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Although specifically designed and sold by The Early Learning Centre as an accessory in their Soft Stuff range, this toddler-sized rolling pin has more than proved it's worth in a range of activities. Formed of soft wood (from a sustainable source), the rolling pin looks just like Mummy's, but at only 15cm (approx) in length from end to end, it's pin much, much smaller. Just like Mummy's rolling pin, the roller turns independently to the handles, which makes it much easier to roll with even pressure and helps to roll dough rather that simply stretch it. The surface of the roller is also lightly varnished which helps stop the dough from sticking and the whole rolling pin is easy to wipe clean after use. The rolling pin is also very durable, having survived a year's worth of rather rough play with barely a dent let alone crack or splinter.
I bought this rolling pin over a year ago when the now two year old Freddy was well under the minimum recommended age of three years. Even before he was one, the rolling pin was the perfect size for his little hands and light enough for him to be able to handle. Over the last year and a bit, the rolling pin has seen plenty of use for it's original purpose and is perfectly suited to rolling out Soft Stuff (the ELC version of play dough) or any other brand of play dough. The perfectly smooth rolling surface means that the dough doesn't stick and although the rolling surface is quite small at only 10cm (approx), so far it's been perfectly large enough for Freddy to roll out Soft Stuff for cutting. Freddy would also tell you that the rolling pin makes a wonderful drumstick, especially when banged against his wooden table, very loud and sure to give Mummy a headache. After we've finished playing with the rolling pin, it's very easy to clean, and really needs nothing more than a wipe with a damp cloth.
As well as using this rolling pin during craft sessions, I must admit we have also used it for cooking. We like to do cooking at least once a week and maybe once every couple of months we make something where rolling out is part of the recipe (tarts, pizza). During these cooking sessions I'll use my big rolling pin and Freddy will use this. We find that it does a reasonable job at rolling small amounts and the smooth surface means that there is the minimum of sticking even if we forget to coat it with flour. Freddy really does enjoy the fact that with this rolling pin, he is just like Mummy and using the proper tools for the job. Again the rolling pin is easy to clean, although a little flour does sometimes find it's way into the crack between the rolling surface and handle, so rather than wiping it, I do tend to actually wash it in the washing up bowl. Oh and in case you're wondering we always wipe it with antibacterial cleaner before we use it for cooking.
If you have a toddler who enjoys playing with play dough or cooking, then this wooden rolling pin is a fantastic investment. At only £1.50 it is the perfect size for little hands and tough enough to survive their rather enthusiastic play. When first buying a rolling pin, I did think about getting a plastic one, but am glad that I bought this instead, as not only is it more durable, but it also looks exactly like the real thing, making Freddy feel a little more grown up. So I'm giving the Early Learning Centre Soft Stuff Wooden Rolling Pin five stars out of five as it is hard to even think of something negative to say about it. (I suppose the fact it'll hurt if it hits you is a negative, but so would any rolling pin).
A beautiful wooden rolling pin for using with Soft Stuff.Not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts. Age range: From 2 years.