HABA Play Food Tins:
These German made tiny metal tins are filled with wooden play food with non-toxic colors and finishes. I prefer USA made play food from companies such as Camden Rose, the problem is their small selection (let me know if you find non-toxic US made wooden play food more then eggs). You can find knitted play food at Palumba.com made in USA.
These tins are unique with that the food is so tiny. Us adults tend to think that bigger is better and when these arrived, I was shocked over how tiny they were, especially the content. When my son got to these though, it all started to make sense- these are perfect for his little hands, brilliant! He played with these three tins that entire day I got them and they are still his favorite play food items in his wooden kitchen. You see, it is way more fun for a child to mix all kinds of foods in their little pots and pans then to just fit one or two items. Try to get healthy items in these tins, like beans, mushrooms, pineapple, peas and carrots, fish and tea bags. I think it’s important to avoid cookies and sweets even in play foods since you want to install that healthy food is fun. One tin is about 2.5 inches tall and the price is around $7.
I do not recommend these to children that still put things in their mouth and they are a choking hazard for babies due to their small size. I want to put a special note here to NOT buy any play food made in China. I was surprised to find companies that claim to make natural “safe” wooden toys in China still have traces of lead, chlorine etc in their toys. Even HABA make some items in China, so watch out which items you get from them.
If I could keep only one kind of play food for my son, it would be these tins. They are his favorite and encourage such nice play. They have also been the favorite play food of any child that has visited our home.