Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Pretend Play Cooking

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pretend cooking with real ingredients

Last week I was faced with a rainy afternoon and three toddlers to placate entertain. I figured I'd bite the bullet and we'd do something potentially messy and as I wandered around my kitchen I realised it had been so long since Vin and I had done any pretend cooking. When he was little I would give him a bowl of dried pasta or oats and a wooden spoon, but I was inspired by this post from Play Create Explore to hunt around the kitchen for some new fun ingredients.

toddler play cooking

Here's what I came up with : rice, carrot chunks, seeds, ground coffee, nuts, slices of raw ginger, chunks of stale bread, rocket leaves, ice cream cones and a little jug of water that I coloured yellow. Inspired by the original post using cascarones (confetti eggs) I put some plastic eggs we use as shakers from our music box into an old egg carton to crack open - the kids were delighted to find them full of popcorn kernels and cous cous. I also gave them some pans, muffin cases, a loaf tin and liner, a whisk, spoons, a sieve, muffin tin and a couple of mixing bowls to go crazy with.

imaginative play cooking

As you can see they all got busy making disgusting looking concoctions. I love how focussed each of them were making rocket and coffee cupcakes, boiling ice cream cones and breadcrumb and ginger loaves!

pretend play with food

5 comments:

  1. I read that post too and definitely want to try this with my little boy! Looks like so much fun!

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  2. That looks like GREAT fun. We must do more of this ourselves!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

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  3. how have i not commented on this? i swear i did when i read it the first time... silly mommy brain. at any rate, this looks like such fun! what a great way to explore different colors, textures, and tastes!

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  4. Defo going to do this tomorrow, thank you

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  5. Thanks. Doing this tomorrow! Nickole via miss Allison's art.

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