DIY pizza box kitchen

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on December 14, 2012

in DIY

I have seen lots of really cool cardboard kitchens and have wanted to make one so I finally sat down and made my very own pizza box kitchen…

I don’t know about you but I don’t have a lot of space in my classroom and so I have to think “out of the box” in order to bring  all different types of play into my classroom…

To make the pizza box stove top/oven…

  • I cut out four red and four black circles from foam sticker sheets and stuck them to the top of the first pizza box for burners.
  • I painted arrows and lines on four wooden drawer knobs and screwed them into the front of the box.
  • I used yellow foam sticker sheets to add the words to my stove top.

I already had a small set of pots and pans, which I now store inside my pizza box stove top, and if the children want to open the lid and pretend it is an oven, they can do that too…

For the pizza box sink…

  • I cut a hole in the top of the second pizza box and put an aluminum cake pan inside the box to give it a silver looking sink.
  • I poked two more holes in the top of the box to slide a real kitchen faucet with handles then screwed them in place using the attachments that came with the faucet.
  • The faucet cost me $6.00 on clearance at Walmart last year.
  • The bottom legs of the faucet sit behind the aluminum pan so the pan does not slide around inside the box. Surprisingly, it all fit together like a glove.
  • I used duct tape around the inside edge of the sink to make it look more real too and to reinforce the edges a bit.
  • Of course, this sink is not waterproof so it would need to be just for pretend play.

After I completed the pizza box sink, I used packing tape to seal it closed so the faucet would stay in place but really, if the faucet came out, it would be super easy just to put it back in the box. I might even let my students take the whole thing apart one day to explore the inner workings of a faucet. For now, I wanted the focus to be on promoting dramatic play…

I can put my pizza box kitchen set just about anywhere and my toddler age grandson loves it just as much as my preschool age students do…

So now I have a fun DIY kitchen set to pull out for play on my coffee table at home…

Or to play with on a table in my classroom…

Or to even set out on my classroom bookshelf…

My students have been playing away with our new pizza box kitchen set!

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1 Joan December 14, 2012 at 8:04 am

Hey Deborah,

This is just too awesome – wow! Just absolutely love this idea. I check my inbox every morning before going to preschool to get your idea for the day and share with my fellow teachers. . . . .We have one question: How many hours per day do you spend on preschool and your great ideas? LOL! We all want to share your husband – he has to be the most understanding and helpful man ever! Thanks so much for helping us all become better preschool teachers. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

2 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 14, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Haha Joan – well first of all, thank you for the sweet comment. As far as time on preschool stuff – you mean there are other things in life to do? LOL! I guess I work on it all the time except when watching my grandsons but then again, I bring my camera along just in case we do something fun too! My hubby will appreciate the acknowledgement that he does play a role in this too. I must admit that he is pretty cool about all of this even if though I am quite sure he has hidden my camera from me a few times:) I hope you have a very merry Christmas too! Deborah

3 Marnie December 14, 2012 at 11:39 am

love this! i’ve seen cds used as burners before. quite real looking!

4 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 14, 2012 at 9:10 pm

CD’s is a great idea. I never thought of using them. Marking that down for next time!

5 Trisha December 14, 2012 at 11:57 am

This is really great! I have a kitchen in my preschool, but sometimes it helps to change things up and put things in other locations to recapture interest. I also love it for grandparents! I’m going to pass this along to neighbors and family:)

6 Trisha December 14, 2012 at 11:59 am

Oh and traveling with young children too!

7 Trisha December 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Sorry to post again…where do you get plain white pizza boxes? I guess white contact paper would work too.

8 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 14, 2012 at 12:46 pm

I got mine from our local box recycle center. Someone was throwing it away!!! The only other place I know is to order a set of them on Amazon.

9 Country Fun December 14, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Love this. Made a kitchen from an entertainment center which was fun for the older kids, but with a larger group of younger ones it took up too much space, so back to a smaller purchased one. I love this idea for use outside when we want kitchen play under the trees – no need to drag the old plastic kitchen unit across the yard this way.

10 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 14, 2012 at 12:46 pm

It would be great to take outdoors. Of course, if it get’s wet, it may not last long but it is only a pizza box so I think you could play with it until you need to make it again.

11 Tulip December 14, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Haha! What an awesome idea. I love how it is so portable and the children can move it by themselves. Thanks for sharing!

12 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 14, 2012 at 9:11 pm

My favorite part is that it is portable and small :)

13 Scott December 14, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Deborah, I love this. This is a great and fairly easy DIY.

And I am amazed at all you do…and how you have time to think of these things. I’m consumed with school at the moment and can barely think of what to do for each day. You are such an inspiration.

14 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 15, 2012 at 12:59 am

I miss you Scott but I know you are investing your time where it is most needed. Your students are so blessed to have you!

15 Mary December 15, 2012 at 12:40 am

Great idea, looks real, and my granddaughter would love this. Thanks for sharing.

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