How to make pretend food

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How to make pretend food
Pretend Food Assortment (Google)

Does your child enjoy playing with pretend food? You don't have to buy expensive play items. Making your own pretend food develops your child's creativity and self expression. Many of these pretend food projects can be made using traditional household items. The following steps will show you a few simple pretend food ideas.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • For sushi: scissors, rubber bands, thin sponges or felt material, serving plate
  • For candy pieces: scissors, cotton balls or other items to be wrapped, coloured cellophane, candy bowl
  • For ice cream cones: construction paper, tape, scissors, zigzag craft scissors, thin sponge, variety of coloured tissue paper.

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    How to Make Pretend Food

  1. 1

    For pretend sushi rolls, cut thin sponges into 3-by-5-inch pieces. Moisten sponges and thoroughly wring out. This will allow more flexibility for rolling.

    How to make pretend food
    Sponge Sushi Rolls
  2. 2

    Roll up the moistened sponges and fasten them in the centre with a rubber band. If you are using felt material, roll two to three 3-by-5-inch pieces together. Fasten them in the centre with a rubber band. Organise sushi rolls on a serving plate.

    How to make pretend food
    Felt Sushi Rolls
  3. 3

    To make pretend candy pieces, cut coloured cellophane into several 3-by-3-inch squares. Set two cotton balls or other small items in the centre of each square.

  4. 4

    Roll the cotton balls into the cellophane square. Twist each end tightly to secure the cotton balls inside of the cellophane square. Place the pretend candy pieces in a candy bowl.

    How to make pretend food
    Pretend Candy Pieces
  5. 5

    For pretend ice cream cones, roll a piece of yellow construction paper into a cone shape. Tape along the edge to secure it in place.

    How to make pretend food
    Construction Paper Cones
  6. 6

    Cut the top of the cone down to your desired height. Ball up a sheet of coloured tissue paper and place it inside the cone. Continue to add balled sheets of tissue paper until the cone is full.

    How to make pretend food
    Pretend Ice Cream Cones
  7. 7

    Use zigzag craft scissors to cut a sponge into small rectangles. These rectangles will be used as wafers. Place a wafer on the inside of the cone between the cone and the tissue paper.

Tips and warnings

  • On the ice cream cones, a small ball of red tissue paper can be used as a decorative cherry.
  • Always supervise children when using scissors.

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