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After seeing a few reviews on this dinosaur shaped cutter, I thought it would be a fantastic way to help get my daughter to eat her whole sandwich instead of just what was inside the bread. So off I went to Amazon and ordered one for around £3.
The cutter is in the shape of two dinosaurs, one upside down adjoined to the bottom one along it's back. As they are joined together, you know you aren't getting any wastage from the inside of the dinosaurs, just around the outside edge. Even though there is some wastage, it isn't a lot and is pretty much just crusts left over from a standard medium sized loaf of bread.
As it is a cutter you would expect the bottom to be quite sharp to cut through different foods, this isn't the case with these dinosaur cutters. The edge is at a point, but it isn't a sharp point so they are suitable for children to use, should they wish to help you. Although the edge isn't sharp, I find they cope well with sandwiches and with a little bit of pressure, cut through them fine. Toast is a little more tricky, but it isn't a major problem.
After the cutter is inserted into the sandwich, I tend to pull the waste off before taking the cutter back out again, this is because the heads of both dinosaurs are quite small and a few times rushing to get the sandwich done resulted in a couple beheaded dinosaurs (poor things!). Pulling the waste of the sandwich off stops this from happening.
There are lots of different uses that these cutters can be used for, sandwiches and toast are just a couple, along with baking cookies. There are quite a few designs available including trains, a butterfly and the design we recently purchased, two hearts.
I can say without any doubts, that this cutter did help my daughter to eat her sandwiches. Before using this, I would make her a sandwich, cut the crusts off and the bread would still be left. Now the crusts are cut off from the cutters anyway, and my daughter eats both dinosaurs fully!
I would definitely recommend these cutters, although £3 is quite expensive, it has stopped my daughter from leaving half of her sandwiches and put the fun into lunchtime again.
We have had our Kitchen Craft Dolphin Sandwich Cutter now for about three months and we bought it quite cheaply from Amazon (no postage to be paid either, so all good there). We paid £2.50 for them and theycame very well packaged and arrived very quuickly. We bought it for our little lad as he can be a bit of a fussy eater and he won't eat his crsusts on his sandwiches, no matter how hard me and his mum try to persuade him - he says he doesn't want 'curly hair' so he shouldn't have to eat the crusts!
The Kitchen Craft Dolphin Sandwich Cutter is made from solid durable and hardwearing firm plastic. It is blue in colour and has no sharp edges at all so the little lad can happily make his own sandwiches himself very easily without any fear of him cutting or harming himself.
We make all sorts of sandwiches with this brilliant little cutter which measures around ten or eleven square centimetres - I have not actually taken a tape measure to it but this is just a rough estimate. We find it works better on cheaper loaves (and the tinly sliced ones are the best). It cuts cleanly through the bread and gives a great outline of the dolphins. The only thing we noticed however, is that it is not very detailed, i.e. there is no snout on the dolphin, but there is the basic shape.
We use this also to make dolphin toast, dolphin shaped biscuits and scones and all sorts of lfavoured sandwiches. It is really great fun to use at birthday parties and kiddies love to eat them and we find the andwiches always seem to disappear faster if they are dolphin shaped for some reason!
They are three dimensional, good strong cutters. They wash simply and easily in warm soapy water or alternatively you can pop them into the dishwasher if you prefer. They also come with a twelve month gurantee and we all recommend them.
This review is also published on Ciao under name of sorehead.
Being the wonderful Auntie that I am, I was lucky enough to get to host and cater for my niece's birthday. Lucky me! Thirty 6 year olds and countless adults all trampling round my kitchen.
I started planning what sort of food I would make for the party. A stable part of any good buffet is the humble sandwich but I wanted to make them different and more appealing.
I researched Children's parties and found that an interesting way to make sandwiches more fun are little cut outs shaped in varying patterns.
My first thoughts were...how wasteful! We should be encouraging children to eat everything and not be wasteful! Cutting sandwiches into shapes did not seem to send the right message!
