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It would seem the world has gone plastic mad and while I agree there are definite advantages to plastic toys, I do like to purchase more traditional looking wooden toys for my granddaughters on occasion. I bought this set of wooden muffins from Amazon for the princely sum of £9.99 recently, after purchasing a lovely toy kitchen for my three year old granddaughter.
This is a very basic toy by modern standards, featuring simply six muffins and a wooden 'baking tray'. Some may argue that the price is too much for such a simple toy, but I disagree as these are excellent quality and have so far provided my granddaughter with hours of fun.
The tray measures 18cm in length by 12cm in width, this makes it the perfect size for most toy kitchens on the market. Having said this, the wooden muffins are more than suitable for using as a stand-alone toy as opposed to one which must be used in conjunction with an oven. The wooden tray is rather heavy which suggests to me that this is an extremely high quality and well manufactured toy; of course it's not so heavy that a small child will struggle to lift it, but it certainly doesn't feel as flimsy as other (plastic) versions of this product I have seen.
In reality the muffins are more cupcake sized, in fact with the recent obsession towards all things cupcake shaped I am surprised they called these muffins in the first place. The set I have (or should I say, my granddaughter has) is very slightly different to the photograph above, only in that the pink muffins are actually red in the version we own. This may not seem like much of a difference, but if you are buying for a pink-loving girl then they may be rather upset at the vibrant red they might receive in lieu of the pink.
The icing is detachable by way of a strip of heavy duty Velcro. This is a double edged sword as it is useful to be able to remove the icing as it allows my granddaughter to 'decorate' the muffins after she has taken them out of her oven, yet it does pose the problem of what to do with the icing 'tops' while the muffins are baking. They are rather rounded so I do worry that one will roll away and be lost, as frankly if even one icing top was misplaced it would spoil the charm and appearance of the overall toy.
I would certainly recommend these wooden muffins to any young child, with Christmas around the corner I feel they would make an unusual but delightful present. The recommended age is three plus, although frankly I cannot see why a younger child shouldn't use them under the supervision of an adult. There is nothing dangerous about them whatsoever, unless you count the possibility (probability?) of a toddler using a wooden muffin as a missile that is!
They seem to be of the highest quality, despite hours of play my granddaughter's muffins are still in excellent condition. Yes, they have become dirty several times but a quick wash in hot water will definitely bring them back to their former glory. None of the paint has rubbed off and although they have been dropped (and indeed, thrown) there have been no chips or dents appear in any of the muffins. The muffins also fit nice and snug in the holes of the tray; something I mention as a plastic version my granddaughter owned prior to this was an extremely rickety and ill-fitting affair, often leading to dropped muffins and tears of frustration.