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
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ELC Cut & Play Pizza
Member Name: lyndsey1989
ELC Cut & Play Pizza
Advantages: Durable, fun, velcro lasts well
Disadvantages: No longer available on the ELC website
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.
Summary: Great toy