There’s something about wooden toys; they are quintessentially beautiful and are timeless childhood toys that never seem to get tired of being played with and will stand the test of time often much better than many of the commercial plastic toys on the market today. Miss Roo has been lucky enough to have several really lovely wooden toys since she was born including a gorgeous Le Toy Van doll house, Brio pull along toys and most recently a Le Toy Van Honeybake Oven and Hob.
To say this wooden toy oven and hob was cute when we unpacked the box would be an understatement. With it’s retro and yet kitsch blue and red colour scheme, the oven and hob is beautifully detailed with 4 ring hob, oven, clock, pots, pans, utensils and wooden play food.
It’s a really good size too. Not too big that you hate having it in the room after a few days and it is constantly in the way, but of a good enough size that kids can really use the oven and the oven gloves and pans comfortably and on their own.
The hands of the little clock really turn and the play food comes a part and can be put back together again thanks to a clever velcro sticky system. The only negative is there could do with being one other pan as the food gets a little cramped when you have the bacon and egg together in the frying pan, although that could be a reason for mummy to go on a diet (clever Le Toy Van people).
Priced at around £50 this is the usual high quality product I’d expect from Le Toy Van and would make any budding Lorraine Pascale or Raymond Blanc very happy if they love toys that encourage role play. Miss Roo has had hours of fun with this so far.
We opened a cafe one day and Barbie and Brave came to tea although apparently Barbie only eats egg whites (yes, really!). We’ve had nanny and the cats to tea although they weren’t keen on tomatoes and this week the Lego people went on adventure that ended up with them in the oven!
Kids are brilliant at making up imaginary games and wooden toys just seem to totally ignite their imagination in a way that I don’t see other toys doing. The toy oven and comes in a box and you need a screwdriver to attach the outside towel rail for the oven gloves. It takes less than 15 minutes to put together and looks brilliant in our playroom.
We bought some more bits for it over Christmas including some wooden baking cookies with baking tray and spatula and also some wooden sandwiches and fillings so no doubt Cafe Roo will be opening the doors very shortly for more culinary delights for Barbie and crew!
—-Disclaimer: for the purpose of this review we were sent a Le Toy Van Honeybake Oven & Hob set to review. Interested in getting a review, competition or guest post for your product? Contact me Charlotte Everiss for details.