The Best & Safest Non-Toxic Play Food for Kids

The feel-good play kitchen is set now is time to stock up those cabinets, fridge and get into action! Play food for kids is a wonderful way to pass on the family’s eating habits, create a bond, and even get inspiration for real-life cooking. And because food can be very personal and even emotional for some people, this post has it all: from veggies to charcuterie, no judging. The only thing we are strict about in this post is for the play foods to be non-toxic. It means water-based paints and dyes, low-VOC emissions, BPA/PVC-free plastic, non-toxic glues, and environmentally responsible wood according to current European and American standards . That way we can help the parents who are trying to lower the kids’ exposure to toxic chemicals or live a more natural life .

P.S.: you can find the non-toxic and sustainable wooden microwave from the cover here !

You’ll notice that most nontoxic toys sold in the US are from European brands. Why? Because the European Union has more strict standards for toy safety. They understand that kids are prone to put anything in their mouths, therefore, should not be exposed to chemicals known to be toxic. The Scandinavian countries have even more specific and strict standards. You can read more details about which standards I take into consideration at the end of this post . Also, in general, non-toxic play food for kids is more expensive than “regular” play food for kids. Fortunately, American customers are becoming more demanding, therefore more companies will have to keep up. So in this post, you’ll find non-toxic play food for kids in every price range!

Related: The Best Sustainable & Nontoxic Tea Sets For Kids

Play Pretend Pantry Staples & Groceries


Tender Leaf Toys
Canvas Grocery Bag, Age 3+

No more plastic bags, right?

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Includes: Canvas grocery bag, olive oil, cherry jam, a bar of soap, chocolate, sardines, salami pack, biscuits, tomato sauce, butter, and a tin of beans.

Kid’s Concept
Cotton Groceries Bag, Age 3+

Bread and cheese, anyone?

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Includes: 1 coffee package, milk jar, canned tomatoes, packed ice cream with a removable lid, cheese, bread with a cotton fabric bread bag.

🇺🇸Milton & Goose
Made in USA Pantry Play Food Set

Feeling healthier today?

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Includes: Manuka Honey, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Flaky Sea Salt.

Bigjigs Toys
Cupboard Groceries, Age 3+

Provisions to social distance for a long time!

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Includes: Pasta, rice, cornflakes, biscuits, teabags, beans, flour, peas, rice, sprinkles, rosemary, and basil.

Lelin
Wooden Toy Sauces & Oils, Age 3+

We can’t cook without the basics!

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Includes: Olive oil, vinegar, ketchup, mustard, and salad dressing.

Kid’s Concept
Scandinavian Toys Bottle Set , Age 3+

Why not make it cute too?

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Includes: Olive oil, cherry lemonade, ketchup, mustard, and soy sauce.

Nontoxic Toy Fridge & Chilled Goods


Hape
Fridge Basics, Age 3+

Next level snack game.

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Includes: 3 eggs, milk box, orange juice, piece of cheese, jam, yogurt, apple juice.

Bigjigs
Wooden Chilled Groceries, Age 3+

Is your play fridge organized by categories?

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Includes: Milk, apple juice, salad dressing, orange juice, ketchup, jam, lemon juice, pesto, butter, yogurt, and cheese.

🇺🇸 Milton & Goose
Made in the USA Refrigerator Staples, Age 3+

Farm-to-table anyone?

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Includes: Organic milk, almond milk, goat’s milk butter, and 2 free-range eggs.

Kid’s Concept
6-Pack Wooden Eggs, Age 3+

You must break some eggs…

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Includes: 1 box and 6 wood eggs.

Non-Toxic Breakfast Play Food for Kids


Tender Leaf Toys
Rubber Wood Tray, Age 3+

Quick breakfast!

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Includes: Tray, plate, silverware, slice of bread, sunny-side-up egg, sliced egg, sauce, salt & pepper.

Make Me Iconic
Breakfast Tray, Age 3+

Did I hear farm-to-table Hotel breakfast?

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Includes: Plate, Knife, Fork, Frying Pan, Fried Egg, Toast, Avocado Slice, Bacon Slice, Tomato Slice, Tub of Goats Cheese with Lid + 3 x Velcro Goats Cheese Slices, Jar of Tahini Sesame Spread with Lid + Spoon, Coffee Cup, Mini Carton of Almond Milk, Bottle of Strawberry Kombucha and Quinoa Trail Mix Box

PlanToys
Wooden Breakfast Set, Age 2+

It’s brunch time everyone!

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Includes: Plate, silverware, a slice of bread, half of an avocado, 2 leaves of baby spinach, a bacon strip, sunny-side-up egg, mushroom, and slice of tomato. And I’m hungry!

