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!!

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  1. Dear Valerie,

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


  2. Artistmama says

    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.


  3. 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. πŸ™‚

  4. angelina says

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

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


  7. MaryAnne says

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

  8. Very very cute!!!

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

  10. Raising a Happy Child says

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

  11. Joyful Learner says

    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!

  12. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

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

  13. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ MaryAnne — Awwww… that made me smile! πŸ™‚

  14. 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.

  15. Wonder Mom says

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

    (OK, that order TRULY contradicts itself…)

  16. Anonymous says

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

  17. 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. πŸ™‚

  18. Just Breathe says

    Now that looks like fun!

  19. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Wonder Mom — Hahaha!

    @ Petula — I'm not ruling it out yet. They are fun to make! πŸ™‚

  20. Lisa Anne says

    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!

  21. These are just too adorable!

  22. An Almost Unschooling Mom says

    Very nice! I love how it all packs into the box – so cute πŸ™‚

  23. Love and Lollipops says

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

  24. Moderate Means says

    I love it! Those donuts are adorable πŸ™‚

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

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  26. Mrs. Wright says

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

  27. Family, Money and Stuff says

    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


  28. Kimberly Farmer says

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

  29. The Activity Mom says

    So cool!!!

  30. twolittleseeds says

    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

  31. 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 @ and follow me back!

  32. SUPER CUTE!!!! My daughter is sitting here pretending to eat the donuts on the screen!! LOL I’d say this is a Must Do project!!! πŸ˜€

  33. What a great and cheap imaginary play idea! I love it and probably gonna make them. My kids don’t take naps anymore, where to find the time!!!


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