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ELC Crate Of Cut & Play Fruit
Member Name: jrh2
ELC Crate Of Cut & Play Fruit
Advantages: Cuttable fruit
Disadvantages: If half goes missing
The ELC Cut and Play Fruit Crate is part of our collection of toy food for our role play shop and kitchen.
The set includes 12 different fruits made of strong plastic and is priced at £12. I think this is expensive for the amount included but find it is acceptable for the high quality product.
The fruits come in a green crate which is plastic but has the look of a wood effect. It is a useful crate which we use to store other toys in as the fruit is stored in a bigger box with the rest of the food. I think the crate gives it the look of a market stall which is really nice as it could be part of a new role play market. Maybe I will try this in the future.
The fruits included are a:
Strawberry: This is a bright red strawberry with a dark green leaf. The seeds are around the strawberry which gives it nice detail. The strawberry looks fresh and good enough to eat. The children like the strawberry best as it seems to be everyones favorite fruit.
Grapes: These are in a bright purple bunch. I dont think I've ever seen them this bright but the children like the colour. The stem is a dark green colour and quite thin. Fortunately it hasn't snapped of though.
Banana: The banana is a bright yellow colour. It is not as detailed as other fruits and can be cut down the center. I never cut bananas there, I don't cut them at all. This is another popular fruit with the children.
Orange: This orange is also not as detailed as some. It is orange and has a green leaf at the top. It's not really leaf shape though. There are small dots to make it look more like an orange.
Pineapple: I think this is the nicest fruit in the set. It is a golden yellow colour with a large detailed green leaf. Not exactly like a pineapple, but if it was the same the leaves would probably snap. The pineapple has diamond shapes on the fruit like a real one would. It is also cut the same way I would cut a pineapple. Unfortunately the children usually choose other fruits in the set to play with.
Pear: The pear is a green pear. The stem is very small and dark green whilst the fruit is a lighter dark green. It is a great pear shape.
Plum: This is also a good shape which definitely resembles a plum. The colour is a very dark purple like a real plum would be. Not all of the children recognise this fruit so we do have to tell them occasionaly.
Apple: This is a light green apple which has minimal detail. It is rather small for an apple, smaller than the grapes.
Kiwi: Another fruit children don't recognise. It is brown and oval shaped as a kiwi would be and cut down the center where most people cut. It is a nice addition to the set as most sets don't have kiwis or other more uncommon fruit to children.
Lemon: This is a bright yellow and has small dots as a lemon would. It is a very good lemon shape.
Watermelon: The watermelon has a dark green skin, bright pink centre and black seeds. This is beautifully detailed but I thought watermelons had red centers!
The last fruit: to be honest, I am not entirely sure what it is. This is a problem when the children expect me to tell them what it is. It is a very light brown and kind of an oval shape.
The set also comes with a knife. It is plastic and all silver. It looks very much like a real chopping knife. Children always use this knife when cutting the fruit which adds excitement to there play.
They really enjoy the novelty of actually being able to cut food and then sticking it back together. It allows them to gain matching skills.
The velcro is strong and hasn't come off of the fruit. If it did though, I'm sure we could stick it back.
All of the fruits cut into either two or three pieces. Some of them are ways I wouldn't cut fruit but most are in the same place you would cut a fruit. Hopefully, when they are old enough to cut real fruit they will remember which is the best way by these toys.
The only problem I have with this set is that if one half of fruit is missing, you are left with half a fruit. This has happened as we don't always put the fruit back together after use, we just don't have the time to search the box of food.
The fruit crate is for children over the age of three. This is probably because of the small parts. We have used them with two year olds without a problem.
The children are always using these fruits as part of there shop and cooking. They like to make plates of food and share them with their friends. Sometimes they will have a picnic. I am glad we have this item despite the price.
Summary: A lovely crate of fruit
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