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Fun yet educational play food by Melissa and Doug
Melissa And Doug Cutting Food
Member Name: claireylulu
Melissa And Doug Cutting Food
Advantages: cut and play, hours of fun, good quality, educational
Disadvantages: No lid on the crate the food comes in
Last Christmas my eldest son who is three and a half years old received a few of the Melissa and Doug wooden cutting play food sets to go with his wooden cooker he got. One of the sets he received was the 'Cutting food set' that consists of bread, vegetables , chopping board and a wooden knife all a great starter for any little chef. On initial viewing of the wooden crate with the items in it I thought it looked lovely and one that was made of good quality. I was very pleased with it like the rest of the Melissa and Doug items my son got.
This particular set comes as most Melissa and Doug sets in a wooden style crate. The crate doesn't come with a lid and after a while I found we did away with the crate and stored all our wooden food together in a big basket. In the set there are eight items of food, a chopping board and a knife. The food is cut and play food so each items of food is made up of several pieces and can be fastened back together with its Velcro.
a green pepper,
a slice of melon,
a bread loaf
and three individual slices of square bread.
In total the set contains thirty one pieces so there is plenty to play with.
Each cut and play item is made up of a few pieces and stuck together with white velcro. Your child uses the wooden knife to slice through the velcro making a lovely crunching sound. We have found after a good six months of using the velcro has only worn a little and although you can tell it has been played with it still works and sticks back together perfectly. It did take my son a little while to get the hang of sticking the correct pieces back together but now he loves doing it, although he does get slightly annoyed with his two year old brother who enjoys making funny looking food!
All the items are made from good quality wood and have been painted with non toxic paint and finishes. The food has been painted in lovely bright colours making it quite easy to recognise what each food is meant to be. The food has been played with a lot by both my sons and minus a few scratches they look in great condition still. For me there is something about wooden toys for children I really like them and feel you can see the quality in them. Holding them in your hand they feel good and both my son's love them.
It does recommend for children thirty six months or over but I find my two year old son plays with them fine. The thing about wooden food is if they are handled roughly they do chip and wear down so I don't allow my youngest to play with them alone as he is known to be a little rough! But as there aren't any really small pieces I can't see why a younger child couldn't get the enjoyment out of the fun food.
As well as fun this set is also educational. For young children it is great for hand eye coordination, cutting the pieces up and putting them back together my youngest son is trying to get to grips with this. Moving on from hand eye coordination there is also ideas for using the food to teach your child colours, counting and eventually fractions, although I think even my eldest is a little young for this yet. On the back of the wooden crate are some ideas of things you as a parent can do with your child to help them along in an educational manor.
I have found with all the Melissa and Doug sets you get a high quality product for the money you pay. Currently it is on Amazon for £14 which is around the price I paid for it last year. It is well worth the money both my boys enjoy playing with it and I to enjoy playing with it with them! It is great for role play and looks realistic what more could you ask for really.
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Summary: a favourite in our household
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