Little kids will always look up to their parents. When I was young, I wanted to be just like my parents, so that meant walking, talking, and acting just like them in every way possible. By the time I was five, I had a set of plastic golf clubs, a cash register, a play garden, a basketball hoop, and a play kitchen. From sports to yard work and cooking, I was doing everything that my parents did, just on a much smaller scale. They knew that I wanted to be just like them, so they went out of their way to make sure I had toys and environments that would help me use my imagination and play pretend. It helped me view them as the role models I see them as today, and I'll always be grateful for that.
So, it's no wonder that the Internet got excited when one mom went above and beyond to create a play kitchen for her young daughter. Despite its professional and store-bought appearance, this kitchen was crafted almost entirely from cardboard boxes that mom borrowed from friends. It's a heartwarming DIY project that every kid would love to have, and we're glad that Rodessa Villanueva-Reyes kind enough to share her instructions with anyone interested in making something like this for their own child.
Unfortunately, this mom's project has faced some backlash, with critics saying that building a play kitchen for her daughter enforces "gender stereotypes." While stereotypes surrounding gender certainly exist, especially when it comes to household chores, there is nothing wrong with any child of any gender wanting a play kitchen. Like I said before, I had toys that represented what both of my parents did. Cooking isn't just for boys or girls - it's for everyone. Besides, I doubt Villanueva-Reyes would have put in so much time and effort if a kitchen wasn't something her daughter even wanted to play with. At the end of the day, it's important to foster a child's imagination, even if that means building them a kitchen or a workshop or a sailboat. Check out the images below to see this amazing project and how you can make one yourself out of just a few cardboard boxes and a lot of creativity.
One mom managed to transform some cardboard boxes into this stellar play kitchen for her young daughter.
The first step was determining a shape and organizing the boxes accordingly.
She made marks on each box where the doors would be.
A combination of vinyl stickers and paper cover every inch of the cardboard.
Her daughter already had a bunch of kitchen toys, so making it feel full wasn't difficult.
She even went so far as to print out a sign advertising "Audrey's Cafe & Restaurant." When my sister and I were younger, we loved to pretend we had a restaurant. Needless to say, I'm a little jealous of Audrey's sweet setup.
For the sink, she cut a circle in the cardboard and filled it with a pot. The "faucet" is just an old soap dispenser.
She used jar caps for the dials on the stove.
How cool is this? From the looks of things, Audrey couldn't be happier with the way things turned out. Make your reservations now, because I heard seats at "Audrey's Cafe & Restaurant" fill up fast.
H/T: Bored Panda