A couple months back I shared a post on how I was lead to put my daughter's play kitchen in our kitchen area in hopes that she would play with it a little more.  I got this swell idea after swooning over the the Pottery Barn Kids magazine!  THANK YOU POTTERY BARN!  It continues to be a hit!  My girls play with it ALL the time and it took everything in me to wait to decorate the little kitchen area of Christmas!  I was so eager in fact that I admit..... I may have put up some decorations before Thanksgiving!!! (hehehe)

The day I was prepping pies for Thanksgiving, Audree spent most of the day preparing her "Thanksgiving dinner!" It was very nice to have a space where she could be in the kitchen with me but not necessarily WITH me... you get my drift! Yes, I love to let my kids help me cook, HOWEVER, baking is often therapeutic for me and somehow the "therapy" part gets thrown out the window when there are many little hands attempting to "help" me!! LOL 

So... here is the finished Kid's Christmas Kitchen!!!

To go along with the whole Christmas Kitchen theme, I made some homemade Christmas scented playdough and got out the Christmas cookie cutters!!!  We made Gingerbread and Peppermint "Frozen" playdough!  We added what was supposed to be a "little"glitter to the mint green playdough, but I should have known better, my girls have never gotten the concept of "a little glitter or sprinkles!!!!"  Here are the recipes for the playdough!!


1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Cloves (I dump I don't measure, but I would say at least a TBS of each fora  strong scent!)
1 cup water
2 TBS oil 

Mix dry ingredients in a saucepan, add water and oil and mix over medium heat keep mixing until mixture forms into a ball.  Remove from heat and dump playdough out and knead until the stickiness is gone and it is cooled down.  Store in a plastic container with a lid. 


-Use the recipe from above but take out the spices and instead add about1 tsp of peppermint extract to the water OR about 5 drops of peppermint essential oil.  Also,we added about 2 drops of blue food coloring to make the light greenish blue color.  If you dare, you can add some glitter as well!! LOL

I hope these give you some fun ideas to try for the Christmas season with your younger kiddos!  My older kids love to play with the playdough as well.... and really..... to be honest... so do I!! LOL

Peace and Blessings
Your Friend 


Gisele Chapman
11/29/2016 5:59am

Love love love. Thank you for recipes. .

01/25/2017 11:08am

That little kitchen looks so adorable. With that, I bet your little helpers in the kitchen would spend more time in their own kitchen than in yours. But I guess that's the whole point, right? You can now enjoy cooking without having those little hands trying to help you because they would be so busy doing their thing. Cooking is not just a chore, it's a fun thing to do. Your children are so lucky to have you as their mom. Not only you can cook, you are creative and resourceful as well.

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