Recycled Play Food Cards

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After seeing this idea on Instructables I've started cutting out and collecting pictures of food from our recycling bin and have been brainstorming ways to use them with my son. Read on for my ideas and to add your own.

If you can't find enough food photos on packaging, cut out photos from magazines or unused cookbooks and glue them to cardstock (or the rest of your cereal box). They won't last forever, but that's okay.

My ideas:
• begin a cheap, easy food collection for your child's play kitchen - albeit not as interesting to play with as three-dimensional food but it's a good start
• keep some in your bag for instant "tea parties" (or waffle parties, in our case) when you're stuck waiting at the doctor's office, the airport, etc.
• use them to teach the names of foods to young children (our toddler son loves looking at books with just photos of objects and this is similar)
• ask your child to sort them by different categories - meal type, colors, food groups, etc.
• add "prices" to the back and use them to practice simple math skills with older children ("If you have $5, what food can you buy?")

What ideas do you have? You can find the Instructables post here.

(image: Carrie McBride)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.