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Imaginative play: Cooking

Usually my three year old nanny charge couldn’t care less that he has a toy supermarket stand with a load of pretend food. So I thought I would change things up a little to encourage him to play with it!

There was a little bit of cardboard that was on top of the recycling pile so I just used that. I used two different sized saucepans and drew around them on top of the cardboard to resemble cooking hobs. Then found a child height chest and popped the cardboard on top.

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I provided saucepans, cooking utensils, wooden spoons, cutlery, plates, cups, bowls, pretend food and a little bit of real food.

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My three year old loved it. He started to pretend to cook, dish up food, pour drinks and eat!

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If you don’t already own some pretend food you can find it here. This pretend food set is great because it comes with a pretend knife and chopping board so you can cut the food up, how fun!

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