Play Food & DIY Preschool Recipe Cards

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We are in the middle of our Healthy Foods theme now but before we share all of our activities, I wanted to share a simple one that has been quite fun – our DIY preschool recipe cards!

E absolutely loves play food, especially the inexpensive sets from IKEA. Between some extras from Melissa and Doug, IKEA’s kitchen tools and spare random tools from around our own kitchen, it’s been easy to outfit E’s kitchen! He had already been playing either “store” or “kitchen” most days. So we decided to take it to another level with some DIY preschool recipe cards!

Make school or pretend food playtime a bit more fun with DIY custom preschool recipe cards! Find clipart, print, and you're ready to explore healthy foods!

First, check out your kid’s collection of foods and decide which ingredients would work for recipes. I thought four ingredients per recipe would work for now, and I left off quantities (proving this activity is very adaptable!)

Then I made the preschool recipe cards. The cards themselves are very easy. They are 2-up on a page in Publisher. Start with a text box. In the top center put your recipe name. (I did the word “Recipe:” in a smaller font and the recipe name underneath). We went with Green Smoothie, Eggs & Bacon, Yummy Pasta and Tasty Fish.

Next, I found stock images to match the play food ingredients. I put each on the card and added the name of the food underneath.

Finally, I printed these preschool recipe cards in color on white cardstock and trimmed to size. (That means the whole set costs about 60 cents, but you could easily get all four cards on one page if you prefer.)


Back in the play area, I filled up a container with all the things he would need. Cutting board and knife, pan with spoon and whisk, oven mitts, and all the food. We also put down a place setting (printed this one from Picklebums — thank you!) and added paper plates and plastic silverware, the latter being part of the Little Tikes grilling set.

The rest was up to him — whether he wanted to cook for us or stuffed animals, use play money to play “store” prior to cooking, and so on.

I love this way to add some specific pretend play to homeschool. Later this week we are adding an old mini-blender that has had its electronic components removed!

For more learning ideas to accompany these preschool recipe cards, please check out our Healthy Foods Tot Trays, Healthy Food Charts, and Healthy Foods Preschool Trays!

Linked up over at 1+1+1=1’s Tot School Gathering Place, Mom’s Library, Inspire Me Mondays, Mommy Solutions, Made for Kids Link Party, Mommy Solutions, Kitchen Fun & Crafty Friday, and at the Learn and Play Link-Up!

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