Child DIY Gift Idea: A Fun and Frugal Play Kitchen

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:51 am on Monday, December 8, 2014

I looked into buying my son a play kitchen and was pretty surprised how much they can cost. This gift guide is pretty typical, with the kitchens ranging from $60-$300.

I feel like I’m missing something here. This is a pretend oven that my son can shove all his toys into and tell me he’s baking pie, right? Yeah, I thought so. I don’t think I need to spend a lot of money on that.

Here are four ways to recycle material around the house and make your own play kitchen, for a fraction of the price.

PLAY KITCHEN FROM A NIGHTSTAND. This project took a $6.50 nightstand from the thrift store and made a great play kitchen.

PLAY KITCHEN FROM A ENTERTAINMENT CENTER. Since the entertainment center was free, the entire kitchen cost $15 to make.

A PLAY KITCHEN THAT FITS OVER AN OTTOMAN. If you can sew, this is a great option: sew one to fit over an ottoman. You can fold it up when it’s not being used.

A PLAY KITCHEN THAT FITS OVER A FOLDING TABLE. This one works for small spaces.

A PLAY KITCHEN MADE OUT OF A CARDBOARD BOX. This one won’t last forever, but hey, they lose interest in these things pretty quickly.

Make This Eloise Baby Sweater

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:52 am on Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Check out this free crochet pattern–the Eloise Baby Sweater. What a great gift for a little girl.

Monster Hooded Towel Tutorial

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:16 am on Thursday, October 9, 2014

I love this tutorial to sew this Monster Hooded Towel Tutorial. What a great baby shower present.

5 Halloween-Themed Snacks

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:53 am on Monday, October 6, 2014

Here’s some fun after-school Halloween-themed snacks that are easy to make (more or less) and healthy too.

Bat Bites: Grape “bats” with black tortilla chip “wings” perched above cheese cubes.

Monster Sandwiches: Round sandwich bread, olive eyes, and cheese teeth.

Spider Deviled Eggs: Deviled eggs with olive “spiders” on top.

Apple Mouths: Slice apples, hold them together with peanut butter, and add marshmallows for the teeth.

Tangerine Pumpkins and Banana Ghosts: Tangerines with celery stems make good pumpkins and banana ghosts with chocolate chips for eyes.

DIY Cardboard Camper Playhouse

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:21 am on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

So cute! A DIY Cardboard Camper Playhouse. All it takes is a big box, paint, and duct tape.

10 MORE Awesome and Easy Kid Snacks

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:26 am on Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My post on 5 Awesome And Easy Kid Snacks seems especially pertinent right now, with kids going back to school and all. Plus, I’m always looking for new things to feed Savvy Jr. So here are 10 MORE Awesome and Easy Kid Snacks:

Hungry Mice: The mice are made out of hard-boiled eggs with raisin eyes and almond ears. And of course, don’t forget the cheese.

Fruit Train: A train from watermelon, bananas, grapes, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and a piece of pineapple, held together with toothpicks. So cute!

Fruit Snake: Strawberries and bananas, cut and arranged in a snake shape, with a strawberry for the head and a blueberries for the eyes.

Veggie Flower: Cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, spinach leaves, carrots, and radishes, arranged in the shape of a flower. Serve with hummus, ranch dressing, or some other kind of dip.

Fruit Flower: Here’s the same idea with bananas, almonds, pretzels, tangerines, and chocolate chips (could also use blueberries).

Banana Rolls: Take a whole wheat tortilla, spread peanut or almond butter inside, then place a banana in the middle. Roll and slice into sushi-shaped snacks.

Apple Mouths: Slice apples, hold them together with peanut butter, and add marshmallows for the teeth.

Dinosaur Sandwich: Cut the bread in the shape of a dinosaur, make a sandwich. Then use cheese crackers for its spines and feet, and stand him on some grapes.

Apple Sandwiches: If that’s too complicated, try these apple sandwiches. Fill two apple slices with options like nutella, peanut butter, almond butter, raisins, granola, chocolate chips, or anything else that sounds good.

Green-Eyed Kitty: And for my personal favorite, make a cat with a round sandwich of your choice, kiwi slices for eyes, and bananas for the ears. Adorable.

5-Minute Cardboard Wheelbarrow

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:32 am on Friday, September 5, 2014

Check it out: the 5-Minute Cardboard Wheelbarrow. It’s made out of a cardboard box and PVC pipe. A great toy for little time and money.

Is there no end to the toy potential of a cardboard box?

Cheerful Baby Play Space

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:23 am on Friday, August 29, 2014

I like this cheerful play space for a baby. It’s stimulating without being over the top (or ugly). The sideways mirror at baby level is a great idea.

Toddler Activities

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:07 am on Thursday, August 28, 2014

Teaching Mama has a great post on 20 Toddler Activities. They’re great because they mostly use things you already have around the house. Here are a couple I particularly liked.

Car Wash with Toy Cars

You set up a “car wash” so the child soaps, washes, and dries his cars. (Bonus: he’s cleaning his toys.)

Bathtub with Stuffed Animals

Simple and easy: stick the kid and the toys in the bathtub. Then somehow keep them from turning on the water.

Cardboard Tubes with Pom Poms

Drop the pom poms through the tube and watch them fall. Over and over again!

Next time Savvy Jr. is driving my crazy feeling energetic, I’ll have to keep these in mind.

Click here to read 17 more toddler activities.

Wallpaper On A Nursery Ceiling

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 9:22 am on Friday, August 1, 2014

I love this idea from Little Green Notebook of putting wallpaper on the nursery ceiling.

This is Daydream wallpaper from Hygge & West. It’s $150 a roll, but ceilings take up less space than walls.

This is a great way to add playfulness to the room. Love it.

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