“ Manufacturer: ELC / Type: Problem Solving / Age: 3 Years+ „
My family love the Early Learning Centre Cut and Play Range. We have the vegetables, cake, sandwiches etc but our favourite and the most used is definately the ice cream set. You get 2 wafer cones, 1 wafer cornet, 2 tubs, a variety of different ice creams, a scoop and a long spoon. The flavours are chocolate, strawberry, mint and I think we have one that looks like blackcurrant. As with all the cut and play sets these items have velcro on them to enable you to interchange the different scoops of icecream and tubs/cones. The items are all made of hard wearing plastic which can be wiped clean easily. It is one of those toys that children like to put in mouths, lick etc and so needs to be cleaned regularly. This set has given my girls hours of fun - playing ice cream shops etc. They all want to use the scoop and make the different types of ice cream for their customers! It is great for their imagination and keeps them busy for a long time. The set costs £8 and is well worth the money. My children have played with it from the age of 3 and still play with it now at 8 so it is one of those toys that will last and be played with for many years. I definately recommend it along with the other cut and play sets.
Bought this set for my niece for her birthday and she loves it. It comes complete with three cones which the assorted ice cream flavours can be scooped onto using the scoop or alternatively they can be scooped into the tubs. It is great for making children use there imagination as they think up all sorts of flavours and combinations to create extravagent cones. Each ice cream scoop can be put together to create different flavours as all the parts have velcro on them in order to stick to one another. My niece likes pretending she has an ice cream shop and we are her customers and have to buy the cones from her. There is a light green colored scoop which she says is mint flavour with chocolate sprinkles on it and that one seems to be her favourite. It provides great fun for kids and when my son is playing with her they will play for hours on end making up different concoctions for there mummy's n daddy's to try. They can go from simple a vanilla cone to a spaghetti bolognaise one! A downside to the ice cream set is that parts can get lost so we bought a small bag to keep everything together in which seems to have solved the problem.
My cousin Eloise absolutely loves her little plastic kitchen and the majority of time I'm playing with her is spent being force fed, and having to pretend to eat plastic food. She absolutely loves pottering about with most things, as long as she can slip into a little role playing situation. When I saw this for £8 in Early Learning Centre I couldn't resist buying it, there was also a birthday cake but I thought I would buy this as part of her birthday present later in the year if she enjoyed her Ice Cream set. I later found out from the Early Learning Centre website that they also do a pizza and all three products are part of the Cut and Play range. Each of the plastic pieces fit together in different combinations with velcro meaning it's easy enough to pull apart but bits won't fall off. The set includes two cornets, one cornet cup and two smaller blue tubs; these are the 'ice cream holders'. Along with this are seven scoops of ice cream, five of these scoops are pink and therefore meant to be strawberry ice cream there is also one scoop of chocolate coloured ice cream and a scoop of blue ice cream. Each of these has varying toppings, different sprinkles and sauces. There are also separate pieces which form two blobs of cream, one topped with a cherry and one topped with a raspberry. What really makes this set though, although it may seem like a small addition is the ice cream scoop. The scoop allows a much more realistic ice cream parlour role playing, as essentially, who scoops ice cream with their hand? The spoon doesn't get used that much by Eloise; although it's meant for 'eating' the ice cream out the tubs she pretends to lick it like it was in a cone anyway. Whenever I have been with Ellie and she's been playing with this the parts have stuck together well, and we've never has a problem with scoops of ice cream falling off when you're trying to eat it! All the pieces are interchangeable which enables the child to use their imagination creating different combinations. There are enough pieces in the set to create ice cream for five people, therefore encouraging the child to interact with others and ask them what they would on their ice cream. I also feel that these sorts of activities promote sharing, as Ellie has learnt to not just keep the best ingredients for her own ice cream! The set is intended for children aged 3 and upwards, Eloise is 3 now, nearly 4 and I can't see her outgrowing these items for a good couple of years yet. It's also worth noting that most of the pieces in this set are predominantly pink so geared more towards girls in my opinion. I think this is a good buy, it's priced just right, it's a little treat without being too expensive and guaranteed to ensure hours of fun!
