I am a huge fan of Melissa & Doug products, years ago when there was the big lead in toys scare I had a Christmas that was exclusively Melissa & Doug products. Why? Because I knew they were safe quality toys that are also educational, ever since we have continued to add to our collection often times finding them at GummyLump.com. We were lucky enough to try out the Melissa & Doug chef costume and the Melissa & Doug play food set Special Occasion Cake. My girls LOVE to play birthday and this fancy two tier cake is perfect for them. We also own about half of the Melissa & Doug play food options found at GummyLump, we especially love the ones that the kids can pretend to cut it really makes them feel like grown up chefs.
The Melissa & Doug chef costume is adorable and comes with lots of extras like wooden spoons and measuring spoons. At first my girls just stripped the costume of it’s accessories and had no desire to wear it ( apparently not girly enough) but after mean mom forced them to try it on for a picture they soon loved it and it has become a hot item at our house. When I am cooking dinner I encourage my kids to make me food in there kitchen. I keep the Step2 kitchen we have right in the eating area so they can be happily occupied while close by and it is great. This new cake has provided hours of cooking fun, literally, check out two of my girls playing birthday in this cute video.
If you are looking for ways to occupy your kids while you cook and do not want to resort to the tv I suggest stocking up on Melissa & Doug play food. Have your kids make the exact same dish just pretend. My kids love it especially since they can not always help me with actual prep and cooking. GummyLump has a great selection of Melissa & Doug products and many are on sale right now so go check them out!
I received product to facilitate my review, all opinions are my own.