For Christmas, we refinished a few pieces of furniture for Ribby's new room, which will surely be it's own post at some point. We turned an old handcrafted entertainment center into a Doc McStuffins-inspired Doctor's Office, and we turned some sort of old cherry hutch into a bakery.
We're also still working on turning a desk center hutch into a kitchen. We have a few other small pieces for which we're brainstorming ideas. All of these things are still very much a work in progress, but Ribby's Bakery gets cuter and cuter every day!
One of the reasons her room is so gosh-darned cute is because of toymakers like Djeco. This particular collection, called the Tom & Charlotte Bakery, is unbelievably adorable. It's a pricy little booger, I'm not going to lie and say it wasn't, but it's definitely a hit!
I bit the bullet and made the investment on this amazing toy constructed of painted wood and felt for two primary reasons beyond just being cute. First, it comes with a menu card that can serve a purpose during creative play, but also because it keeps the toy educational in nature. I was actually hoping it came with multiple cards that could help teach Ribby visual discrimination and following directions while she used the cards to create her baked goods, but it's just the one card. But, even so, it's useful.
Secondly, all the pieces stack together on stacker pegs and can be mixed and matched to create "custom orders" as the kids call them. This is great for developing and honing manual dexterity and fine motor skills. And even better, because the kids don't even know they're learning, they just think they are being creative!
Stay tuned for more blog entries on wooden baked goods and desserts, photos of Ribby's Bakery and Doctor's Office, and how it all comes together.