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  • Cook Sauce And Make Pancakes. How Two Moms Made Their Kids' Toy Kitchen Sets Functional

    You can cook sauce, make pancakes, or use the sink for washing with these kitchen toy sets.
    by Czainnah Gajito .
Cook Sauce And Make Pancakes. How Two Moms Made Their Kids' Toy Kitchen Sets Functional
PHOTO BY (from left) Chriszy Karunungan, Anneli Hilario
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    Since kids spend most of their time indoors, parents keep finding ways to entertain them at home. Two moms did exactly this by turning their kids' toy kitchen sets into functional ones, taking pretend play into a whole new level.

    Kitchen sets for children are usually miniature versions of the actual things you can see in a kitchen like stoves, pots, pans, kitchen utensils, and many more. But, what if you can turn these toys into something you can actually use for cooking or washing? Doing this can help your child learn the value of helping out in doing kitchen chores and hone basic cooking skills.

    This is what moms Anneli Hilario and Chriszy Karunungan achieved when they transformed their children's kitchen toy sets into something functional.

    Making functional kitchen toy sets

    Mommies Anneli and Chriszy shared on our online parenting community, Smart Parenting Village, how they made pretend play more entertaining and educational for their kids.

    1. Cooking sets for kids 

    When it comes to pretend play, lutu-lutuan is popular among kids. You might have bought your child those wooden, clay, or plastic kitchen toy sets but what mommy Anneli bought is different because it can actually be used for cooking but is still child-friendly.

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    You can make mini pancakes with your kid using this cooking set.
    PHOTO BY Anneli Hilario

    She was super satisfied purchasing this cooking set for kids, which according to her review is non-stick and easy to use. Anneli says, "pwede sa sauces at perfect dito mag-init ng small portion leftovers. Tapos small utensils and pans lang din ang hugasin! Happy kid and happy din mga adults!" She jokingly adds, "pwede na din utusan [si] bagets magluto ng breakfast egg." 

    A set includes a stove, a frying pan, a soup pot, a saucepan, a cutting board, a knife, a whisk, two cooking spoons, a spatula, an apron, two condiment containers, a dumpling maker, and a rolling pin. It also comes in yellow and purple colors.

    PHOTO BY BYJ Real Cooking Set courtesy Lazada Philippines
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    BYJ Real Cooking Set for Kids is available for Php2,299 on Lazada store and Php2,2998 on Shopee.

    2. Toy kitchen set with a functional sink

    If you have a whole kitchen set like what mom Chriszy has, you may be interested in making its sink functional, where your child can wash their hands. Washing hands is extremely important especially now that we’re all trying to avoid COVID-19 infection.

    With an automatic water dispenser and soap dispenser, your child won’t have any problems reaching your sink because they can now utilize the functioning sink from their mini kitchen set. 

    PHOTO BY screen grab from Chriszy Karunungan video

    Here's how Chriszy did it:

    1. Make two opening holes on the sink. This is where the tubes for the dirty and clean water will go.
    2. Prepare two water containers at the bottom of the sink, one with clean water and one that will catch the dirty water.
    3. Install the tube for the automatic water dispenser that will be connected to the water container that has clean water.
    4. Place the automatic water dispenser and the automatic foaming soap dispenser on the countertop.
    5. Optional: replace the stove with a chopping board.
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    PHOTO BY shopee philippines
    The automatic foaming soap dispenser is available on Shopee for Php288.
    PHOTO BY shopee philippines

    Complete the functional sink with this automatic water dispenser. This is available on Shopee for Php85.

    Have more fun playing and learning with your kids, moms and dads!

    Click here for more budget-friendly activities for your toddler.

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