The idea for this started with a book I picked up at Half-Price Books. Cooking kits are hard, because there aren't many consumables I am willing to put in, but a quick search on Amazon found some good options for this one (yes, I have had the book for ever a year before getting around to putting the kit together!). The book doesn't actually need stuff like a thermometer or molds, but I thought it would cover a nice spectrum of skills.
We kept losing bits of the dish set and it was driving my aides crazy so I replaced it with a plastic tea set and a plastic play cake from Amazon. The label just says "tea set" and "cake" so we don't have to count all the little pieces.
This bag includes a hardcover book (it's a lot harder than you might think it is to find a picture book that features a tea party) and most of a set of dishes. I say "most" because we're always losing pieces and not all of them fit anyways. So I just say "cooking set" and let it go at that.
Source of materials:
Florentine and Pig by Eva Katzler (hardcover): 9781599909493
This kit was frustrating because the Explore a T.Rex title was about 1 inch too big for my regular tubs! I had to buy a special, extra-large tub to fit it and then I couldn't decide what else to put in! I had a bunch of random plastic and rubber dinosaurs I added, which I didn't picture because I didn't want to have to count them. I don't usually put consumables in the storytime kits, but I had a bunch of foam dinosaur stickers (mainly white, which the kids don't like) and I threw those in as well.
The Bear books aren't available in paperback in the US - I purchased them from Gardners in the UK. Hence the "colours" spelling! I hope there aren't any changes in the books, but it shouldn't be a big deal if there are a few different words.
All titles by Karma Wilson. I purchased the paperback books through Baker & Taylor and the audio cds from Recorded Books during their sale.
I had one title and cd and I scrounged a bit to find enough to make up the four. These are available in kits from Baker & Taylor. I know "real stuff" is not particularly inspired, but it was what I could think of at the time!
I have been saving a couple easy reader/cd combos from 2016, waiting until I had enough to make up a kit of four. I ordered cds from Recorded Books and books from Baker and Taylor to make up the set. The Ballet Cat books are in hardcover, although I prefer paperback, because there wasn't a paperback version available. This set contains: