When it comes to pretend toy food, there are literally hundreds of products for parents and children to choose from. They range from basic plastic-moulded fruit and vegetables, right up to sophisticated wooden food pieces that have electronic sensors inside to make a ‘crunching’ sound when they’re being sliced! Melissa & Doug are one of the main suppliers in this market, although Bigjigs and Santoy have some marvellous products too.
Almost any item of foodstuff can be bought as play food including all the popular fruits such as bananas, apples, oranges and melons. If vegetables are required, then kids can pick from toy potatoes, onions, beans, peas, carrots and many more. Pretend cakes are popular too, as are as sandwiches, pizzas, burgers, bacon and fried eggs. Let's also not forget play biscuits, ice cream and sweets!
In terms of play food accessories, several toy suppliers like Le Toy Van, Plan Toys and Casdon make dishes, plates, pots & pans and cooking utensils. Many are available in different materials such as wood, plastic or even metal for the ultimate realism. Toy toasters, kettles, mixers, fridges and cookers are important accessories for pretend food preparation, and a wealth of big brand suppliers like Kidkraft, Smoby and Little Tikes supply big and chunky products to withstand the toughest of role play.
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