If you read my blog, then you know I LOVE making things for the kids in my life that help initiate imaginative play. Guess What? My son is now 13 months old and I can make things for him to enjoy! He LOVES playing pretend! For Evan’s first birthday, my husband and I gave him a play kitchen. We decided to set up a playroom for him in our basement.
This room has nothing on the walls and is a little dreary. There is only one window in this room. I don’t want to paint the room because who knows how long it will be before we move for my husband’s job again.
My inspiration for this ” Play Kitchen Decor” actually is derived from my childhood memories. Have I ever told you about my dearest friend Alexis? I believe I did a little when I was telling you about the Tea party in a box I made her. Well Alexis and I are both going to be 30 this next year, and we have been friends since we were 2. Thanks right. I literally cannot remember life without her!
Alexis lived across the street from me when I was a child, and One day in the early 90’s. I went over to play in her basement, and she had transformed part of her play room into a play restaurant called ” Dot’s Diner”. She had a cute sign up and everything! That memory inspired me to make Evan his very own ” Kitchen Area”
I happened to have a blank canvas in my basement that I was saving for who knows what. One night after Evan went to bed, I broke out my paints and created this sign to hang up in his new kitchen! I actually used his finger paints because my paints from college were all dried up.
Making this poster was easy. I googled ” Food Clip Art” and studied the pictures. Most fruits and vegetables are pretty simple to draw. If you don’t have an artistic disposition, you could easily trace these on your canvas.
Of course I did all my outlines with Puffy paint. I REALLY use Puffy paint for almost every children’s project. I should really get an endorsement from the Puffy paint company. Don’t you think? I tried to draw foods that Evan eats. LIke cheese, Goldfish crackers and fruits and vegetables. I want to use this to also help him identify his favorite foods.
Now I know what my mom might say. ” You do all these special things for Evan. The other kids are going to feel left out!”. What other kids? I think my mom assumes she will get more grandkids. Well, If and when we have more children, that child can have a Dr’s office, a schoolroom or a zoo named after them in the playroom. Then all the children will always play harmoniously and share! ( You people with multiple kids are probably chuckling.) I come from a family of three. I KNOW what its like.