*** Please note that I still own this wooden sandwich set as of November 2012 and have a photograph of it in my house should anyone want to see it ***
I don't know what it is about it but I love wooden play food, I think its so fun that it looks like the actual food and is really cute and so as a result my daughter has a lot of wooden play food. One of the fun sets she got about a year and a half ago was this wooden sandwich set from the Early Learning Centre. We still play with it now so I think this goes to show just what a long lasting toy it is and that it will keep the imagination for a long while and also will last that long as well in terms of wear and tear. We have a lot of different food sets, fruits and vegetables and shopping trolleys, shoppings bags etc so you can also use this set in conjunction with a lot of other toys which I like. My little girls room often looks like the inside of Tesco's we have so much play food but this is a set she really enjoys.
The set is wooden obviously, and in my opinion is very well made. The food and accessories all look quite authentic and real and I think this adds to the playability of the toy. The wood is thick and well made, sturdy and so far we have no real wear and tear on the toys apart from on the velcro which holds the sections together gathering a bit of dust and dirt but once its stuck together you can't really tell anyway.
The set comes with a nice wooden chopping board which wouldn't look out of place in a proper kitchen in my opinion, its that well made and good looking although small child sized so no good for your loaf of bread. The board has a little slit in it at the top so you can carry it like a proper board. Its on this that my little girl and I like to chop up our sandiwch ingredients or butter our bread on as this we we don't make a mess, (her words, not mine!)
There is a baguette which comes in two halves with little grooves in the top to make it look authentic. It sticks together with a Velcro disc in the middle and it looks really quite yummy and good enough to eat in my opinion. There are also four slices of toast/bread which all stick together again with velcro discs although you can have them separately if you like. This is good for us as we also have an Early Learning Centre toaster which this bread fits in as well so we can toast it too. What I like about the bread/toast slices is that they are a bit darker on the top so it looks like the toast has a bit of a crust to it and again looks good enough to eat.
In order to make your sandwich nice and exciting there is a slice of tomato, a slice of cheese, a purple onion slice, a lettuce slice and what I think is meant to look like an egg slice although this is the only item I am not sure about and the only one that doesn't look great in my opinion but the rest are wonderful. All these items have velcro on too so you can stick them all together in your bread or baguette sandwich and they will stay there while you try to eat it. There is also a mustard pot but I can't for the life of me find it at the moment so if you wish to see a photo you will not see the pot of mustard and you will also see slices knobs of butter that are in the photo as well which belong to another set.
This is a really fun sandwich making set and one I recommend for your budding chefs!
One of the toys my daughter received for her second birthday last November was this wooden sandwiches making set from Early Learning Centre. It's the first wooden food type toy she has had and we are both converted from plastic now.
The pieces of the sandwich set are placed inside a cardboard box. These pieces are, a chopping board, plate, knife, mustard put, four slices of bread, two halves of a baguette, cucumber, tomato, lettuce, a slice of egg and a slice of cheese. After having a quick look online I've found this set available to buy for £13.
Each individual piece of this set is made from a high quality, tough wood. They each have a piece of velcro in the middle so that they can all stick together nicely. Most pieces have the hook velcro on one side, and loop on the other, meaning that they can all attach together. The two halves of baguette and two slices of bread are the exception and have either a hook or loop side of velcro on just one side. Although the velcro securely keeps the different foods together, it is still easy for my 2 year old to pull each piece away to un-stick them.
All of the pieces included in the wooden sandwich set represent the foods and items well. I didn't sit there trying to work out what was what as my daughter was pulling it out of the box which was nice, my daughter has a plastic play food set and some items were hard to identify but there isn't that problem with this set. The only thing I would change is the mustard pot, we have never used mustard in a sandwich so we like to call this mayonnaise instead. It would have been better if it was a pot of butter, my daughter understands that I use butter on all of our sandwiches so it would have been more realistic for her to spread the butter on the bread.
My daughter loves her sandwich set, she will often make me and her dollies sandwiches. I like the fact that there isn't only two slices of bread as she can make a couple of sandwiches and a baguette at the same time so she can use it during role play tea parties. The chopping board, plate and knife included in this set mean that my daughter can fully replicate how I make sandwiches by using each of the items, a nice addition rather than just being 100% full of food. As each item contains the small circle of velcro, it is easy to pick up the sandwiches without the wooden food inside all falling out so it makes playing with this quite stress free for my daughter.
This is the first wooden food toy my daughter has received, it has definitely made me think about buying her some more wooden food sets. I'm even thinking about buying her a wooden kitchen to replace her babyish plastic kitchen. The quality is absolutely fantastic and it will definitely stand against the test of time. This set has converted me from plastic to wooden toys, yay!
Early Learning Centre say that this food set is recommended for children over the age of three, but I think they are just trying to play super safe. I don't see any reason why younger toddlers can't play with this, there are no sharp corners and no small pieces. My daughter had this for her second birthday and hasn't had any problems.
At £13 it is on the pricey side for a small food play set, but it is worth the price. The quality means that it wont get ruined or damaged in a huge way, which in turn means it will last. My daughter has great fun playing with this set and making everyone that visit's a sandwich. The wooden sandwich set is recommended by us.