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Our Play Kitchen

by RachelFlores
(DFW, Texas)

This is my daughter's play kitchen. It is located in our kitchen and is by far the most used play space in the house. She loves to "cook" while I clean the kitchen or make dinner.


My husband made the kitchen set for her second birthday. It was his first big woodworking project and though not perfect, we love it. The table and chair are from ikea. She has stainless steel pots, pans and silverware, all child sized, along with some wooden bowls and lots of wooden food. I plan on making her some wool felt food of Christmas.

Sitting at the table are the two Waldorf dolls I've made my daughter. The one in pink is a Joy's Little Baby. I gave it to her for her first birthday and they have been fast friends ever since, sleeping together every night. The second doll I gave to her the month before her brother was born. I made it to look like her, but it also had diapers and clothes she could change. She still prefers her first doll right now.

We use the cloth napkins that are located on the table in the basket daily and in front is a wooden bird made from the tutorial on your site. We already had wooden blocks, made from scrap wood, but now I love making wooden shapes to go with them.

I came to the natural parenting, natural toys mentality by the way of cloth diapers. I admit that before I had children, I recycled cans and paper where I could, but didn't give much thought to the environment. One thing that helped push me in this direction though was an innate desire to make things. Ever since I was little, I've been a crafter, more for the process than the product. Since college I've really worked on the product, realizing that it is very wasteful to make something that is not worth keeping. I love making everything I can (clothes, toys, baby food and everything else I can think of) for my almost 3 year old daughter and my 6 month old son.

I love the idea of natural materials and buying heirloom quality. In the past year we've gotten rid of almost all our cheap plastic toys and now try to only buy high quality toys, preferably made with natural materials, or make our own out of natural materials. I don't know if we will ever go "no plastic", but I certainly think more about my purchases, how they will effect the environment and how they will effect my children's development. I look for open ended, developmentally appropriate toys that will help them grow into responsible, environmentally conscious adults.

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Jul 30, 2010
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LOVE IT
by: Catherine

Oww I love your lil kitchen! Your husband has done an amazing job, and first go too!! :)

Aug 16, 2008
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Wonderful Job!
by: germandolls

There is no better toy than the one made by a loving relative or parent! Your husband did a great job on the kitchen! I am sure the dolls you made will be treasured forever!

Aug 12, 2008
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Awsome Kitchen!!
by: Anonymous

Really Neat!!!! Love the stove!!!

Jul 28, 2008
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Homemade goodness!
by: Anonymous

I love that everything is handmade, especially the kitchen.

Jul 25, 2008
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Beautiful!
by: Sharon

I love the stove. The dolls are gorgeous and it is so great to hear someone talk about how they have learned so much about doing things the "natural" way! Super!!!!!

Jul 25, 2008
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Looks great!
by: Laura

looks wonderful!

Jul 24, 2008
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Sweet set up
by: John

That is a great idea. making your own stuff so satisfing. Keep up the great work.

Jul 22, 2008
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Dolls
by: Anonymous

Fantastic entry! Those dolls look so cute. You are my vote to win!

Jul 22, 2008
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Great!
by: AliceH

I love the picture but I especially love the description. You are a great example of how making things instead of buying them can really be do-able.

Jul 22, 2008
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Ooh, homemade
by: Anonymous

Love the homemade stuff, good work, mama! Nice entry!

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