This is the most modern bakery in the range - previous releases include the Oakwood Bakery and the Village Bakery.
This bakery is a lovely building with lots of character! It is 'run' by Christopher Appleblossom the squirrel and includes over 100 accessories.
The furniture inside is fitted and cannot be removed. This includes a stove, counter, shelves in the window and the dough machine - when the watermill is turned outside the dough mixes inside too.
The accessories include a till, various delicious cakes, breads, sandwiches, a gingerbread house, bake your own portrait cookies that are shaped like various Sylvanian Families characters including a rabbit and bear, baking trays, baguettes, baskets, utensils - the list is endless! I would even go as far to say as there are probably a few too many accessories in this set but as with all small pieces, some tend to go astray and sucked up in the hoover.
The Watermill Bakery is currently still available to buy and the RRP is £39.99
Height - 25cm
Length & width- 30cm x 20cm
This product is really well made and sturdy even for little children. As there are so many small parts they recommend this product for ages 4+. It is a welcome addition to our collection as every village needs a bakery :)
My daughter bought the Sylvanian Watermill Bakery when she was 8 or 9, at the end of her Sylvanian phase. I thought it would be a flash in the pan, but it has turned out to be her all time favourite Sylvanian piece and the one she chose to keep 'for her children' when she decided to sell her other Sylvanian items. It is still sitting by the side of her bed, where she rearranges the shop often - she is 11 now.
The Sylvanian Watermill Bakery is available at Amazon for around £40, which seems a lot of money for bits of plastic! But we really feel we have had our money's worth and more.
The front of the bakery has a big, yellow, opening door with cute 'salt dough' plastic knocker. To the left is the watermill, which rotates (by hand) causing the bread kneeder inside the shop to rotate and kneed the dough. The mechanism must be pretty robust because it has lasted in our house!
Inside the shop, which is open when you turn the Bakery around, is the baker himself - a squirrel - a large oven a counter, loads of shelves, the dough kneeder, the shop window and a pretty alcove. What really makes this shop special is the number of pieces that come with it; rolling pins, bread, rolls, croissants, pies, pastries, cheese, tomato and lettuce fillings for rolls and bagettes, cutting boards, serving boards, ladle, scales, baking trays and tins, milk, sugar, eggs, flour, tongs and even bags to put the bread in for the shopper. The pieces are small, so a younger child might mind them difficult to pick up until their fine motor control really kicks in, but, there again, it is good practice so may provide the motivation needed.
My only negative comment is that it would have been nicer to have been given a few customers as well as the baker.
However, my daughter has had hours and hours of fun with the Sylvanian Watermill Bakery; more than with any other Sylvanian shop/school/boat etc. I would thoroughly recommend it for a child of 6-7 or above.
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