Our play kitchen has been one of my daughter’s favorite toys. She loves preparing goodies like her mommy and sharing them with all our guests. And now her younger brother follows suit. It inspires such creativity and delight in them and is a fun toy for all her little friends as well.
It can be quite an investment to buy various wooden or felt pretend food items for her kitchen, so we decided to go the frugal route and re-use all of our own empty canned/plastic containers from our own personal use. It gives my daughter such delight to be using the “real” thing in her kitchen!
I simply took an assortment of empty food items – milk, juice, butter, sour cream, cereal boxes, canned goods, etc.- washed them thoroughly, stuffed them with scrap paper and then sealed them securely with clear packing tape. If they had a lid (as in the peanut butter, yogurt, etc), we sealed the lid on with glue. It is also helpful with these jars to secure the label on with packing tape to make sure it doesn’t peel off. It took a bit of time to build our stash as things were used up in the kitchen, but soon she had a good supply of food items to make everything to her hearts content!
There is no end to the frugal enjoyment of pretend food preparation with recycled containers from our own kitchen!