Melissa & Doug Cutting Food - Play Food Set With 25+ Hand-Painted Wooden Pieces, Knife, and Cutting Board
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- Wooden play food set with pieces that stick together and come apart with a satisfying "crunch" sound as kids slice them apart
- Self-stick tabs hold pieces together
- Beautifully painted pieces feature realistic details
- Sturdy wooden construction
- Perfect for pretend play and introducing concepts of part and whole
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Slice and Serve
Slice it, dice it, and serve it up! Our handcrafted wooden food treats are held together with self-stick tabs that make a satisfying “crunch” when cut with the child-safe wooden knife. This beautifully crafted set includes eight realistic-looking food items -- apple, pepper, tomato, cucumber, carrot, sandwich bread, a loaf of bread, and a slice of watermelon--that can be chopped into more than 25 separate pieces. Slice and serve on the wooden cutting board and pack up all the pieces neatly in the sturdy wooden crate to take mealtime fun anywhere!
A Delicious Way to Learn
This wooden Cutting Food set makes it deliciously fun for budding young chefs two and older to play and learn! Slicing and cutting these beautifully crafted and painted fruits, vegetables, and grains satisfies the senses and helps teach fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Cutting Food play can nourish cognitive development, too, by introducing the concepts of part, whole, and fractions, and teaching early number skills, color recognition, sorting, and grouping. Feed the imagination and creativity with this durable and versatile set!
Skills at Play
- Fine Motor Development
- Colors & Shapes
- Number Sense
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This set contains eight pieces of wooden food, a cutting board and a wooden knife. Cutting the food makes a satisfying "crunch"--and a playful introduction to concepts of "whole," "part," and fractions.
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|Item Dimensions||12 x 11 x 2.75 in||2.25 x 9 x 9 in||3 x 11.5 x 9 in||10.5 x 10.5 x 3 in||9 x 13.3 x 1.8 in||9 x 13 x 1.75 in|
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The Melissa & Doug Cutting Food set has been a total A+!! It does actually make a crunch sound when she cuts because of the Velcro between the slices which she seems to really enjoy. I am always leery of buying sets with so many pieces because she just doesn't seem to want to use them for their intended purpose, or the sets don't appeal to her. That is NOT the case with this set!! She loves it for what it is! The pieces have a nice weight because they are constructed from wood. It comes with a wooden knife that has a realistic shape that's rounded at the bottom just enough that it doesn't seem that it would cause damage or scratching if it is used on surfaces other than the cutting board it comes with.
My 9 year old son even likes the set! He also likes using them to practice chopping and cutting (he started learning how to make basic recipes in the real kitchen a year ago). But, the thing he really enjoys about it, in his words, "using it to do factions"! It gives him a nice visual for what a 1/4 means when he can chop the pepper into quarters and he now understands reducing basic fractions because of this set - when he chops the pepper or watermelon in half, he started by calling one of the halves 2/4, but visually it made sense to him that 2/4 is also 1/2!
If your child or children are in a Montessori School or Daycare, I highly recommend purchasing this set - they will love it! It is great for building and practicing practical life skills. It comes in its own wooden tray (the tray does not have handles, but it is an appropriate size and has ample sides to keep the items from spilling out) making clean up and storage easy for even the youngest kids.
I saw in some of the reviews that people complained about the smell - there was no chemical or paint smell to ours, it only has a slight wood smell. My best guess is that Melissa & Doug changed the products that they use on it since those reviews were written. The Velcro seems very good, although we'll see how it will hold up to multiple kids over several years. You could probably replace the Velcro with some effort, if it is needed - but I don't know that it would be the easiest job.
She has so much fun cutting the foods, and outside of her stuffed animals from her favorite tv show, I would definitely say this was her favorite toy to date. I'm a full grown adult, and whenever I clean it up after she's gone to sleep, I myself enjoy a making a couple "cuts"- it really is so satisfying to hear the velcro!
The velcro is my main issue, though (the reason this is only 4 stars). It started off really strong, but after only 2ish weeks, it's already noticeably weaker. Still holds together though, but I worry at this rate that it may not even last 2 months. Also, velcro in general. I've read before that velcro, once wet, loses its adhesive properties. So I'm very worried she'll spill her juice or something and these will be ruined. But seeing as magnets would not stay separated the way velcro does, I don't really think this could be improved. But it is something to consider before deciding to buy this.
Also, at her age, she's not very good at putting them back together. She can do the easy ones like the apple and the carrot, but the ones with multiple pieces or diagonal cuts where each piece has to be aligned in a specific way are much too difficult. So for a younger kid, be prepared to sit beside the child and continuously put them back together. But I'd say 2 1/2 - 3 years old, they'd probably be fine on their own.
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