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I bought my daughter a kitchen for Christmas and so she needed some accessories to go with it. I looked around in a few different shops before setting on this and a few other sets from the Early Learning Centre.
The dairy set costs £13 I got mine from Mothercare but you can also get it from ELC direct, Boots or Argos.
The set is made of wood which was one of the main reasons I chose it. I find the wooden food looks a lot nicer than the plastic food that I had seen elsewhere. The recommended age for this toy is ages 3 and over my daughter isn't 3 until March but as there are no small pieces I was happy for her to have it now.
Inside the set you get;
Two milk bottles which are white with a cow on the front, these bottles have a blue lid which is held on by velcro so it can be removed and placed back on by your child with the milk is a bottle holder made from thick robust cardboard which holds the bottles this has a carry handle.
A yogurt pot which is strawberry flavour, this comes in a small white pot with a blue velcro lid which can be removed. There is also a little blue wooden spoon.
Two pieces of swiss cheese. You get two decent sized triangles which stick together to allow your child to then cut them apart.
Finally the main reason I bought this set is the egg box and eggs. The box looks like a real egg box made out of the same type of cardboard. Inside are 4 wooden eggs.. When the eggs are 'cracked' open they reveal yellow velcro which looks like real yoke. There is also a blue wooden eggcup.
The set was packaged really well when we opened it on Christmas day we found all of the pieces neatly placed inside the box and wrapped in tissue paper. The box also informed me that the toys are made from forest friendly wood.
My daughter was thrilled with this set. Her immediate favourite was the eggs. The only thing missing in this set was a knife my daughter likes to cut the eggs open with a knife which luckily we had in another of the wooden sets from the ELC. The kitchen I bought my daughter has been a firm favourite since Christmas day and this set has been played with daily, we pretend to boil the eggs in the saucepan and then cut them open and pretend to dip toast in which we have from the toaster set from the same range.
I would highly recommend this set it has all the fridge basics. The quality of the toys is really good they are robust and well made. A great little set for your budding chef.
My three year old daughter has been into play food and toy kitchens for some time now. When we bought her the kitchen for a Christmas present just before her second birthday, we asked friends and family to buy food and kitchen accessories for her. One of the sets that she received was this ELC Dairy Set.
This set contains wooden play food based on a dairy theme. There are two wooden bottles of milk in a cardboard holder, four eggs in a 'proper' egg carton, an egg cup with wooden spoon, a pot of yogurt and some cheese. The lids on the milk bottles and yogurt pot are removable and can be re-attached using velcro. The cheese and eggs can also be sliced in half - the eggs have velcro 'yolks' which I think is a nice touch. The eggs also fit into the egg cup, whether they are kept whole or sliced. The quality of the wooden play food is excellent in my opinion, but the cardboard elements are not as durable as you would hope for a product aimed at young children. The wooden elements are made from forest-friendly wood. It is marketed as being for children aged three plus, and I think I would agree with this, despite the fact that my little girl has been playing with it since just before her second birthday. This is more to do with the egg box and milk carrier than the wooden food itself, but there is also an issue with young children putting the velco parts in their mouths, which stops it sticking back together so well.
* Playability *
Play food like this is fantastic for encouraging imaginative play and this set is no exception. i like the fact that the addition of the velcro means that you can do a bit more with the elements included in the set - taking the lids off the bottles, slicing the eggs and cheese etc - and, for a slightly older child, the egg box and cardboard milk carrier are a nice addition. The eggs are my little girl's favourite part of this set, because she likes making pretend cakes and 'cracking' the eggs into her mixing bowl. She also likes the milk bottles and the cheese - unfortunately the yogurt pot lost its lid a long time ago and is not really used. This is a set which works in isolation as well as when used with other sets as the items included are ones that young children can instantly recognise and relate to. In our house, apart from pretend baking, this set is also used for feeding the baby dolls in their highchair, buying at the shops and serving pretend breakfast to Mummy and Daddy. It is better as part of a wider range of play food (we seem to have acquired enough wooden food now to fill an entire toy market stall) but it is also a good starter set.
