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Play Kitchen Recipes for Kids

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.


Monday 7th of February 2022

Just what I was looking for! I had an idea of using food stickers to make pretend recipe cards for my daughter. She just turned three and I'm trying to find different ideas for pretend play with her new kitchen. She loses interest fast so I can't wait to try this! Thanks for sharing!


Thursday 10th of February 2022

Yay! So fun! You might also want to try the printable shopping lists. My kids used those a lot with their shopping cart or bags.


Wednesday 19th of November 2014

my kids would absolutely love these - but the link doesn't work! :( is the file anywhere else?


Friday 21st of November 2014

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


Sunday 26th of May 2013

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

Michelle BB from Munch

Wednesday 18th of May 2011

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!


Thursday 12th of May 2011

Thank you, Nicole!

These are great -- thanks for making printables!