Melissa & Doug Boxed Food Play Set
Keep the pantry stocked with fun! This colorful set of play food boxes makes an engaging pretend-play experience on its own, or perfectly complements a kitchen- or grocery store-themed play area. Ten play-food boxes of pretend cereal, snacks and sweets assemble easily (in three simple folds!) to create a whole pantry-full of realistic food boxes. Perfect for open-ended creative play, the set also includes play ideas to encourage learning and keep imaginations “cooking.”
Extension Activities: More Ways to Play and Learn:
- Ask the child to look at all the boxes and group them by size. How many boxes are there in each group?
- Ask the child to identify all the food items, and to sort them into groups by type of food. For instance, you could establish one pile for salty foods and one for sweets. Ask the child to suggest other ways to sort the items.
- Divide the boxes into three unequal groups, and ask the child to predict which group can make the highest tower. Then ask the child to build the towers to find out if the guess was right.
- Ask the child to line up the boxes on the shelves of a pretend grocery store. Give the child a shopping list with three food items written clearly on a piece of paper, or list them aloud. Ask the child to collect the items in a bag or basket. For added difficulty, increase the number of items or give just the product’s initials instead of the complete name of each food.
- Place three or four boxes in a row. Ask the child to study them, then to look away while you remove one piece. Ask the child which piece was removed. Increase the number of boxes for a greater challenge.
- Gather a group of food boxes according to one common feature or rule–for instance, you could gather all the boxes showing foods shaped liked circles, all the medium-size packages, or all the boxes with the color blue on them. Allow the child to observe the group that contains your selections, and also the group of items that don’t belong. Ask the child to guess what your rule was for grouping the items.
- Ask the child to set up a dining table for a teddy bear or doll. Pretend the teddy or doll is a very picky eater and is refusing to eat. Ask the child to convince the teddy or doll to try one bite of each type of food by describing all the best things about it.
- Give the child three boxes and ask him/her to describe a silly recipe using the three ingredients. Ask what the finished dish would taste like, how it would be served, and which family members or friends would be brave enough to try it. Then ask the child to choose three boxes for you to make up a recipe.
|Adult assembly required.|
Dimensions: 15″ x 10″ x 2.25″ Packaged