When I was a youngster, many of my favorite toys and games had a common theme – FOOD! I loved my Easy-Bake Oven, my Strawberry Shortcake doll and all her sweet-smelling friends and those weird little Food Fighter action figures (which by the way are now selling on Amazon for $250! Why didn’t I keep mine!!)
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Now that I have a young daughter of my own, I love finding food toys for her to enjoy too. There are so many fun options these days. Actually, there are so many that it gets overwhelming sorting through all the choices.
To help you find the perfect gift for your little foodie, I’ve put together this list of cute food-related toys from Melissa & Doug.
Why Melissa & Doug Toys?
One big reason. They are the best quality toys you’re going to find. They are made of durable and sensible materials that are meant to last. And you can tell somebody actually had your kid in mind when designing the product.
I definitely notice the difference between Melissa & Doug and other, uh, shall we say, cheaper junk toy brands that shall remain nameless. I think my daughter notices the difference too. I see her playing with her Melissa & Doug toys way more than the cheapy toys that don’t work and get her frustrated.
So here we go … Ten Awesome Melissa & Doug Toys For Your Little Foodie!
I mean, seriously! Could this be any cuter!? Look at that stand mixer and the box of cake mix. I almost want this for myself!
More than 50 pieces of adorable pasta that are made of soft felt. Absolutely genius! See what I mean about this company actually having your child in mind when designing these toys? Love it.
Another brilliant and thoughtful design. A wooden knife, plastic spoon, hard skillet surface to chop, felt tortilla and taco shells to fold and roll, even salsa in a string-squirting bottle!
Who wants waffles! Kids will have fun making yummy waffles while learning important skills like shapes and beginning math concepts.
Let’s have a pizza party! Handy little self-stick tabs hold the pieces together and can then be ‘sliced’ apart. Comes with 54 toppings!
This adorable kit comes with 12 cookies and toppings, plus utensils, cookie sheet and oven mitt. Store the delicious cookies in a tube that looks just like the real thing. There is also a Christmas Cookie version of this kit too.
Your little one can learn to be an entrepreneur with their own ice cream shop. Order up a custom creation from the menu and your child can fill your order and take your money with the dollar bills that are included too.
Kids won’t even realize they are gaining fine motor skills when they are having a blast scooping up their ice cream. Store the cones, ice cream and scoopers right inside the cute and durable ice cream container. There is even an option to personalize it with your child’s name.
Kids will have fun mixing and matching the colorful pieces to make ice cream sandwiches, ice pops and Italian ice cups! It even comes with a sweet little menu card. Awww!
Kiddos love to ‘help’ at with the groceries at the real store. Imagine how much fun they’ll have at home with a store of their own. It’ll keep them occupied for hours. What will you do with all the extra time!? I love that it has a hand-cranked conveyor belt, beeping “scanner” and credit card swipe machine. How fun!
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Micky Reed, a two-decade veteran in the food and baking industry, leverages her influential Three Snackateers food blog and Instagram presence to collaborate with industry giants like Ben & Jerry's and Crumbl Cookies. Her work has been featured on Delish, PopSugar and more. Her expertise as a product curator for one of the world's largest international snack subscription box companies solidifies her status as a key player in the field.