10 Food-Themed Kids’ Toys We Wish We’d Had Growing Up

Give the gift of imagination and love for food to the little ones in your life.

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December 01, 2022

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Growing up, food-themed toys might have looked like pulling pots, pans and a wooden spoon from your parents’ kitchen cabinets and confidently whipping up the best imaginary meal your family has ever “tasted.”

Fast forward to today and the amount of interactive and creative food-themed toys are seemingly unlimited. Although you may feel like you missed out on the fun of experiencing these food-tastic toys, you now have a safe place for your child to create, learn and gain independence in their own kitchen-like setting.

The family kitchen is a place where children learn lifelong skills, and the words “let me try!” are often heard. However, the kitchen simply isn’t a safe place for little ones to explore by themselves.

This is where exercising pretend play with food-themed toys comes in and provides your child with the tools they need to grow and learn. From fine motor skills to strengthening their imagination, creativity and cognitive skills, there’s no doubt that with these toys your child will be having a blast serving up some of the most creative treats you’ve ever had!


This food truck runs on imagination and love for feeding others. With an interactive food prep area that includes a sink, and a cash register that reads all four menu orders, your child will be serving up food all day long while dancing and singing to over 125 songs, sounds and phrases.


Chances are your little ones have seen you creatively put together a charcuterie board, silently hoping they had their very own; well, now they do! This handcrafted wicker basket is filled with charcuterie goodies such as a slice of ham and egg pie, a rasher of bacon, a string of butcher’s sausages and more.


Your child can now add barista and coffee shop owner to their resume. After a delicious espresso is made, guests check out and pay by using their pretend debit card teaching your child interaction skills while increasing their imagination. This set also comes with two doughnuts and muffins which pair perfectly with a warm cup of Joe.


Get ready for a cinema experience in the comfort of your own home. This unique, vintage popcorn machine features real-life popping movements within the model and is paired with a colorful popcorn pot to serve. Show tickets along with cut-out sweet and salty popcorn tickets are also included in this creative set.

Young + Wild and Friedman

Pretend play has no limits with this multi-item sushi kit. Equipped with scented sensory dough for rolling sushi, and chopsticks to help strengthen fine motor skills, your child will have a blast allowing their imagination to soar.

Melissa & Doug

This all-inclusive 28-piece set comes with a sturdy, wooden tabletop countertop that holds eight wooden scoops of different flavor ice creams, six assorted toppings, two cones, an ice cream scooper and more. The scooper fits into a hole on top of the ice cream scoops giving your child the opportunity to exercise independence and creativity.

Pottery Barn Kids

Bring the chef out of your child with this high-quality soft pasta set. Materials in this model mimic real-life kitchen tools with a stainless-steel colander and pot and a wooden pastry wheel. Watch your child’s imagination soar as they create their very own pasta dish.

Melissa & Doug

Here’s where creativity and health collide. This set has everything your child needs to put together a fully loaded, health-inspired salad. With plenty of toppings such as green peppers and olives and a choice of two salad dressings, this set also comes with a play knife for chopping and wooden utensils, and a bowl.


As a kitchen helper, baking is always a good time. (Especially when one of their jobs is licking the spoon). But now your child can bake all on their own and whip up fun and creative baked goods like cinnamon rolls, biscotti, croissants and muffins. The pieces in this set are made of wood and a quaint dessert basket for serving is included.

Melissa & Doug

This 34-piece wooden pizza-making set allows your child to make a pie exactly how they like it. Equipped with everything a pizza lover needs such as a pizza box, delicious toppings, a pretend rolling cutter, prep instructions and play money, this model gives your child everything they need to ramp up their creative skills.

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