Cooking Up Fun in the Backyard
Want to encourage your child’s imagination in the great outdoors? Why not develop a section of your backyard into a pretend kitchen? Begin by turning a shelf, an old cabinet, or bookcase into an outdoor play cooking center where your child can mix up mud pies and create dandelion parfaits in the warm sunshine.
Search thrift and second-hand stores, scour garage and estate sales, and dig through your kitchen junk drawer in order to fill the play kitchen with cups, pots and pans, bowls, measuring cups, spoons, wire whisks and more. As you’re selecting items, allow your imagination to take over: plastic drinking glasses in fancy shapes can be used to create muddy drink concoctions, a Bundt pan can be used to build a clover-topped cake, and a cookie sheet can help create a rich variety of rocky cookies. Add an old apron and a few hot pads and your pretend kitchen will be ready for your young chef!
You will be amazed at how ordinary kitchen tools take on a brand new life when used outdoors by a young child! It’s almost guaranteed that you and your children will have a great time ‘cooking’ and creating together!