We've been playing in Emmet's kitchen a little bit more lately! In retrospect, 2 years old may have been a little young to introduce the kitchen, at least for Emmet. He wasn't quite into creative play yet. I mean he would, but not super extensively and not really on his own. But, oh boy have we been seeing it a lot lately! And so now I'm super pumped about it again and making more things to go with it (because I looooove cleaning them up).
We have a mix of felt/wood foods that are either handmade or purchased. Generally my rule is, if I can make them with the supplies I have on hand or for super cheap I'll make them OR if I can BUY them for super cheap (or if they come in a set with something else) or I can't make them, then I'll buy them. Things also to consider, do you really need them? But that isn't a fun question. And also, which is the absolute cutest version of this item? That is a fun question.
For this round I made snow peas (with stems because I might make Henry a felt garden for Christmas- don't tell him), oranges, mushrooms, and cherries. Some of these have smaller parts, which can be choking hazards. We just keep our kitchen/foods in the main living space and never bring them into their room (so they can't be alone with them at nap time). And then typically I monitor kitchen play.
We also upgraded to these cute little wooden berry baskets, rather than our teal paper baskets, because the old ones were ripping.
1. Paint the Wooden Ball with orange paint, let dry
2. Add red dots with sharpie
3. Paint Wooden ball with mod podge
4. Cut out a star shape of green felt and hot glue to "top"
Wooden Beads (choking hazard- watch carefully)
1. Paint Wooden Beads red, let dry
2. paint beads with mod podge, let dry
3. string red beads onto waxed cord (at least 6 inches long)
4. Tie ends in a knot
5. Tie the middle into a knot
6. (optional) cut out and glue on a felt leaf
Acrylic Paint (white, yellows, and tans)
1. Paint tops and bottoms with acrylic paint, let dry
2. draw lines on bottom side of top with brown sharpie
3. paint with mod podge, let dry
Green Felt Balls
Green Waxed Cord
1. Cut out shapes (see photo)
2. Glue felt balls and waxed cord onto one semi circle shape (balls on straight edge)
3. Glue second semi circle on top
4. Cut out a small rectangle (one edge with rick rack scissors) and glue on top of pea, around the waxed cord.
5. Glue on leaves.