And, since I rebel in very small ways, I didn’t do a kitchen playmat. I did a tea party play mat instead.
My daughter’s nickname is Kitty–and I found this fantastic “Java Cats” fabric for the playmat. The platter and placemats are machine appliqued to the inside layer of the playmat, then I sewed inner and outer layers with right sides together, and a doubled bit of ribbon in the center of one end seam. The whole thing is roughly 18×24″.
It folds in thirds, long-ways, and the ribbons secure it in a tidy little bundle.
It was put to immediate use. We thank heaven for a very tolerant older brother who will have tea parties with his sister, even at his lofty age of ten. He’s a good sport.
(The tea set is recycled plastic we found at a big box store, to which I had a coupon. I find it far safer than real china, as we have a baby with a good throwing arm, and the colors are far less hectic than the thin plastic sets we kept seeing.)
The best things about this entire tea party set are that the mat rolls up neatly, it’s washable, and everything, dishes included, stores in a small locking-lid tote bin.
This storage feature turned out to be a really good thing. The next night, we had a house fire. In the small window of time the firemen gave us to “grab what matters,” I grabbed the little tote. She had been very careful to put her new tea set, the tea party mat, and her other little birthday presents, into the tote that afternoon. Living in a hotel for the next six weeks, we had about ninety two billion tea parties, and she was happy.
Toys do not have to be expensive or complex to give great joy.