Saturday 20 October 2012

Homemade play food - salt dough and felt pizza

I love making play food. It can be as simple or as difficult as you like (I tend to go for simple) and has hours of play value. We eat a lot of pizza in this household so I thought that it was about time I made some pizza to play with. It's great for lots of different role play - among other things you can use it in the toy kitchen, in the toy shop or in a pretend restaurant.

How to make salt dough and felt play pretend pizza

I made the pizza base from salt dough. I used my favourite salt dough recipe - 1 part salt, 1 part water and 2 parts plain flour mixed together to make a dough. I used about half a cup as my measure and that was enough for a nice sized pizza.

I rolled the dough out into a circle and cut it into six pieces. I smoothed the edges and make a slightly thicker crust around the edge. To dry them out I placed them in the oven on a low temperature, which worked well, but I had better results when I just placed them on top of a radiator for a few days. Before painting them I sanded away the rough edges.

I painted the pizza slices with standard poster paint. To make a suitable colour for the crust I mixed a little brown, a little yellow and lots of white paint. I had enough paint left to paint the bottom too, although you don't need to. I made sure to paint all the way down the sides.

How to make salt dough and felt play pretend pizza

Then I used red paint mixed with a little brown to add the tomato sauce into the middle of the slices.

How to make salt dough and felt play pretend pizza

For the toppings I cut pieces from felt. I was going to get fancy and sew each individual item, but it was a lot easier and quicker just to cut out simple shapes. I made large blobs of pale yellow for cheese, then cut out pieces for tomato, red and green peppers, mushrooms, olives, pepperoni and sweetcorn. I made about six of each of the larger pieces.

Looks delicious!

How to make salt dough and felt play pretend pizza

You might also like to see the other play food that I have made:

Realistic play food for the toy kitchen -laminate realistic pictures to add to saucepans and plates
Felt biscuits - Felt party rings and cookies
Felt sandwich - Everything that you need to make a felt sandwich
Cardboard biscuits - Really easy pretend biscuits that children can help to make


  1. Love this! A fab idea, I am going to give this a go!

  2. Please please tell me what do u mean by plain flour. Corn flour? Wheat flour? What is plain flour??

    1. Hi there, I think that it is also known as all purpose flour. It's just flour without anything added to it. Hope that helps!


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