🇺🇸 Milton & Goose
Wooden Vegan Spreads

May I have this one to decorate my real-life kitchen?

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Includes: Sunflower Seed Butter, Almond Butter, and all-natural Strawberry Jam.

Kid’s Concept
Wooden Waffle Iron White, Age 3+

Calling the sweet tooths!

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Includes: Waffle maker, 4 waffle pieces, 4 strawberry slices, 4 kiwi slices, plate, fork, knife, whipped cream bottle.

PlanToys
Wooden Waffle Food Set, Age 2+

Yummy!

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Includes: Waffle maker, spoon, fork, knife, pair of tongs, fruit toppings, syrup, and the waffle!

Lelin
Pop Up Toaster Set, Age 3+

Toasts and a cuppa?

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Includes: Toaster with working handle, 2 slices of toast,1 butter, 1 spread jar, 1 knife, 1 cup, and saucer.

Le Toy Van
Toy Toaster Set, Age 2+

Butter and jam, maybe?

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Includes: Spring-loaded toaster,  2 slices of toast, a sliceable butter pat, jar of strawberry jam, knife, and a plate.

Kid’s Concept
Play Pretend Toaster Set, Age 3+

More into cheese and jam?

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Includes: Toaster with working handle, 2 slices of toast, 2 slices of cheese, 1 spread jar, 1 knife, 2 felter spreads of jam.

Tender Leaf Toys
Kids Breakfast Toaster Set, Age 3+

Avocado toast, right?

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Includes: Spring-loaded toaster,  2 slices of toast, butter dish with lid, avocado slice, sunny side up egg, a knife, and a plate.

Non-Toxic Coffee & Espresso Play Sets


Poppie
Wood & Rattan Barista Set

I’m getting one and I don’t even have kids!

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Includes: The most adorable play pretend espresso machine ever made!.

Little Dutch
Wood Espresso Machine

cute non toxic wood espresso machine for kids play food for kids

Good morning, sunshine!

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Includes: Espresso machine, 2 cups, 5 capsules, and 2 spoons

Kid’s Concept
Swedish Fika Coffee Set, Age 2+

Drip coffe, anyone?

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Includes: Cofee pot. 4 cup of coffe

Lelin
Espresso Coffee Maker Set, Age 3+

Coffee and milk, please!

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Includes: Coffee maker, 2 cups, 2 saucers, 1 milk carton, 2 coffee capsules, and 1 coffee measure.

Atoxic Fruits & Veggies Play Sets


Hape
Plush Vegetables Play Set, Age 18M+

Prep time can be fun!

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Includes: basket, carrot, tomato, eggplant, potato, pea, cabbage, and knife.

Bigjigs
Wooden Vegetable Crate, Age 18M+

Let’s visit the farmers market.

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Includes: Spring-loaded toaster,  2 slices of toast, butter dish with lid, avocado slice, sunny side up egg, a knife, and a plate.

Janod Toys
Wooden Fruits & Veggies Basket, Age 24M+

Only 5 a day?

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Includes: Basket, lemons, oranges, apples, bananas, strawberries, pair of cherries, mushrooms, carrots, radishes, tomatoes, leeks, and potatoes.

Kid’s Concept
Wooden Plant Box, Age 24M+

Grow your organic dinner!

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Includes: Plant box, cutting board, knife, and 4 velcro veggies.

Raduga Grez
Sustainable Wood Veggies 2, Age 3+

Is it a toy or decor?

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Includes: Zucchini, broccoli, artichoke, olives, asparagus, avocado, pumpkin, and garlic

Raduga Grez
Sustainable Wood Veggies 1, Age 3+

Handmade art!

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Includes: Eggplant, carrot, onion, turnip, potato, tomato, cucumber, beet, mushroom, and small mushroom

Cam Cam Copenhagen
Toy Vegetables in Natural Wood

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Includes: Peas, carrot, celery, tomato, and onion.

🇺🇸 Milton & Goose
Made in USA Wooden Veggies Play Food

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Includes: Organic Carrot, Local Beet, Onion Bulb, Heirloom Radish, Leek, and beautiful cotton drawstring bag.

Raduga Grez
Sustainable Wood Fruits, Age 3+

Is it a toy or decor?

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Includes: Pineapple, pomegranate, apple, pear, cherry, strawberry, banana, lemon and orange.

Kid’s Concept
Wooden Fruit Box, Age 3+

Velcro fastening fruits for motor skills.

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Includes: Fruit box, 1 banana,2 strawberries, 2 oranges, 1 green apple, 1 pear, 1 red apple, and 1 kiwi

Hape
Plush Fruits Play Set, Age 18M+

Can I grab a bite?

