Sometimes the toys that we have are much loved and often used. Others are played with occasionally and ignored the majority of the time. (These I try to eliminate as quickly as possible.) I think the most popular toys we have owned are the play kitchen items. My childhood kitchen items have been passed down to my children, and along the way we have added more food items, dishes, and miscellaneous junque. All of the kids have loved playing kitchen since they were tiny. They frequently bring down new dishes for us to “eat.”
Thus, when my old tin stove crumbled into disrepair, it was a hard blow for the girls especially. The decal stickers had already begun to come off, the plastic window in the oven door popped out and was stepped on, the knobs fell off, and in general, it looked pretty ratty. The straw that broke the camel’s back was the oven door hinge that broke, causing it to hang open perpetually.
My husband had pity on the girls who could now only “cook” on the stovetop. He found a plan for a little stove and, out of scrap lumber leftover from other projects, he made them a new one. Alright, everybody say, “Awwww!”
I don’t know that any father has gotten so much pleasure out of making and giving a wooden stove to his girls as my husband did. The girls were thrilled! The little knobs turn and the oven door opens and closes with a magnetic latch. Now we can once again have all the delicious baked plastic food that we can eat!
Here they are in their PJs, exulting over their new appliance! Random thought: Did anyone else notice that Esther looks like a giant pink frog in this photo? :)