Dramatic Play,  Target Tuesday

DIY Pretend Play Cleaning Caddy

I fell in love with this cute Melissa & Doug “Let’s Play House” housekeeping caddy but just couldn’t justify the $19.99 price.

After taking  a closer look, I realized I could put together my own cleaning caddy for just a few dollars! I LOVE how it turned out! Everything fits just right in the caddy and seems to be the perfect size for my preschoolers!

The orange plastic tote was last weekend’s clearance find from the teacher goodies in Target’s dollar spot but you might already have one around your house or classroom you could use. Items such as the plastic spray bottle, sponges, scrub wand, and mini broom can be found at Target or Dollar Tree. I had a package of microfiber cloths at home so I added one of those to the caddy, too.
The cleaning powder container was made from an empty cardboard salt box! It’s the perfect size for the caddy and very sturdy. I simply covered the outside with construction paper and secured it with clear packing tape.
To complete my cleaning products, I made labels and adhered those with clear shipping tape.
The Homeliving/Dramatic Play Center is still under construction but I had to put the new Cleaning Caddy in there just to see how it looks! 
I can’t wait for this year’s youngsters to “clean” our classroom!