As a working mom, I don’t get to volunteer at my daughter’s school as much as I’d like to. You know…on the bake sale days, or the winter carnival fun days or come what may.
So when my girl’s teacher put out a call to parents asking if anyone could help make pretend food for the children’s Chinese Restaurant, I jumped at the chance.
Wondering what this restaurant is all about?
My daughter’s Senior Kindergarten class has what’s called a dramatic play area. Every month or so they switch up the theme: from a veterinarian clinic, to a birthday party to a costume dress-up place, etc.
The cool thing about this dramatic play area is that the children decide together what the theme will be. For January and February, the children decided they wanted it to be a Chinese Restaurant.
[Confession time: So yes I’m waaay late in writing about this post as the dramatic play area has now turned into an airport. But enough about my lapses in blog writing…]
It was surprisingly easy to make the felt food…but time consuming.
Felt pot stickers
The felt pot stickers were the most difficult but even then, it was only because it had the extra step of adding the poly fil then folding and gluing. Here’s the end result:
Thanks to Craftiness Is Not Optional for the felt pot sticker tutorial!
Felt stir-fry food
I also made some stir-fry options and some noodles. Here’s a sampling of what I created (noodles not shown):
I got the step-by-step on the above from Munchkin and Bean. Note: I also made the teriyaki chicken and beef skewers shown on Munchkin and Bean – super easy!
Felt fortune cookies
The fortune cookies were tricky like the felt pot stickers because of the folding but once we got in the rhythm (I recruited my husband to the assembly line), it was easy enough:
Treasures For Tots deserves the kudos for providing the simple felt fortune cookie instructions.
Felt spring rolls
Truly though, my crowning glory are these spring rolls:
Aren’t they pretty? They make me want to whip up the real thing! Thanks to Let’s Go Fly a Kite for the inspiration!
More felt food ideas
In my felt food tutorial search, I also came across this list of ideas from ApartmentTherapy.com – I want to try making the felt fruit!
I wouldn’t call myself a seasoned crafter by any stretch but I can say as a result of this felt food project I’ve become a glue gun-wielding pro! It was also fun to do, and the kindergartners loved playing with the pretend food in their restaurant. So yay! Win-win all around.
Have you made felt food before? If you haven’t, fair warning…it’s an addictive craft project!