Category: parenting

homemade play stove, fire engine red!

photoEvery once in a while, I get a bee in my bonnet to do something crafty. With this project, as is often the case these days, Pinterest was the catalyst, and my daughter was the beneficiary. She had been playing kitchen a lot, so I decided to make her a stove. I really wanted to make it from as few purchased/new materials as possible. I did pretty well; the only things I ended up buying were:

  • Red and silver spray paint
  • Brads (what a great name for an object)
  • Thin sheets of foam

Granted, I have a lot of existing supplies. I was also able to scrounge up some recyclables and such. Altogether, these items were:

  • One copy paper box
  • Duct Tape
  • Cardboard
  • Felt
  • Glue
  • Magnets
  • The clear plastic lid to a pack of notecards
  • Paint marker
  • Sharpie
  • Box cutter
  • Cutting surface

I’ll let the pictures tell the story. The short version is: cut, paint, glue, assemble, tape, draw, present, play!

raw materials, found

raw materials, found


The door in progress


door, finished


raw materials, purchased, and trimmed into circles for burners


Spray painting in progress. (Paint didn’t quite cover the markings on the box, but no one seems to mind.)


Paint in progress, 2 – protecting the door






Finished! (Perfect fit for Ikea play cookware too!)

Pretty happy camper.

Pretty happy camper.


And Now I’m Posting About Potty Training …

What has happened to my life?

But seriously, we’re not quite there yet. We bought a potty/step stool combo because we needed a step stool for hand washing in the bathroom, and it is a source of amazement for the Brownie Bite at this point. She has actually successfully “pee peed” once, but I’m pretty darn sure it was just luck and she was as surprised as we were. We’re not planning to rush into this one.

Just caught a great article on Slate, though, that pulls together some good history and best practices, and encapsulates my anxieties about the process nicely as well.

“How to Get Your Child Out of Diapers by High School”