I can't remember if it was my idea or Daphne's to make a play kitchen. Over the years I've come close to buying used ones from Craigslist, and occasionally a nice wooden one has even sat in my "saved for later" shopping cart on Amazon. But I could never bring myself to buy one. They just take up so much space, you never know if the kids would actually use it or it would just sit there.
Then one day I was inspired to (maybe) make one, so I Googled it. But that involved wood, nails, and/or finding an old cabinet to refurbish, etc. A bit out of my league.
But I'll tell you what's solidly in my league. Construction paper, a few brads, and the laminator at work. And general cheapness. I'm all over that.
Daphne liked the stove so much that a few weeks later she wanted to make a sink and dishwasher. She designed the sink and I put it together, and then she did the dishwasher herself (there's a spot in the back for soap too!) Kind of covering up some of the stove burners here, but who cares.
When stuff's in the oven or dishwasher, it just goes under the table. Daphne also mentioned drawing what's cookin' on the oven "glass" with dry-erase makers. We'll have to try that!
Just fold up and stick in the closet when you're done. This also keeps it a "fresh" toy that doesn't just become a piece of furniture that blends in to the background.
Spot o' tea, anyone?