"Yes, please," I reply, smacking my lips for emphasis and holding out my cup for him.
Playing restaurant in my home is a favorite activity for the whole family, something we do several times a week. This is not surprising given that my kids' play kitchen is in a little nook right in our kitchen where we spend most of our days.
My three-year-old son enjoys playing the chef, tinkering with his tiny metal pots and taking my order for food and drinks. He's so enthusiastic about this game that he even had my younger daughter tasting his imaginary concoctions before she was even eating solids. Lately, he's been bolstered by new skills he learns as he helps more with our cooking.
We've slowly been building our play kitchen area the past couple of years. First, we started with a tiny cooktop range, then graduated to a handsome wooden play kitchen I found on Craigslist for a great price. Slowly, we've been adding play food, mainly Melissa and Doug wooden sets, like the sandwich-and-hamburger set pictured below.
Our latest additions include a Pottery Barn Kids coffeepot and an adorable cookie-baking set from Target, both on sale after the holidays.
Looking it over, I suddenly realized the foods in our play kitchen didn't totally depict our reality. Missing were many of the Mexican meals I make, such as quesadillas, chicken taquitos, enchiladas, etc. And what about others from other countries that I also make, like stir-fry and chicken curry?
Off I went in search of "ethnic," multicultural" or "international" food, which were some of the words I used on Internet search engines. I adore play food by German toy maker Haba, but my search didn't turn up the kind of international food I'm trying to find. This is what I came up with:
Here are some of my top picks from Etsy sellers:
Felt wonton dumplings in take-out container. By Busy Little Elf in Cleveland.
If you're also searching for play food, try searching the archives of babygadget, where they have a self-professed love for pretend food. Let me know if you know of any other wood or cloth options out there, or even better, if you've crafted your own non-mainstream play food.