Little Chef

Baby Bea was most upset on Saturday afternoon while Bill and Sam were trying to nap so I decided to take her out for a bit, leave the boys in peace, and go exploring the nearby shopping centre. This shopping centre is dangerous as it is just down the road and has a Michael’s (chain of craft stores), a discount shoe shop, some interesting outdoor and sports goods shops and a really nice toy store as well as several other curious stores. Unencumbered by Sam, Baby Bea and I decided to have a better look at the toy store.

Last time we popped in there Sam had a blast playing with the super Thomas train table and looking at all the other amazing toys, but had a complete melt down when it was time to leave. I had had to struggle to carry him and Bea out of the store with his arms and legs flailing to the tune of anguished screams.

This trip was much more pleasant and Bea and I had fun looking at all the toys and books. I’ve mentioned before that Sam has taken to coming and helping cook as Bill and I prepare food in the kitchen and so when I saw a little set of Sam size brightly coloured pots and pans I could not resist. It would be a treat for Bill and I as much as for Sam if we gave him his own cookware and stopped him from trying to use ours.

Sam was really excited when I got home and presented him with his goodies. He didn’t have long to wait before getting to try out his new stuff as Bill had decided to try to make an apple pie himself this weekend and Sam, and his helpful entourage, were eager to help.

Making apple pie the Sam way

While Bea and I were out I also purchased a little Sam size corn broom as he likes to help sweep up, and a cute wipe clean table mat covered in yellow diggers and dump trucks. The mat gave me a brainwave as I watched Sam with his pot and pans on the counter top. Sam needed a cooker but as we don’t have the space or the money to get him a proper little toy kitchen I concocted a scheme to create him a little stove of his own. All he needed was some hotplates and knobs really. A little portable mat that could be placed on the countertop would be perfect. When he took a nap I set to work with felt, needle, thread and glue.

Applying the finishing touches

The base is canvas and the hotplates a heavy recycled wool jumper I felted. I’m particularly pleased with the colourful felt knobs as they do turn so Sam can adjust the temperature. Not sure how it will stand up to Sam, but it’s all washable and nothing that can’t be easily mended. Sam can also take it and put it anywhere he wants to make an instant cooker top.

Play Mat: Before

I placed it on the countertop where he likes to stand and help, and waited for him to wake up, walk into the dining room, and notice the new appliance. It didn’t take long Soon he was happily cooking us up some pasta, and breadcrumbs, and Play Doh, and dog hair. This gave me an idea for my next project…an apron!

Sam makes tea

8 Responses to Little Chef

  1. nollipop January 13, 2009 at 9:09 pm #

    Crafty Mummy!

    My you have been busy!

    I really like the way the matched up the colours of the knobs to the pans too. Coordination! 😀

    Nx

  2. nollipop January 13, 2009 at 9:09 pm #

    Crafty Mummy!

    My you have been busy!

    I really like the way the matched up the colours of the knobs to the pans too. Coordination! 😀

    Nx

  3. mgmama January 14, 2009 at 2:03 am #

    Very cool! I’ve seen something very similar online. I ran with the idea and I’m making felt car racing play mat for Jacob. I was thinking we could roll it up and take it to restaurants, the dr office, etc.

    I have a million ideas for similar play mats I would like to make. I didn’t think we needed the kitchen one, since J has the play kitchen, looking at this makes me want to make one too!

  4. mgmama January 14, 2009 at 2:03 am #

    Very cool! I’ve seen something very similar online. I ran with the idea and I’m making felt car racing play mat for Jacob. I was thinking we could roll it up and take it to restaurants, the dr office, etc.

    I have a million ideas for similar play mats I would like to make. I didn’t think we needed the kitchen one, since J has the play kitchen, looking at this makes me want to make one too!

  5. g3m January 14, 2009 at 9:44 am #

    You are a very talented Mummy 🙂
    I bet Sam was delighted! x

  6. g3m January 14, 2009 at 9:44 am #

    You are a very talented Mummy 🙂
    I bet Sam was delighted! x

  7. Anonymous January 19, 2009 at 4:36 am #

    I am impressed

    Oh so cute and I am impressed, as another said, you really are a talented mum! Since I have yet to get around to making the cardboard kitchen I keep meaning to make for T, and since my sewing machine is out… perhaps a mat is in order?

  8. Anonymous January 19, 2009 at 4:36 am #

    I am impressed

    Oh so cute and I am impressed, as another said, you really are a talented mum! Since I have yet to get around to making the cardboard kitchen I keep meaning to make for T, and since my sewing machine is out… perhaps a mat is in order?

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