How to Make Fake Food With Playdough

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How to Make Fake Food With Playdough
With red, yellow, blue and white playdough, you can make every other colour. (colourful clay image by Karin Lau from

Playdough is a versatile toy for anyone who has or works with children. The soft, pliable dough is easily manipulated by even the smallest hands for creative play. Using playdough to make fake food offers a double activity. The first activity is the creation of the play food items. The second is a role-playing game that takes place in an imaginary store or restaurant, during which the playdough food is ordered and served.

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Things you need

  • Play dough, assorted colours
  • Rolling pin or dowel
  • Plastic knife
  • Sponge
  • Plastic cup
  • Garlic press

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  1. 1

    Roll out white play dough to about 1/2 inch thick. Use a knife to cut it into square shapes. Gently press on the top of the bread with a dry, hard kitchen sponge to create texture.

  2. 2

    Roll out a piece of yellow to 1/4 inch and cut out a square for a slice of cheese.

  3. 3

    Make light brown playdough by mixing purple and yellow dough. Add the purple in small increments to the yellow, moulding to blend the colours, until the desired shade is achieved. Roll it out and cut it with an upside-down cup to make round lunch meat pieces.

  4. 4

    Roll out green playdough and cut rounds with a cup. Tear the edges to make it look like torn lettuce. Make smaller, thick rounds out of red playdough for tomatoes.

  5. 5

    Layer the pieces on a plate. Start with bread, then lunch meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and finish with the other slice of bread.

  6. 6

    Mold a piece of green into a ball, then lay it and roll it on the table so you have an oval-shaped cylinder. Poke it lightly on the surface with a fork to create indentations. Bend it slightly and place it on the side of the sandwich for a pickle.

    Spaghetti and Meatballs

  1. 1

    Mold a piece of yellow, about the size of a child's fist, until it is very soft and pliable. Tear off a piece and stuff it into a garlic press.

  2. 2

    Squeeze the press so that the yellow playdough begins to push out through the holes in long strands. Without cutting the strands, open the press and add more yellow playdough as often as necessary.

  3. 3

    Coil the length of strands gently on a small plate until you have a pile the size you desire. Cut the strands.

  4. 4

    Mix green and red dough to make a dark brown. Add small increments of green to the red while moulding to blend them together until you arrive at a deep brown shade. Take small chunks of brown and roll it between your two palms to make a ball. Place the brown meatballs on top of the spaghetti.

    Bacon and Eggs

  1. 1

    Mold a piece of white playdough until it is soft and pliable. Take a piece the size of a golf ball and roll it between your palms to make a ball shape.

  2. 2

    Lay the white ball on the plate and press down on it with your palm to flatten it.

  3. 3

    Roll pieces of yellow, a quarter the size of a golf ball, into a ball between your palms. Lay it on a flat surface and press down gently to flatten one side of it so you have a dome shape. Place one or two dome shapes on the white for eggs that are sunny side up.

  4. 4

    Mix a small amount of green with red clay to make dark brown. Mix in a small amount of white gently so the white is swirled in with streaks of it still visible, like marble.

  5. 5

    Roll out the brown and cut it into 3- or 4-inch strips, about 1/2 inch wide, for bacon. Lay them on the plate next to the eggs.

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