I had a little browse on the internet though and discovered this cutter, I was amazed at how little of the bread it wasted! It is cleverly designed to make two dinosaurs that fitted together so hardly anything was wasted. I thought this was ingenious and I bought a set straight away! I paid £2.50 from Amazon. The same brand also had a dolphin cutter so I bought this one too!
The new cutters arrived though post a few weeks before the birthday and I was desperate to try it out. I sneakily cut my boyfriends sandwiches up in his packed lunch and then sent him off to work. He was not impressed when he opened his lunch box. His friends were greatly amused though!
*Easy to use*
I made the sandwiches as normal placing the top half of the bread on top of the other with the filling inside. I laid the cutter on top of the sandwich lining up the shapes to make sure that the shapes would come out perfectly. Once I was ready, I firmly pushed the cutter down on to the bread until it made contact with the surface underneath. I then pulled the cutter up and revealed were two dinosaurs! Hardly anything was wasted; just the crusts!
*Dinosaurs with eyes!*
I was really pleased with the results. The dinosaur shapes looked just like dinosaurs. I expected the shapes to look a bit odd but to be honest they were recognisable. All except one 5 year old who thought the sandwiches were shaped like cats....
The party went well and the sandwiches went down a treat. I decided to give the dinosaurs eyes so ended up poking each one with a fork to make a little hole for an eye. This made them look much more animal like and the Children loved biting off their heads first!
The cutter worked with most fillings, from jam to cheese to marmite! It even works well with toast but you need to push down a little harder. They looked great and the kids were really impressed.
The cutter is in my drawer and it is quite robust, so I will be using it again. For £2.50 I think it is great value for money!
My 3 year old twin boys absolutely love Dinosaurs - toys, books, puzzles, tv programmes - I mean it when I say they love anything to do with Dinosaurs. You can just imagine my excitement can't you when I spotted one of these Dinosaur Cutters in my local Poundland. Yes Poundland, and I only had to buy one, not two for once, so it cost me just £1 .. Yay !
The cutter comes attached to a piece of cardboard with a piece of bread on the front, the cutter itself sits on top of the piece of bread, giving you an idea immediately of what has to be done with this particular item. Although I kind of guessed lol, especially as it does say on the front 'Crust and Sandwich Cutter'.
The back of the cardboard tells us that it's 'Great for packed lunches, parties and more!' and provides us with just 4 instructions - alongside demonstrating pictures. These 4 instructions being;
1. Position the crust cutter on the bread.
2. Apply pressure and twist side to side.
3. Pull the crusts away.
4. Remove cutter and seperate halves.
Sounded fairly easy and I couldn't wait to see my boys faces when they had their new, not so boring sarnies for dinner!
The sandwich cutter comes in just ONE piece, so no fiddly bits, having to put anything together or take anything apart - perfect! It is shaped almost like a piece of bread, only a bit smaller with a few wiggly lines here and there outlining part of the dinosaur shapes. It is a blue, plastic item, not the thickest of plastic, it is partly transparent, but it is deifnitely strong enough to do what it needs to. There is a wiggly plastic line going through the middle of the cutter which results in you looking at a Dinosaur on each side of the cutter, one the right way up as you look at it and the other upside down. You can make out the Dinosaur heads poking out one side, and the wiggly tail on the other and the main part of where the sarnie would be is the Dinosaur body.
Preparing my boys sarnies, I placed the cutter on top and pushed down gently but hard enough for it to go through the bread. Once I felt the cutter touched the plate beneath the sandwich I twisted it slightly from side to side as instructed. This meant I was almost cutting the sandwich crusts away and really ensuring the sandwich was cut properly. I pulled the crusts away - they are always the boring part aren't they, and I lifted up the cutter. I seperated the 2 halves of my boys sandwiches and was left with 2 fantastic looking dinosaur sandwiches. My boys absolutely loved them, a sandwich with a difference, it looks great and just made the sandwiches more of an exciting and enjoyable thing to eat.
