My ploy to force my children to make play food out of LEGOS and wooden blocks has come to an abrupt halt. My daughter, now 4, mentions play food all the time. Poor thing currently has one cracked egg. "Can we get more eggs, Mama"? At the park, she drags the discarded plastic play kitchen across the playground to her position of choice. It's time to stop depriving her. But I can still hold out hope for healthy choices, right? I would love to make play food with my daughter sometime, but the matter seems a bit urgent. Here are a few commercial choices for a well rounded play kitchen:
1. Friday's Groceries from Moulin Roty - The Vendredi and Lundi food boxes from Moulin Roty could not be cuter. Bonus? She can work on her French.
2. Melissa and Doug Stir Fry. We like the built in interactivity with this kit.
3. Pasta in a Bag Play Set by Kat and Company, Etsy - We love how these pieces still allow for creativity. The round beads could just as easily be berries as they could tomatoes.
4. Japanese Barbecue from Voila
5. Haba Fish in a Tin. Do your kids eat fish? I have one who loves it, the other not so much.
6. Plan Toys Vegetable Set. If I can get them interested in pretend veggies, maybe it will ease the transition to eating their broccoli? You think?
7. Plan Toys Meat Set. Don't forget about protein! Love the cutting action with this one.
8. Educo My Backyard Barbecue Fixins. The stacking skewer is great for dexterity of little fingers.
9. Melissa and Doug Food Groups. If I were to get only one product, this would be it. The food is smaller than most, but the crates are great for a play store.
10. Melissa and Doug Wooden Sushi. My girls actually beg to be taken out for sushi. We've made a dinner date for this Friday, and in the meantime they can practice their chopstick technique with this kit.
11. Green Toys Pizza Parlor. Destined to be a favorite, we like how they didn't skimp on the vegetables. Plus, it's made from recycled milk jugs.
12. Haba Fruit Set in a shopping bag. They can take the bag to "market." Love it!
13. Haba Biscuit Box. Because a little dessert is ok too.
14. Learning Resources Super Sorting Pie. Though it appears to be made out of plastic, we love the concept of this pie. Endless possibilities here.
15. Melissa and Doug Sweet Treat Tower. Sigh, another likely candidate for kiddo's favorite.