The March issue of Family Fun magazine had a project idea that I thought was super cute: making food out of felt. This was a no-sew project, which is ideal for me because the last time I sewed was my freshman year of high school. My three-year-old is in a cooking phase (He has been playing Chopped in our kitchen), so I thought he might enjoy this.
I bought a couple packs of pre-cut felt at JoAnn’s. Then I just followed (loosely) the instructions from the article. There are no patterns. Everything is cut free hand, so they definitely aren’t perfect, but when it comes to kids and being a mom, I don’t think perfection should be something we strive for.
- Bread: Cut a slice shape from dark brown felt, and then a slightly smaller one from tan felt. Attach with hot glue.
- Lettuce: Cut leaf shapes from green felt. Draw veins using green 3D fabric paint.
- Tomato: Cut red circles. Then cut slightly smaller pink circles and cut into wedges. Hot glue to the large red circles. Then use red or yellow 3D fabric paint for the seeds.
- Pickles and Cucumbers: Cut circles out of green felt. For pickles cut slightly smaller circles out of light green felt and attach with hot glue. Use white felt for the cucumber insides. Draw lines with 3D fabric paint for the seeds.
- Lunch meat: Cut ovals out of pink and tan felt for turkey and ham. (I tried salami with a brown circle and red and white fabric paint, but it didn’t really turn out.)
- Onion Slices: Cut circles from white felt. Cut out the inside. Draw lines around circle with white fabric paint.
- Cheese: Cut squares out of yellow felt. Then cut holes for a Swiss cheese effect.
- Bacon: Cut rectangles out of brown felt, slightly smaller rectangles out of white felt, and even small rectangles out of red felt. Attach with hot glue. (It would look better if they were wavy, but it got down to the end, my daughter was getting hungry, and my fingers hurt from cutting…no need to be perfect!)
- Eggs: Cut egg-like shapes out of white felt and small circles out of yellow felt. Attach with hot glue.
- Ketchup, mustard, and mayo: Cut globs out of red, yellow, and white felt.
Now that the food is made, here comes my favorite part! I found a kids menu on a Melissa and Doug blog. This gives kids a chance to take your order. Once they take your order, they have to go back to their food and make the correct sandwich based on the order. This requires thinking skills on their behalf–both fun and educational. Click here to access the printable menu.
I laminated the menu, so now kids can reuse it over an over with a dry-erase marker. I bought a Scotch Thermal Laminator a couple years ago when I was in the classroom. I don’t use it a ton now that I’m at home, but it is fun to have when something like this comes up.
Needless to say, I had a sandwich tonight for supper. My husband also had a sandwich. After that, we ate real food. 🙂
(Forgive the fact that my son is still in his pajamas at 5:00 and eating a popsicle. Remember….no such thing as perfection) 😉
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