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My daughter was given a kitchen by 'Santa' this year which she plays with a fair bit (though a little less than I had expected) and she loves to pretend to cook eggs (one of her favourite foods). My mother in law happened to be in the early learning centre not long ago and picked up my daughter this egg and spoon set, which cost £6 although I think there was a 20% event at the time. She bought these for my daughter mainly because she thought my little girl would enjoy the eggs inside and could use them in her kitchen but it had the added element of being both an indoor and outdoor game.
My daughter was absolutely over the moon when she got this toy. We have a long hallway that my daughter likes to play up and down and even kick (!) a soft ball so this was the ideal venue for having some egg and spoon races with both her daddy and me as well as the grandparents. Initially she just enjoyed opening and closing the egg and pretending to hear the egg crack. It was a while later when she understood the concept of racing with the egg and spoon so the egg doesn't drop. Although cheating is a common event since she still hasn't completely understood how to balance the egg well enough so it won't fall and sometimes there is a little frustration when her egg falls and someone else has won.
There are four colourful spoons with four matching egg shells which can be opened to reveal the hidden egg. Although this toy is suitable for children from 3 months, with supervision there is no reason why a much younger child wouldn't enjoy opening and closing the egg, although the egg itself is fairly small.
As well as the game, my daughter actually gets a lot of use out of these eggs for her kitchen. They get fried, scrambled and even boiled and the the spoons are used to then pretend to eat the eggs. She also likes to pretend to crack the eggs to do some baking, so it really is quite versatile.
This is a winter or summer toy, as it can used plenty within the house in the winter months, but equally good coming into the warmer Spring and summer when we can get out to the garden and this can join her other outdoor toys as well.
I am very impressed by the quality and versatility of this product and would highly recommend it!
For my son's birthday party last year I was desperate to try and find activities to entertain the kids. I came across this egg and spoon game in the early learning centre and thought that it looked like it might be a fun game I could organize for his friends with a prize for the winner. The set was cheap enough that it was worth my time buying it so that I could have a selection of games for him to choose from.
The set only cost £6 and consisted of four coloured plastic spoons and four plastic eggs that sit in the spoons.
The idea of the game is a simple one and all the kids have to do is line up with the eggs in the spoons and race to the finish line and the first one there with their egg still in the spoon wins.
I had thought my son might be a little old for the game but him and his friends loved playing it and the incentive of a prize at the end really spurned them on. The set is recommended for ages 3 and upwards and this is a good recommendation as littler hands might not be dexterous enough to actually run with the egg still in the spoon.
I thought that the spoons and the eggs were a great size and they fit perfectly together. Because they are plastic they are also really hard wearing.
The fun part about this set is that the eggs actually come apart and inside them is a little fried egg shaped bean bag so when a kid drops an egg is cracks to reveal the fried egg. The kids loved this part and thought it was hilarious.
For £6 I thought this was a fantastic little set which could give hours of fun. It is the sort of game that can be used throughout the year and also the whole family can get involved and play. My son and all his friends enjoyed it and we have played with the set as a family since then on a few occasions so they represent really good value and I would highly recommend them.
I purchased the Egg & Spoon race set from eBay; how-ever you can purchase it from the Early Learning Centre for £6.00. The set includes 4 spoons and 4 eggs. Each of the spoons is different colour which includes red, blue, yellow & green. All the spoons have matching eggs to go with them. The spoons are made of very strong plastic and won't break if they are dropped, or stepped on. In fact they are so strong I don't think anything would actually break them. The eggs are also made of plastic which is slightly shiny and each egg has what looks like a crack down the centre. This splits the eggs in half to reveal a foam shape which is an egg shape and is white in colour with a yellow yolk, so it looks like a real egg.
I purchased these for a party that my nephew was having as I thought they would be great for the kids. We unfortunately never got round to using them at the party but we have used them in the garden, along with my sister, her boyfriend and me racing against my nephew. As the spoons are quite big and also chunky they are really easy to hold even for little hands. My nephew loved the fact that he could choose his favourite coloured spoon and egg to go with it. We walked as fast as we could to the bottom of the garden, my sister's boyfriend pretending to trip on the way there, so his end fell off and broke into two pieces revealing the egg inside. My nephew though this was really funny.
The eggs stay on the spoons quite easily, so we did pretend that the eggs fell off in order for my nephew to win the race. He loved the fact that when the eggs fall onto the floor a foamy egg breaks out of the shell onto the floor. We had to play this race many times before he got bored. The foam eggs are easy to get back into the plastic egg, simply by pushing one half in the shell and them pushing the other half of the shell on.
As the spoons and eggs are made from plastic they can be wiped clean with a little washing up liquid and this soon gets rid of any dirty marks such as mud or mucky fingers. The foam eggs can also be wiped clean; how-ever these don't come up as clean as the eggs and the spoons.
For £6.00 I don't think this is bad value as the eggs and the spoons are made of very strong plastic and can be kept clean and are long lasting. My nephew loves racing with these and has even asked to use them when his friends come round. This is a great game to play in the garden and with any luck; he can use it even more in the garden when we get some sun. I give this product 5 out of 5 stars and think it's a great, fun game.
