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Our Favorite Play Food Toys for Kids

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Our Favorite Play Food Toys for Kids

November 23, 2022

Playing with food is practically baked into every child’s DNA—as soon as babies can sit up in a high chair and throw cereal, kids realize food can become play! That’s why many kids gravitate towards pretend kitchens and play food: Eating is something they do every day, so it’s only natural they’ll mimic what they see from their parents and caregivers who prepare their food.

Our Top Play Food Toys for Kids

At Melissa & Doug, the #1 preschool brand for wooden toys, we specialize in pretend play that provides open-ended, imaginative play for kids of all ages, stages, and abilities. And we happen to think we’ve got the tastiest selection of play food items that parents can find, so we’ve curated this delicious dozen of our top play foods in one handy listicle for optimized shopping purposes. The recipe for successful pretend play awaits!

Food Groups

Melissa & Doug Our Favorite Play Food Toys for Kids Food Groups Wooden Play Food

Why It Should Be in Your Child’s Play Kitchen: Planning a well-balanced meal is child's play with this wooden play food set. Items from the five food groups—including watermelon, milk, cheese, fish, eggs, and much more—are crafted of solid wood and come with four wooden baskets for sorting and storage.

Scoop & Serve Ice Cream Counter

Melissa & Doug Our Favorite Play Food Toys for Kids Scoop & Serve Ice Cream Counter

Why It Should Be in Your Child’s Play Kitchen: Scoop up some cool treats with this all-inclusive, 28-piece pretend play ice cream counter! The sturdy wooden tabletop counter holds eight wooden scoops of different-flavored ice cream, six assorted toppings, two cones, a plastic cup, an ice cream scooper, tongs, and a wooden spoon. The scooper fits into a hole on top of the scoops to lift, stack, and release. Take orders on the reusable menu card, pay with play money, and serve up delicious fun!

Top & Bake Pizza Counter

Melissa & Doug Our Favorite Play Food Toys for Kids Top & Bake Pizza Counter Wooden Play Food

Why It Should Be in Your Child’s Play Kitchen: Mama mia, it's pizza time! Create fresh-baked pizza, made to order, with this deliciously unique 34-piece pizza making set. Start with felt sauce and cheese on the wooden crust, choose from wooden toppings (pepperoni, olives, mushrooms, and peppers), then "bake" in the pizza oven built into the storage and serving counter. Pieces stick together with self-stick tabs and can be sliced with the rolling wooden cutter. The set comes with a grated cheese shaker, a wooden paddle, pizza box, a reusable menu for placing orders, a guide to help with pizza prep, and play money to pay for your order!

Smoothie Maker Blender Set

Melissa & Doug Our Favorite Play Food Toys for Kids Smoothie Maker Blender Set

Why It Should Be in Your Child’s Play Kitchen: Whip up delicious playtime smoothies with this pretend play blender! Use the wooden knife to slice wooden fruits and vegetables, choose other healthful ingredients, like kale or protein powder, and pop them in the blender. Add a dash of pretend milk, spin the dial to blend, pour into a cup with lid and straw, and serve! There's a double-sided reusable menu card for taking orders, and cup inserts to add realistic color to smoothies.

Blue’s Clues & You - Birthday Party Play Set

Melissa & Doug Our Favorite Play Food Toys for Kids Blue's Clues & You Wooden Birthday Party Play Se

Why It Should Be in Your Child’s Play Kitchen: Celebrate real or pretend play birthdays and special occasions with Blue from Blue’s Clues & You! This imagination-sparking play set includes wooden candy pieces and colorful icing cords to swirl onto wooden cupcakes and cake slices using a special icing tool that’s easy for kids three and older to grasp. The toppings cling to self-stick tabs and are easily removed so the set can be used again and again! Invite friends with a reusable invitation and enhance pretend play with a baking pan, cupcake sleeves, candles, and more. Pieces store in a sturdy tote for easy cleanup.