The cutter itself is brilliant, it adds a bit of fun into sandwich making, and it cuts really well. However some bread would prove a little difficult, I prefer using medium bread but a thin bread would perhaps be a little too thin as it would break and rip at the edges especially the tail and head part of the dinosaurs as they are the smallest sections. A bread such as weightwatchers bread would be too small for the cutter to even sit on comfortably in the first place as that bread is so small. Also some fillings in a sandwich could possibly prove a little difficult such as a thick meat, it may be a little difficult for the cutter to get through, I always use just wafer thin hams as it's so easy to cut, or grated cheese or cheese spread.
Apart from these little details, I think this is a fab item to have especially if you have children. It makes the elements of sandwiches for dinner a lot more exciting and appealing, and children can even join in making them with you.
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When Jack was about 2 he was really into all his dinosaurs he knew all the names o the most common ones and even some of the more obscure ones. So like any mother I tried to feed his enthusiasm by getting a lot of little dinosaur items that he could play with and learn form.
This item is not a toy and is not educational however Jack was never (and still isn't) too keen on eating sandwiches. I don't really know why as he loves slices of bread on its own and will scoff down a slice or two of toast in the morning but when it comes to sandwiches he seems really put of by them. I tried cutting the crusts of and cutting them into triangles and even small bite sized squares but this didn't seem to encourage him too much. So when I came across this dinosaur shaped sandwich cutter in Poundland I could hardly refuse to buy it!
For £1 it is a pretty good purchase as in general sandwich cutters or cookie cutters are a lot more than this. Having had a look online there are plenty of sites selling this exact same one for a lot more than £1 so it is well worth looking around and then heading to your local Poundland! The fact that this particular sandwich cutter also seemed to utilise the sandwich and make two dinosaur shapes from one round made it even more appealing.
The cutter itself is made for a tough plastic that is a blue colour. There were several different colours to choose from but I opted or the dark blue one. The dinosaur shape that cuts with this cutter is the well known dipladocus dinosaur who should have a long neck and a long tail. His long tail isn't exactly cut out when used but still the neck is there and it is recognisable as this dinosaur.
Using the cutter is very easy and it fits most sizes of bread although with the smaller loaves and the Danish loaf we often buy I sometimes struggle to cut out the two shapes fully and remove all of the crust but on the whole you can often get two good dinosaur shapes when using it. I did find that you would have to be extra careful when it came to pushing through the shape that has been cut out as the neck of the dinosaur is rather thin and can sometimes result in the head being snapped off! This was most upsetting or Jack as of course this is the part he wants to bite off first!
The feet/legs of the cut out dinosaur are not particularly great as they are so small but that being said it although the shape itself is not the best dinosaur shape you could get the fact that two shapes are being made from one sandwich shows that they have tried their best to create two good enough dinosaur shapes in one cutter. My mum had bought us a proper metal dinosaur cookie cutter from a fancy shop which cost her a good few pounds and which is the shape of a T-Rex this however would only manage to make 1 shape per sandwich and the trouble with breaking bits o still occurs when using this.
The cutter itself is easy to clean and the plastic material it is made with means that a little washing in the dish bowl brings it up a treat and there is never any need for scrubing. The cutter shape is not just good for sandwiches but can also be used or cookies and toast a like to get the same affect.
I have to say that it does make Jack eat up his sandwiches more than regular cutting of them before did and for that I find that buying this cutter was well worth it. Like I said he likes to bite the head off of the dinosaur first and then the tail and leaves the body till last. It make eating them much more fun and the soft rim of the plastic cutter means that I can even get Jack involved with the preparation and cutting of his own sandwich and this also makes him want to eat the sandwich even more.
I can't fault this item for £1 although I don't think I would have wanted to pay that much more than this for it. The shape is not the best dinosaur look you can get but it does make the most use of the full sandwich. I can't see much problem with it and therefore I think a good score of 4 out of 5 stars is in order and a recommendation for sure.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I'm the type of person who finds it a real chore having to cook and prepare meals, although I do enjoy baking as I see this as more of a fun activity that I can enjoy, rather than something that has to be done out of necessity. I work in an office and I was getting bored of my uninspiring packed lunches, so when I heard about the Japanese art of creating bento lunches I was hooked. The idea is to make a healthy, balanced lunch but also make it look cute! This can be by decorating food, arranging them nicely, or adding food colourings to pale bland items. I've been on the lookout for all sorts of bento / lunchbox accessories that I can use to boost my enthusiasm for the daily chore of making my packed lunch that I take to work. I first saw the Kitchen Craft Crust & Sandwich Cutters on Amazon, and though they looked fun, but when I found them sitting in my local Poundland I decided this would be a worthwhile investment for the measly sum of £1.00.
