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Remember the awesome puppet theater I made with tender loving care for Isaac? Do you remember the amazing puppet I made for him? Yah…he is over it..done, kaput, no more, adios, goodbye to puppets! I finally conceded his puppet phase was over. Sniff sniff!

I think I have bought Isaac maybe three toys in his three years of existence from a retail store. He gets all his toys from birthday or Christmas gifts, hand-me-downs or yard sale treasures. His little buddy Garrett had the Melissa and Doug Food sets and Isaac was obsessed. He talked about them incessantly and wanted to go to Garrett’s house to play food constantly. So using some of his birthday money and cracking the cobwebs out of my wallet we bought him four sets on Amazon.com and it cost us $65!!! That is a lot of money but I justified the expense saying #1 half of the money was his birthday loot #2 They are high quality toys #3 We will get years of use out of it because Kayla will play with it too.

Let me tell you for a mere $65 I have probably gotten 40 hours of Isaac playing unassisted. So that is worth $1.62 an hour right? HAHA!

Using my handy dandy Chalk-Inks (have you ordered these yet? The code CIW is still valid for 10% off, ship them to a business address.. it is cheaper) I made Isaac’s Puppet Theater into Isaac’s Snack Shop.

Then we store all the food sets on the shelves behind the shop. Perfect!

We also have been making food during “craps time” (he can’t say his “f’s” real well). Using a salt dough recipe I had from my teaching days (1 1/8 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of salt, 1/2 cup water) we have been sculpting food and then painting them with acrylic paints. He loves it.


So I am broke because I keep going to his snack shop. I don’t have any more spare change. He told me the other day that if I work in his snack shop he would give me my money back. Seriously, is he hilarious or what? It is also a great learning tool since he is learning how to add and count money.

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  1. This is such a great idea–repurpusing the repurposed item and turning it into the snack shoppe. The clay food items are so cool, too! You'd better check your sofa cushions for loose change, lol!

  2. Welcome back home! My kids love the wooden food too. I'm going to try some salt food this week; I think that would be a hit. Have you tried making any felt food? I made one cookie, but it's not nearly as popular as the wooden food so I didn't make any more.

  3. how fun and cute. Love when the kiddos are entertaining themsleves or others too. Love that he is being creative as well.

  4. remind me to tell Iaac that puppets need snacks too. Maybe you can get the puppets to work the food shack too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. How cute. I bet my 3yo would love a snack shop. He LOVES the Sesame Street/Grover "waiter!" skits and would spend hours serving me food if he could. We made salt dough yesterday and have some left over. I bet he'd love to make some into food! Great idea!

  6. Very Fun!, but Beckie, why are the cookies only 5 cents and the veggies are 10?!!!??? Yeah, I buy cheap junk food! Not the good for you veggies! LOL

  7. I love it! He is a true entrepeneur! My daughter used to put on shows in the neighborhood and chage 3 bucks! She has gone on to be a singer and songwriter. Nurture that little boy in what he loves. He'll probably be the next Donald Trump!

  8. My kids would try to eat the playdough as soon as it looked like food.

    I swear I feed them!

    But I love the idea that you are teaching him about money. He's catchin' on if he's gonna make you EARN your money back! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. You're not giving him real money are you?

    Make some coins out of cardstock and laminate it. Have him give you your money back as change.

  10. What a cutie patootie! I love it when they say those kind of things. My 3 year old cracks us up constantly with the stuff she comes up with.

    I want to live in that snack shop. It's got to be THE most adorable thing on the planet!!

    ~Amanda

  11. So cute! I LOVE that he said you can work in his shop and earn back your money. Ha! What a great idea to make dough "food" during your craps time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. wow!!! What a fab idea!! You have given me some inspiration to try that with my kids. i used to make fake bread buns out of dough for my mum years ago and she kept them in a basket on display on her table for years ๐Ÿ™‚ lovely blog

  13. I am visiting from SITS. Enjoy! I am on the train going to work so I am looking at all of this on my blackberry. I haven't even seen your favorites and this one is mine. Can I come over for craps time? I love it! Bravo!

    Cristina

  14. That is adorable! We have a bunch of the Melissa and Doug food too…Z loves it and it holds up really well. I usually find it at discount stores and such ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. LOL….I love how the veggies are more expensive than the cookies. Hehehe!

  16. LOL….I love how the veggies are more expensive than the cookies. Hehehe!

  17. LOL….I love how the veggies are more expensive than the cookies. Hehehe!

  18. LOL….I love how the veggies are more expensive than the cookies. Hehehe!

  19. What a great way to keep your little guy occupied–these food crafts are fantastic! I can picture him enjoying making them.

  20. What a great way to keep your little guy occupied–these food crafts are fantastic! I can picture him enjoying making them.

  21. What a great way to keep your little guy occupied–these food crafts are fantastic! I can picture him enjoying making them.

  22. What a great way to keep your little guy occupied–these food crafts are fantastic! I can picture him enjoying making them.

  23. This rocks! My poor kid never has anything homemade, but I saved a lot of money on toys when he was little because he thought Tupperware was more fun than anything else on earth!

  24. I am stopping by from SITS (I'm a SITS newbie) and I have to say this is the cutest thing I've ever seen. I'm so not the crafty type and am battling some severe jealousy right about now! That snack shop/puppet theater (complete with Melissa & Doug + homemade snacks) is AMAZING! You go, girl! I'm a new follower now!

  25. So fun! I see all that beautiful felt food and think- there is no way I have the patience to hand sew that. But salt clay, I could do that and it would be fun.

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