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I had this when I was little and then my niece had one and there has also often been these in schools I have been in. I remember when we bought my nieces it was around £8 but looking online now it seems that the cut and play pizza is no more and the cut and play range seems to be limited now and I can only see a birthday cake.
The pizza comes in a plastic tray which is then in a clear topped plastic box. Inside the box you get the pizza, which is cut into six slices, a pizza cutter and a slice to use to pick the pizza up. When I had mine you also had two shakers of 'cheese' and something else but my niece didn't have this and I haven't seen them in the schools either.
The pizza is around ten inches round and around an inch and a half tall. It is made of a solid plastic. It is a brown-orange colour topped with yellow 'cheese' and peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and anchovies.
As I said the pizza is divided into six slices. Each slice is held together by Velcro. The idea is to use the cutter to cut the pizza and then use the slice to put the pizza on a plate and serve. The Velcro is coloured pink and yellow which aids the child in knowing which sides will stick as the pink is the softer Velcro whilst the yellow is the harder more rough Velcro. The cutter is easy to use and has a soft red handle which fits nicely in the palms of little hands. You simply put some pressure on the handle and it will slice through the Velcro giving you a slice.
When I was little I had a number of the cut and play sets including fruit and veg, sandwiches and pizza but without a doubt the pizza was my favourite I think this was because it was slightly different and pizza was like a treat food, also I think I got this one last so it was like a novelty factor. My niece too enjoyed using the pizza and she was forever handing round plastic pizza for us all.
The pizza is good because it can be used in a number of manners. At schools or at home I have witnessed various places and settings where the pizza can be used including at 'home', at a restaurant, at a takeaway or even at a factory.
The pizza is also useful for maths skills and learning simple fractions and it does bring a bit more excitement to the lesson rather than holding up a normal plain circle. The Velcro also means it is easy for children to 'add on enough to make a half' or 'take some away so we have two thirds'. As there are six pieces there are of course limited sums to do but it is still a nice way to tackle fractions or even addition and subtraction.
The pizza lasts very well. As it is a food item it often gets bitten or chewed on but none of the colours come off or get scratched, instead it remains brand new looking. I have often seen these at car boots looking brand new and being offered for very reasonable prices (around £2).
I love this pizza! It is a fun toy which can be used for role play and even for mathematics. It looks great and works very well with the Velcro remaining intact for years and the colours remaining exactly as they were. Recommended but you may need to scour ebay, car boots or charity shops.
I'm a stay at home mum so it's important for me to find different toys that can help me to stimulate the kids and keep them entertained when the weather is terrible or we fancy a lazy day at home. ELC have some really nice toys for this and as my two girls already had a kitchen, this made a nice addition!
The pizza is made of plastic with some pretend toppings on the top to make it look like a real one and can be sliced into 6 pieces with the included pizza cutter. It can be easily placed onto your plastic plates using the pizza slice that is also included with it and the perfect size for those little hands. The pizza is sliced apart with the pizza cutter and easily stuck together again with the velcro on the sides and is an absolute dream to clean.
It's great for the imagination and we've used this pizza in a wide variety of ways. It can be used in the kitchen when you're playing chef, delivered to your seat when you're playing cafe, chopped up in a pretend pizza box when you're learning to count and used to teach addition, subtracion and division when they get a bit older without them realising they're doing work. We've had conversations about pizza toppings when I'm trying to introduce new food and conversations about what would go together when you're cooking and what would just be really disgusting!
Usually I include a little bit about the disadvantages of a product but bar from the fact they're mostly unhealthy, I can't think of anything I don't like. It's one of the best products I've bought that still keeps my 4 year old and 18 month old occupied at the same time. I'm on the lookout for more of the range to include when we upgrade to a larger kitchen with some storage facilities!
My daughter has a lot of generous relatives and while looking for items for them to get her for presents, I came across this cut and play pizza set in Early learning Centre. My daughter has a play kitchen and enjoys cooking for us so we thought she would like this to add to her collection. We eat pizza as well so she was familiar with the concept. She was 27 months when she received this.
---About the toy:
The Cut and Play Pizza Set (as of Oct 2011)consists of a long handled pizza plate, a pizza with various toppings, a pizza cutter, a pizza slice and a cheese shaker. The pizza plate is red and is large enough to fit the whole pizza on it when it is stuck together. The pizza is made from plastic and is split into 6 triangle slices just like a real pizza. They are then stuck together with velcro on the sides and each has a section of velcro on the top of it. There are toppings that can be added to each of the slices which are all made from plastic and have a small section of velcro (opposite of the stuff on the top of the pizzas) so the toppings can be added to any of the slices. There are 5 different types of toppings. These to me were not definitively recognisable but after some consultation with other family members we reckon we have an idea... The toppings appear to be black olives, green peppers, tomatoes, pineapples and mushrooms.
