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A wooden delight - dairy set
ELC Wooden Dairy Set
Member Name: claireylulu
ELC Wooden Dairy Set
Date: 13/01/13, updated on 13/01/13 (77 review reads)
Advantages: Contains some lovely pieces, my boys love it
Disadvantages: the non-wooden items haven't lasted well
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.
Summary: Apart from the two non-wooden pieces the rest of the set is perfect.
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