Sharp knife and/or scissors
If you don’t sew it can be difficult to make play foods. Many of them are done with cloth or felt and, often, a little stitching is needed. But if you have some kitchen sponges you can create a whole bunch of pretend foods for your child. Don’t be intimidated if you’ve never made such foods; they’re easy, fun, and very convincing.
A slice of play cake looks good enough to eat when you cut a piece from a thick sponge, such as one that you might use when washing your car. Cut a thick triangle and, when you paint it, it suddenly looks just like a piece of cake. Start by painting a thin line, which represents frosting, down the middle of each side of the triangle. Then, paint the top to be the same color. Make a yellow sponge cake piece with chocolate frosting, white frosting, or another type. Cut a triangle from a pink kitchen sponge, and paint the top of it with white paint, and you have a yummy-looking piece of strawberry cake.
Cut a yellow kitchen sponge into a triangle and it quickly becomes a wedge of cornbread – without painting. Or, opt to make the cornbread a square. You can cut an off-white, tan, or white sponge to be round or square, and make a pretend bun, or a piece of sandwich bread. Paint the bread around the outer edges to make it more convincing. If you want toast, dab some brown paint on the surface of the bread, front and back.
Make Nutty Bars by cutting a yellow kitchen sponge into slices that are a couple of inches wide, and the length of the sponge. Paint each side with brown paint, and then make a crisscross design on the top, to create the popular, chocolate snack cakes. Or, make a doughnut by cutting a circle, and another inside of that one. Paint the top of the doughnut with brown, pink, white, or other “frosting”. Make a cinnamon roll by cutting a round sponge piece, and drawing a curly-q design on top, using paint or a marker.
Sponges can be used to make French fries, onion rings, croutons, brownies, pie slices, and so much more. Buy sponges wholesale and you’ll spend very little money to surprise your child with food for a play kitchen. When she sees all of the new bread, desserts, and treats, she’ll open up a play restaurant, and you can be her best customer!