“ Brand: ELC / Age: 3 Years+ / Type: Playsets „
I had this when I was little so when my niece got her first kitchen it was inevitable she would get this set too. When I had mine over 15 years ago it was fruit aswell as vegetables and they were presented in a large cardboard box lined with a thin plastic tray. By the time my niece got them they came in a plastic basket as shown above and more recently I have seen that you can get a vegetable box which really does reflect modern times! Out of all designs I do believe that the basket is the best design because it is easy for the child to carry and also makes it easy to transform the role play into buying the vegetables and taking them home ready to prepare. You are provided with an array of vegetables including an onion, aubergine, carrot, sweetcorn, pepper, cucumber, cauliflower, broccoli and a tomato (yes, I know a tomato is a fruit!). Each vegetable is divided into two or three pieces and then held back together with small velcro pads. You are also given a plastic knife to use to slice the vegetables. I loved this set when I was younger and my niece loved her set too. The set has a variety of uses which can be played out including shopping for vegetables, cooking at home or even playing restaurants. They can also be used for educational purposes for counting pieces or learning the names of the vegetables. The set is of a fantastic quality. It is all plastic which is soft and each piece is shaped to fit easily in a young childs hand. The velcro pads last extremely well and I have never encountered them not sticking. I have seen these numerous times over the years and every time it is a popular toy. I find that the set remains in perfect condition and often encourages children to try new vegetables that they would have not wanted to before. This set could be picked up for around £8-10 but you are bound to be able to get them in charity shops or from a car boot sale or even as a hand me down from friends or family whose kids have grown out of the set now. The set is very fun and has a variety of uses. It is very well made and is absolutely excellent value for money in my opinion. Definitely recommended from the age of 3 up until around 8.
We first bought our daughters the cut and play pizza to go with their kitchen to see how they'd get on with it and were so impressed we went out and bought this one too. It's great for their imaginations, great for learning and great for letting mummy cook in the kitchen in peace! This set is made up of 10 different vegetables, a chopping board and a plastic knife (just incase anyone thought it was real!) It includes your average carrot and potato to the slightly harder cucumber, red pepper and aubergines that your little ones may or may not have heard of until now. The vegetables can be cut apart with the plastic knife and easily stuck back together again using the velcro attached to each piece and this makes it a wonderful toy for playing games with and learning. Sometimes we play cafes, little cooks, have a house corner or simply take pieces out of the box and play guess the vegetable! It's amazing what you can do with something so simple and we've had ours of fun with it. My 18 month old has an interest in these too and they're going to be great when it comes to counting as it's something we can all play. The vegetables are made from a sturdy plastic too so there's no danger of her swallowing little bits if she puts it into her mouth thinking it's real food! It's also a fantastic little toy for playing with in one of our pans in the kitchen whilst I'm trying to cook rather than having them hanging off my legs! She's cooking our supper in her little pan whilst I'm cooking ours without interruption which is always a good thing. Overall, it's a fantastic little toy for any child that we use to have fun and teach them at the same time without them realising it!
I'm not sure why but I am obsessed with play vegetables for my little girl. I remember years ago going to my cousins house and she had these wooden pieces of fruit that sat in the middle of her kitchen table for her kids to play with. They were in two halves and you could cut them up with a little toy wooden knife and every time we went over to her house my brother and I would play with these for hours. I always knew I wanted to get some when I had kids so was excited to find these in the Early Learning Centre. The toy consists of a plastic crate, much like you would get a cardboard box of fruit on a market stall in so I liked it already for its fun, authentic look. Inside there are 12 different pieces of veg. The veg is plastic as well and although its not as nice as a wooden set it is still great for role play and safe and durable for little hands to play with. The veg is in pieces and held together with velcro so when you "cut" it you are basically cutting through the velcro with the knife in order to split the fruit apart. The sound of the velcro coming apart actually makes quite a realistic cutting noise and I think makes kids feel like they are actually cutting up their food. There are 12 different types of vegetables in this box and they include corn on the cob, carrots, broccoli, aubergine and a pepper to name just a few. Most of them cut in half but the green bean cuts into three different portions. They are easy to put back together again after you have cut them and as well as being fun to cut apart I think they are a great way of teaching kids about the different vegetables available. We also like to play with it in conjunction with our shopping basket and play kitchen as we can play, "going to the shop to buy our fruit and veg," and then come home and play, "cook with our fruit and veg in our kitchen." The set is £12 from the ELC and they recommend it is not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts but they are not that small in my opinion and I am happy for my two year old to play with them.