Product description: "Crust and sandwich cutter. Makes sandwiches more fun! Great for packed lunches, parties and more!"
The product is a shaped plastic cutter that comes in a few different designs including dolphins, hearts, and this dinosaur cutter that I have. It's made of a blue coloured semi-transparent plastic and although it seems quite brittle I have used it many times and it has proved to be firm and steady under use. The cutter is shaped into two diagonally opposing sections that take the shape of a diplodocus type dinosaur with a long neck and tail. The basic idea is that you use the cutter to create two crust-free sandwich pieces from one ordinary pre-prepared sandwich.
Directions for use:
1. Position the Crust Cutter on bread.
2. Apply pressure & twist to side.
3. Pull the crusts away.
4. Remove cutter & separate halves.
This is very easy to use and could be done safely with children if you want to encourage your kids into the kitchen and get them involved in making their own lunches. First of all you have to make a sandwich. There are a few things you should consider to see if the sandwich will be compatible with the cutter. For example, it will be difficult to cut through thick layers of filling. Also, any particularly runny sauce based fillings will be likely to ooze out of the sides and make a huge mess. Thick pieces of bread will be difficult to cut through so I use medium sliced soft bread for the sandwiches I want to use my dinosaur cutter on.
Once you've made your sandwich you then position the cutter over the bread and apply a firm pressure straight down onto it. You will be able to tell which way up the cutter needs to be placed as it has a rounded edge on the top for you to comfortably grip on to, and a straight edge on the bottom for cutting through the sandwich. Once you've reached through to the base of the sandwich give the cutter a very little wiggle just to make sure everything has been sliced through and separated. With the cutter still in place, then pull away the outer edges of the sandwich and then lift the cutter away. There you have it, dinosaur shaped sandwiches!
Once the sandwiches have been cut I then place them into a little plastic lidded tub to keep them fresh while I'm transporting them to work. I have tried wrapping them in cling film but it seems a bit flimsy and the sandwiches can tend to fall apart. The dinosaur shapes look really great and you can see straight away what it is supposed to be. I have had problems sometimes with the tail of the dinosaur breaking away, as this section of the sandwich becomes very thin and delicate and it can easily come apart from the rest of the sandwich. I really love how these dinosaur sandwiches look and they go great with my newfound hobby of making creative bento lunches. They would look awesome made up in big batches for buffets of as party food and they certainly get attention when other people see them!
The plastic cutter creates very little mess as it cuts cleanly through the sandwich and doesn't turn the bread into a crumbly mess. It is also very easy to wash up afterwards but you must wash by hand as it is not safe to be put in the dishwasher.
The only problem I have with this sandwich cutter is that it does create a fair amount of waste. The cutter measures approximately 3" x 3" and so you get quite a bit of excess sandwich left over that you would remove from the outside of the cutter. Instead of throwing the bread crusts away I save them up and use them for making croutons to go with my soups, which helps to reduce the waste and uses the leftover pieces in a tasty way.
Overall I think this dinosaur sandwich cutter is a simple but brilliant idea, it's great fun and makes lunchboxes seem more interesting. A great product and an absolute bargain for £1.00 - I would definitely recommend it.
I have two kids, and despite my best efforts they are both much fussier than they should be about their food. Having abandoned school lunches (they didnt like them- grr) I was in a bit of a fix trying to find a way to get them to eat anything but ham. Lucky for me Santa stepped in with one of these for my son and a hearts one for my daughter.
Now admittedly, they often barely look like dinosaurs but wonky splodges (and often the heads fall off!) but the kids seem to be happy enough with them. They score on two levels - the shape, and the fact that they neatly remove crusts, so no moaning on that score.
It has encouraged the kids to help in preparing sandwiches too.
