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For Christmas last year we brought my son a lovely miniature wooden cooker. It came with two wooden pans, a frying pan and a saucepan with a lid. Recently we thought we would add to this with a wooden casserole dish. My son is three years old and a keen chef. He always lends a hand when daddy is in the kitchen and spends a lot of time playing with his pretend cooker. So the next thing he needed was a casserole dish.
Whilst in a local wooden toy shop we saw the bigjigs casserole dish with vegetables and after looking at it thought it would be a perfect size for his cooker. As with all wooden toys they don't come cheaply. For this dish with a lid and four wooden food items it cost us £7.99. It may be a little excessive for some people but we love the quality of the wooden toys. I would rather buy fewer toys and have them wooden then lots of plastic toys. But for everyone it is personal taste.
The casserole dish is made from good quality wood and is painted with non - toxic paints. It is a sturdy dish and sits nicely on a flat surface. The dish part has kept the natural wood look where as the lid and handles have been painted bright bold colours. The dish has two small handles, one on either side which has been stuck on by glue due the shape of the product. The handles have been painted red and the lid has been painted blue with a small red round handle on top.
As mentioned before the dish is quite small but makes it perfect for small ovens. The diameter is about 112mm. There is enough room for your child to get a few items of food in to make their perfect casserole. My son manages to get quite a bit in. I must say we do get the most unusually casserole but he gets so much fun with at.
The casserole dish does come with some wooden food. You get two small carrots and two small onions. They look great and are a great base for a great casserole. The vegetables fit nicely in the dish. They are on the small size so I wouldn't recommend for a too younger child as the onions would fit into a baby's mouth. The age this item is recommended for is three years and above and I would stick to this. It is a great toy to encourage your child's imagination.
Although you do get some vegetables with this casserole dish I wouldn't recommend it as a toy to play with on its own. It wouldn't have enough to occupy your child. It is great as an additive to a cooker or cooking set. My son does tend to use it with his other cooker things and never plays with it alone. That said it has been a great additive to my son's collection. He likes it and thinks it is great he can make a casserole in his cooker like daddy does.