There are times when I wake up on a Daddy Daycare day and my mind is blank!

How can I entertain a toddler today?

I will be honest, some days I just let him take the lead – and the fact that those days usually end up in a completely wrecked house should not put you off doing something similar!

This time I had a plan…….

Daddy Daycare – This Weeks Plan

This week, I wanted something that is going to use his imagination and is going to take a chunk out of the day. A chunk where he is not going to make (too much of) a mess.

This week – he is going to cook for me!

Not real food, you understand, I do not want it ruined! I am talking pretend food here. It is amazing, not only does it keep him entertained for an hour, but it also sparks off the imagination of a toddler.

What Equipment Do I Need For This Daddy Daycare Task?

1. Toy Food Set

Plastic Food Toy For Daddy Daycare

You need quite a bit of plastic food because kids get bored without the choice that a complete set gives them.

As long as it covers the basics, it should be fine though!

Check out some recommended Plastic Toy Food sets on Amazon.

2. Toy Microwave

Toy Microwave

When I first bought my Son a toy microwave he played with it for hours!

Then he forgot about it – and now it has made a re-appearance! When making fake food, it is important to have a toy microwave to pretend to warm it up!

3. Food Chopping Set

toy chopping food set

Honestly, this is such a fantastic idea!

A food chopping set is awesome. Each piece of food is either cut into halves, thirds or quarters and are stuck together using velcro. Use a plastic knife to cut into the food like a real-life grown up!

Using a food chopping set is strangely therapeutic for you too! Honestly, check it out!

How Do I Play The Pretend Food Game With A Toddler?


Basically, you empty all the plastic food on the floor and task them with creating some meals for you.

Then, sit back, relax and watch them in action!

Here are some of the meals my Son prepared for me……

Daddy Daycare Food – The Crackerjack Burger


This is a meal created for those who enjoy a little sweetness to their hamburger.

The ingredients are simple:

  1. Hamburger
  2. Tomato
  3. Donut
  4. Ham
  5. Cracker

The first bite was tremendous. The succulent burger, cooked to perfection melted in my mouth, cooled only by a small chunk of the tomato. It was a good start!

The second bite was a little different to any other sandwich I have tasted in the past. The difference is the sweet goodness of a donut. It is not standard practice, but give it a go.

Overall, I give this dish 7 out of 10.

Sausage De Orange


This is a classic breakfast dish in the mind of my 3-year-old Son.


  1. 1 Egg
  2. 1 Sausage
  3. 1 Slice Of Orange

It goes without saying, this tasted great until I bit into the Orange slice. I was devastated.

I struggled to hold back the tears as I explained to my Son that it was a great creation. I think the taste could be improved if he didn’t warm it up using the microwave:



I rate this dish 4 out of 10.

The Brocolorange Egg Bap – Featuring Random Green Pepper


This is more like it!

Put a dash of pepper in anything, and it automatically tastes better.


  1. Egg
  2. Burger Bun
  3. Green Pepper
  4. Slice of Orange
  5. Broccoli

Ok, I wasn’t keen on the addition of Broccoli, but I went with it.

This majestic blend of savory flavors could only be improved by the sweetness of a donut. It is a shame he didn’t think of adding it but hey, he is the Chef!

In the background, you can see a classic hot dog, which was absolutely outclassed by this magnificent meal.

I rate this dish 9 out of 10. The lack of Donut stops a score of a full 10.

The Icecream Onion Ring Combo


This is a ‘melt in your mouth’ dish and something that will win over even the harshest of food critiques.

It would have melted in my mouth if it wasn’t first melted in the microwave.

It is a clear winner, with the main ingredient being one of the classic food groups, ice cream.

Ok, when I got down to the onion ring, there was a slight pause as my brain adjusted to the flavors. Imagine biting into a chip only to find there was a wasp on the end of it. It was ok though because the ice cream flavor eclipsed the fried onion ring to create an ungodly concoction of flavors, dancing over my palette like a graceful ballerina.

This dish is a clear winner – 10 out of 10. Well done, Son.


Daddy Daycare is by far the best time of my week! I can’t think of anything else I would rather spend my time doing, and that is the truth.

You don’t have to always find things to do for Daddy Daycare, sometimes just chilling out is enough!

During Daddy Daycare, you can find me being beaten up with a large Incredible Hulk, being hit over the head with boxing gloves (The same ones I used to wean him off his pacifier!), or sparking his imagination, by giving him toy food and aking him to cook me something!

Enjoy Daddy Daycare, they do not stay this little for long. I plan to enjoy every single minute because I know he will get older and his weekends will be spent out playing with his friends, leaving me to spend time on my own, getting things done.

Wait….that actually sounds pretty awesome……

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Dad, Blogger, part-time superhero. I am giving you all the tips that I wish I had when I was a new dad! Bringing up a child can be tough... and I want to use this blog to give you some parenting tips I picked up throughout my journey as a dad (so far!), along with some recommended gear that I use to help make the dad journey much easier!

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