I purchased the crate of cut and play vegetables from early learning centre when my daughter was about 2 and a half. The most used toy in our house has been their kitchen so these vegetables looked like the perfect accessory - now they could chop, put in a pan and cook some delicious meals!! For £12 you get a crate of vegetables which can split into 2 or 3 pieces and a knife to cut them. Our set included - corn on the cob, avocado, aubergine, carrot, red pepper, tomato, cabbage, onion, potato and something that could be a cucumber or courgette. This was great as it included vegetables my daughter had never seen before let alone tried to pronounce the names of ie - aubergine!! The vegatables have velcro inbetween each piece so can either be cut up with the knife or pulled apart. The velcro is strong enough to keep the vegetable pieces attached. The quality of the plastic as always with ELC is very good. My only negative was the crate - I didn't like this I was worried my toddler would fall on it and hurt themselves so I threw this away. Early Learning Centre does other cut and play items such as a crate of fruit, birthday cake and pizza - these are always much more popular than other food items that don't come apart! Good Toy and still used by my older children
This is a delightful play set which my child loved. He carried the handy basket around looking exceptionally cute. He used the set in so many imaginary games. Once again ELC products are distinguishable from others because they are extremely durable, practical and original. ELC was originally a mail order company in 1974 based near Swindon; by 1980 it had ten shops; and at its peak had grown to include 215 shops in the UK. It has been taken over several times in recent years and I think Mothercare now own it. It sells unique own brands designed at their research centre in Hong Kong. Like many retail stores it has had to face cutbacks and has lost many of its branches. Our local ELC is found within Debenhams. Apart from the encouragement to see vegetables in a positive light, these brightly coloured vegetables were a practical learning resource. I even noticed our school nursery had them in their play kitchen. The knife was of particular interest for my son- typical boy- being able to copy me chop the vegetables was great when part of an imaginary game. Matching them back together was also fun especially when they are mixed up. We had many fun imaginary games from slicing and cutting to serving and even buying vegetables from the greengrocers. We paid in the region of £10 and was pleased that the velcro was still working two years on.
I bought this set for a round £10 for my son. Ever since he was tiny he was desperate to help me in the kitchen and this set was great, mummys little helper with no sharp knives needed and all his fingers left attatched. The set consists of vegetables that break into pieces but are attatchable again using velcro and comes with a knife so they can chop veg when you do. I used to keep this set in my kitchen with a saucepan and spoon handy (the simple things are always the best) and be able to prepare meals with him safely occupied. There is also a sandwhich making set which is similar with bread and ham , cheese, tomatoes and lettuce which again stick together with velcro and even comes with a little tub which resembles butter. They can even slice the bread off the loaf.This set retails for £12.50. My sons favourite however were the pizza with a pizza cutter ( £10) and the birthday cake which again are fastened together with velcro.(£10) My son is now 5 and only recently outgrown these but they are made to last and now are being put to good use by his cousin who is having just as much fun as he did. In my opinion these sets are brilliant for developing fine motor skills and concentration as well as learning about food. Most importantly a way of you still being able to play with your child when cooking safely. I think one of the best attractions for my son was a little apron and chefs hat i let him wear in the kitchen too. He always seemed to eat better when 'he had helped to prepare the food'.
