Play Kitchen Recipes for Kids

Play kitchen recipes have been a big hit with B lately! Using them along with his play kitchen and pretend food has been so much fun! The play kitchen recipes include fruit salad, vegetable soup, and cookies.

Print the free, Play Kitchen Recipes to use in your own play kitchen. It is a lot of fun to laminate the recipes and use a dry erase marker to check off the items.

What else can you do with play food?

  • sort it by color
  • sort it by size
  • sort it into piles of food you like and piles you don’t like
  • sort it by beginning letter sound
  • sort it by food group
  • write the names on index cards and match them
  • trace the outline of several food items to make a puzzle

Simple Items to Add to Your Pretend Play Kitchens:

  • Play ice cubes and ice cube trays from the dollar store – The reusable plastic ice cubes with water in the middle come in different colors and shapes.
  • Cookie Cutters – Cookie cutters and a baking sheet are a great addition to the kitchen play for pretend cookie making!
  • A basket for pretend picnics


There are so many adorable play kitchens that you can purchase for your dramatic play area that are ton of fun. However, you can also make a play kitchen out of cardboard boxes and paint. Look at this fabulous one from the Wonderful World of Winn. That would be a fun way to include young children in creating it.

Check out how we made our own DIY grocery store, our favorite grocery cart for kids to go with it, and download a free printable pretend play grocery list to go with it.

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  • Reply Packer Family

    I love this idea!!! I’m going to make some soon and put them on a ring in the little kitchen! Thanks!

    May 9, 2011 at 1:13 pm
  • Reply Maureen

    I love these recipe cards – never thought of putting them in the dramatic play centre.
    Thank you

    May 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply Katie

    Thanks for the great printables! If you make anymore please add them. My 3 year old son is making me some fruit salad as I type! : )

    May 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply SaraMG

    What a great idea! My daughter (3.5yo) loves cooking (real food and pretend), she’ll love having her own recipes to follow!

    May 9, 2011 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply Annie Moffatt

    SO ADORABLE!! We will be using these in our play kitchen too! Thanks:)

    May 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm
  • Reply Andrea

    Fab idea–I’ll be printing these for immediate use for my kiddos!

    May 9, 2011 at 4:08 pm
  • Reply Jackie H.

    WHat great authentic reading practice!

    May 9, 2011 at 5:44 pm
  • Reply Having Fun at Home

    That is so clever! My three year old understands that I use a recipe to tell me what to do; I’m sure she’d love doing the same!

    May 9, 2011 at 6:00 pm
  • Reply Having Fun at Home

    So clever! My three year old understands that I use a recipe to tell me what to do; I’m sure that she’d love doing the same!

    May 9, 2011 at 6:00 pm
  • Reply Abi

    What a great idea – my 3yr old son would love this!

    May 9, 2011 at 9:58 pm
  • Reply Hailey's Butterfly Garden

    that is such a good idea I am going to have to make some of these for H. she is always in her kitchen cooking up something.

    May 10, 2011 at 8:35 am
  • Reply Jenette

    This is perfect, thanks!

    May 10, 2011 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply learning table

    My youngest loves his play kitchen–he has a whole little kitchen corner in our schoolroom. He plays restaurant all the time, taking orders and serving “customers,” and even has a menu posted for all to see. I love the idea of the recipe cards, and I know he will love them too.
    Thanks for sharing!

    May 11, 2011 at 1:29 pm
  • Reply phasejumper

    Love the idea to practice reading recipes by using play food! Thanks for posting!

    May 11, 2011 at 3:31 pm
  • Reply Em and Lib

    Great post!

    May 11, 2011 at 3:40 pm
  • Reply Stacie

    Thank you, Nicole!

    These are great — thanks for making printables!

    May 12, 2011 at 4:38 pm
  • Reply Michelle BB from Munch

    I just love this idea! What a fantastic educational activity. My son isn’t old enough quite yet, but when he is, I will definitely be using this. Already saved it with Evernote. Thanks for sharing!

    May 18, 2011 at 8:33 pm
  • Reply Megs501

    Thank you for these great printables. My daughter will love these. =)

    May 26, 2013 at 12:07 am
  • Reply Debbie

    my kids would absolutely love these – but the link doesn’t work! 🙁 is the file anywhere else?

    November 19, 2014 at 8:45 pm
    • Reply Nicole

      I just fixed the link and I will also email you the file. Hope your kids love them as much as we do! Thanks!

      November 21, 2014 at 1:34 am

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