Happy New Year!
I hope 2010 brings you joy and love and lots of creative play.
I'm going to be reviewing my holiday purchases this month, but first, I need to review Linnea's birthday gifts. It is really hard to find a good big birthday gift for Linnea. Her birthday is in November, which is our busy month for reviewing toys. And, even with all the toys coming through here, I still want her birthday present to stand out.
Maybe because I love my Kitchen Aid mixer so much, when I saw this set, I knew it was something Linnea would love.
Honeybake Wooden Baking Set ($79.99)
The Wooden Baking Set from Le Toy Van is made in Indonesia. The wooden food mixer has a whisk that moves when a child turns the dial. The set also includes a cute rolling pin, a pretend play knife and baking tray, an apron made of gingham and canvas (and says "do not wash"), 4 cupcakes with interchangeable toppings, a sliceable Velcro roll-cake, a donut, a jelly cookie, a layered pastry and a cake stand. It was all really nice, except the apron which was pretty flimsy and seemed to have some kind of starchy finish. Compared to everything else, it looked like it was just thrown in.
Linnea did love it (and Arielle, too). The dolls have been treated to numerous tea parties.
A close up of the mixer and rolling pin.
Arielle bakes cookies.
Lilli loves cupcakes. She looks ready to dive in.
Cassie prefers yellow frosting. The frosting and the toppings come off and can be switched around, so every doll can have just what she likes.
Anna-Paola enjoys cupcakes, too. She's a little older and uses her spoon.
Mommy Linnea helps cut up the food. Using the "big knife" is a big deal. She feels so grown up.
And, then my camera battery died.
This is a very nice play set for little mommies and a fun addition to any toy kitchen. I thought it was a bit pricey, but the girls play with it daily. And, the dolls love all the treats.