The worst thing about them is the cutting edge is not quite sharp enough, and tears at the bread (hence the heads keep falling off) - maybe there is a knack or some bread copes better than others.
I usually handwash but q often they end up in the dishwassher and they appear to be surviving
All in all though I'd definitely recommend them.
I recently one a Christmas prize from dooyoo, that has included all sorts of novelty items. Among the loot we received was this dinosaur cutter. Now I did already own one having bought one after reading reviews for it here. Usually in such a case the extra would go to a friend or neighbour, but in this case I am being greedy and keeping both. Why, you might ask. Well to be honest I had already thought of buying another in case the dreaded day should come when this should ever break and my children starve to death. Not that I think it is likely to break. It seems to be well enough made. Now that I have two, I have even started risking them to the dishwasher, which has done no harm,and they are labeled as dishwasher safe.
There is not a great deal to this sandwich cutter. It is just a hard green plastic, which perfectly fits and average sized slice of bread, making two dinosaur shaped bits. There are no sharp edges so the youngest of children can use it easily. The top bit is rounded and easy on the hands. My sons always took turns cutting the bread or sandwiches, but now of course, they can each have their own. We have used this for cookies, sandwiches, toast, and eggy toast, as well as just making dinosaur shaped bits of meat and cheese. I imagine it would also work for chocolate or jelly with a good flat plate underneath, but have not tried this yet. My sons are ages 2 and 5 and both are able to use this without difficulty.
My boys absolutely love this and always want their sandwiches made with these. after about 3 months, the novelty still has not warn off and they were both horrified when their father presented them with triangle shaped sandwiches a couple of weeks back. I find they will eat more, with their food shaped, and they really enjoy taking picnics with dinosaur sandwiches when we go out, which saves the cost of eating out. The dinosaur sandwiches have also drawn some stares and comments from passing children, and a couple of parents, who were disappointed to learn they could not buy the sandwiches at the science museum.
The down side to this is that there is some bread and crust wasted. I find that instead of having a piece of toast now, I often have a plate of crusts and leftovers rather than waste the extra bits. Still, it's good fun and the children love this. But, because this is made to fit the shape of an average loaf, there is a lot less waste than when using biscuit cutters, which we still do occasionally for something different - usually gingerbread men eggy toast. The price is very reasonable, £2.50 from amazon with free delivery. they do make a similar item with dolphins that looks lovely, but a bit girlish, as well as one with hearts. I do wish they would make some more designs for boys, but until then we are happy enough with this one.
When pack lunches are made every day it is difficult to keep them lively and fun, and think of constant variety-because if you don't sandwiches can get very boring. The dinosaur cutter is a really novel way to do this.
The dinosaur cutter first caught my eye when reading through other peoples reviews. A couple of people reviewed it, but to be honest it caught my eye the second I saw it. I did a quick internet search and found it was available from a couple of places, all for roughly the same price, and I ended up buying it on ebay for £2.50 which included postage.
The cutter is a light green and clear plastic. The shape is difficult to explain, but the photo above depicts it quite well. The overall shape is a slice of bread, but a curvy line across the diagonal separates out two dinosaur shapes. The shapes fit so complimentary that you end up wasting very little of the sandwich, which for me is the best thing about the cutter. Obviously it depends on the shape of the two slices of bread, but the shape of the cutter is quite generic and if anything you will be missing off some odds and ends of crust. Find me a child who will complain about that.
One of the ways to get children into eating healthier food and more balanced diets is to get them involved with the choices, the shopping and the making. This cutter is actually not that sharp (even thought it cuts through the sandwiches quite effortlessly) which means the children can get away with using it themselves (with help and not pushing down too hard!!) so it means children are more likely to eat their sandwiches themselves.
This is fantastic value, as you can use it every day time and time again.
I would 100% recommend this cutter and look forward to a more girly one, hopefully coming out. I would love to purchase a range of them.
OK, I know this item is not a kitchen necessity, but to an anxious parent, whose child won't eat, this ingenious little device has been an absolute lifesaver
This little shaped cutter has been beneficial in getting my niece to eat sandwiches. My niece is a very picky eater; she eats the minimum she can get away with.
