So that leaves me with plastic. Is there another option I'm overlooking? We do have some plastic toys but we're trying to limit the amount coming in.
still, i'm thinking of crafting up some felt food, because I feel like the wooden food just isn't as fun to manipulate. and it does get thrown a lot.
plus i just think felt food is cuter.
i've seen sewn and crocheted food as well.
we have some plastic, but it's mostly the condiments and packaged stuff (ketchup, maple syrup, whatever...)
Wood works okay, but if you have a thrower, then beware. The plastic stuff is super cheap and crappy (at least what we were given/have seen) and it is also small (choking hazards).
I would think it wouldn't matter if the baby chewed on the felt ones (or on cloth ones).
I personally do wood and wool felt foods because I don't want plastic in my son's mouth and we are waldorf homeschoolers and just basically have a minimal amount of toys that are all handmade from natural fibers(mostly by mama to save money).
My sister has mostly plastic food because the material content doesn't matter to her it is cheaper and the plastic elimination she has been doing in her house is really just because she sees people say its better to eliminate plastic.
If you are trying to stay away from the chemicals in plastic watch out for felt food from places like toys r us because it is polyester so it's really the same thing as plastic. If that's not what's bothering you that could be another optioin. They do have packaged playfood at toys r us now that is fabric and felt so it would be soft but still more durable than say handfelted food.
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Although we don't buy a ton of plastic toys, my ILs got dd this and she LOVES it:
We've had it for over two years and it's still in great shape.
I think a mix is a good option.
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It is hard to turn the plastic food down when I can get a big box of food from target for $10. I know I am going to make some felt pizzas for DS. They have them at the local sciencenter and he loves them. Plus, even the most craft-challenged person can make them.
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I much prefer wood or high quality plastic.
I don't like wood dishes, we have some plastic ones and "real" ones from IKEA and when the afternoon snack ends up being used in the kitcken I can just throw them in the dishwasher.
IMHO- I have felt food for DD, but it's pasta and bread. She seems like having items that are closer to their "real" counterparts. But she's also 5, and a bit picky. LoL.
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But plastic isnt the end of the world either if you have other things to worry about (like chucking! lol)
We don't have any food yet as my DS1's getting a play kitchen from my mom for xmas. She's told me she as a little food in it along w/ a few dishes, so I'm waiting tillt hen to see exactly what it has. I was looking on amazon this morning though and really like the stuff by Plan Toys - not quite as expensie as Haba, but still not made in China. And they have the stuff that you can "cut" which is cool. I think we'll end up buying DS some of that either right after xmas or for his birthday depending on how much 'food' there is in the kitchen. And depending on what dishes it has, I'll probably get him the cooking/tea set(s) from Green Toys
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our felt is always gunked up with hair or dust, even though we have a relatively clean house
the kids get frustrated with wood and cheap plastic because it slides off of plates, trays, etc.
the more expensive, rubbery plastic food is the favorite here
they also like the velcro fruits and veggies that come apart (orange can be "sliced" and leaves can be removed from cauliflower) even though they are the hard, slippery plastic
the *very* favorites are real foods we planned to throw out, like bread crusts, the last handful of pasta from the box, and 20 year old jars of spices that have lost their potency
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We did have to freecycle all the junk food that came in the pack at the beginning so they were not playing with food we do not want them to eat
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DD got a toy kitchen for Christmas, and has a couple pieces of plastic food, and a melissa and doug set of wooden cutting food. the wooden stuff got taken away because a few of the pieces can fit in her mouth and I wasn't comfortable with her chewing on it because I felt like she was going to start chipping the paint off. she'll get it back when she's ready to not chew on it. she hasn't been trying to chew on the plastic stuff yet.
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I made some tightly crocheted food (such that filling can never poke out) using organic cotton (cotton does not release much fiber) from this book: http://www.amazon.com/Tasty-Crochet-Pantry-Patterns-Treats/dp/1600613128/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1294102583&sr=8-1. Easy to wash in the washing machine also.
My now 5 year old still likes to play with it, it looks real enough.
Regarding painted wood chipping. I have sort of stopped buying Melissa and Doug for that reason. I think A Toy Garden sells a set of cut-able wood fruit that is stained not painted. i think we''ll go that way when adding the wood fruit. I find making the felt fruit really easy. And you can buy simple patterns on etsy. I did just order some waffles from an esty seller, as I think that looked too complicated and time consuming for me!!
We do wood. My 2 yo son isn't really interested in the felt stuff, and I prefer wood to plastic. He seems to only like toys that are very realistic (ie prefers the plastic Schleich animals to the expensive wooden ones). We have a lot of the plan toys food, and it does not chip.
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