Creative Child

Felt Food For Pretend Play

by Jenna Gleason

Toddlers and preschoolers alike love pretend play. Making unique, handmade play felt food for kids is gratifying. Create realistic looking play food that will last for years and inspire hours of imaginative play using easy materials. Kitchen play motivates children to be creative and helps develop fine motor skills and social skills. Recipe cards help your child focus on creating favorite meals, and even pack a lunch box in felt form!

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Felt (in an assortment of colors)

You do not need a sewing machine for this project. Felt is an extremely forgiving fabric and perfect for cutting and gluing.

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Free-hand sketch fruits, vegetables, meats, carbs, snacks and condiments of your choice on different colored felt paper, see suggestions under “Lunch box ideas”. For each, use 1 felt square 3″ across, or if you would like contrast use 2 different colored squares, and cut out your shapes with scissors.

Homemade felt food certainly requires no embellishment. But if you feel like taking it a step further, you might like to include fun packaging for your child play food! Place your felt meals in a lunch box or a paper bag based on the recipe cards. Super easy.


Lunch box ideas:

Sandwich - Bread, Turkey, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Cheese, Bread
Snack - Cookies
Fruit - Apple
Drink - Milk

Sandwich - Bread, Ham, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Bread
Snack - Pretzels
Fruit - Banana
Drink - Grape Juice

Jenna is a staff writer and production assistant at Creative Child Magazine. She is currently attending University of Nevada - Las Vegas.

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