Homemade play food is much more realistic to handle than shop-bought plastic play food. And making your own is as much fun as actually playing with it. Start with something simple like bread rolls and before long you’ll be decorating, painting and varnishing; cooking up feasts fit for a royal banquet.
For the salt dough:
500ml plain flour
250 ml fine salt
315 ml warm water
seeds: poppy, sesame, sunflower
cake decorations such as hundreds and thousands, silver balls and marshmallows
non-toxic paints/food colouring
NOTE: Stick to non-toxic paints and food dyes if your child is likely to put it in their mouth.
To make the dough:
1. Combine the flour and salt in a bowl and stir
2. Add water slowly until it has all been absorbed and knead the dough until well-combined.
3. Shape the food as desired
4. Bake at 175°C (350°F) for about half an hour
5. Allow to cool
6. Paint using non-toxic paints and leave to dry
7. 'Varnish’ with PVA glue. Sprinkle with decorations (if using), and apply another coat of PVA once dry.
Try rolls, pretzels or croissants. Or roll a sausage of dough and cut into discs and decorate as biscuits.