My 2 year-old has a favorite play place: her very own closet kitchen.
Does your house have one of those long closets under the stairs? You know, the wedge-shaped ones that simply collect junk? Although they are a nice idea, they really aren’t too useful because of how the ceiling slopes way down towards the back.
Our wedge-shaped, under-the-stairs closet happens to be in the playroom. I have shelves on either wall for the storage of toys and books, but the very end of the closet, where the ceiling gets low, used to just be a scary junk pit.
One day I suddenly had an inspiration: create a little play house back there. Since the ceiling is at 2 year-old height, I thought it could make a really fun little 2 year-old sized playhouse!
I had an old spring-tension shower curtain rod that fit very nicely across the narrow width of the closet. I added a $6 Walmart curtain panel (if you are craftier than I, you might enjoy making your own) and hung it all up towards the back end so as to create a little private space.
I moved the play stove in there, and stocked that end of the built-in shelves with all the pots and pans, toy dishes, pretend food, and toy appliances.
The last issue was light. With the curtain closed, the play area was too dark. So, the finishing touch was a trash basket tipped over to create a little table, upon which I placed a small lamp. Now the tiny kitchen has its own cozy source of light.
If you are worried about a 2 year-old and a lamp, then you could always stick one of those battery-operated push lights high enough on the wall or ceiling to be out of reach.
My 2 year-old loves to bake me cookies in “her” kitchen now!