If you were to visit our house, you would think I was running a daycare with all the toys we have. But, with two girls close in age, I have found that we have to buy duplicate toys in order to keep them happy, as they are still working on sharing, and always want what the other is playing with. Right now, we have 4 different kitchen sets in the house and countless accessories to go with them. But, when it comes to the pretend food we have, I was never a fan of the ones that would come with these kitchen sets, as they didn't offer that "real food" type feel you would expect. I remember back in the day when I was growing up and played with my kitchen set, that I would have cardboard pretend food boxes or a plastic piece with a food label stuck on it (that never seemed to stay on). Not very imaginative for little ones I might add. But, nowadays, I can't get over the different pretend foods they have for kids to play with. While they still offer the cardboard sets, I have quickly become a fan of New Sprouts play food available at Learning Resources, as it looks so life-like and makes playing kitchen, grocery store, etc., that much more enjoyable.
Start the day with freshly designed breakfast foods!
Item# : LER 9730
- Set of 16 pieces store in a colorful, oval basket
- Basket measures approximately 8.5"L x 7"W x 4"H
As soon as the girls saw the New Sprouts breakfast basket and the 16 life-like play foods that came with it, they couldn't wait to play kitchen. Included in the 16-pieces breakfast basket is the following:
- Glass of juice
- Berry cluster
- Cinnamon roll
- 2 strawberries
- 2 pancakes
- Cereal in bowl
- Cantaloupe Wedge
- 2 slices of bread
- Mini bagel
You really have to see this pretend food up close, as it really looks real. While we don't eat bagels or cinnamon rolls in our house, the girls were able to tell me what they were, when we first started playing with the food items. I held up each item and asked them to tell me what it was it, its color and asked if they liked it. This was a great way to see how much the girls know. With Savannah being our picky eater, I thought this breakfast basket would tempt her to want to try more things besides eggs, fruit, ham and bacon in the AM. And, it did. Now, we have pancake picnics on the play mat a few times a week, which is usually followed up with the girls playing grocery store with the cute sturdy basket that comes with the New Sprouts breakfast basket set, and kitchen, where they are the cooks and make Mommy breakfast. It is so great to not only see the girls playing and getting along together, but also talking about the different pretend foods and how they plan to cook and serve them up. I think I may have two budding cooks on my hands. :-)
I will definitely be picking more of the New Sprouts food products up to share with the girls this holiday season, as well as putting away a few of the board games for Easter next year. I can always count on Learning Resources to offer fun educational games that not only provide hours of playtime fun, but also helps them learn with true-to life pretend toys like the play food I was sent to review, as well as other hands-on toys and electronics that will challenge them to explore and grow.
You can buy the New Sprouts Breakfast Basket, along with the other Learning Resources toys mentioned above by visiting the Learning Resources, or shopping your local Learning Resources store. Click here now to visit the website and shop online, or to locate a store near you --- http://www.learningresources.com/
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Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.