Thursday, October 29, 2009

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Giveaway & Review: Melissa & Doug Stir Fry Slicing Set ($30 GC) [CLOSED]

Since my husband and I cook almost everything in our French skillet, our children were especially excited to add this wooden Stir Fry Slicing Set by Melissa & Doug to their play kitchen. I knew this toy would be a hit with all three children because rarely does a day go by without their pretending to cook up something fun.

This sought after cooking set retails for just $19.99 on . Its 17 pieces include a double-handled wok, a knife, a spoon, a pair of chopsticks, 3 shrimp, 3 mushrooms, 3 snow peas, bok-choi, a red pepper, and cubed steak.


What my children and I thought about this pretend play wok set:

1) Our kindergartner was extremely excited about this toy. He had watched my husband and I cook over the years and knew exactly what to do as far as chopping, stirring the food, and even using the chopsticks.

2) Our twin toddlers learned by watching their big brother. They did not have such an easy time cutting the veggies and the meat at first. Although the Velcro was very strong, they started to master chopping and cutting after some practice.

3) One thing I was not expecting was how adamant my kindergartner was about following the stir fry instructions that were on the back of the box. He insisted that it was a recipe and that it must be followed to the letter.

4) So far, this set has been very durable. There has been lots of tossing the food into the wok. There has not been any injuries or casualties to any of the pieces, even when a piece of bok-choi goes flying several feet because the kids are cutting a little too enthusiastically.

5) Although my kindergartner does not know it yet, this Melissa & Doug toy is going to help me introduce the concept of fractions to him during the week of winter vacation. The bok-choi, red pepper, and cubed steak are all divided into thirds. I wish there was one item that was divided into quarters to help me with this lesson.

6) I also have to point out that it was very clever of Melissa & Doug to add Velcro to the ends of the chopsticks. The only problem is that Velcro causes the two chopsticks to stick together even if that is not the user's intention. I think a pair of training chopsticks (ones that are hinged together at the top) might be a better choice. Having to stop to pull the two chopsticks apart repeatedly became frustrating after awhile. My son ended up turning the chopsticks around and used the bare ends for picking up the food instead.

I definitely think this is a unique toy that would make a fun affordable gift for a birthday or for the holidays. This set comes in a box ready-to-wrap. To find more green toys like this one by Melissa & Doug and other respected brands, visit .

Thank you to for providing us with both a review product and a contest prize free of charge.

What you can win:
One lucky reader will receive a $30 GC to .

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Random Drawing:
This contest will be closed on Thursday, November 12th, 2009 at 11:59pm EST. A random number drawing will be held shortly after. The winner will be announced here and will be contact via email or through their blog. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new number will be drawn.

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