Product: Wooden Bake & Decorate Cupcake Set
Company: Melissa & Doug
Recommended Age Range: 2 to 4 years
Price Range: $15 – $20
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Comments: Earlier this year I took my 3 year old to Barnes and Noble and told him to pick out whatever he wanted for under $20. We had a gift card. He chose this cupcake set among all the hundreds of option there. My 20 month old was so obsessed with the sealed box, she refused to let it go the whole way home, clinging to it in her car seat. When we got home, both my kids and their 4 year old cousin had a lot of fun playing with this set for nearly an hour. My son has played with it several days since then, alternating whose birthday it gets to be when he passes out the decorated cupcakes. It’s gotten so much use, I recently gave it as a gift at a birthday party we went to for a 2 year old. Online reviews seem to say the markers stain, but so far we’ve been able to keep the decorating to the cupcakes (and fingers). However, you’ll definitely want to switch out the markers that come with the set for washable markers if you have a wall scribbler.
Update: Oh my goodness has this set been popular in our house. Little girls, little boys, everyone wants to decorate cupcakes. Even my own kids who have “made us cupcakes” hundreds of times still pull them out once in awhile and present us with decorated cupcakes. They no longer look pristine, given that the markers wash off the icing, but not the wood, though our kids don’t care at all. I said it above, but it’s worth saying again. Watch out for kids that like to draw on walls, themselves, and other places you might not want colored on as the ink is not particularly washable.
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