* Price *
This set is no longer showing as available on the ELC website but is still available from Mothercare for £13.00. This, in my opinion, represents relatively good value for money.
* Recommendation? *
I would recommend this product as a lovely set of wooden play food. I'm knocking a star off for the cardboard milk carrier which lasted about three weeks in our house (the egg box is actually still ok, if slightly battered), but overall the quality is good, the items look realistic and it has provided my little girl with lots of fun. It isn't her absolute favourite of the wooden food sets - that honour goes to the various cakes and biscuits in her collection (she is very much a girl after my own heart) - but it has been played with regularly for the last year and a half, which is good enough for me.
The Early Learning Centre wooden dairy set was bought as a gift for my youngest son aged three. It is well known in our family my boys have a large collection of wooden food which is partly my fault as I think wooden toys are so much lovelier. It is actually surprising my boys don't actually have any eggs in their very large collection! So when my sister saw this set she said she had to buy it for my son. For the last year my son has been obsessed with dippy eggs for his breakfast on a Sunday. It isn't Sunday without a dippy egg! So this particular set was going to be a winner for him.
The set is a relatively small set and includes thirteen pieces. As with most Early Learning Centre products it comes in a thin cardboard box with a colour picture of the product inside on it. So on unwrapping the present my son could see what he had and his eyes lit up. The first thing to come out of his mouth was eggs!
The set contains four eggs which are a natural egg colour. They are cut and play eggs so they do velcro together. The Velcro pieces are actually yolk colour which I thought was a rather nice touch rather than the usually white Velcro that is often used. The pieces stick back together well and after lots of play are still working well. The four eggs come in a square egg box. Unfortunately the egg box hasn't stood the test of time well. On day one the sticker on top of the box came off and after a few days of being opened and closed the lid of the box came unattached from the bottom of the box. That said my son does still have both pieces of the box and does still place his eggs in it. The eggs do have to be my son's favourite bit of the set along with the milk bottles. The eggs are a decent size measuring roughly 5.5cms. They do fit nicely in his wooden pans for his cooker.
A set of eggs wouldn't be complete without an egg cup and spoon. As it is a small set there is only one egg cup and spoon but that doesn't stop my son as he has a small wooden tea set and I often find he has placed his eggs in the tea cups as they fit perfectly!
Along with the eggs and egg box there is two milk bottles and a milk bottle holder with this set. The milk bottles measure roughly 10cms in height and are perfect size for little hands to hold on too. The milk bottles are white and come with a small light green lid on both of them. The lids are velcroed on making pretend pouring much more fun. On the front of each bottle is a picture of a cows head, one bottle has a dark blue cows head the other a light blue on suggesting different types of milk. At my son's age I'm not sure if that's more for the adults to appreciate! The two bottles come with a milk holder which is made from very thin cardboard and one my son tends not to bother with as he has the bottles out on his cooker side. I can't see it lasting very long if he was too bother with it though.
And to finish the set off is cheese and yoghurt. I find the yoghurt rather cute looking all in white with a little logo on the front saying yoghurt and a picture of two strawberries. The yoghurt has a blue lid which again like the milk bottles is velcroed on my son loves to pretend open and eat the yoghurt. I think these little bits of detail make his playing more fun. The cheese comes in two pieces which can again be velcroed together to make a big piece of holey cheese!
That's all the products that make up this diary set.
Both my son's have enjoyed playing with this set and although it is now mixed in with the large basket of other wooden food I do often see the whole set out together. Out of all the wooden food my boys have a few of the pieces from this set have become firm favourites of theirs. On receiving the present we did keep it separate for a while and I think it makes a lovely gift that can be played alone and something you don't need to add too just be prepared for boiled eggs all day long! With the milk bottles and eggs I think it would go perfectly alongside a tea set.
The thing with wooden toys is you pay the price for them. Apart from the non wooden bit of the set the rest of it has lasted really well even after hours of play. This particular set will cost you £13 which for some may seem a little expensive but I feel it is worth every penny.
