Play Food – A Recipe for Fun and Learning
We have been reaching for the ice lollies in the office during the recent spell of hot weather and our customers have been doing the same. The choice of wooden play food from WoodenToyShop.co.uk comes up trumps with something for every occasion, not least when it comes to teaching children about healthy eating.
Savvy parents and teachers are well aware that they can use play food to teach children about different types of food and what constitutes a healthy diet. Teachers work with selections of food, such as the Bigjigs Healthy Eating Dairy Food Set, to educate children about the kinds of food that are ‘good for you’. Parents can do the same, but they can also use play food to help overcome fussy eating habits and help children become comfortable and familiar with food that they haven’t yet encountered.
Children, on the other hand, simply love the fun that they can have with play food. They enjoy eating pretend meals and hosting tea parties and they love copying the grownups in the kitchen. This afternoon, just for fun, we decided to see if we could bake a pretend cake using only ingredients that we could find in our play food section. Here are the results.
Simple fairy cakes, Madeira cake or cookies
First things first: you can’t bake a cake without an oven. Fortunately, there is a breathtaking variety of play kitchens and ovens available to young chefs. Our current favourite is the Honeybake Oven and Hob Set.
Once you have set the oven to the correct temperature, you can take the rest of your equipment out of the cupboards while you wait for it to warm up.
The rather wonderful Tidlo Baking Set contains just about all the equipment you will need: measuring jug and spoons; rolling pin; wooden spoon; mixing bowl; cake tin; cookie cutters; oven glove; and chopping board!
Have you spotted what is missing yet? Well, unless you are one of those clever bakers, you won’t be able to weigh your flour, butter and sugar without some scales. Don’t worry, the Honeybake Weighing Scales will do the job just fine.
Before we start on the ingredients, we need to make sure we make as little mess as possible, so we’d better see if we can find an apron and maybe even a proper chef’s hat. That would be fun, wouldn’t it?
Having browsed through the virtual aisles of our play food section, we have successfully located all the ingredients you need to make some scrumptious cookies, fairy cakes and a Madeira cake!
The fabulous Honeybake Mixer Set comes with milk, sugar, egg and flour which can be combined in the very convincing food mixer. We need some butter of course, from the Melissa and Doug Food Groups, where you will also find the lemon for your Madeira cake!
You can decorate your cakes or cookies using some of the toppings we found in the Melissa and Doug Birthday Party Cake set or the Bake and Decorate Cup Cake set.
When your cakes are done, you will be able to serve them on one of our cake stands, or even sell them in one of our shops or market stalls!