I know what you're thinking, and yes, I do have pretty awesome bakings skills... but take another look, nothing on this dining table is real!
If you follow us on Facebook you might have seen that I shared an update from Let's Explore that suggested cutting up grocery ads and sticking them to paper plates to make pretend meals. I thought this sounded like fun, so Vin and I went through a couple of my magazines, but when we were done we were left with lots of pictures of cupcakes, flapjacks, scones and souffle. So why not turn our pretend play into a Paper Bakery (a fakery if you will)
I stuck some of the bigger pictures to pieces of card to make them stand up and blu-tacked some items to a set of cake tins to add some height to our display, a couple of lacy doilies and some plates from the play-food set and we were ready to roleplay.
I love how realistic some of the food actually looks - Vin kept reminding me 'just pretend mommy' - I guess my yummy noises were too authentic for him
I put some of the plastic play-food and some playdough 'cupcakes' out but they didn't even get a look in!
Lately I've been thinking about how trying to do things for free and with only the resources you already have really makes you more creative. Often I have an idea to play first thing in the morning, so I go rummaging around to see what I can dig out of the cupboards and my assorted craft stashes. I think it's important to be a raging hoarder: cardboard boxes, interesting shaped bottles, fabric scraps... they'll all come in useful in some playtime or another.
So friends, what do you think of our paper bakery? Can I interest you in a lovely glossy doughnut or two?