I really do love Melissa and Doug products! When I got my little on her kitchen, I was appalled at some of the items that were in the play food toys. I really didn’t want her to have “junk food” items to play with. I wanted her toys to reflect her healthy diet. Melissa and Doug have solved that problem!
Melissa and Doug Play-Time Fruit comes in a fun wooden case. It has 9 pieces of solid molded plastic fruit. It really does look beautiful! We also have the M&D Food Groups and love it.
Assembly Time: No assembly required.
Value for Money: This item runs between $13 and $20 bucks. You can get the cheap plastic sets for cheaper, but I am happy to pay a little extra for well made items. I wanted to keep the “Junk Food” like chips and soda out of her daily exposure.
Age Appropriateness: The box says age 3 to 6 years, however I can see kids playing with these much longer than that.
Durability: As I mentioned above, they are made molded plastic and very solid and durable.
Educational Value: A great way for kids to learn to identify different kinds of fruit. The fruit can be used to learn to identify colors and sort them. The healthy options also prevent kids from thinking that things like chips and soda are a normal part of a healthy diet. Keeping "junk food" toy items out of the play room helps enforce the idea that they occasional treats and not things that should always be found in a kitchen.