My kids have always loved playing pretend with food. It gives my inner Type-A Bronny heart palpitations (wasted food! all that mess!), but I can’t deny that food play is good solid fun. Plus, it gets me off the hook for having them help me prepare the real food –. I can only cook with kids so often before I want to put myself in the oven.
Luckily, the kids will spend all morning making a ‘feast’ then serving it up for lunch. All that is required from me are a few sprinkly dry goods from the pantry (think flour, oats, cocoa, sprinkles, cornflour, coconut, a couple of stray biscuits, etc) and my collection of plastic plates and cups.
Most weekends Badoo will also make food from playdough or paper and open a cafe. Last weekend we were treated to ‘kebabs’ (playdough lumps on pencils) and ‘biscuits’ (round pieces of paper with sprinkles drawn on). She’s done this since she was a little tot but these days requires real money for her pretend delicacies. She rakes in at least a dollar for a morning’s happy effort.
Let the kids go nuts with some playdough or flour, oats, cocoa and whatever else you have on hand in the pantry. You don’t need to give them very much. They will happily add in some dirt, leaves and other yummies to stretch the food as far as they can.
Are your kids fascinated with food preparation too and do you like my hot pink toenails that keep sneaking into these photos!??!