10+ DIY felt food gifts for kids made from soft and durable felt for a fun do it yourself gift that is safe and fun for any age group.
If you want to raise world food explorers the best way to start is to get them interested young. Having play food that they can experiment with helps to engage their curiosity and shows them that food is fun!
Felt is inexpensive, surprisingly durable, totally safe for kids, and won’t damage any of your play areas like wooden play food can. If you end up with an angry chef you won’t worry about flying food either!
You can also then use playtime to encourage positive eating behaviors with a no pressure environment to try “new foods” because it’s all just pretend.
Work on table manners, discussing what you think the textures of the different foods would be like in real life, and it can even be an opportunity to practice basic cooking skills!
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These patterns will have you whipping up play food in no time.
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There are so many options in this set that allows the kids to build a sandwich or burger the way they would want. Talk about what textures each ingredient has. You can group together similar ingredients by texture, flavor, or color.
Have the kids set up a fort or a play tent and invite their stuffed animal friends over for a good old fashioned camp fire dinner. This could be a safe scenario to discuss a child's fear of the dark or sleeping outside of their bedrooms.
Let the kids experiment with adding veggies to their pizzas and then follow it up by inviting them to help you make their own little pizzas. Keep it really simple by making Simple Sourdough Pizzas but provide the same toppings from the set. You never know what they might choose!
I love that this little set allows the kids 4 different meat options so everyone can get something different. This is an opportunity to talk about the different textures of meat because steak, salmon, and sausages are all very different!
This pattern is impressive because it includes everything from appetizer and bread to dessert. It even has a felt candle, how cute can you get? Turn on some Italian music and locate Italy on a map. You can watch a travel show or even plan a vacation to visit Italy and find a few famous landmarks you would like to visit
Another cute themed set with chips and salsa, several main dishes, and two different desserts- churros and flan. This would be fun to use while you are making some new Latin American dishes for them to explore.
You can also use some of the same ideas from above only swap Italy for Mexico. Or you can put on a movie like Disney's Coco and talk about what the celebration for Day of the Dead is.
Sushi might seem like something kids wouldn’t be interested in but this little set is sure to get them curious. Give them this set and the card game Sushi Go and they might just be more excited for sushi night!
Do you have a budding chef on your hands? This is a great little set to get their creative juices flowing. You can help guide them through the prep work needed to get ready to cook- don't forget to wash your hands!
These fruit tarts are so adorable and the kids will love whipping them up with their little baker set! Watch an episode of Kids Baking Championship or Great British Bake Off and dream of other combinations you could create.
If cakes are more their interest this little set allows them to design a cake how they want! Make it 1 or 2 tiers and decorate with icing or flowers or both. There’s even a little piping bag they can use.