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Playing with food: 12 culinary toy sets for children
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Playing with food: 12 culinary toy sets for children

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It’s exciting to watch kids fall in love with the culinary arts. If they’re not in the kitchen helping or experimenting with cooking, they’re often drawn to cooking-themed toys.

Most play food is made with easy-to-clean wood or plastic, and comes in sizes ranging from miniature to oversized pieces.

It’s important to note that play food sets are often geared toward older kids because they have small pieces that pose choking hazards to toddlers and babies. To determine if a particular play food set has small parts, look for a specially marked warning on the packaging.

Like real food, there are countless varieties of play food. They most often include the basics, like fruits and veggies, but deluxe play food sets may come with cookware, dining essentials, grocery play items or play kitchens.

You can buy small play food sets for starting around $10, with prices going up with the complexity or number of accessories in the set. Play kitchens or grocery store sets can reach up to $200.

Play food offers an engaging cooking experience without the mess or cost of real ingredients. No matter what your kid wants to whip up in their play kitchen, whether it’s a simple meal or an extravagant dinner — a play food set has them covered.

Here are 12 play food sets for your little chef.

Sian Babish is a writer for BestReviews, a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.


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