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Melissa and Doug Cutting Food Set Kids Toy Review

Updated on March 12, 2011

Here's a short, but cool look at the Melissa and Doug Cutting Food Set.

With four and half stars out of five......the Melissa and Doug Cutting Food Set makes a great fun and educational tool for kids 3 and up.

As an avid fan of all things Melissa and Doug ; I am constantly on the lookout for new fun, safe, and educational toys my children can enjoy for ages.

Having purchased several of their interactive toys in the past; buying the Melissa and Doug Cutting Food Set for my two daughters was a no-brainer.

Unlike the several play foodsets I've previously bought, the Melissa and Doug Cutting Food Set in my opinion is a step above their many plastic counterparts.

In addition to the safety aspect, this play set is colorful; provides exciting playtime for little ones; and is the perfect size for little hands.

Each interactive play set includes:

  • Three sandwich bread slices
  • A loaf of bread
  • One yellow apple
  • One green cucumber
  • One green bell pepper
  • One brightly orange carrot
  • One red tomato
  • One watermelon slice
  • A wooden knife and a wooden cutting board

All play food items are carefully packaged in a small, reusable wooden box; are pre-sliced and safely connected with interlocking Velcro strips (which makes a cool cutting sound when cutting); and are carefully crafted and brightly colored with a non-toxic coating which meets or exceeds all U.S. toy testing standards.

The Melissa and Doug Cutting Food Set not only provides safe play, it’s fun, exciting and provides several educational benefits such as:

  1. Teaches and tunes fine motor skills.
  2. Teaches hand-eye coordination.
  3. Encourages imaginative and independent play.
  4. Provides an early introduction to food groups and fractions.
  5. Stimulates the child’s imagination.

As with all Melissa and Doug play sets, fun and educational extension activities are provided to turn playtime into learning time.

Here are a few suggested extension activities I’ve personally tried with my two:

  • Food Group Identification - Have your child identify each food and categorize it as a fruit, grain, or vegetable.
  • Early Introduction to Fractions - Ask your child to place the yellow apple on the cutting board and cut it apart with the wooden knife. Explain to him or her that the apple has been cut into two equal pieces or halves. Try this with the watermelon slice (which can be cut into four pieces or fourths); the bread slices (which can be cut into three pieces or thirds); as well as the other food items available.
  • Color Identification - Lay the food items out on the table. Have your child identify there colors. Have him/her place food items of the same color in separate groups.
  • Introduction to Counting - Place the food items in a row on a table. Ask your child to count the number of food items laid out before them. Repeat this activity until your child has shown that he/she can count them independently.
  • Observation - lay four or more food items in front of your child. Have him/her observe and study them for several seconds. Then ask your child to close his/her eyes while you remove one item. Ask your child to open his/her eyes and identify which piece was removed.
  • Odd One Out - lay out all the food items in front of your child. Have him/her point out which items are divided in odd sections. Repeat this game having your child point out which items are divided in even sections.

Recommended for ages three and up, the Melissa and Doug Cutting Food Set has proved to be a great interactive educational toy for my three and six year old.

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    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you so much Hello,hello, The ListLady, and praseito36 for stopping by, reading and commenting.

      @Hello, hello - Melissa and Doug have great toys! I love them all!

      @The ListLady - I think having an adult version of this is a great idea. I know I play with the toys as much as my kids do. It's so cute to me. Thanks for the rating....it is toys like these that feed even the inner child in us adults.

      @Prasetio - thanks for your compliment my friend and the vote.

    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 

      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This is a great toys. Thanks for writing this, Veronica. I really liked your review. We need educational toys for our children like this one. Good work, my friend. Vote up. Love and peace....

      Prasetio

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      TheListLady 

      7 years ago from New York City

      It's so great now too that the food is healthy. You know my children are grown (whew!) - but I just love having these fun items around the house. Maybe it's time to invent an adult version - you know with beer and champagne and croissants and salads to put together.

      Such fun. When I buy these items for when grandchildren or my neighbor's daughter visits - I can see the adults drooling because...well, we all want to play.

      Yay- and rated up!

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      They are absolutely super toys. Thank you for introducing them.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      I tell you CassidyS, I think I play with this toy more than my girls! I love it. I think it is so adorable. My girls absolutely love it!

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      CassidyS 

      7 years ago from OK

      My sons occupational therapist has this toy and he loves it!

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