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Includes: basket, carrot, per, pineapple, peeling banana, peeling orange, strawberry, watermelon, and apple.

Le Toy Van
Fruit & Smooth wooden Blender, Age 3+

Complete fun!

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Includes: Detachable jug, 6 sliceable fruits, a play knife, two wooden tumblers

Nontoxic Meals Play Food for Kids


PlanToys
Pasta Toy Set, Age 2+

Any pescatarians out there?

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Includes: Plate, fork, spoon, 2 slices of mushroom, 3 asparagus, 2 slices o lime, 1 piece of salmon, and a string of pasta.

Tender Leaf Toys
Fish and Chips Supper, Age 3+

Fancy a traditional British meal?

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Includes: Fish and chips, a plate illustrated with a crab, a fork, tactile mushy peas in a cup, all wrapped up in the Daily Fish newspaper!

Bigjigs Toys
Salad Toy Set, Age 2+

It’s rabbit food only if it’s not seasoned!

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Includes: A bowl, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, cucumber, egg, tomato, pepper, cheese, salad forks, green and purple lettuce, and salt.

Dantoy
Green Garden Lunch Set, Age 2+

Balance is key, right?

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Includes: Pitcher with lid, 1 bowl, 1 plate, 2 buns, 1 hamburger meat, 1 slice of cheese, 1 slice of tomato, 2 mushrooms, 2 pieces of corn, 1 lettuce leaf, 1 salt shaker, 1 glass, 1 knife, and 1 fork.

Nontoxic Meats & Charcuterie Play Set


Sebra
Wooden Meat & Fish, Age 1+

Yummy

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Includes: Chicken, salmon steak, sausages on a string, a fish, and a rib-eye steak- all packed in a French-inspired crocheted shopping bag.

Tender Leaf Toys
Charcuterie Box, Age 3+

Velcro fastening

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Includes: Box, sausages, bacon, and more.

Related: Non-Toxic Wooden Play Kitchens & Accessories That Green Moms Love

Sustainable & Non-Toxic standards considered for this post

Each country or economic bloc has its own standards for sustainability, safety, and toxicity. And because they can go from strict to almost nonexistent we are considering brands that market their products as compliant with at least one of the standards below.

FSC-certified wood

From the fsc.org website : “The Forest Stewardship Council sets standards for responsible forest management. A voluntary program, FSC uses the power of the marketplace to protect forests for future generations.

FSC certification ensures that products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social, and economic benefits. “


TSCA Title IV

⚠️ Because there is not a large consensus whether the formaldehyde emissions under the TSCA Title IV is really safe and nontoxic, we are only featuring MDF/plywood as alternatives to real wood.

From the epa.gov website : “The Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act of 2010 established emission standards for formaldehyde from composite wood products and directed EPA to finalize a rule on implementing and enforcing a number of provisions covering composite wood products. After March 22, 2019, composite wood products must be labeled as TSCA Title VI compliant. These products include: hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, and particleboard, as well as household and other finished goods containing these products. 

The final rule also established a third-party certification program for laboratory testing and oversight of formaldehyde emissions from manufactured and/or imported composite wood products.”


CE Marking

From the europa. eu website : “CE marking indicates that a product has been assessed by the manufacturer and deemed to meet EU safety, health and environmental protection requirements. It is required for products manufactured anywhere in the world that are then marketed in the EU.”


EN-71

EN-71 is the CE standard for toy safety. The EN-71 covers 12 toy-related safety issues, from mechanical properties to flammability. The disposition EN-71-3 covers the migration of toxic elements, and that’s why toys compliant with the CE marks and the EN-71 disposition are considered non-toxic. From the standard.eu : “This document specifies requirements and test methods for the migration of aluminum, antimony, arsenic, barium, boron, cadmium, Chromium (III), Chromium (VI), cobalt, copper, lead, manganese, mercury, nickel, selenium, strontium, tin, organic tin and zinc from toy materials and from parts of toys. Packaging materials are not considered to be part of the toy unless they have intended play value.”

Sources: standard.eu, sgs.com, eur-lex.europa.eu[ /underline]


Nordic Swan Ecolabel

From the nordic-ecolabel.org website : “The Nordic Swan Ecolabel is the official ecolabel of the Nordic Countries. The Nordic Swan Ecolabel works to reduce the environmental impact from production and consumption of goods – and to make it easy for consumers and professional buyers to choose the environmentally best goods and services.

Sets strict environmental requirements in all relevant phases of a product’s life cycle;

Sets strict requirements for chemicals used in eco-labeled products;

Tightens requirements for goods and services continue to create sustainable development;

Certifies and verifies that all requirements are met before a product is approved.”


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