Childrens toys have certainly come on in leaps and bounds over the years, what would have been a basic concept back when I was a child now has all sorts of fancy features and extra's that we would never have dreamt of, an example of one of these toys is the Early Learning Centre Cut & Play Veg' set, yes I had play food when I was a little girl but not play food like this. The ELC Cut & Play Veg' set is suitable for children aged 2-8 years, previously presented in a plastic shopping bag it now comes as crate of vegetables, no doubt encouraging the environmentally friendly side of our children, instilling such valuable lessons in them from a young age. The set consists of several different types of plastic vegetables and a plastic knife, the veg' varieties include broccoli, carrots, peppers, tomatoes, aubergines and more. Each piece of veg' is made up of 2 or more different sections joined together by little Velcro patches, when the toy knife is pressed in between each section they divide as if you were genuinely cutting up real vegetables. Christopher and Elsa love playing tea party's and make believe, they're always wandering up to me with imaginary cups of tea or plates of plastic food and this set is perfect in encouraging their imaginative games, not only can they pretend they're eating the food but they can also pretend they are preparing the meal in the first place, selecting vegetables and chopping them before pretending to cook them and present them on plates. I think it's important for children to learn where their food comes from and the importance of cooking meals from scratch and this play set is perfect for encouraging them to do so, a 2 year old may not be old enough to help mummy or daddy chop real vegetables for Sunday lunch but they'll be happy to sit down chopping up their play veg' and being just like a grown up. The vegetables, knife and crate are all made of durable, washable plastic and will certainly stand up to the test of time and frequent use by imaginative children, occasionally the Velcro pads start to become a little loose around the edges but a quick dab of glue will secure them for a little longer, the Velcro itself holds the individual veg' segments together well but not so tightly that younger children can't manage to cut them. My sons nursery also has this set and if it can stand up to the daily attacks of over 60 different 3 and 4 year olds then you can guarantee it'll last your toddler a fair amount of time and use. The set retails at £10.00 and being an Early Learning Centre toy is only available from their stores and website. Other similar sets are available including peel able fruit and barbeque food. Check out the set here- http://www.elc.co.uk/toy-33556?&parent_category_id=534 For a great quality toy that encourages imaginative and social play I can highly recommend this set.
I have never seen a food play set as well thought out and designed as the Early Learning Cut and Play range. Basically the idea is a food set on a certain theme where the pieces can be stuck together with Velcro, then cut apart. When you cut them, either with the plastic knife provided, or the pizza cutter, meat cleaver etc. depending on the kit you chose, the Velcro comes apart with a ripping sound. The Velcro is a great touch, as all tiny kids seem to find it fascinating just to do it up and undo it again, just to see how it works The pieces in the sets are strong and durable, not the hollow sort of plastic a lot of the cheaper sets use, which my son tends to squash! Works very well for younger kids, due to the solid, durable, chew proof design, but will be enjoyed all the way through primary school, as it is so much fun to play with. Easy to clean, as all parts are plastic, and the Velcro is very good quality, one of our sets was second hand, and still going strong although its been through 4 kids now. All the kits cost £8 each, except the Celebration Cakes, which costs just £6. There are seven different products in the Cut and Play series. Veg Basket: 10 different types of veg in a plastic wicker style shopping basket, with a knife and chopping board. Great for teaching about safety in the kitchen, and how to use a knife carefully. The basket is very handy for storing bath toys in the bathroom, if your child has a toy plastic kitchen for you to store the veg in, as it has holes in the bottom so toys drain quickly. Fruit Basket: The same idea as the veg basket, except with fruit! We also got a different colour basket with this set to the veg one. Before he was old enough to actually play with the set himself my son found it very funny if I stuck half an apple to half a banana. Can be used as a sort of early jigsaw puzzle, to develop hand-eye co-ordination. The pieces are very chunky so although it says 3 years plus, I didn& #39;t have any worries about him swallowing the pieces. Sandwich Set: Contains a loaf of bread that can be cut into eight pieces and filling, such as ham, cheese and tomato, that can again be stuck to the bread and each other with the Velcro any way that your child likes. This ones quite a good one for practising sharing out, as there is enough bread for mum, dad, teddy and your little chef to all have a sandwich. Barbecue: This set actually contains a pretend BBQ, with a skewer that really rotates so kids can make and cook kebabs and burgers. Pizza: A six-slice pizza in a tray with pepper and cheese shakers, cutter and slice. Nice one as unlike the others, which contain plastic knives, this one has a plastic pizza cutter, with a circular plastic blade. Ice Cream: This one is for a real desert expert. Contains 7 scoops of ice cream, which can be