I love wooden toys, I think they look classic and I love the fact that they last much longer than plastic toys. My little girl really loves playing with her kitchen too so I'm always on the look out for fun and different types of play food and these fit the bill perfectly. I think play food is so cute as it looks just like the real thing only in miniature and this set is very cute looking which is why we just had to have it. It goes really well with the existing wooden play food sets we have such as the sandwich maker and the toaster with toast. The dairy food really compliments what we already have and this makes it really fun to play with.
The set includes 4 eggs, egg carton, egg cup, 2 chunks of cheese, yoghurt pot, 2 bottles of milk, milk bottle holder and a spoon. The eggs are probably my favourite part of this whole set. They come in a proper cardboard egg box so already the authenticity is there. The four eggs are all cut it half and held together with a bit of velcro. Inside the split of the egg you see the white and the yellow of the yolk and I think its really fun that they are in half as you can then pretend to cut them open and eat them with your soldiers. There is also a egg cup holder so you can put a portion of the egg in it and pretend to eat it that way which is fun.
The milk bottles are great too as these also come in a cardboard carrier just like a milkman would use. The carrier has a cute picture of a cow on the side so you can teach about where milk comes from. The milk bottles have little wooden stoppers at the top and are just like old fashioned milk bottles that you get delivered rather than plastic cartons that you can buy in the stores. The bottles also have a picture of a cow on them and look very cool
The yogurt is fun and as my little girls favourite food is a yogurt pot this is one of her favourite parts of the set. It comes with its own dedicated spoon that matches the yogurt pot so you can have fun eating it with this. It has a picture of two strawberries on it which make it look quite appetising and tasty.
The set is made from forest friendly wood and is really lovingly crafted and just looks really nice and good quality. I know this set will last us a very long time as it has shown no sign of wear yet and I doubt it will. The wood is solid but not too heavy as a toy.
The set is available from The Early Learning Centre and costs £13.
We bought my daughter (18 months) a kitchen for Christmas and spent quite some time deciding on which sets to buy her to go with it as there are so many available. What I really liked about the ELC range of kitchen paraphernalia is that a lot of them are wooden, which whilst stirring up some nostalgia for myself (the way they used to make them) also, to me, seem as though they will be more durable than their plastic and cardboard counterparts. The Wooden Dairy Set is absolutely delightful and my daughter adores it. In the set you get a carboard egg box which look and feel exactly the same as the ones we buy ourselves, in there are 4 wooden eggs which come apart and re-attach with velcro. As the velcro is yellow and is set inside a white border they looks just like a soft boiled egg ready for some dipping soldiers, there is even a wodden egg cup provided. You also get some wooden cheese which again comes apart and re-attaches with velcro and the cheese has little indents to represent the holes in the cheese (those wretched mice!). There are also 2 wooden bottles of milk - the lids are again attached with velcro, and the bottles come in a cardboard carry carton. Also included is a wooden yoghurt pot again with a removable lid which can be consumed with the small wooden spoon.
I love the simplicity of these items, they don't sing and dance or have all the colours of the rainbow on them but my daughter understands what they are all representing as I have often seen her wandering round feeding herself yoghurt or swigging out of the milk bottles. They are very durable as they have been bashed about, dropped, thrown and all onto a rather unforgiving wooden floor and there isn't so much as a mark on them - even the two cardboard elements have withstood the lively play times. The other plastic and carboard kitchen elements which were bought at the same time and played with just the same are now squashed or torn beyond all recognition and so I will be replacing them with some more of the ELC wooden ranges. The age range on these items does state for ages 3+ which I imagine will be due to the small wooden spoon and the 2 lids from the milk bottles which again are quite small. However, we have never really had an issue with my daughter putting things in her mouth and consequently have no problem with this, but for parents who have children who like to give them a scare every now and then, perhaps wait until they are a bit older.
A pretend dairy set made from forest friendly wood. Includes 4 eggs, egg carton, egg cup, 2 chunks of cheese, yoghurt pot, 2 bottles of milk, milk bottle holder and a spoon / Age range: From 3 years.