A Practical Play Kitchen
When I recently replaced our old broken play kitchen with this Gluckskafer Model, I emptied out all the cupboards. We had copious amounts of play food and accessories... all collected over the years ... hardly played with - mostly shoved into bags and left all over the house! It was completely my fault it got into that state, and it was overwhelming!
When it was time to move into our new Kitchen, I used Waldorf principles to help me decide what to keep. I wanted to create a kitchen space where the children could act out kitchen work, and use ‘real things’ made of metal, cotton, wood, etc where possible.
So we added the following items we didn’t currently own:
A proper Kettle
Enamel Pots, Pans, and Dishes
Oven Glove and Tea Towel
Washing Up Brush
Dustpan and Brush
We kept the following items we already had:
Metal Sieve, Pots, and Pans
Wooden Play Food (Enough to fill the wicker basket)
A Wooden Birthday Cake 🎂
I have one VERY large bag of play-food and accessories sitting in my garage waiting to be donated to my son’s school.
Do my children miss the overflowing cupboards? They haven’t mentioned it once. What they have mentioned is how excited they are to have real things.
The Kettle, most especially, is already cherished - we’ve had many cups of tea already.