I see toy food for sale all the time and think that not only is it a waste of money. It may not even be safe with all the recent recalls. Save pint-sized milk cartons, empty pizza boxes, empty mac n'cheese boxes, any food container; wash them out and tape the boxes shut and give them to your toddler. You can even cut out the pictures of food from the boxes. They love to pretend to cook and eat and this will give them something to do while you cook!
I love this! My 18 mos old is now into pretending to cook and eat! Thanks for the great idea!
I did this for my girls when they were little. We were able to buy them a "kitchen" (molded plastic tyke-size), and they LOVED cooking and playing mommy! When the food boxes got too worn out, they were easy to replace with ones from my kitchen.
Very smart, and true to the toddler's real life experience. Great thrifty tip. The fake food that the sell in toy stores barely lasts five minutes before it's stepped on or whatever anyway.
In addition to this, I'm crocheting play foods for my toddler. I did a Google search and found a lot of free patterns that use scrap yarn - cupcakes, vegetables and a basket to hold it in. I figure it will last longer than anything I can buy, and it's a lot more special than the toys you can buy.
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