Velcrowed to either the cones, wafer cups, or bowels. Also has a desert spoon and ice cream scoop as well as pineapple and banana for that professional garnish! Super, will make your child feel like a real grown up. Celebration Cake: An iced birthday cake that can be cut into four slices. Has candles with pretend flames, which your child can blow out. Also has four different plaques you can put on, with a different message, Happy Birthday, Happy Easter etc. which are good for talking about different seasons and celebrations with your child. All the sets have something that makes them a bit different, so your child may want more than one. I suggest them when people ask me what to get him for birthdays etc., as I know he likes the range, and if they get one he already has the ELC are very reasonable about exchanging. Obviously, you can mix and match pieces from all the kits; the sandwich kit and the BBQ kit might be fun to take in the garden so your kids can have a 'picnic' for example. If your unsure whether it will appeal, remember that ELC sho ps have a play morning on Tuesdays, so you can 'try before you buy'. They shut all the tills and get out loads of toys, so you can see what your child likes without feeling pressurised to buy. Check out their website www.elc.co.uk for your nearest store, or to buy online. I have reviewed the website under 'kids websites' (my first crown, yippee), to be brief its great. They also have an excellent range of related products, for example a sturdy shopping basket, which comes in a range of colours, for just £2. So strong that I also use them for storage for his toys, great for toy cars etc. as the handle means he can carry it himself very easily. They also have sets of traditional cans and grocery boxes, for £4, toy money, tills etc. In summery, an exceptionally well thought out and designed toy, destined to become a classic, all kids should have so, not just girls, boys love it too! And you never know, a few years training them on this and they may be cooking you dinner soon….
My daughter was first bought a velcro food toy at about 3 years old and I was amazed. Her first one was actually the birthday cake. No more having to imagine cutting cake to put on plates for friends, relatives, dolls etc You can actually do it. The basic principle of these toys is that they can be cut as the pieces are held together by velcro. This adds amazing play value for the child. You can start off by buying the fruit in a pretend shop and then start to prepare food like the real thing. A solid pepper is ok but being able to cut it like Mum and dad do is even better. I have seen a range of these great toys. There are the general vegetables, the birthday cake and the Pizza. It is so much easier to serve food in your pretend home/cafe etc if it cuts. This is such a simple idea and relatively inexpensive. The person behind this deserves a medal!
The Early Learning Centres Electronic cash register is brilliant! My daughter loves hers to bits. It is brightly coloured and comes complete with credit card, (good practice for later on!!!) Play money, both notes and coins. The till beeps when buttons are pressed and has aided my daughters number development no end. Combined with her kitchen and food accessories you cant go into her bedroom without having to pay for something! I find it a great toy as she is able to play with it on her own if I am busy, or we can play together at cafes and shopping. I am also able to get a bit of number teaching in without her even realising it. The only problem is that she doesn't like sharing it! I think that this is a toy that will last for a long time to come! An added feature is the calculator which I'm sure she will appreciate later on. This is definately a good present for any child beginning play imaginatively.
Go veggy mad! Your kids will love this set. The plastice veg comes in bits that velcro together. The set comes with a plastic knife and chopping board. You get a very satisfiying chop when you cut them up. This set will add a bit more interest to any pretend cooking. The recommened age is 3+ which I think is just right but even younger kids will get the hang of it. Appeals to older children as well. ELC has 8 different cut and play sets, my son has 3 already.
This is a very good play set, with an unusual bonus in that the plastic vegetables can be cut in half. It therefore offers opportunities to improve manual dexterity as well as imaginative play. Contained in a plastic shopping bag, the set consists of 10 large colourful vegetables, a chopping board and a strong plastic knife. Each vegetable is made up of two halves which are stuck together with velcro pads so that the child can cut them in half with his knife, just like Mummy, Daddy or Delia Smith. The sound made by the velcro "ripping" apart is an additional attraction! Early Learning Centre also produce another set made up of fruit rather than vegetables and both are priced at £8. This is little more than many food sets but I think these have particularly good play value and will last for as long as the child wishes to play with them (providing none of the halves get lost!) Of course children must learn that it is dangerous to play with real knives and some people may feel that this set is unsuitable for that reason. With careful supervision and explanation, however, it could even be useful in reinforcing the message.
A selection of 10 vegetables, slice them apart and put them back together again. Includes: chopping board, plastic knife, tomato, onion, aubergine, sweetcorn, red pepper, cauliflower, potato, cucumber, brocolli and carrot. Comes in a strong plastic shoppi