Fun Ideas for Ways To Use Pretend Cookware

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Fun Ideas for Ways To Use Pretend Cookware

The biggest part of my day is spent eating air food. It may be baked spaghetti, moodles (mac and cheese), or some other delicious imaginary meal cooked by my ever proud of her cooking skills three year old. One of her favorite places to be is in front of her play kitchen slaving over meals that we will gobble down with over the top gestures and sounds. Pretend food doesn’t require the same manners as the real food that sits on the table.

Since boys and girls alike enjoy cooking, I thought it would be fun to show you a few of the different ways we use our pretend cookware around here. We received this awesome set last week for review and it has been so much fun to play with. It’s a solid metal set that came 15 pieces that look like my set I use only in fun bright colors and sized to fit her little hands. You can check it out here or watch their video review below.


Often times we use water beads in our play recipes. They can be a substitute for almost anything especially soup or something that can be stirred. You can get these super cheap off wish. I just ordered 10,000 of them for $2.00 including shipping. It takes about 4 weeks to get them but the kids love to play with them.


Sensory bins around here almost always include our play cookware. Sand makes for an awesome ingredient in our play cooking as does dry macaroni noodles, beans, and rice!


Water play is another way you can use your pretend cookware for some educational fun. Water play is an important addition to any early childhood curriculum. These dishes will be great tools for her exploration in our next water play session. Although I would suggest drying them off as soon as they are done.

There are so many other ways to use pretend cookware that I’m sure if you follow us on Instagram you will be seeing quite a bit of these colorful pots and pans. Check out the girls playing as they review this set in this video below!


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