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#1 of 4 Old 07-22-2008, 02:50 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hello,
I want to give my 2yr old a toy kitchen. I'm thinking of making one out of cardboard box, something like this. http://jas.familyfun.go.com/arts-and...&craftid=11093

It looks very cute and simple to make but I worry that it will be destroyed by my 2yr old very quickly. Maybe she's too young for this sort of thing?
How long did your cardboard box kitchen last? Would you recommend wood?
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We made a very basic one. Just glued circles for burners, fastened some old plastic lids on for knobs and cut a door for an oven.

It lasted a couple of weeks with my my 2 (18 months and 3 1/2 then). I don't think the oven door made it even that long. Once the first it got torn it went downhill quickly. They did have loads of fun climbing inside it though

It was a good test (for us anyway) to find out if it was worth getting a sturdier one though. I wouldn't bother spending a long time making another cardboard kitchen but we will probably do another simple one as the children enjoyed helping make it as much as playing with it.
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Get the absolute thickest cardboard you can find! I lucked upon some that you could build a bookshelf out of. DD's kitchen has been going strong for about a year and a half (she'll be 3 in a few weeks)... Now, the wall paper I covered it with is in complete shambles, but she climbs through the sink hole all the time with no wear. (I did put a layer of white duct tape over all the cut edges, which seems to help)...

I can't find pics right now, but there are quite a few homemade kitchens from repurposed short bookshelves or entertainment centers. Maybe try freecycle?

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Got to Traget or Walmart and get the cardboard drawers they sell in the strage areas. They used to be more popular, before rubermaid, but they are still around. Those would be pretty easy to dress up like a kitchen. You cpuld even reinforce the heck out of the using duct tape, for thats tainless teel look. LOL. I had a set all through highschool and college that held my art supplies so they might last a little longer.

Like this one: http://marketplace.furniture-for-sma...duct/3093.html
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