Thursday, August 15, 2013

Pack and Play Stove {Mini DIY Portable Kitchen for Kids}

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You know how kids enjoy playing with stuff in the kitchen?  

Well, here's a solution: their very own portable kitchen!  It uses real kitchen utensils, cost less than $10 to make, and has homemade oven mitts.  Sweet, right?

Ready to find out how to make a DIY pack and play stove for kids?

Tutorial for making a DIY portable play kitchen for kids from And Next Comes L

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How to Make a Portable Play Kitchen for Kids

Now, I'm going to be up front and tell you that this idea was not mine.

I know...I know...

Instead, this project was a copycat of this pack-n-go kids play stove, which was inspired by this kids play stove.  However, like most things that I try from Pinterest, I put my own spin on it somewhere, as you will see.

So I headed to the dollar store, hoping to find everything that I needed to make my own play stove for under $10.  I purchased the following items:

  • Plastic container with lid - The largest size that I could find was 15 cups.
  • Package of four green melamine bowls, one of which was smashed to smithereens by K.
  • Tongs
  • Package of three wooden spoons of various sizes
  • Set of measuring cups - They double up as pots and pans for the stove.
  • Set of measuring spoons
My final price?  $9.07 including the taxes!  Wahoo!

I already had red, black, and white vinyl on hand.  I used my handy-dandy Silhouette Cameo to cut out the shapes that I needed.  I just designed my own shapes. You could also try the template found here.  Then I stuck the vinyl on the lid of the plastic container. 

I filled the plastic container with the various kitchen utensils that I picked up from the dollar store. You will notice that my little something special was a pair of homemade felt oven mitts.

Oven mitts were a must for me since K loves to steal them from the kitchen and clap his hands while wearing them.  To make the oven mitts, I simply traced my oven mitts onto some felt, cut it, and then sewed it using my machine.  It took literally five minutes to make them.

Pack and play stove mini play kitchen for kids from And Next Comes L

To start cooking, place the lid on the container and use the items that are stored inside the container to cook with.

Playing with a portable play kitchen for kids from And Next Comes L

Playing with a portable play kitchen for kids from And Next Comes L

Playing with a portable play kitchen for kids from And Next Comes L

I am so pleased with how this play stove turned out.  K especially loves it and plays with it constantly.  He really enjoys the oven mitts, the tongs, and the measuring spoons.

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How to make a DIY portable play kitchen for kids for $10 or less from And Next Comes L