Our youngest daughter LOVES anything that involves cooking, and she’s also enchanted by tiny objects. So I decided to paint the top of an old mint tin to resemble a stove, then I created some cooking objects that could be stowed away inside for a miniature kitchen set.
So far, it’s been a huge amount of fun for her. And the twins are swooping in on it too. I might need to make a couple more sets. With everything being so small, it’s turning out to be great way to develop more precise dexterity. It took her quite a few tries to master making tiny sandwiches. And all the kids are thinking up some funny and clever meals. Nice!
Here’s what I used to make it, if any of you are interested in trying something similar.
Mint tin – I found a mint tin with a flat top, then painted the lid with non-toxic acrylic paint, and used non-toxic paint pens for the black burners. (If you want details on what kind of pens and paint I use, see My Favorite Tools.)
Wood Objects – I cut the small spoons out of popsicle sticks using my electric scroll saw. And the frying pan the same way, but with thicker wood. The little bowls and bottles were given to me from my wife’s grandpa. Probably can be found at craft stores.
Food – I used faux suede for most of the food. And also some felt. For the eggs, I just painted some yellow acrylic on the felt.
Wire Whisks and Skillet – I used some floral wire and needle nose pliers to bend the whisks. Then made the skillet out of a salad dressing lid and more wire. I also use a heavy coarse emery board nail file to nicely round any cut ends of wire, so everything is smooth and friendly.
(This toy contains choking hazards, so use close supervision. Recommended for children 3 and older.)