Scoop & Stack Ice Cream Cone playset review (Melissa & Doug) from Magic Fairy Wings
My sister's children are quite a few years older than mine so she has a special "Auntie sense" when it comes to great gift ideas for kids. A while ago, she bought my daughter a plastic ice cream set as a little extra.
She was spot on as usual. My 3-year-old loved the idea, but sadly, her playset didn't stand the test of time. The ice cream balls wouldn't fit on the cones properly and we also lost pieces. So when the online toy store Magic Fairy Wings sent me a Scoop & Stack Ice Cream Cone playset (Melissa & Doug) for review, I was very keen to test it out as a replacement.
This is a beautiful set and it didn't disappoint. Here at Five Little Stars we love well designed, good value and good quality toys. And toys with wooden parts, like this one, are our favourite kind. When I first saw the box, the playset shouted "quality".
The set comes with two wooden ice cream cones, two ice cream scoopers with wooden handles and four scoops of ice cream. Having two scoopers is great because it means my two children can play alongside each other, or with a friend, and not argue about taking turns.
There are four different flavours of ice cream to make different combinations with: vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and mint chocolate chip.
Sadly, the old plastic set just doesn't compare:
How does the Scoop & Stack work?
The scoopers and the icecreams have magnets in them. The child picks up the ice cream with the scooper and then presses a lever to release it onto the cone. It's so simple and a great concept.
My son, aged 5, picked it up straight away. But my daughter (3.5) needed a few attempts before she got it. I didn't have to step in to help though - she worked it out by herself and was very pleased.
This set is a great way for children to learn through play. It helps them with hand eye co-ordination, fine motor skills, co-operation, manners, counting, pattern making and develops imagination.
My daughter's toy kitchen is one of the most played with toys in our house, and the Scoop & Stack Ice Cream Cone playset is the perfect addition. We turned the kitchen around and they played ice cream shops for ages! It was a joy to watch.
My daughter spent the rest of the afternoon asking, "Mummy which flavour would you like? Mint? Oh sorry we are out of mint but I can do you chocolate and strawberry." So sweet.
The pieces are well made and sturdy so I think the Scoop & Stack will be around in our house for a very long time. As my daughter advances, I can see her trying to stack all four ice cream balls on top of each other! It is suitable from the age of 3 and would make a very nice and impressive gift for any child up to 6 years I think.
The set comes with a strong plastic tub for the ice cream to be stored in. Not only is this really handy but it also looks good and adds to the fun of play.
As a bonus for me, the whole set fits perfectly into the shelf compartment of our toy kitchen! This makes tidy time much easier and gets my seal of approval!!
The Scoop & Stack Ice Cream Cone Playset is available from Magic Fairy Wings for the RRP of £19.99. You can use code FLS10 for 10% off the whole of Magic Fairy Wings until the 17th of June.
(Please ask the store for delivery prices outside the UK).
P.S. I was given this product to test in return for my honest review. All opinions are, as always, my own. This post contains an affiliate link.