Magnetic Menu

by Amy on July 5, 2011

Both of my girls love to play restaurant, which usually involves creating some sort of menu. Sometimes we draw menus, sometimes we cut and paste pictures from grocery ads and magazines. We also have a collection of kids’ menus from restaurants we’ve been to.

I decided to give them another option for menu creating by printing out different food items on printable magnet sheets.

We have two small magnet boards to use, but you could just as easily use a small cookie sheet or even the fridge. For the menu items I used clip art from Microsoft Word and tried to choose foods that matched our play food collection.

The magnets are thin, but they seem to be holding up well. Fun and easy — and it gets used all the time.

Off to play with my chefs and servers!

{Originally published June, 2008. Our magnets are still being used and holding up great!}


Amii June 19, 2008 at 1:10 pm

Your blog truly is wonderful in reminding me how to play with my own child. While I have an only child and work from home, I find it especially difficult to keep my 3 year old busy. I’m all about “free play” and don’t feel the need to schedule every spare second of my son’s time but he does love to be involved and explore A LOT! I’m currently wanting to start a Mom Blog for other mother’s in my area so that we can showcase our city and the wonderful things that are available to us as parents and families in our “own backyard”, literally or metaphorically. This blog gave me so much encouragement and I thank you for that!

Kristin Doyle June 26, 2008 at 12:05 am

Wow! I love this, what fun. I would like to know where you got your magnet boards? I’ve been looking for some like that. My kids will love this idea, thanks for sharing!

Shelly G. June 26, 2008 at 10:30 pm

I love this idea… I think we will try it at our house… You are very creative… I love your ideas…

Phyllis July 6, 2011 at 6:12 am


Rachel G July 8, 2011 at 10:58 am

I love this – awesome, my kiddos love to play “kitchen” as they call it and would think this was just the coolest thing ever.

I had to chuckle at myself though – I read blogs thru google reader and when I came to this one I thought it was a way to plan my menu’s for our family at first and thought – wow her kids must have loved that day until I realized it was a toy menu plan :)

Thanks for always sharing such awesome ideas!

Kelly July 9, 2011 at 4:47 am

Great idea! I think my two little ones would enjoy this idea.

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