Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Pretend Play on a Dime -- Donut Shop

It rained all day today, so while Clara was napping, Emily and I had a nice pocket of time for some crafting. She worked on some adorable paper dolls, and I put this together -- A Mini Pretend Donut Shop!


I used tan felt to sew the donuts (and batting to stuff them), then cut out pieces of felt for the icing and even some sprinkles. I love how the shoebox lid doubles as a serving tray! 


I found an envelope to store all the icing pieces....


.... and the plain donuts also double as bagels! The girls thought the pieces of waxed paper were a nice touch.


Since all of the pieces fit so nicely into a small shoebox, I thought it would be perfect to take along on vacation just in case we have a day of rain.


Clara woke up just as I had finished putting the set together, and we played Donut Shop for hours!!! Emily and I got very specific with our orders so Clara could practice her counting, "I would like one donut with vanilla icing and 4 chocolate sprinkles, please. No more, no less!"

Oh, and she loved pretending to put sugar in my coffee. Did I mention she makes a mean mochachino?

Have fun!!

I linked this post to -- Show Us Your Best!

31 comments:

Mark said...

Dear Valerie,

You need to make a donut with a bite out of it.

Love,
Mark

Artistmama said...

No, no, I just died of cuteness~! This is most adorable and so smart to have it so they can decorate themselves. So fun! I must make some now.

Becca

Lisa said...

All your cute ideas are killing me. I keep bookmarking them to go back to and copy later, and the list keeps getting longer and longer. :)

angelina said...

cute val, cute cute cute cute!!!!xxxx

LJ said...

What a wonderful idea!!! I may just have to attempt this at home. I am thrilled to have discovered your blog!

Christy said...

ADORABLE!

MaryAnne said...

Super cute, and great idea to make it portable! Emma is standing here and she said, "Mama, that looks pretty cool!"

Lindsay said...

Very very cute!!!

Jessica said...

These are so cute! What a great way to spend a rainy day.

Raising a Happy Child said...

You just happen to have all the materials at hand :) I think those donuts are good enough to eat. How fun that you and Emily can work on different craft projects together now.

Joyful Learner said...

You make me want to get sone donuts now! Such cute ideas and so easy to put together, our daughter will love playing with these....need to bring out the felt again! Thanks for sharing such sweet goodness!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Raising a Happy Child -- I really did! Then again, we have a rather large selection of felt in this house. It's quite versatile!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ MaryAnne -- Awwww... that made me smile! :-)

Ticia said...

I love that the icing could be changed out. I'm supposed to be making dog food for my kids toys..... Specifically steak and a bone.

Wonder Mom said...

What about a hal-caf, skinny, double shot mocha, triple whip latte?

(OK, that order TRULY contradicts itself...)

Anonymous said...

Wow! I can't wait to get some more felt and get started! You are so creative!

Petula said...

Now that is adorable. Are you going to make more to sell? You are creative and artistic. You amaze me on a regular basis. Bring the girls over and all of their felt play sets to play with my crew. :-)

Just Breathe said...

Now that looks like fun!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Wonder Mom -- Hahaha!

@ Petula -- I'm not ruling it out yet. They are fun to make! :-)

Lisa Anne said...

I swear the things you can make of the top of you head, you are a genious. Seriously, these are so freaking cool and look amazing!

Frances said...

These are just too adorable!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Very nice! I love how it all packs into the box - so cute :)

Love and Lollipops said...

Ok, this is just too cute!!! Makes me want to have some girls!

Moderate Means said...

I love it! Those donuts are adorable :)

Tiffany said...

Cool idea to incorporate a math lesson into this play date! Thanks for sharing.

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Mrs. Wright said...

Adorable! These are SO getting made this week! Thanks for the idea!

Family, Money and Stuff said...

That's a fantastic idea! Great gift idea too! I sometimes use take-out containers for our 'restaurant', but they sure don't last long...

I linked to your fabulous idea at www.frugalsteward101.blogspot.com

Thanks!
-Kim

Kimberly Farmer said...

So cute, and I love that kids can decorate the donuts themselves.

The Activity Mom said...

So cool!!!

twolittleseeds said...

Hi, I just seen this on Your us your best. Its the first time I have seen another blogger do a role play area. Its great. I made a Launderette this week which I linked funnily enough.
D x

Crystal said...

You are way too talented! These are totally adorable! I found your blog through No Time For Flash Cards and love it. I'm your newest follower. Hope you get a chance to come visit me @
www.threejewelsinmycrown.blogspot.com and follow me back!
:)

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