Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Mummy Must Have Review | Plan Toys play food

Ever since bub got her Ikea kitchen for her birthday back in July she's been all about food. Play food at least, not real food {don't even ask about the dramas we're having with her not eating real food at the moment}. She's constantly cooking us dinner and bringing it over to us to eat. "Mummy eat dinner, daddy eat dinner too". Mmm I love wooden bananas, beans and carrots for dinner, they really hit the spot. Pretend play is definitely all the rage at our house at the moment. If only I could teach her to cook me real food then I'd be set

She's also taken to watching those unboxing videos on youtube. Have you seen them? They're so weird {I don't get why kids are so mesmerised watching another kid open toys...}. Anyway, somewhere along the lines she clicked through to videos where kids are cutting up play fruit and veggies. She'll sit and watch those videos for ages {as long as I let her anyway}. I don't mind too much as the videos are pretty educational because they teach kids colours and food names {much better than the random unboxing ones}. 

After a while I realised she kept going back to the play food videos so I thought why not get her some velcro fruit and veggies so she can cut them herself instead of just watching it on a screen. I was totally in love with play food when I was younger and I can't wait to share that with bub. A lot of the video's she watches use plastic food, but I knew I wanted wooden food as it lasts longer and looks more realistic {plus I have a soft spot for wooden toys}, so I decided on the fruit and vegetable sets from Plan Toys.

PLAN TOYS WOODEN FRUIT & VEGETABLE SETS


Plan toys wooden fruit and vegetable sets review by Finding Myself Young

Plan toys specialise in wooden toys and sustainable play. They use sustainable rubberwood plantations for their toys plus they also use non toxic glue, water based dyes and organic colours. The toys are super safe for little people as well as being environmentally friendly.

Each set comes with 5 pieces of food, a cutting board and a knife. The fruit set includes a strawberry, orange, kiwi fruit, apple and lemon. The vegetable set comes with a tomato, onion, mushroom, cucumber and capsicum. The wood grain has a cork like speckle which creates a realistic appearance when mixed with the organic food colours. The inside is also realistic with seed holes and rind markings moulded into the wood. Are they not the cutest wooden food sets ever?

Plan toys wooden fruit cutting set with chopping board
Plan toys wooden vegetable set with chopping board and knife

When I first set them all up all she wanted to do was pick them up and open them all. She was fascinated by the velcro. She didn't really have a clue how to use the knife, which didn't surprise me because the only time she's used a knife before is to poke play dough or kinetic sand. So we initially played with her pots and pans cooking the different fruit and veggies. 


She was soon curious of the knife and started trying to cut them all open. I'm not going to lie, while she was learning to use the knife properly was one of the most frustrating times in my parenting life so far. She kept saying "mummy help, daddy help", but when we tried to help she'd lose it at us. Over and over and over again. But, we got there in the end.

After about 40 minutes of us trying to show her the right way to hold the knife and enthusiastically clapping each time she cut a piece open, she had it down pat. I actually thought it would take her a lot longer to master, but it seems positive reinforcement does wonders. Now she won't stop playing with them. Each night after her bath she sits at her table and chairs and cuts up fruit and veggies for almost an hour {she'll make a great sous chef one day}.


The fruit and vegetable sets are great for developing her fine motor skills as she cuts them open and puts them back together. Its actually quite impressive the amount of time and concentration she puts into cutting them up and sticking them back together. I dare say she's inherited a bit of my ocd because she gets really annoyed when she doesn't get them back together perfectly.

We also use them to practice her colours and the names of all the fruits and veggies. She knows all the colours although she gets a little perplexed by the beige mushroom stalk {apparently its orange, that's her default colour when she doesn't know what something is}. She's also doing really well learning all the names, especially the vegetables {begables} which she didn't really know before. There's mato, mushwoom, stawbwee, orange, apple, lemon, wiwi fwuit, pear. Yep you're right there's no pear, but according to her the cucumber was originally a pear, now its a bubumber. How cute are kids when they're learning to talk?! I could listen to her mispronounce words all day and not get sick of it {oh wait that is pretty much what happens all day}.

She really loves making me and daddy come and sit at the table with her while she plays {but we're not allowed to play, just watch}. She loves cooking her veggies in her pots and pans and serving us dinner, or bringing us random pieces of fruit throughout the day. If only she loved real fruit and vegetables as much as she loves the pretend ones.

BUBS AND BEANS


We got the fruit and vegetable sets from Bubs and Beans an online baby boutique. I've been a big fan of Bubs and Beans for a while now {we have a heap of bath toys from there} and owner Sarah is a long time blog reader. Bubs and Beans stock a large range of baby and toddler essentials including decor, sleeping bags, safety items, feeding essentials, bath toys and of course developmental toys. The Bubs and Beans Christmas sale is starting today with 20% off storewide*, simply use the code Sale20 at www.bubsandbeans.com.au. Sounds like a good excuse for some Christmas shopping to me!

Did/do your kids love pretend food too?

Toni x

*20% discount is valid for one week. Not to be used in conjunction with already reduced items.

Disclosure - I was gifted the fruit and vegetable sets for the purpose of review, but was not paid for this review. All opinions are my own {and bub's} based on our experience with the products. For further information please refer to my disclosure policy.

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14 comments:

  1. I love wooden toys like these and have a few similar to this. Both my girls have loved playing kitchen since they were bubs and still love it now.

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    1. Her 5yr old cousin loves playing with her kitchen and food too so I'm thinking we'll get quite a few years of play out of them. I love that she's embracing all the things I loved as a kid because it means I get to relive them again with her.

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  2. Oh these are the cutest!!!! The girls would love these. I love that it looks like they're actually cutting them. Very cool.

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    1. They're so cool hey, she gets so excited when she cuts them.

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  3. Kids toys these days look so much funkier than I remember having!

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    1. I know right, mine were crap compared to the ones they have today.

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  4. My little man is obsessed with cooking stuff for me in the toy kitchen too! These items look great. We've got the soft IKEA items at the moment and they're a hit. Also a cheap and nasty plastic set from Kmart that's less great, but has lasted three years so far. #teamIBOT

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    1. We have the soft ikea ones too got them when we bought her ikea kitchen. She uses them all the time too, but loves being able to cut these ones and put them back together.

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  5. How adorable are these??? I love the mushroom! My kids like wooden play food and cutting them in half. Toys are just sooo good now right?

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    1. I know they're so good now, much better than when I was a kid.

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  6. Oh these are gorgeous and I love that you can cut them in half! Too cute! Great review

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  7. I love these kind of toys. We never had the fruit and veggies, but the kids did have a velcro wooden cake they used to cut. I also remember them taking their time to get the hang of that!

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    1. I totally want a velcro cake for bub! I've been trying to find a nice wooden one {seen a lot of cheap plastic ones but they're just not the same}.

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