After reading a favourable review on here about this Pizza Party set from the Melissa and Doug brand I decided to treat my granddaughter to one as she is very much finding her feet when it comes to role play at the moment.
I paid £14.99 for the Pizza set from www.amazon.co.uk and although this might sound expensive for a simple wooden toy, the quality and play value of the Pizza makes it a very reasonable price in my opinion.
The toy basically consists of six slices of pizza together with a selection of toppings, pizza cutting wheel and plate for putting the pizza on when it's all together. We're not really a family big on pizza so I was a little concerned that she wouldn't recognise the meal, but I needn't have worried as as soon as she saw it she started saying 'pixto, pixto' and obviously knew from the very start when she needed to do.
Because my granddaughter is just two years old we had to spend some time explaining what the different toppings were, she recognised the mushrooms instantly as she likes them but wasn't aware of the pepperoni or peppers until we showed her some pictures of them on the computer and then she grasped the concept of different pizza toppings.
The toy is exceedingly well made. The pizza itself is thick and sturdy enough for little hands to grasp and carry it, the pizza toppings all have a piece of velcro on the back of them to allow easy attachment to the pizza itself and the cutting wheel spins smoothly and is comfortable for my little granddaughter to hold.
The box you can see in the photograph above is also made of wood and decorated to look like the kind of box your pizza delivery would come in. This also doubles up as the place where you will store your pizza and toppings and everything fits in neatly, not like some toys where it's impossible to get it all back into the box for storage! The problem with this box is that there is no lid with it so when you come to put the pizza set away you have to make sure you have somewhere it can go that's flat otherwise obviously all the pieces will fall out!
My granddaughter plays lots of different games with this set and I cannot envisage her getting bored of it any time soon simply because it's so versatile. She uses it in conjuction with her tea set and we all end up having a cup of tea and slice of pizza now, which is a nice change from pretend cake! She asks us what toppings we'd like, although for some reason we all end up having mushrooms as she loves the look of those the best!
The possibilities really are endless with this toy. Your little one can pretend to cook the pizza thanks to the fact that the toppings are loose, they can 'deliver' the pizza to you or simply use the cutter to cut you a slice to enjoy with your tea.
For such a basic idea it really is excellent and absolutely knocks spots off any other play food I've bought for my granddaughter in the past. It looks extremely attractive and the fact that it's wooden means that it's likely to be far more durable than its plastic counterparts.
The only issue I have with it is the lack of a lid for the storage box, although this is a very minor grievance considering the hours of enjoyment my granddaughter has already had from the pizza - and the many hours she's likely to use it for in the future.
The company Melissa and Doug are an American husband and wife team, that started their business over twenty years ago in their parents garage in Connecticut, and they have built it up from there, and now have their own offices, employ numerous staff, and have expanded from just selling in the US to many other countries throughout the world.
They sell a range of products for children such as, puzzles, puppets, play food, classroom supplies etc, but every product is in my opinion of a superior quality and standard thus ensuring that their products can be passed from generation to generation.
I have recently become a huge fan of the Melissa and Doug range, and have already brought quite a few things for my daughter and son from their range.
I feel the wooden toys I have purchased over the years since becoming a mummy have a lot more longevity to them, and that's why Melissa and Doug are so popular in my house at the moment, because it makes mummy and daddy happy to know we are making a wise investment and also my children gets loads of enjoyment from them without the hassle of us telling them to be careful not to break them every five minutes.
The Melissa and Doug Pizza Party toy was brought for my daughter with some of my Dooyoo Amazon vouchers for a well done treat as she had just got an award at nursery/pre school.
Upon arriving I was really pleased with my purchase it was a bit bigger than I had pictured, and from the minute I took it out the box, I could tell it was going to be a keeper.
The set includes;
Six sliceable pieces of pizza
A coloured tray that looks like a pizza box
A pizza cutter
Fifty toppings - mushrooms, peppers, pepperoni.
(Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 25.4 x 34.7 cm ; 1.6 Kg as stated on Amazon)
The set is all wooden and has a bright and colourful design, the topping are all backed with Velcro, making it easy for your child to make up the pizza they want.
The pizza also makes a cutting type noise when you use the slicer to cut into it, which my daughter loves.
This set I have found to be very sturdy and durable, it's easily wiped down also, just with a damp cloth which to be is a god send in my house.
My daughter loves this set very much, and I think it's a bit different than her normally dolly tea parties, her dolls now get pizza.
Its good for all ages and sex's in my opinion, she often plays with her older brother and they pretend to own a pizzeria and plays pizza deliveries with this toy, its quite funny actually her brother pretends to own the pizzeria (in the playhouse) and she is the delivery girl and watching her trying to tie it to her trike is slightly amusing to watch... unfortunately though the box does not come with a lid.... So this game often ends in the pizza toppings going everywhere.
Another game I have found interesting to play with my daughter and also my son, is something I read about when researching this product and that's using it for mathematics purposes, so I have used this to teach my son fractions and division and help my daughter with basic fractions and general counting, this has been really worthwhile and they have seemed to have enjoyed this game.
In summary this is a high quality toy, great for role playing and that will last for years and I would highly reccommend this product to anyone.
The Entertainer (the toy shop) and Amazon all sell this product for around the £15.00 mark, but I would suggest to always check Hot UK Deals first as they often have voucher codes to get money off at The Entertainer, so it's always worth checking.
Melissa & Doug Wooden Pizza Party A lovely wooden pizza on it's own pizza plate all in a great storage box. Design and serve your very own pizza . This wooden pizza has 6 thick slices, 50 interchangeble toppings, a wooden rolling pizzacutter and a serving slice.. All comes in a wooden box for easy storage.