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A birthday cake fit for a prince or princess!
Melissa & Doug Wooden Cut & Play Birthday Cake
Member Name: claireylulu
Melissa & Doug Wooden Cut & Play Birthday Cake
Advantages: Fun and great for imaginative play
Disadvantages: The tray to keep the bits in has no lid
This particular wooden cut and play cake set it by Melissa and Doug a make I have come to really like over the last few months. They make beautiful, unique educational toys of all different types. I came across their range on Amazon whilst looking for wooden play food for my son's wooden kitchen I had bought him as his main Christmas present. After seeing the quality of one of their products I couldn't resist buying this cut and play cake when I saw it. I certainly wasn't disappointed. My son received it for Christmas and absolutely loves playing with. I think it might have to be his favourite cut and play set he has got. I have lost count of how many birthdays' we have had over the last month. My son insists we pretend to blow out the candles!
So this particular set has 34 pieces altogether making up a wonderful fun play experience for any small child. This particular toy is recommended for children three years and above which my son is almost. He was instantly drawn to it when sat with all his opened Christmas presents. The fun aspect of being able to cut the cake up and stick candles on top of it was a hit for him.
The set contains a lovely white cake that is slightly decorating with simple coloured patterns of lines and dots. It is spilt into six pieces which are held together with Velcro and can be pulled apart hundreds of times to be stuck back together. It makes a lovely sound when being cut apart. On each slice of cake there is a small circular indent of Velcro and on this a candle or small circle can be attached to it. So there a selection of candles that can be added to the cake or instead you can add some fun looking toppings. The toppings are either strawberries, what look like smarties or the other topping looks like large sweets but they are whatever your child wants them to be. Also included in the set is a nice strong red serving plate for the cake to sit on and a spatula to help with serving the cake. All of this is of course wooden and comes in useful wooden tray with little sections to hold the candles and toppings. My only little gripe with this is the tray doesn't come with a lid so once packed away in toy box pieces may drop out.
This set was to go with his cooker but I think it is one to be enjoyed on its own. The set looks fantastic and has given my son hours of pleasure so far and I can see him playing with it for a lot of time to come. It doesn't look babyish and I can see an older child having as much fun with it too. It is great for imaginative play something my son seems to have excelled in over the last couple of months.
As for durability well it is a wooden painted toy and I find with all of them they can chip easily. So far this particular one has held out but we have given it a fair chance keeping it away from my 16 month old. He has a habit of bashing toys on the floor when he gets frustrated with them causing the wooden ones to chip their paint. The Velcro is fine so far and seems to be fairly strong.
This Melissa and Doug set is excellent and would make a perfect present for any young child. I have seen my son play with it with great enthusiasm. I would highly recommend Melissa and Doug as a great make and this particular set doesn't let the side down. It is made from great quality materials and all of which is non-toxic. It is priced at £14.99 which I think is great value for money. To make things even better, currently (Jan 2011) it is at a bargain price of £11.24 on Amazon.
Summary: Great value for money
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