Product Type: ELC baby toys
Newest Review: ... 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, tomato... more
Anyone for pizza??? (Newer design reviewed)
ELC Cut & Play Pizza
Member Name: bush1
ELC Cut & Play Pizza
Advantages: Fun, good imaginative play, lifelike
Disadvantages: No storage for little toppings, slightly limited as to play, needs meaty toppings as well!
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.
Summary: Good play set, well recommended