Snow day after snow day has left me pulling out all the stops at home to occupy these crazy girls who are cooped up inside for so long. After we baked all the cookies and read all the books and watched all the movies (literally, we watched them all) we needed a new project that would last for playtime too. Play kitchen food is always so fun to make because the art part is really fun AND the playing part is really fun. Win win!
Always save clean cardboard for play kitchen food!
At the risk of sounding like a hoarder, I always recommend saving your clean cardboard! Amazon prime boxes, bulk dry goods boxes etc. We loved making cardboard box dollhouses last year with a Stitch Fix box! These sugar cookies for you play kitchen food collection don’t require too much cardboard. Ours came from the box flaps of a Pirates Booty Box.
Use cookie cutters to trace then cut out your letters. This set of Valentine’s Day cookie cutters is so cute!
You could use any shape cookie cutters you want but the letters sneak in some fun letter recognition play for preschoolers.
Now to paint your play kitchen food!
Use acrylic paint for this part if you can. We use placemats to keep our areas clean and have baby wipes on hand. Remember that acrylic does stain clothing. If you need to use washable materials make sure you use a premium quality tempera paint- most colors do well mixed with some white to keep them bright!
The girls and I had some fun experimenting with “frosting paint” – paint mixed with white Elmer’s glue and plain old kitchen flour! It turns into a very frosting-like substance that dries puffy!
Sally really wanted her cookies to look like the cookies on the cookie cutter packaging. They turned out so cute!
All together they are a fun and handmade addition to our play kitchen food collection. The girls have big plans for other cardboard food ideas. I hope we can share more of these ideas in the future!
Good enough to eat! Almost.
Hope your weekend is warming up!