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If you have a Grocery Store, Farmers Market, Kitchen Set, Ice Cream Cart, Bakery Stand, Lemonade Stand, Shopping Cart, or other SUPER COOL Play Sets for YOUR child’s play area, chances are you need to stock your shelves with some Pretend Groceries and Play Food Toys!
Sounds simple, right?
Ha! There are TONS of Pretend Groceries and Play Food Toys on the market today!
You’ve got the highest quality wooden varieties, to realistic plastics and foams, to cardboard boxes, to the cheaper, less realistic, but less expensive plastics…
If you are creative, you can even make your own grocery store items!
Or, perhaps you can reuse some of YOUR family’s food packaging in fun and unique ways for the kids to enjoy!
Lots of options exist, that’s for sure!
And, we’re going to do our best to categorize a few handfuls of choices so you can make the best decisions for YOUR budding entrepreneurs, Mini-Farmers, Petite Bakers, or Little Shoppers!
Wooden Food Sets!
Realistic Plastic Food Sets!
Economy Plastic Food Sets!
We’ve combed through the Plastic Food Sets to give you the most economical options for stocking your Kitchens, Markets, Shops, and Stores, while still ensuring that you are getting safe, good quality toys with decent reviews!
Here are a few of our recommendations in the most affordable price ranges!
Cardboard Food Sets!
Cardboard Food Sets are a less expensive alternative to stocking shelves with products that feel more like “real” packaging you’d find in an actual kitchen. The downside, though, is that they might not last very long; and are less likely to stand up to rougher playing conditions, or stay in tact for younger children.
If you’d like Cardboard Food Sets, you could definitely try making your own!
I especially enjoy seeing some of the creativity put into filling cans and boxes with cute little trinkets to resemble the food products themselves.
Green fuzz balls for peas, shoe laces for noodles, dyed dried pasta; or even small buttons, toys, erasers, or other size-appropriate doo-dads for added texture, imagination, and sensory stimulation!
But, with all that being said, if you’d like to purchase some Cardboard Food Sets, here are some of the niftier choices with higher ratings and feedback!