Cutting Food

Melissa & Doug Our Favorite Play Food Toys for Kids Cutting Food Wooden Play Food

Why It Should Be in Your Child’s Play Kitchen: This wooden play food set is perfect for young chefs looking to explore a little mealtime fun—without the mess! It includes eight pieces of wooden food that can be sliced into 27 sections, a cutting board, and a wooden knife. Cutting the food makes a satisfying "crunch"—and provides a playful introduction to concepts of "whole," "part," and fractions.

Felt Food Sandwich Set

Melissa & Doug Our Favorite Play Food Toys for Kids Felt Play Food Sandwich Set

Why It Should Be in Your Child’s Play Kitchen: Open your own sandwich shop with this 33-piece smorgasbord of fabulous felt food pieces! Use white or wheat bread slices or a pita pocket, then layer on the meats, cheeses, vegetables, condiments and more. Build a submarine, a grinder, a hoagie or a Dagwood sandwich! With dozens of sandwich stuffers included, we've got the ingredients for any special order!

Bake & Decorate Cupcake Set

Melissa & Doug Our Favorite Play Food Toys for Kids Bake & Decorate Cupcake Set

Why It Should Be in Your Child’s Play Kitchen: Be sure your little baker uses the oven mitt to remove these 4 delectable-looking wooden cupcakes from their cupcake baking tray! This special set has 3 dry-erase markers shaped like icing tubes to decorate the smooth, removable, wipe-off cupcake tops. With 8 colorful baking cupcake sleeves and 4 decorative wooden candles, these low-cal cupcakes will be the hit of playtime birthday and tea parties!

Slice & Bake Cookie Set

 Melissa & Doug Our Favorite Play Food Toys for Kids Slice and Bake Cookie Set Wooden Play Food

Why It Should Be in Your Child’s Play Kitchen: Slice and "bake" a dozen wooden cookies for a sweet playtime treat! This colorful wooden set includes 12 wooden, sliceable cookies and 12 toppings, wooden knife, spatula, cookie sheet and a kitchen mitt for safe, deliciously imaginative play! The cookies are stored in a durable dough tube.

Fridge Food

Melissa & Doug Our Favorite Play Food Toys for Kids Fridge Food Set Wooden Play Food

Why It Should Be in Your Child’s Play Kitchen: Unpack these "chilled" wooden groceries into your play fridge and freezer for really "cool" food play! Perfect for make-believe or as novel manipulatives for counting, sorting and more. Nine wooden pieces include orange juice, waffles, milk, ice cream, cheese, yogurt, bologna, frozen vegetables, and butter.

Let’s Play House! Grocery Cans

Melissa & Doug Our Favorite Play Food Toys for Kids Let's Play House Grocery Cans

Why It Should Be in Your Child’s Play Kitchen: Stock a pretend pantry with this collection of lidded cardboard play-food cans and you'll have all the ingredients for colorful, imaginative grocery-store play. Open and close, fill and stack, sort and match the canned food toys—this set has a pretend-play flavor for every taste!

Grill & Serve BBQ Set

Melissa & Doug Our Favorite Play Food Toys for Kids Wooden Grill & Serve BBQ Set

Why It Should Be in Your Child’s Play Kitchen: Fire up the imagination while firing up this pretend play BBQ with all the "fixins" for a fantastic feast! The 20-piece wooden food set includes grilling favorites like hot dog, hamburger, chicken, steak, ribs, veggie burger, and corn, plus tasty toppings and sturdy utensils. Flip the sturdy corrugated box over and it becomes the "grill," with pictures of knobs for adjusting the temperature and four self-stick tabs to hold the food. Double-sided food pieces show one side uncooked--flip the pieces with the tongs or spatula, and the other side appears cooked! Use the buns to make a sandwich with fresh toppings. Self-stick tabs hold some of the items together, and then make a satisfying crunch when cut apart with the kid-friendly knife. Serve it all up on the included paper checkered placemat. After mealtime, use the grill/corrugated box as a handy storage place for all the items!