If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know that food is a big deal in our house.
I love to cook (most days) and the Hubby and all our boys love to eat- a perfect situation, really!
We have a lot of toys relating to food and it seemed only fitting - as I was rotating through our toys - to make a food-based unit.
I used the shelves to display our toy foods (most of which are from the Duktig series from Ikea), our cash register, some stacking cups, a money box and hammer toy.
These Duktig fruits and vegetables are adorable...The 'putting the coins into the moneybox' activity was a real hit.
This unit prompted a lot of tea parties...
Rohan makes the cutest pouring noises!Keeping with his love of matching things to their cards, I printed and laminated some fruit and vegetable cards to go with the items we had.
I also collected all of the books we have that feature food. Our favourites are The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch.
The two puzzles we have that feature food actually only have junk food. They were very popular!
The colour-matching Popsicle activity featured here was a favourite and is great for fine-motor skills development...
Other practical life activities included threading - this one is toothpicks into a shaker container...
and this one is threading shoelaces...We also had our trusty pouring - water this time...
And the pizza making station was very popular! I just kept an old pizza box (this is a kids size from Pizza Capers) and cut a circle of felt for the base and a variety of felt shapes for the toppings plus a playdough roller cutter.All the boys love choosing their toppings or taking orders and delivering the pizza requested - such a fun game that you can add money and making change to depending on the child's age.
Playing with toy Australian money
Playing shopping with the cash register
Fruit and vegetable match cards
Books about food
Money box with coins
Fruits vs Vegetables
Do your kids love to play with food?