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A great set for budding little chefs!
ELC Play Food
Member Name: MrsD76
ELC Play Food
Advantages: A good range of food, useful for different games and activities
Disadvantages: Nothing major
About a year ago for her 2nd birthday, my little girl got a few bits to make a little play shop, including a shopping till and trolley. But one thing that was missing was some play food. Although the till came with a few bits, I felt a few more were needed to create a better stocked store for my little girl and I to play in!
In all honesty I didn't do too much shopping around. I spotted this play food set from ELC and decided that it would do the job perfectly. It costs £12 at full price, but I am fairly sure I paid less for it, and ELC items are often discounted so it's worth keeping an eye out!
A delectable range of food
The set contains around 30 items of food, and there is a good mix here, from fruit and veg, fried eggs, chips and a slice of bread to ice creams, a croissant and chocolate. All the items are nice and brightly coloured and it is obvious what they are which is great for little ones that are learning to identify different foods. Everything is a nice size for little hands and are easy to grip. They are made of hollow plastic so are reasonably durable, but won't withstand big feet standing on them or a good chew! There is a bit of squashing potential here.
Straight away I took out a few items - my daughter at two years, having discovered all the lovely sweet things in life and suddenly able to ask for exactly what she wanted, was at the stage of waking up in the morning and her first words would be to ask for ice cream and chocolate! So to discourage this I took out all the sweet treats. Sounds mean I know, but I just knew she would see these items and then demand them! Funnily enough we don't have this problem with the broccoli or carrots...
I also discovered that there were one or two things that were a little bit small too. Although the set is for two years and over, there are a few smaller items, such as a slice of tomato and a slice of lettuce, and a little hot dog sausage, and my daughter seemed unable to resist putting these in her mouth. Although they are too large to actually swallow this may be something you need to watch out for!
So we have had this set for around a year now and we get loads of use out of it. She has a little toy kitchen and she loves preparing meals for mummy and daddy and other guests, and pretending to prepare the food, often copying what I am doing in the kitchen at the same time. It was also good to help her learn to identify certain foods and I think now she is older it's definitely promoting an interest in cooking! The food is also used in our shop and again it has really helped us play these types of game with us taking turns as shopkeeper and customer.
So over the course of a year we have got loads of use out of this set for a variety of different games, and it's coming in handy for lots of imaginative role play. She doesn't seem to be losing interest in it at all which isn't always the case with toys, so I really have no complaints.
So to conclude...
Although I think this is slightly overpriced at £12, I am still going to give it 5 stars as we have had loads of use from it for various different games, the set is more or less as good as new despite lots of play for a year or so now, and I think we should get a lot more use out of it too! Recommended for budding chefs and happy shoppers alike!
Summary: A great set of play food for little ones
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