I don’t know about your kiddos, but mine love to “pretend cook”. They also love to help me cook but that’s not always feasible, as cute as they are sometimes I just need to get in and out of the kitchen as fast as possible! I’ve been a mom for 7 years and in that time I’ve had to replace the play food multiple times. I’m to the point where, quite frankly I’m sick of buying it! I don’t want to spend money on inferior toys, I’m nervous about plastic period, and I feel bad about all their broken plastic toys filling up a landfill somewhere. So I decided to make these free crochet food patterns just in case I’m not the only one who’s sick of this cycle.
I’ve been crocheting since I was a little girl and I can’t wait to teach my daughters (and my little boy if he’s ever interested). As long as you don’t go for super soft and fancy yarn is not expensive. I rarely have to buy it because most of my projects use up little bits leftover from past projects.
Craft supplies are one of my favorite things to look for at yard sales and on craigslist. Just know your prices so you don’t overpay.
Years ago when my first child started getting into everything I remember my sister being over for a visit and I saw her lay down on the couch (she’s a genius) and start placing orders to my little chef of what she wanted to eat. Believe it or not if you’re playing with them your kids love to take orders, who knew! To date this is one of my favorite ways to take a breather while still filling my kids love tanks. If you have older children you can even keep them occupied by having them draw up menus with the food and prices! I hope you enjoy this crochet food video and go check out all the other videos too for the patterns! Crochet Lettuce Pattern
VIDEO TRANSCRIPT -Crochet Food
Hello, this is Joquena with Modern Homemakers, and today I’m going to show you some play food patterns. I’m just doing a quick video to show you all that there is and my adorable little salad, little close-up in there. The kids are always trying make me stuff with their play food, and it’s stuff Mommy can’t eat, like glutenous pizza with cheese and bacon and stuff on it, and I can’t eat that, so this is a salad that they can bring Mommy and I can actually pretend to be excited about, you know…encouraging healthy eating, whatever you want to say the salad’s for. So I’ll put links below where you can just keep watching my channel, but I’m gonna show you how to make this cute little onion, and I know the kids don’t like to eat onions but I do, and they’re fun to play with. And these little cherry tomatoes, and they’re not even filled with anything; you can squish them and then put them right back, so that makes them pretty cheap. And lettuce, you can even make these in purple and have some radicchio, and maybe that would encourage them to actually want to eat that later. Who knows? Anyway, stick around, I think we’ll start off with “How to make lettuce.”