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ELC Crate Of Cut & Play Fruit
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ELC Crate Of Cut & Play Fruit
Advantages: well made, high quality item that is fun to play with.
Disadvantages: Velcro gets a bit fluffy (I'm being really picky here)
A few years ago for Christmas I bought my sons a toy kitchen as their main Christmas present. This was nearly 3 years ago now. To accesorise the kitchen I bought some bits from various places, including this fruit set from the early learning centre. More recently I have just bought this set again for my niece for her second birthday. At a cost of around £12.50, it is not a cheap toy, but I feel it is good value as ours is still going strong after 3 years of play from my own children plus other children who have visited our house.
This set is always popular as the fruit pieces are designed to be chopped up with the toy knife that comes with this set. Each piece of fruit can be cut into two, apart from the pineapple which is in 3 sections. The sections are each held together by strong velcro. The knife is basically a thick piece of plastic which seperates the velcro as you push down through the fruit.
What I really like in this set is there is a good variety of fruit that my children eat as well as some we have less frequently, so from a young age they learnt the names of fruit like mangoes, water melon and pineapple as well as more every day items like grapes, pears, apples, oranges and strawberries. The fruit is all made from a really thick plastic. My youngest son was only 18 months old when we first got this kitchen stuff, so you can guess some of it ended in his mouth occasionally, but none of it got teeth damaged or squashed unlike cheaper food sets my sister bought for my sons from Toys r us. I am also impressed that the velcro has never shown any signs of coming off the pieces or not sticking together.
Another feature I really like is that when you buy the set, there is not a lot of packaging. What you see above in the picture is wrapped in cellophane and has a bit of cardboard round it. The plastic tray the fruit comes in sits nicely inside our toy kitchen with the fruit inside it. It is approximately 9 inches by 10 inches. The corners of this really strong tray are slightly raised so that if you buy more than one crate of the ELC toy food, they are designed to be stacked on top of each other for easier storage, and it is little features like this that really do appeal to me. It is well thought out.
The only negative I can think of with this set is that you get bits of fluff attached to the velcro if the kids play with it on carpetted floors. This can be picked off though so it hardly spoils play, just looks a bit messy.
I can't really fault this toy at all. It is well made and has been helpful to us in our kitchen role play games, and my kids have had a lot of fun playing with this over the years, as my niece is now finding with her set. Children will always enjoy playing with toy food as it is something they see every day in real life. Not all play sets are good quality as they are cheaply made, but this one will not hinder play at all.
Summary: all kitchens need food, and I recommend this set if you are kitting out your own toy one.
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