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Before my daughters second birthday we went through all the toys in the loft that had once been her older sisters and we came across this cake which we felt would be appropriate for our daughter to play with. We originally bought the toy cake a couple of years ago in The Early learning Centre, I can't remember how much we actually paid for the toy at the time but I have looked it up and at the moment the cake sells for £8 which I think is a decent price for the toy. The cake is basically a plastic circle made to look like a cake, the cake is cut into quarters with little pieces of bright yellow and pink Velcro inside to stick the cake together. The cake is pale pink with white on top to look like the icing and has lemon and pale pink little icing mounds around the cake, I think the cake looks really pretty. On each quarter of the cake there is a hole for one of four candles to fit into and they fit in nice and easily with a simple push. Also in the set there is a little plaque which says happy birthday on it and a pretend knife also in pink which your child can cut the cake with which of course is simply them separating the Velcro hidden inside. The cake is fun to play with and my two daughters play with it together pretending it is one anothers birthdays, my youngest has also been counting to 4 using the candles and the cake portions and she loves sticking them back together. I like this toy as my daughter will play with her older sister with it but also on her own and is higly amused cutting the pieces apart to stick them together. The cake is such a simple idea but it really provides amusement for young children, the cake isn't supposed to be for children under 3 due to small pieces but apart from the danger of them running around with a candle hanging out of their mouths I cannot see why a younger child cannot play with the toy.
I purchased the Early Learning Centre Cut and Play Birthday Cake for my daughter when she was 3. We already had the cut and play vegetables, sandwiches and ice cream sets and had been very impressed with them. The cake is made of plastic and comes in 4 quarters which are held together with velcro. The cake is yellow with white icing and then has alterntating pink and orange swirls of icing on the top. It comes with four candles - two blue and two green and a Happy Birthday cake topper which fits in the middle. It also come with a plastic knife so that you can cut the cake into pieces. The candles have pretend flames that you are supposed to be able to blow out. They are quite tricky to get the flames to stay up and this is my main criticism of the cake. In the end my girls don't really bother with the flames as they always needed an adult to get them to stand up properly. The cake is obviously made of hollow plastic and is not as good quality as some of the other plastic items we have from ELC. The slices of cake have been dropped on my wood floor and we do now have holes in the corners. The cake costs around £8 and is a good toy that will be played with a lot. Children loving coming round and pretending to play Birthday's or even just having a pretend picnin with the teaset and cake. I have girls and I would say that the colours of the cake are definately quite girly. I nhave noticed that this one has recently been replaced by Early Learning Centre and the new one is even more girly!
A couple of years ago, I did a early years course in my local college. I was thinking of having a change of career. Anyway, my placement was in a children's nursery. I loved it there and was amazed by the creativity of the teachers. Who appeared to take every opportunity to use great games and tasks that would keep the child intrested and in turn promote thier learning. One area of the nursery was the birthday corner. Where there was a great big throne. Whenever it was a child's birthday they would be encouraged to sit on the crown and then pick a gift out of the treasure chest situated beside the throne. Then the teacher would switch the lights off and walk up to the child with this early learning centre plastic cake . All the children would sing happy birthday and then the birthday child would pretend to blow out the candles. I was amazed that such a simple toy could bring so much pleasure to the children. I have to say, If I hadn't seen this toy cake being utilized within a school, I probably would have walked past it in the shop without giving it a second glance. It is made from plastic and is circualr in shape. It has a decorative top and looks very lifelike. The cake easily splits into portions which can then be slotted back into place. I was amused to see that when pulled apart the portions of cake have red and cream layers which looks just like jam and buttercream. There are small holes on the top of the cake and this is where the candles are fitted. They fit into the holes easily and remain secure despite lots of usage. These candles have a flickering light which really looks authentic when the lights are dimmed. By blowing the child can make the candle light go out. To complete the set is a large cake cutting knife. The knife is plastic and totally safe. However, I was pleased to see that the teacher would not let the children touch the knife as she did not want to give the impression that playing with knives was ok. This cake retails for around £7 in the early learning centre and having seen it being used I would highly recommend it's effectiveness as a toy. It not only helps the children to recognise special occasions. But also encourages the children to appreciate and congratulate each other which I believe gives them a sense of purpose and friendship. Apart from the obvious fun factor of this cake, there is also the issue that it is safe and cost effective in an environment such as a school. I would also suggest that this product would be an excellent prop on a children's ward to celebrate a patient's birthday. Obviously this cake is not edible, but I noticed that it offered the children so many hidden learning opportunities. The children loved to count the candles. Which encouraged their counting skills. Also they enjoyed sharing the cake out, which gave them an indication of the importance of sharing. I believe that this cake has a great potential in promoting language and role play. It is simply fantastic. It is easy to keep clean and is really effective and lifelike. Despite this cake looking very simplistic, it's learning and entertainment value is endless. I would have no hesitation in recommending this fantastic toy.