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I bought this Egg and Spoon race set last summer when we realised we were, after all, having children round for Hollie's fourth birthday. Both Hollie and one of her little friends had both missed their sports day with a tummy bug so me and Mark attempted to recreate it for them - no WAY were they playing with real eggs, even hard boiled, so I thought that particular race was out of the window as it never occurred to me to look for a set like this!
It's fantastic, a really clever little toy. Four spoons, each of which hold a perfectly sized egg for the bowl of the spoon. The really cute bit is the fact that when a child drops an egg it splits open like a more flexible Kinder Egg container and out falls a sweet mini beanbag designed to look just like a fried egg! It's excellent, or should I say eggs-cellent?!
The spoons and eggs are colour coordinated so the children in the race should be able to keep track of their egg even if several are dropped at the same time. The handle of each spoon is chunky and rounded, this helps small hands to grip it comfortably and also balances the weight more easily when the egg is on the spoon - the eggs are fairly weighty in relation to the strength of a four year old arm, so be prepared for a few false starts while the racers suss out the best way to handle these objects!
From there on it really is a simple case of how careful and/or experienced the children are at this particular game. The worst that can happen is that the child can't stuff the beanbag back into the egg and close it properly, but we quickly introduced a 'wait' rule if a little one was really struggling to get back into the race - turning it into a direct cross between an egg and spoon race and musical statues! It was a lot of fun, the kids didn't seem to get bored of the game and this was easily the most played during Hollie's birthday party.
I bought my set from Amazon rather than ELC; it cost £7 including postage and at the time was on seller promotion where I could purchase two sets for £10, which I did. The Egg and Spoon race set has had a huge amount of use in the almost twelve months that we've owned it, everything is still in tip top condition and a quick wipe down with a baby wipe is all it needs as far as maintenance goes - once when we played in drizzly rain the spoons and plastic eggs got so dirty that we had to actually wash them, but hot soapy water got them looking as good as new again. In a rare burst of foresight my eldest daughter had removed the beanbags from the eggs before taking them outside otherwise I think the mud would have ruined the almost completely white fabric.
My eight spoons and eggs have recently been borrowed for an actual egg and spoon race at Hollie's old nursery, the year she was there for 'activities day' it was a fairly traumatic experience involving warm cream eggs and I practically had my arm ripped off when I offered them use of the set when I went in to pre-register my son last week!
This lovely little set comes highly recommended by me and Hollie (and numerous other small visitors to the chrisandmark household). It's a fun way to coax the kids away from the X-Box (and god knows, some kids really should be coaxed away from it!) and into the garden for some exercise, there are just no disadvantages to this sweet little play set at all and I think all families should own one.
When I was working in a nursery one of my responsibilities was to work with the other nursery staff to plan a sports day for the children and one of the items which we went and purchased to use on the day were the early learning centres egg and spoon race kit.
The egg and spoon race kit contains four different coloured plastic spoons, as well as four plastic eggs which split in to two if dropped and open up to reveal a small bean bag which looks a bit like a fried egg! The set costs just six pounds for all of the items which I do feel is very good value really as it is not too pricy to purchase for use at home as well should you feel the need.
The spoons are made from a lightweight plastic with a big end part for carrying the egg on. The plastic eggs coordinate with the spoons so that whilst having an egg and spoon race each player is aware of which egg part is theirs should there be lots on the floor all at once! The eggs fit well on to the end of the spoons and it is literally just a case of how careful a little one can be whilst racing with the egg on there. The bean bags inside the eggs are very sweet looking too!
The children at the nursery absolutely loved these egg and spoons and during the sports day they were able to have a good go at racing with them. As they were only little of course some got dropped along the way but they were able to pick up their bean bags and put it back in the egg easily as the egg just joins back together very quickly and simply. The set looked in perfect condition even after plenty of use and many "drops" along the way and I would say they only slight issue was that the bean bags became a little dirty but this wasn't really a major issue which detracted from the fun of the toy.
My friend recently had a sports day themed party for her 30th birthday and these were one of the items which were used on the day and I have to say the adults had just as much fun playing with these as the children did so I would say they are also suitable for parties such as this.
As the set is predominantly made from plastic it kept really well and we were able to use it each year whilst we had the sports day as well as using it inside as well as we had a big hall available to us for physical play for the children. The set is quite small and so we just kept them in a box along side all our other sports day equipment because they came packaged in plastic rather than in a box.
I have to say that I think this is a great little toy to have particularly if you have more than one child as they will be able to have races against each other and will no doubt have lots of fun in the process.
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Back in April when it was my son turned two years old, we held a birthday party with a number of his friends where we basically played a number of traditional party games - which I generally find are the best and most reliable to ensure that everyone gets involved! One of the games we played were an egg and spoon race - which I came up with after seeing a Egg and Spoon Race kit in my local Mothercare. The Egg and Spoon Race kit is manufactured by the Early Learning Centre and cost me £4.20 - which was a reduced price and something I thought was good value and a good idea for a party.
