If you want to set up your pretend play food station without spending a bomb or using plastic, try these – easy, no sew pretend play food crafts for kids!
Some of my best childhood memories are about the times I played pretend kitchen with my neighbor, a little girl my age. We used to pool in all the little dishes and whatever pretend food we had and then we went on to create all kinds of delicacies. The flair with which we served these up would put any Masterchef to shame!
Of course, we had to improvise a lot, especially when it came to the food. Bits of paper became rice, long strips became noodles and sponges multitasked as bread, cake or even the kitchen sponge! Play doh and rocks also featured a lot, and the more variety we had, the more fun it was.
These days, the kind of pretend play sets you find in toy stores are so sophisticated, some of them look better than my real kitchen! But they do cost quite a pretty penny, and are mostly made of plastic, which isn’t exactly eco-friendly. And I personally feel they take away from the imaginative benefits of pretend play.
That’s why I believe that handmade trumps store-bought, any day!! So if you’d like to give your play kitchen or play restaurant a more realistic look without spending a bomb or adding to landfills, here are 20 pretend play food crafts for kids, made with simple craft supplies.
20 No Sew Pretend Play Food Crafts for Kids
Here is a pretend play food craft that will have you drooling by the time you’re done. With yellow felt, colored paper and aluminium foil, you can whip up this dish in next to no time. You’ll have to admit, those meatballs look pretty realistic!!
Be sure to add lots of fruit to your pretend play foo station!! These wooden cherries from Limma Land are a good place to start, and all you need are wooden beads and cord – that’s it! Use the cherries to top your ice creams or in a fruit salad!
Few foods are as comforting as a warm pie, spreading its aroma all around! Capture this feeling in a super easy pie craft, made with nothing more than colored paper, foil and cotton wool. Give your pumpkin pie a more realistic look by sticking on real pumpkin seeds!
A sponge cake is essential for all your food-related pretend play. You need it for your cafe, restaurant, bakery, tea party and more! Check out this multilayered vanilla and strawberry cake from Doodle and Stitch that will brighten up any bakery display!
You may have heard of dosa being a delicacy of South Indian states, but it’s only when you visit the place do you realize that there are literally hundreds of varieties of dosa! This Masala Dosa paper craft focuses on the most popular kind – a dosa stuffed with vegetables – all made of paper!
There are some projects that create such awesome things out of just paper that it’s mind-blowing!! This burger craft from Studio DIY is one such project – a juicy burger and crispy fries that literally look good enough to eat!
One of the things I love about pretend play is that it takes you on journeys – without having to spend a dime! Travel to Japan and learn about sashimi, nigiri and nori, all with the help of a simple and colorful paper Sushi craft.
Our pretend food needs to be healthy too, right? And for that, we should ensure we get enough servings of veggies, which this salad from Joann takes care of! The craft is simple enough, and you can easily make it no-sew by using tacks, tape and glue.
Whether you’re having a pretend cafe, deli or food truck, it’s highly likely that you’ll need sandwiches. This grilled sandwich paper craft should satisfy your customers, considering it has loads of veggies and cheese! Add or subtract the fillings to make different kinds of sandwiches.
It’s not summer if you don’t have a nice, red slice of watermelon in your hand! If you’re having a lemonade stand, take it further by having some watermelon slices on hand. Buggy and Buddy have a tutorial for some cute watermelon squishies that are simply perfect!
If it’s summer, you absolutely MUST have Popsicles at your pretend play food station! And to make your Popsicles multitask, try out this craft from Eat Drink Chic, made with real Popsicle sticks! And once you’ve packed away all your other play food, bring out the Popsicles for a fun memory game!
If you’re ready to have a sophisticated ending to your pretend dinner party, then these recycled cupcakes from Craftside are your best bet to impress your guests! These cupcakes are quite fancy, with quilled paper decorations and in three different colors.
This taco craft is a really interesting project for kids to try out different textures. There’s textured paper, crepe paper, tissue paper and basic craft paper. There’s also beads, so that our tacos aren’t missing a vital ingredient – beans!
14. Felt Log Cake
Log cakes are popular during the holiday season, but you don’t need to wait for the end of the year to make these cute log cakes from Onelmon! Their project is a miniature version you can try for your Barbie, but you can make it bigger if you like.
Most kids start out their food-related pretend play with a lemonade counter – it’s the simplest thing to put up! This lemonade paper craft is also pretty simple, and the use of translucent paper gives it that lovely frosted appearance.
Who doesn’t love cookies? We know everyone does, and that’s why we need to have some ready when playmates come over! Mama Miss has a very simple tutorial for play cookies using wooden discs. You can also use thick foam or cardboard – they should work just as well.
If you’ve seen a chef arrange the toppings on a pizza, you’ll see why a pizza paper collage craft is only natural to try! This paper pizza craft has it all – olives, tomato slices, mushrooms, pepperoni, onion, peppers, pineapple – every single thing made of paper, even cheese!
Extend your pretend play to buying groceries too, with this cute cardboard market play food set from Barley and Birch! The use of cardboard makes the set durable enough to withstand several hours of play. The printable gives many food templates, but you can also go ahead and make your own.
Having a Farmer’s Market Sale today? Or including a fruit stall in your grocery store? In any case, these 3D paper fruits from Mr. Printables will make your day! There are bananas, pineapples, lemons and many more fruits that are super easy to make – just download, print, cut and fold!
How do you like your doughnuts – plain, glazed or sprinkled with sugar? Whichever one it is, we have you covered with this paper doughnut craft that can be customized to your liking! Put in a glaze of your choice, and add sprinkles to give it that finished look!
You don’t need complicated sewing skills to make these, just basic things like cutting and gluing. Another aspect is that you can use the same techniques to make more food, so that you have a wide range. Even making these is super fun, so imagine how it’s going to be when you start playing with them!