Things you will need:
- Dollar store natural colored sponge pack of 4
- Eight Felt sheets- pink, green, light green, yellow, light yellow, white, off white, dark red
- Brown, red, white and yellow acrylic paints
- Black and green sharpies
I have always wanted to make my own play food for the kids. They love pretend play and I thought this would be a great opportunity to finally make this for them. I wanted to mix my textures by using felt, sponges and tissue paper. It may be tough to find but I found these sponges at the local dollar store hidden under all the other fancy colored sponges. I wanted that natural 'bread' looking sponge color. Here's how...
After the beef patty dries, use a black sharpie to create grill marks. Oh yeah, make a chicken patty too! I made the chicken patty oblong and narrower than the beef patty...more realistic right? Snip off the edges of the beef patty to make it more dome shaped and rounded. Doing this after it dries with the brown paint, as you can see, shows a lighter brown on the edges...
Below, I measured the size of my 'bun' then cut out a piece of yellow felt the same width. That would be my cheddar cheese...Use this cheese size as a template for the rest of your burger ingredients.
For the onions, cut out a circle the same size of your template. Cut out rings of all sizes...
Another way to make lettuce is with tissue paper instead of felt. Use the brightest green you can find. Cut into wide strips. Crumble to create texture. Open up and rip apart. Do not cut with a scissor because you want that shredded, ripped look.
After you shred the pieces, glue together if you want. For me, it was easier and neater to have the kids play with it this way...
How about another burger using 'arugula' lettuce this time?
Make eggs for breakfast sandwiches...Cut out a white square from your template and a small square for your yolk.
There is no right or wrong way to cut out an egg. As long as your child is able to recognize what it is supposed to be. Cut out ham (pink felt) bacon (dark red felt with white paint stripes) Make fries (from left over sponge pieces).
Felt comes in so many amazing colors. I just love them...Let your imagination run wild and create all things fun and educational for children. Pretend play is very important and is great for developing those much needed fine motor skills. It's also a great way to introduce different kinds of foods and vegetables to kids. Please share my work with other moms, teachers etc. This is so inexpensive to make and it's a lot of fun to make. Involve them in the process of what to make. Thanks for spending some time with me.
4 pack sponges 4.75x3 inches ($1)
8 colors of felt sheets 9x12 inches (.29¢ cent each)