Within the kit, you get four eggs and four spoons - and so it doesn't take a genius to realise that four people can play with this at any one time. If you have a party then you can either get the kids to take it in turns (as we did) or you could buy several sets but I think as this product probably has fairly limited uses then I would think that this would be where it started getting expensive and I don't think this would be worth it.
The kit comprises of four coloured plastic teaspoons and four coloured eggshells (red, blue, green and yellow) and four soft fabric eggs which look like fried eggs. The idea is that the eggshells are carried on the spoon and the intention is for you to run with the eggshell on the spoon without dropping the egg. If the eggshell is dropped then it splits and the broken "fried" egg is revealed. The spoons are made of thick plastic and are sturdy and would not be easily bent or damaged by children. The eggshells themselves are not particularly sturdy - but then they have to split open and so I assume that this is by design.
The advantage of this game is that encourages group play and also competitiveness (which I really don't think is a bad idea......I may be in the minority). It's also fun and simple without any complicated rules and is based on a traditional concept that most adults and children will be familiar with. Because its made of plastic, the items are washable - which is always an advantage where children are concerned - and is also mess free.
Overall, I think this is a good product if you're having a kids party or event. I'm not sure it would have many uses besides this and so its uses are limited.
I bought these a few weeks ago after browsing for some cheap toys for the summer. These cost me £4.80 from the Early Learning Centre in their sale.
These are great fun! It comes in a set of 4 and contains 4 spoons, 4 eggs and 4 beanbag yolks. They are made out of a chunky plastic and are a good size for children to handle. They come in bright colours of red, green, blue and yellow and are for children 3 years and up.
They are easy to use, you have to balance the egg on the spoon and walk without dropping the egg. If you do drop it then the shell will pop open and reveal a little egg yolk beanbag. The one to the finishing line with the egg still on the spoon is the winner.
The eggs sit on the spoon very comfortably, there seems to be more room on theses than in a normal egg and spoon race! The shells open and close easily, they just click together and the beanbag fits neatly inside the egg.
These are very lightweight and are a perfect way for your child to practice their balancing skills and also their hand eye co-ordination.
The egg and spoon race has been a big hit in my family, my daughter loved the fact that she could practice before her school sports day and it can be played both inside and out. We had a lot of fun making up elaborate obstacle courses for the kids to make their way through and we have also used the eggs to play simple games like catch.
I would recommend these to anyone, they are a great price and provide a lot of fun.
I bought this egg and spoon set two years ago when we were having a summer party in the garden. The set was on sale in ELC for £4, as opposed to the usual £6, so I bought it, as I though it would be a good party game to play outdoors, and not as messy as using real eggs!
The set consists of four chunky plastic spoons and four "eggs" which match the colours of the spoons. The eggshells break into two hollow halves, and inside each egg is a tiny beanbag fried egg, made from fabric, so if you drop the plastic egg when racing, the egg will crack open and the contents will fall out!
The party was a great success, and the weather was good, so we were able to race with these in the garden. The children loved the eggs and the fact that you could break them if you dropped them. They proved to be really popular, and the kids kept wanting to race with them again and again, which was perfect for me, as they were the ones getting worn out rather than me! Obviously, you are going to get some cheats, who try to hold the egg on the spoon, but as the spoon is nice and chunky, it is a lot easier to balance the plastic eggs on the spoons than real eggs.
ELC don't really put an age range on this toy, but I think it would suit kids aged 4-6, as they really need to have the co-ordination to balance the eggs on the spoons. That said, there is a completely different game that younger children can play with the eggs- cooking!
If you get some toy pans, or even a saucepan that you are not using and a wooden spoon, it is great fun pretending to cook with these eggs, as they break like real eggs. The child can crack the egg and pretend to fry it in the pan, or whisk it up and pretend to make cakes.
You could also use the bean bag eggs in beanbag tossing games, such as throwing a beanbag into the centre of a target drawn on the path. For very young children, you can teach colours and tell the child to match the correct colour egg to the spoon, or see what happens when you put two halves of different coloured eggs together. Putting the eggs together is like a very simple jigsaw, and this will help babies and toddlers with their co-ordination. The big plastic spoons are fun for drumming with, too!
As you can see, this toy is a fun summer toy that can be played with in many different ways according to the age of the child. The only problem I have had with the toy personally, is losing the bits around the house. We have several boxes of toys in our house, and inevitably, some bits get missing or put into the wrong box. The bean bag eggs are especially likely to go astray! To remedy this, I would recommend putting all of the pieces into a box or tin after use, so that everything is kept together and no bits get lost.
This is a clever appealing idea from ELC, and the quality of the product is very high as you would expect. The game encourages kids to be active, improves co-ordination and encourages imagination. In my experience, this game keeps kid's attention for ages, especially in the summer, when they just want to race around outside. The set is also just the right size to pack up and take on picnics to the park. The product is usually on sale in ELC once the store clears it's summer stock, so it is certainly one to look out for!