My son loves going to the ice cream parlour, something we do about twice a year. Last year, after one of our visits, our son began trying to force feed us with screwed up bits of kitchen towel or tissues claiming that he was offering us ice cream. So when I saw the cut and play ice cream set in our local Early Learning Centre closing down sale I had to buy it for him. The set comes with a selection of plastic play cones and tubs, various single scoops of plastic ice cream and some fruit decorations to top off your ice cream. There is also a scoop and a long sundae spoon. All the pieces are made of a very tough plastic making you very sure that your child is in possession of a safe and durable toy. Each piece, excluding the tools, can be joined to another with Velcro, so you can stack up your cones with scoop after scoop of ice cream. The whole set is colourful and visually appealing. My two eldest sons, a toddler and a pre schooler, both really enjoy playing with this toy. They are forever offering me ice cream. We have also added into the set a few pompoms, for a bit of variation and to stop them arguing over the few pieces included in the set, more than enough for one but not quite enough for two or more. Pompoms attach really well to the Velcro. The Velcro makes sure that it is easy for small fingers to attach all the pieces together or take them apart. The pieces are a good size to be gripped and adjusted. At the full price of £8.00 it's a good price for a fun roll playing activity. This set can be added to with other ELC cut and play foods or with outside objects. This is a toy that could be shoved into your face again and again, mostly, in my experience, when you're trying to read something important, but your children will love it. My children would award this five stars and they're the actual users so five stars it is then.
I bought this set a few years ago for my daughter, who is now 7. At the time, we used to enjoy playing cafes, and I thought this would be a good addition to our cafe box. ELC do a range of cut and play food, which are basically plastic play food items, such as pizza or a birthday cake, which are made up of sections that stick together with velcro. The toys are very colurful and cheerful, and because they are from ELC, good quality is a given. The ice cream set consists of various pieces: some plastic bowls and cones, a scoop, a play spoon and various different coloured ice creams. I notice that there is a tiny bit of variation in the set that I bought and the one pictured above, but the differences are very minor, and I find that ELC tend to make minor changes to their products every year to keep their lines fresh, usually changing colours of favourite items. The set we have doesn't include the cherries shown in the picture, but they look a really nice addition to the set. The ice cream set is really easy to play with. You just take a cone or bowl and build up an ice cream, or ice cream tower, using the velcro ice cream pieces. This allows for lovely role play and communication time with your child, and this toy is fun for boys and girls. What I like about the set is the fact that it is robust. Some of the velcro ice creams took the interest of our cat, who batted them round the house, before losing them behind the washing machine. When I retrieved them, they were grubby, but a quick wash in some soapy water had them looking like new in no time. The toy is safe to play with too, with no small parts to swallow or break off and no sharp edges. There are a couple of downsides to the toy though. I find that any toy with lots of components will inevitably get split up and the various parts will find their way to every corner of the house. When you buy this toy, it does not come in its own box, so I would reccomend finding a container to keep the parts in. Even then, I guarantee that parts WILL get lost! My other downside is that now my daughter is older, she doesn't really bother with it anymore, so if you buy, be aware that it won't keep your kids interest for more than a year. That said, this is the perfect addition to any kids cafe or kitchen, along with the other cut and play items. It retails at ELC for £6.
If you go to any Toddler Group or Preschool, you will probably find that some of the most played with toys are those that promote role play and imaginative play. At home we have a huge box of pretend food that is often used by both my children to play shops or "house", and this ice cream set is the newest addition. This toy is part of the ELC "cut and play" series, they also do a pizza and birthday cake which are very popular judging from the amount of times we have come across them at the aforementioned Toddler Groups. All the items in this series feature bits which can be attached together with velcro and easily detached by little hands. As you can see from the picture, this set features a fair few interchangeable pieces of play food. Everything is made from very solid and nicely detailed plastic. When I bought it I was pleased to see that the plastic is recyclable, the packaging also informs me that it is made of 70% recycled plastic, which is a good point I think. All the "scoops" of ice cream, of which there are 7 in total will fit in the tubs or onto the various cornets, you can fit several on top of each other and even put a cherry or strawberry on top! The scoop can be used fairly successfully to dish out the ice cream, and in actual fact once assembled the cornet holds together really well during play. The whole set is exactly the right scale for children and I do find that it really does promote co-operative and imaginative play. It is most played with by my youngest daughter, who is 3, but I think the age range of 3-8 is probably about right and certainly this set will hold up to many years' use. It is a simple set and there isn't really anything to go wrong, some of the details on the sauce have become a little scratched over time, but this is a minor point and doesn't detract from the enjoyment of the set. Apart from the fact that the little spoon has proved to be a bit surplus to requirements I have found that this toy is well played with, my daughter loves serving up ice cream from her shop in her playhouse or pretending to eat the cones herself. There are enough pieces to ensure that there are plenty of different ice-cream combinations. At £8 I think this item is fairly good value, though you might be able to get a 20% discount if you are signed up to the ELC Birthday Club or receive any of their frequent promotions by email, as I do. I think this is a good addition to ELC's range of toys and it comes highly recommended by us.