Who says a kitchen has to be inside? If you never got around to putting a play kitchen together inside or you just didn't have the space, taking it outside is even simpler.
All Valerie at Frugal Family Fun used was a couple of crates, some muffin tins, bowls, and spoons. We really like how she brought her easel outside too for writing the menu and some impromptu drawing as well.
See more of this and other frugal and fun projects at Frugal Family Fun.
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