We love a bake off here at Le Toy Van HQ! And, with World Baking Day just around the corner on May the 17th, we now have the perfect excuse to dust off our aprons.
So in celebration, we’re donning our chefs hats to bring you our round up of the best baking and cooking themed toys for mini master chefs - as well as sharing a lovely little kiddie friendly recipe to enjoy together.
Roleplay toys offer a multitude of learning benefits and play possibilities for inquisitive young minds.
Indulge budding bakers and mini master chefs with our stunning collection of traditional wooden play kitchens, cooking themed toys and play foods. Serve up tasty treats and gourmet meals with these timeless pieces designed to encourage creative playtime fun, day after day.
No pretend play kitchen would be complete without a kitchen and this pretty play oven is just the ticket. With its appealing nostalgic look it is jam packed with interactive features for limitless, realistic play. A lovely addition to the playroom, it comes complete with movable dials, opening oven door, a clock with moving hands to set the cooking time, plus a host of cooking utensils. Choose from pastel pink or pale blue.
And how about this showstopper, The Oxford Toy Kitchen, it’s a real beauty and a perfect heirloom gift for a special little someone. Painted in striking royal blue, it is packed full of fun features, designed to promote extensive play. There’s an oven, hob and microwave for cooking up delicious feasts, plus there’s a sweet realistic window complete with cute fabric plaid curtains.
Why not set up a traditional restaurant in your kids play space and serve up some gastronomic delights with our vast collection of delicious looking play food. From wooden pizzas packed with tasty toppings to a tempting chocolate gateaux and impressive three tier cake stand, little diners will be spoilt for choice.
This sweet retro mixer set makes an ideal gift for dinky Delia’s as they cook up a storm and show off their very best bakes (no soggy bottoms here). Whizz up delicious cakes with the moving whisk, complete with traditional baking ingredients, a mixing bowl and wooden rolling pin.
Teach healthy habits from an early age with this delightful blender set and serve up fresh smoothies topped with fruit slices. A wonderful way to show them how to get their 5 a day. Add the fruit crate for an extra serving of fun. Take a peek at the full collection of food crates from meat, veg, dairy and delicious pastries too.
Budding Baristas are going to adore serving up freshly brewed coffee with this amazing Toy Cafe Machine, complete with wooden coffee pod pieces and milk frother. And don’t forget to serve up a sweet treat on the side with our range of tasty looking play food, from yummy iced doughnuts to a tempting array of biscuits and more. Shop the full collection.
Roll up, roll up! As a final flourish, who could resist this magnificent ice cream trolley. With its pretty as a picture, vintage inspired design it will capture the hearts of little sweet tooths and their imaginations too. Lovingly crafted from solid, sustainable wood, it features a traditional striped canopy and moving wheels for realistic play. Serve all those well loved classic ice cream treats and lollies from the ice compartment, complete with sliding doors and magnetic ice cream cones.
Feeling a little peckish after all that? Why not have a go at these easy peasy and utterly yummy shortbread biscuits, perfect for all the family to enjoy.
Easy Peasy Shortbread Biscuits
(makes approx. 24 biscuits)
You Will Need:
200g of softened butter (unsalted)
200g of caster sugar
400g of plain flour
1 large egg
½ tsp of vanilla extract
A large mixing bowl
Large baking sheet or tray
- Heat the oven to 200 degrees C and line a baking sheet with baking paper.
- Measure out the butter, place it in the mixing bowl, then beat it with an electric mixer until it is soft and fluffy.
- Next, measure out the remaining ingredients; beat in the sugar, egg and vanilla extract then lastly mix in the flour to make a firm biscuit dough. If the dough still feels a bit sticky, add a little more flour and gently knead it in.
- Roll the dough out onto a well floured surface using a rolling pin until it is around 2.5/ 3cm thick - kids usually love to get involved with this!
- Take a cookie cutter and cut out the shapes from the dough. If you don’t have a cookie cutter, you could use the upturned rim of a glass to cut out rounds.
- Place your biscuits onto the baking tray.
- If you like, little ones can make patterns or shapes on the top of the biscuits - such as a letter, number, a fork print or even stamp clean toys such as lego to make interesting prints.
- Bake in the oven for 10/12 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden.
- Leave to cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack.
- Serve to hungry little (and big) eaters.
- Any leftovers will keep for up to 3 days in a sealed container.
For more play inspo ideas, take a peek at our full collection of traditional, handcrafted wooden toys. Beautiful, sustainable treasures to inspire young imaginations through the magic of play.
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