Easy DIY pretend play food

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Make this adorable and easy pretend play food that also happens to be very healthy! A great way to encourage our children to eat healthy is to do so when they play as well. These pretend string beans, peas, and cherries are really easy to make with step by step photos.

 

This pretend play food is one of the easiest DIY toys I've seen! Encourage healthy eating in toddlers and young kids - it takes only a few minutes and is a quick and easy mom craft.

 

If you’ve noticed, M really enjoys playing with pretend food lately. He’s at that age where pretend is his world, and encouraging it is a healthy thing to do. 

 

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We recently got him this fun, inexpensive play kitchen, and he adores it. 

We added on to that some fun pretend food and dish sets (including this shopping basket full of food, this stir fry set, and the dishes from this set that we’ve had for a while.) I then made for him some more grocery shopping toys and offered the free printable groceries for my readers here. He really enjoys going shopping with his shopping cart. As a stay-at-home-tot, it’s hard to entertain him, and this is what keeps him busy for much of the day.

 

This pretend play food is one of the easiest DIY toys I've seen! Encourage healthy eating in toddlers and young kids - it takes only a few minutes and is a quick and easy mom craft.

 

However, while his pretend play sets offered him some favorite foods (like milk, broccoli, and an apple) they did not have his absolute favorite: string beans. They even include a yellow cup similar to the one I use to pop his string beans in a microwave, and the microwave to do so! So, I decided to finish it off with some play string beans made from pipe cleaners. Once I was at it, I also made peas, which he loves as well. I added in the cherries just because they’re cute.

 

I hope you enjoy this fun tutorial! Please be aware that the peas would definitely be a choking hazard for children under age 3. I’m not sure about the others. 

 

What you need to make pretend play food: 

 

How to make pretend play food: 

 

1. For the string beans: Bend down the tip of your pipe cleaner.

This pretend play food is one of the easiest DIY toys I've seen! Encourage healthy eating in toddlers and young kids - it takes only a few minutes and is a quick and easy mom craft.

 

2. Bend it again to form a section about the length that your string bean would be.This pretend play food is one of the easiest DIY toys I've seen! Encourage healthy eating in toddlers and young kids - it takes only a few minutes and is a quick and easy mom craft.

 

3. Start wrapping your pipe cleaner around that middle section, starting from halfway down that first bent-down end. This forms a clean edge that isn’t sharp. This pretend play food is one of the easiest DIY toys I've seen! Encourage healthy eating in toddlers and young kids - it takes only a few minutes and is a quick and easy mom craft.

 

4. Continue wrapping focusing on doing a little extra in the center to make it thicker. Wrap until your each the end of your pipe cleaner At that point, simply tuck the end into the body to hide sharp edges.This pretend play food is one of the easiest DIY toys I've seen! Encourage healthy eating in toddlers and young kids - it takes only a few minutes and is a quick and easy mom craft.

 

5. For the cherry: Start by tying a tight know in the center of a red pipe cleaner, and a loose knot over it, as pictured. 
This pretend play food is one of the easiest DIY toys I've seen! Encourage healthy eating in toddlers and young kids - it takes only a few minutes and is a quick and easy mom craft.

 

6. Cut a smaller bit of green pipe cleaner for the stem. Bend it into a V shape. Wrap one end around the loose knot of the cherry.This pretend play food is one of the easiest DIY toys I've seen! Encourage healthy eating in toddlers and young kids - it takes only a few minutes and is a quick and easy mom craft.

 

7. Wrap your pipe cleaner around the initial knot to form a ball.  This pretend play food is one of the easiest DIY toys I've seen! Encourage healthy eating in toddlers and young kids - it takes only a few minutes and is a quick and easy mom craft.

 

8. Keep wrapping until you reach the end. Once you do, tuck in that end to hide any sharp edges. This pretend play food is one of the easiest DIY toys I've seen! Encourage healthy eating in toddlers and young kids - it takes only a few minutes and is a quick and easy mom craft.

 

9. Repeat steps 5 and on for another cherry. By step 6, instead of attaching a new pipe cleaner, attach the other half of the V from your first pipe cleaner.This pretend play food is one of the easiest DIY toys I've seen! Encourage healthy eating in toddlers and young kids - it takes only a few minutes and is a quick and easy mom craft.

 

10. For the peas, I made a ball the same way I made the ball of the cherry. I tied a double knot in the middle, and wrapped pipe cleaner around it until I was satisfied with the size. This pretend play food is one of the easiest DIY toys I've seen! Encourage healthy eating in toddlers and young kids - it takes only a few minutes and is a quick and easy mom craft.

 

M got so excited when he saw the finished result – he squealed “she-means!” (string beans). He enjoys playing with it, especially washing it in his play sink (I don’t know why…)

I love that  it was made for literally pennies and complements toys he already owns. 

 

This pretend play food is one of the easiest DIY toys I've seen! Encourage healthy eating in toddlers and young kids - it takes only a few minutes and is a quick and easy mom craft.

 

I hope to make some more pipe cleaner pretend toys, but meanwhile, what do you think of these pretend play foods that are healthy too? M loves them!

 

This pretend play food is one of the easiest DIY toys I've seen! Encourage healthy eating in toddlers and young kids - it takes only a few minutes and is a quick and easy mom craft.

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