Best Play Food Sets for Toddlers & Kids
Best Play Food Sets for Toddlers & Kids
January 7, 2022

Best Play Food Sets for Toddlers & Kids

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Best Play Food Sets for Toddlers & Kids.
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Best Play Food Sets for Toddlers & Kids

Is your toddler obsessed with food? Or are you just trying to find a fun and inviting way to introduce a few varied vegetables to your chicken-nuggets-only eater? Whatever your kiddo’s relationship with food is, play food is always an exciting addition to pretend play, whether it’s dinner parties with stuffed animals or a play kitchen cooking show with preschool friends.

To get those yummy (pretend) meals cookin’, here are our favorite play food sets:

A Full Pantry

No kitchen is complete without food to fill the cupboards. Here’s every food group you could possibly think of, including the most important one: dessert. Infinite meal and snack opportunities abound with this complete set. And at under $20, it’s a real bargain. Each piece is made of BPA-free plastic, so it’s nontoxic and durable.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3 years+
Includes 115 pieces, including fruits, vegetables, boxed and canned goods, drinks, desserts and more

Canned Goods

To make their play kitchen feel as real as possible, your kid’s probably going to want some canned food. Rather than sacrifice that canned corn you planned to make, here’s a set made of cardboard that looks just like the real stuff (contains no real food). The plastic lids are easily removable—no can opener necessary—so kiddo can go through all the motions of food prep, however minute.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3 years+
Includes 10 cardboard cans w/ removable plastic lids

Refrigeration Necessary

If your child’s play kitchen comes with a fridge, what do you plan to stock it with? Toy refrigerators won’t actually keep anything cold, and that’s where this fridge food set comes in handy. It’s all solid wood—hand painted, even—so there’s no risk of sour milk or melted ice cream. But heads up: none of it can actually be opened, so an element of realism is slightly lost for toddlers who might prefer it.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3 years+
Includes 9 pieces: butter, cheese, frozen vegetables, bologna, ice cream, yogurt, waffles, orange juice, milk

Fresh Greens

Getting your toddler to eat fresh greens and other vegetables can be a struggle sometimes, but you might be able to change their minds about this particular food group if they can experience the fun of tossing a salad themselves. Complete with lettuce, bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumers and more, this set has lots of foods to make a healthy salad—just top it off with the included oil, vinegar and pepper and toss!

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3 years+
Includes 36 pieces: Olive oil bottle, vinegar bottle, pepper, bowl, spoon, fork and vegetables (onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, red peppers, yellow peppers, carrots)

Taco Night

Every night can be taco night with this play food set. From queso and beans and rice to shrimp fajitas, there’s a lot your kiddo can cook up. This set also comes with reusable, customizable recipe cards so you can place a special order directly with the chef.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3 years+
Includes 43 pieces: Hard taco shell, soft felt tortilla, knife, spoon, skillet, tub of crema, can of pinto beans, pouch of shredded cheese, box of yellow rice, salsa bottle, hot sauce bottle, food pieces, recipe cards

A Soft Alternative

If you’re tired of all the hard materials that typically make up toddler and preschooler toys, we hear you. So here’s a food set that’s a little softer to the touch (and the mouth, in case your child is determined to actually bite their play food). Made of durable felt, these foods won’t break, tear, scratch or otherwise damage easily. Unfortunately, they can’t go in the washing machine, but you can wipe them with a damp cloth. And once your tot has exhausted all their sandwich varieties, there’s also a 42-piece felt pizza set.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3–7 years
Includes 33 pieces, including breads, meats, condiments and vegetables

Cutting Edge

Most play food is just, well, play food—great for mimicking the real thing and encouraging imaginative play. But this set does more than that. Your toddler can use the wooden “knife” (don’t worry, it’s really dull) to slice and chop through each piece, giving them ample opportunity to practice their knife skills and build hand-eye coordination.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3 years+
Includes 17-piece fruit set (7 whole fruits cut into smaller pieces), wooden knife, wooden crate

Dessert Creations

A dessert you can customize? Sign us up! These cupcakes each have four sections (cup, cake, frosting & topper) that you can mix and match to create lots of different combinations, so it’s like having four stacking toys in one. And once they’re put together, fill the icing bag with ice water and squeeze it across the frosting to see sprinkles magically appear!

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3 years+
Includes 18 pieces: tiered cupcake stand, 4 cupcakes, 4 frostings, 4 liners, 4 ZOO toppers and magic icing bag
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