Play kitchens are expensive. I had resolved to make one out of cardboard boxes when the timing seemed right. However, after watching the boy play with some play kitchens at a preschool we tried out, I decided that the whole idea of playing with a non-functional sink was probably not nearly as fun as playing with a real sink.
To quote M, “Mommy, why doesn’t this sink work?”
So I built a small box around an 18 gal Rubbermaid container.
The top of the sink is a piece of scrap melamine MDF with a hole cut out to fit an IKEA TROFAST storage tray. I cut a hole in the tray (which was no easy task) and hot glued a drain into it. Lots of hot glue. The IKEA peeps don’t like their plastic to be easily cut by irritated moms with dull jigsaws. I recommend finding an alternative.
The faucet is a PVC toilet fitting sprayed silver.
Then I ran pond tubing through that and stuck a cheap tabletop fountain pump in the Rubbermaid and voila! $32 later a functional recirculating sink.
Hours of fun indoors or out.