I am not a big fan of the plastic play food that is to be bought everywhere, and the wooden ones are unnecessary expensive, so instead we made some out of salt dough. I think they turned out looking quite good! I made the play food a loooong time ago, and at the time our kids where too young to be able to play properly with the dough. I thought of this now when I saw Izabel‘s great idea for making simple Christmas decorations out of the salt dough. She even published the recipe. Even toddlers will be able to do her idea, so we’ ll have to try it. Anyway, I think salt dough (in Finnish taikataikina) is a fantastic material for kids!
As for the salt dough play food: they were not the most hygienic toys as all small toddlers actually sucked on them (lucky I used nontoxic paint…), and slowly they got quite yucky. I ended up crocheting play food for our kids instead, them you can throw in the washing machine when needed. But play food out of the salt dough would properly work now with bigger kids that have grown out of their oral phase. (The lady birds and bees in the picture are painted stones that just happened to be on the same tray)
Edit 7.12.2013: We found later, that something that makes it easier to use salt dough is to put oil on your hands and on a rolling pin (if you use one). Please find more about it here.