DIY Holiday — Play Salad

Emily played a big role in crafting up this fun play salad set! She couldn’t wait to show it to Clara, so now the two of them have been making up salads all afternoon. This was so simple (and very frugal) to make!!

Emily cut out arbitrary lettuce shapes of green craft foam for lettuce, and added the vein details on the leaves with a green marker. I helped make the tomatoes from red craft foam (and red markers for details), and croutons with a cut up dollar store sponge.

Emily loved crinkling up the “lettuce” for a more realistic look!

Next, she thought it would be fun to add some “onion rings”, so I cut strips of white card stock for her to paint purple on one side and tape into a circle. She added a few bits of yellow craft foam for “shredded cheese”, and voilà… a delicious salad!!

Since we are so very close to the Thanksgiving holiday, we even added a turkey drumstick made with a brown paper lunch bag that is stuffed with newspaper!

Wishing you and your lovely family a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday filled with gratitude!

Bon appétit!!


  1. Dear Valerie,

    That is either a very tiny salad or a GIGANTIC turkey.


  2. Too cute! Would you leave the onions out of my salad please? LOL!

  3. Oh my goodness! Perfect, my boys could make this as a present for the girl!

  4. It makes me crave a salad 🙂

  5. This is a perfect way to use up some of our foam. I love the red onions! I am still in love with your rolled sock to donuts idea…one of my favs, but maybe not as healthy. 😉 Happy Thanksgiving.

  6. We love that! The kids are looking with me and are excited to make it. Thanks for a great idea! =)

  7. This reminds me I should include a variety of vegetables in my salad!

    Love those tomato slices and the onion rings…
    Fabulous idea and neat DIY

  8. How fun! Emily looks like she is thoroughly enjoying herself. (And I thought Fisher Price food was cool.)

  9. Pinned this, thank you, will be nice addition to my son’s DY kitchen


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