When my kids were very little, they loved playing “restaurant”.  We gave them a kitchen set and many different pretend food products.  I took a regular binder and added pages which I created to look like a menu.  We also gave them aprons so they could play the part better. It is quite a nice game in any season. Anything made by HABA or Melissa and Doug is made so well. Learning Resources is also an excellent toy company.  They make toys that last and teach skills while still being completely fun. Here are a few of the items they had to play the game:

Step2 Best Chef’s Kitchen Set  (the kids loved how the stove burner lit up and made cooking sounds)


by Curious Chef  (It was nice to find aprons for boys!)


Haba Half Dozen Eggs (These are just plain charming)


HABA Teatime tin- Play food (These fit in their play tea cups as well as regular size cups.)


Haba Biofino Fried Egg (This is nice for pretending to crack the egg.)


Melissa & Doug Pizza Party (Everyone loves a pizza party!)


Melissa & Doug Food Groups (This is a nice set for covering the basic food groups.)


Fisher-Price Musical Tea Set (This is easy to wash and drink out of.)


Learning Resources Smart Snacks Rainbow Color Cones (This is safe and easy to stack.)


Little Tikes Shopping Cart (This is very tough and long lasting.)


Learning Resources Cash Register (This teaches math and works for real.)




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