How does a play stove for under $1.00 sound? Pretty awesome right? Have no fear, with this FREE play therapy kitchen printable HERE and this $0.99 tote from Target you are on your way! Imagine the sizzling sound of food cooking on the stove and the beeps and clicks as all the buttons are pressed. Oh the sound effects of play!
There are so many essentials that are needed in a playroom and if you are playing on the go, stocking more than one play room, or creating individual play therapy kits for clients your budget can get out of hand pretty quickly. This low cost printable kitchen set up might be just what your play room needs!
What I also like about these DIY kitchen sets is they also double as food storage or other toy storage when you are not playing and the inside can be used as an oven...or whatever the child would like it to be! Isn't that the deal with Child Centered Play Therapy?
One pro tip would be to make sure that you put a layer of packing tape over the entire surface so the sliding pots and pans and sweet little fingers don't tear up your stove. But, the great news is if they do, you just print another copy and tape that puppy right back on!
This free printable comes with three full sheets of play kitchen cutouts in different sizes and shapes to fit whatever container or tote is going to become your new kitchen!
Oh, and if you are worried about whether kids will actually get into something that is a little DIY - my son (who was happy to be mommies helper) absolutely LOVED it, dug out his pots and play food, and complete with sound effects got right to it!
Want to know more about setting up a playroom? Check out this training HERE!
Grab the FREE Play Therapy Kitchen Download HERE!
What are your favorite free or low cost play therapy toys? Drop a comment below!
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I'm Ann Meehan, an LPCC, RPT-S, and EMDR Consultant. I help other therapists grow in their passions as play therapists, trauma therapists,and child and adolescent therapists.