The set also contains a pizza wheel (cutter) which can be used to cut the pizza as the 'blade' goes round like a real one. There is also a slice to lift the pizza off the plate. The cheese shaker is a small see-through plastic pot (looks a bit like a salt shaker) that has lots of small yellow plasctic bits in the bottom of it that can be shaken so you can pretend to add cheese to the top of the pizza. The whole set is presented in a cardboard box which has a picture of the pizza on the front. It is easy to get into and the items are in a plastic container so they don't move around in the box.
My daughter was a bit unsure what to make of this when she first got it but soon recognised it as a pizza and set about using the correct tools to dish up pieces of pizza for everyone. Either the set is easy to understand, or we just eat pizza too much... It is quite hard to separate the pizza using the pizza wheel as it is a bit too flimsy to cut it but the slice can be used instead or bare hands if necessary!
The toppings, as previously stated, are a little ambiguous but are easily describable for young children as they are all different colours. My daughter was therefore able to deliver correctly decorated pizza to each of us even if she didn't know what an olive was! It is easy for her to stick it back together on the plate and then add or take off toppings as wanted.
I like this toy as it emulates real life in our house as we do enjoy pizza occassionally and it is good for her to be able to play with. On it's own, I think it might be a little limiting, but as part of her kitchen and other food toys, it has proven to be a popular choice. It encourages imaginative play and helps with co-ordination as my daughter has to try to take the toppings off and cut the pizza up. As it is ELC, it is quite sturdy and seems to be able to withstand my whirlwind of a daughter playing with it. My only want for this product is to have a storage solution as I know we will lose all the toppings soon! Also, being completely a meat eater, I would like to see some meaty toppings as well although I guess this version would work well for vegetarians!
I'm glad we bought this toy for my daughter and I think it is just about worth the £15 it costs at full price although we were able to buy it with a 20% off voucher as part of the Big Birthday Club. It is a well played with toy although it is limited on its own. I would probably only purchase it to go with similar toys. The toy states that it is only for children over 36 months but I am quite happy to let my daughter play with it at 28 months. I assume it is because of the toppings as they are slightly small, but once they are past the putting everything in their mouth phase, I think this is safe for them.
I've been cleaning out my daughters room, and it's thrown up loads of toys I've long forgotten about . Whilst giving her play kitchen a quick wipe down, and washing all the plates, I rediscovered this cut and play pizza from the Early Learning Centre that I purchased to go along with her play kitchen .
I'm going to start by saying that mine is vastly different to that pictured above . For starters, it comes on a pizza serving board . The second major difference is that instead of having the toppings already present and covered with cheese, mine comes with a selecton of toppings that can be arranged to the way my daughter likes them - slices of pineapple, green pepper rings, olives and mushrooms.
The pizza also comes with a pizza wheel, a serving tool, and a shaker of yellow bits that I presume are meant to represent parmesan cheese .
The slices have velcro down the sides, allowing the slices to be stuck together, which make a satisfying ripping sound when the wheel is pushed down the gaps to 'cut' the pizza . The pizza itself is made from sturdy plastic, and has so far lasted a year with not much damage . I have , on a couple of occasions, had to renew a bit of tired out velcro, and the pizza does also bear some chew marks from younger visitors to the house .
The pizza itself is a deep pan sttle with a deep brown crust, and a paler yellow 'cheese' made of velcro . Each piece of topping is also backed with velcro, allowing it to be safely affixed to the top of the pizza for carrying about (and also proving handy for storage when tidying away, since there is no bag to put the topping pieces into, and they could otherwise get easily lost.
My daughter enjoys playing with this set, as do her friends, although she does complain that she doesn't actually like any of the toppings. In an ideal world, I think she would like to see pepperoni and sliced tomato toppings , and I do think a deal more variation of toppings would add a little more play potential to this item .
This can be wiped clean after use easily, and although I do feel that the velcro does tire easily, this is easy to replace. I think the pizza itself, and the board are very sturdy with potential to last a long time . However, my daughter was confused by the shaker of yellow stuff we think is meant to be parmesan, and instead uses it as a baby bottle . The tools provided, the slice server and the cutting wheel, look realistic and add an extra dimension to the play, although the pizza wheel seems rather flimsily constructed in comparison to the rest of the set .
At £12, this is perhaps a little pricy, but it is lasting well, and I am confident that when my daughter outgrows it, this set will be perfectly good to pass onto friends with younger children after a wash and a few new bits of velcro .
