Sunday, May 4, 2014

{Review} Invitation to Play and Haba Play Food

One of my favorite things to do is to create an "invitation to play", which is where a parent sets up a play scene or gets out some materials that are inviting to the child. One of the keys to an invitation to play is that the kid doesn't have to play- it's an invitation, not a demand! Some of the ways I have done this in the past is setting up a picnic on the floor, leaving some paper and art supplies ready to be used on the table, opening the dollhouse and creating a scene with the furniture, and leaving a rice bin open with a few new scoopers inside.

The other day, I received some play food from Haba (a german toy company who is known for their high-quality, imagination-requiring toys)- a hotdog, ketchup and mustard, salt and pepper grindersa sushi set, and an apple pie. I couldn't wait to show the kids. I set up the table for a picnic.


The hotdog comes with cheese and cucumbers that you can put on yourself. Squirt some ketchup and mustard on (seriously, how fun is that?!) and wala- an all-American meal.



The kids took turns putting salt and pepper on some veggies. The grinders are pretty cool- you turn the tops and it sounds like a real grinder! We have a real sea salt grinder that I don't really let the kids use by themselves, so they were glad to get the opportunity to put as much salt and pepper on their "veggies" that they wanted. Good for them!


Aly really loved the sushi set- it even comes with rubber chopsticks  and wasabi! She is very excited to invite two of her friends from 4K over to play -- they bring sushi pretty often for lunch, so she thinks they would enjoy playing with the pretend set too!



What's a meal without dessert? The apple pie has 5 apple slices that you can take out and put back in, along with a cute lattice crust. This was for sure Ada's favorite.



I'm a big fan of play food. Sometimes I'm not that great at playing with the kids-- my imagination has suffered from many years of disuse. BUT, playing with food I can do. I "play" with food all day long, right? Only this kind I don't have to clean up! We cook for one another, try out new kinds of combinations, and I admit that I do sometimes slip in nutrition lessons along the way (I know, I know- just PLAY!).

Do you like playing with food? If so, would you like your own set of Haba food (hot dog, ketchup, mustard, salt and pepper grinders, sushi set and apple pie)? Enter below! Giveaway ends on Friday at noon!










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11 comments :

  1. Love it all! I especially like the sushi! I know just the little foodie who would enjoy playing with such a set.

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  2. Play food and play kitchens - definitely one of the top toy choices in our house!

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  3. Love the multicultural aspect of this food grouping! The "invitation to play" aspect reminds of Montessori teaching :) Great job, Tiff!

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  4. Play food is always a big hit in our family! Our oldest likes to prepare meals in her kitchen and bring them around for a "taste".

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  5. Fun. Rosie needs something like this. I was famous for playing with several things at once wibble wobbles, little people, dolls, coloring and going back and forth between them - while watching TV.

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  6. Interesting to see play food beyond the normal foods. I don't think my kids have ever seen sushi! But they certainly would like the chop sticks!

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  7. Love the idea of an invite! Typically I let him lead, but it'd be neat to try to offer something!

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  8. Oh my goodness I had never thought of an "invite" to play. Even just to get my daughter thinking about other ways to pull her away from that darn TV! We are going to go through her closet tomorrow and look and play and then donate what she doesn't want. I can't wait!

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  9. MY favorite thing to do is color or play outside. My daughter's favorite thing is to play barbies or "prince and princess"

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  10. My grandchildren would love this. I love how they look forward to coming for a visit. They enjoy having different toys to play with.

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  11. What a fun toy set! My one-year-old would currently enjoy carrying all of the pieces around, but I know that he would grow into actually playing with them as food. The ketchup that "squirts" out is a nice touch! The salt and pepper grinders are a fun addition also.

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