My little girl was born at Christmas and when she was two whenever anyone asked her what she wanted for her Christmas she always said just a birthday cake. My mum wanted to get her a birthday cake she could keep, but just round plastic cakes did not seem very exciting. On a visit to the Early Learning Centre, we came across their Cut and Play range, which included a pizza, fruit and vegetables, a baguette set, ice cream set and a birthday cake. The Cut & Play Birthday Cake cost £8 from the Early Learning Centre store but if you wanted it for home delivery, you would have to add £4.95 to the cost. The birthday cake is made of plastic and divides in to four parts and each part has Velcro on it so the parts can join again. In each section of the cake is a hole for one of the candles to go in to. You have to position the candles in the cake and they have to all be in the same direction, then you tip the cake in the correct direction, flames come up on the candles which you child can blow out. You lastly get a knife with the cake so your child can pretend to cut the cake up. This is a very pretty little cake but because of all the pinks and pastel colours on it, I would say it is more designed for a little girl. My little girl loved her birthday cake for Christmas and has had hours of fun playing birthday parties. Think she must sing happy birthday at least ten times a day. In my opinion, this good little cake if you buy it from stores a very good price. The cake stands up well to the test of time and three children, we have had the cake for a year now and none of the parts have broke and the Velcro is still going strong. The only down side to this cake is the candles as if you don't get them lined up right you will not get all the flames to appear, my little girls finds this hard and I am always the one who has to do the candles.
You can buy this cut and play cake from The Early Learning Centre for £7.00. It states that it is suitable for children aged 3-8 years. The also sell other cut and play items in there range such as: cut and play ice cream, cut and play pizza and cut and play sandwich these are all priced at the same price. My daughters got brought this cake for Christmas by there Grandparents and they love playing with it. The cake is made out of very light plastic and splits into four pieces/slices. Each piece has Velcro on it so they can join onto the others so it looks like a full cake. On each slice of cake there is a circle small circle gap where you can place the candles that come with it. The candles are made out of plastic and there are two green and two blue ones, and on top of the candle is a little orange pretend flame that you are meant to be able to blow out. You also get a free little cake topper that says happy birthday on that goes on the top of the cake which is very bright. Then around the edge of the top of the cake there are small little colourful swirls just like icing on a real cake. Then lastly you get a small plastic knife with it that your child can use to pretend to cut the cake up. I think that this cake is great as my daughters love birthdays. So when they are playing together they pretend its each others birthdays, and blow the candles out and cut the cake up. They also play with there picnic set when they have the cake out so it is like there having a party and least it's not messy. The cake is good as it helps your child with there role play skills and imaginative play. There is only one thing about the cake that I was a bit disappointed with which was the candles. They do look really good but the pretend flame doesn't stay up on top of the candle and sometimes get stuck. So my daughters are forever asking us to try and make them stay up. But other then that I am quite happy with the cake as it is fairly cheap and it keeps my daughters amused.
Cake to cut and put back together, with knife and candles that light and blow out.