4 stars !
When my daughter got a toy kitchen I spent ages looking for food for it. I was determined not to buy the plastic kind that doesnt do anything but gets easily dented.
On a trip to my local elc I found a lovely wooden range of kitchen food accessories but at £20+ I thought they were a bit over priced but then I spotted the velcro range.
I opted for pizza as it is always a favourite in our house for dinner and the kids enjoy making it but I dont let them cut it as the real cutter is quite sharp.
I thought this set looked perfect. A deep pan piece with 6 pieces that velcro together so it can be eaten time and time again. It also comes with a pretend cutter and serving slice.
I have to say that I am disappointed with the cutter as the roller wheel keeps coming off the handle but overall the quality is amazing. The velcro is still very sticky and even after lots of children have tried biting the slices of pizza there are still no teeth marks to be seen and they also wash well.
At £8 I am quite pleased with my purchase.
My 5 year old loves to play shops with his friends. They often set up a play café (with very interesting prices)! The café sells a variety of pretend sandwiches in addition to pizza. The pizza used is one I bought from the Early Learning centre a few years ago. It really has stood the test of time!
On looking on the E.L.C web site I see they have changed the design of this play pizza slightly. The pizza I bought came in its own black plastic dish and included a spice shaker. The new version doesn't have a spice shaker and I'm not sure it comes in a dish either. The pizza comes complete with a pizza cutter and a slice server.
The pizza comes ready cut into slices and is stuck together with Velcro. It has good detail and looks realistic. The cutter is plastic and has a moving cutting wheel for cutting your pizza into pieces. My son enjoys using the slice server to give all his friends a piece. Both the cutter and server have had lots of use and are still in excellent condition.
The pizza is easy to cut and stick back together again for little hands. However the Velcro does tend to pick up dust and dirt and that can stop it sticking so well. I have often had to pick off the bits of fluff! The pieces of pizza are very durable and easy for little hands to manipulate.
The pizza is an excellent toy to encourage imaginative play. My son has a lot of the early learning centres play food and uses it to cook, play shops and make tea for his teddies.
The pizza is also good to help a child understand early fractions too. I ask my son for ¼ or ½ of the pizza for example. Children usually learn far more quickly when given a visual aid. When we play shops we use real money to buy the food on offer. This again is a great way for a young child to learn about money.
The pizza is a good toy to help a child learn social skills like sharing. Cutting the pizza up and sharing amongst his friends is a very positive play experience!
On looking on the E.L.C web site I see they now make a wooden version of this pizza for £6.25. This is less than the plastic one I have described which sells for £8.00. I would have preferred the wooden version. I highly recommend this toy. It is probably suitable for children from about aged 3.
The Early Learning Centre pizza is a firm favourite with all my children and their visitors.
It is a fairly simple toy. A plastic pizza in six sections, with velcro to join them together. It comes in a round black tray. There are two pizza cooking tools. One is a wheel pizza slicer which the children can roll in between the pizza slices to cut the pizza, breaking apart the velcro. The other is a slice to lift the pizza out with.
Children seem to spend ages slicing the pizza apart and fitting it back together again. Then they can pretend play with the pizza - pizza is a popular food so they like to pretend to serve and eat it with each other and their dolls.
The tray gets used in all sorts of games, and also as a general carrying device - ours is full of small toy cars at the moment.
My baby loves playing with the wheel, so the appeal of this toy starts early!
We have a whole plastic toy tub full of play food at home and one of the items in there is my daughter's favourite.
The Early Learning Centre make a whole set of cut and play toy food and the pizza is one of the larger ones. It comes as a whole pizza which is joining together six sections by velcro. You also get a pizza cutter and a pizza slice to cut and serve your piece.
We have had such a lot of fun in role playing games with this toy and my daughter has really enjoyed having it, not to mention my son who is more than happy to join in games of restaurants or picnics.
The velcro joining each piece is coloured either pink or yellow and you need a yellow to piece next to a oink piece to make it stick. This therefore helps children with their colours and their co-ordination to make it stick together in the right place.
We have briefly touched on fractions here too, with me asking for half a pizza or maybe one sixth. Neither child got it straight away but wqith perserverence through play it will be a big help.
The pizza is very sturdy and has been in the bath as well as outside in the garden and various rooms all round the house. The velcro has been pulled apart and restuck hundreds of times and it is still as firm as it was when I brought it.
Incidentally, it cost me around £6 from Early Learning Centre so was a good price I think for a valuable toy worth so much fun.
Deep-pan pizza with cutter and scoop.