great advice to consider before making the investment.
Do you have a play kitchen in your home?