Since September my niece has started school, and having a cooked meal at school wasn't viable because she just wouldn't eat it. Having sandwiches means we can see what she is in fact consuming (as all left overs are sent home). She does like sandwiches but tends to nibble, and take her time. There simply isn't enough time at school to accommodate her fadiness and we needed something to get her eating with more enthusiasm and gusto.
Since using this little dinosaur shaped cutter to cut her sandwiches we have seen a remarkable difference in her consumption. She is eager to eat and excited to eat every day as there is an element of fun there.
I purchased the first one, as we were desperate and it was worth a shot. My sister has since bought the others as it was such a success. We have a unicorn, and horse and a heart shaped one, but there were others available. The price I paid for the first one was £2.99, so the price on Amazon is very reasonable. They are dual purpose too as they can be used to bake biscuits and cookies, making them even better value.
To use this cutter, you simply place it over a made sandwich. The size fits a standard loaf perfectly. It also cuts off those pesky crusts in one fell swoop too. As one reviewer has pointed out, you may think it wouldn't release easily because of the tiny head, and fiddly feet, but we've never had a problem (my niece is looked after by me before and after school as my sister works. I make up her lunch every morning so it is fresh). Therefore I have had the most use from this little gadget.
This is dishwasher proof should you need it, for a sticky cookies mixture for example, but for a simple sandwich, a quick dip in warm soapy water is suffice.
If you have a picky eater, try it - it'll be worth its weight in gold if it works!
Dinosaur Sandwich Cutter is a novelty cutter which is designed to press into sandwiches to transform boring sandwiches into fun dinosaur shapes. The cutter is made from translucent green plastic and measures 1cm x 11cm. I purchased my cutter from Betterware for £3.49 but have since seen them on Amazon for the lower price of £2.50.
The cutter is very easy to use, you just make your 2 slice sandwich as normal and then press the cutter into it then lift back off. This removes the crusts from the sandwiches leaving you with two dinosaur shaped sandwiches. Although only plastic the cutter has no problem cutting through things like ham, cheese and lettuce. Although sold as a sandwich cutter it is also suitable for using when making cookies and biscuits and for cutting cake and toast. The cutter has no sharp edges and is suitable for supervised use by children aged 3+.
I bought his cutter for a friend who's four year old son is dinosaur mad. He absolutely loves it. Before getting this cutter when asked what sort of sandwich he wanted the answer would be ham or cheese, now the answer is always dinosaurs. He no longer cares what is inside his sandwich so long as it is dinosaur shape he will happily munch away.
This is essentially a cheap fun novelty item, the only drawback of this product as far as I can see is the fact that by removing all the crusts so much of the bread is wasted.
I personally have no desire to own one of these, I am quite happy with plain old sandwich shaped sandwiches. But I have seen first hand how much fun it can bring to meal times for small children.
If you have a child who is dinosaur mad, it could turn out to be £2.50 well spent.
I don't have children, yet when I saw this, I had to have it! This cutter is designed for use with sandwiches, although could also be used as a standard cookie cutter.
The cutter is designed for use with a sandwich made with standard bread, and creates two dinosaur shapes out of the back to back interlocked dinosaurs in the cutter. This wastes a minimum of the bread, and I think it has been really well designed to ensure both dinosaurs still look like dinosaurs.
The cutter is made of a thick plastic, and is easy for little hands to grip. The cutter is entirely made of plastic, and cuts through soft items fairly easily, so I would have no worries about accidents happening as can happen with metal edged cutters. I've used this to make scones with my goddaughter, and she absolutely loved it. Anything that encourages children to learn to cook scores big points with me.
The cutter is currently selling for £2.25 on amazon, which isn't a lot of money really, and while it has no real functional use, the joy it would bring to most children is worth the spend in my opinion.
I think the cutter is a great way to jazz up boring sandwiches, and encourage picky children to eat. While I'd rather leave the crusts on, for a lot of children these just get left anyway, and the cutter makes good use of the available bread, and they'll probably end up eating more of their sandwich than if they just ate up to the crusts.