Some children like their leafy greens. Ours mostly do. But these leafy greens are for pretending. Leaves, grasses and blossoms our children contently scavenged in the woods for play food.
Under the canopy of stately oaks, these prettily child-prepared pretend entrees were served up splendidly on applewood planks (and a ladder, of all things). Delicately rolled and tied with grasses or garnished with Bleeding Heart flower blossoms. Their menu looked as if it could rally against any five star restaurant, but we didn't taste it.
It was just the prettiest pretend food.
ideas for play food pretend play outside
• if you have one, carry your child's kitchen play set outside for the afternoon
• bring out a small cooking pot, and make dirt soup
• "eat" stone or pinecone cookies together
• read Stone Soup on the porch, in the hammock, or under a shady tree
• scavenge for leaves, blossoms, and sticks like our children did; and cook up a feast for a whole afternoon of creative play
• look for leaves, berries, acorns and other food treasures, and talk about what animals might find them delicious. Can you find an animal having a meal? Here we have deer that stand tall to reach apples from our trees, and squirrels leap away with tasty acorns.
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