Product Type: ELC Fancy Dress
Newest Review: ... 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, t... more
WHAT A GENIUS IDEA.
ELC Cut & Play Cake
Member Name: bishopview
ELC Cut & Play Cake
Advantages: MAKES THE CHILD FEEL SPECIAL.
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.
Summary: A SIMPLE TOY WHICH OFFERS SO MANY LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES.
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