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All four of our kids love to cook and work with tools, so when we were given the opportunity to try out both the Number Lovin’ Oven and Scout’s Build and Discover Tool Set from LeapFrog, we planned a playdate and let them go for it.
The Build and Discover Tool Set is a really neat first tool set. Recommended for ages 2 and up, this tool caddy-slash-Scout’s house offers little hands the chance to use a screwdriver, hammer, wrench, and ruler to help “build” Scout’s house. All of the screws, nails, and bolts are permanently attached to the different parts of the house/toolbox, so there is no need to worry about little pieces and parts getting lost or finding their way into your little one’s mouth. For those who love Scout, you will be delighted to know that his voice is there to guide your little builders: they will definitely learn “righty-tighty, lefty-loosey”, a handy mnemonic for a lifetime of home repairs.
When we put Scout’s Build and Discover Tool Set down for the kiddos to play, small scuffles broke out. Scout’s Build and Discover Tool Set is small. All of the action is confined to one main piece, making it difficult for siblings (or friends) to play together without getting in each other’s way. As moms of two each, we felt like this is the only drawback to an otherwise well-constructed, extremely portable and interesting first toy tools set. Even our 5 year olds played with it for at least 15-20 minutes each, which surprised me.
All four friends loved the Number Lovin’ Oven! As moms whose boys and girls frequently play together and enjoy many of the same types of activities and toys, we were both appreciative that Number Lovin’ Oven is gender-neutral, with colors to appeal to both genders. There are enough pieces and parts in the spacious oven that all four children could play together peacefully.
The Number Lovin’ Oven is awesome, little Brendie has especially enjoyed it. We really enjoy the portability of it. The girls have a big play kitchen in the playroom, but the Number Lovin’ Oven moves around the house all day. Little B loves to bring it into the kitchen to help me cook dinner at night. The pieces also lend themselves to developing her fine motor skills by moving the slide switches, and taking apart and putting together the pizza. Brendie loves to sing along with the oven and count, she is even working on shapes and one to one correspondence. “One you, one me, one Susie,” is what she says when she is dividing up the food. We just can not say enough good things about these two great toys. The kids all really enjoyed them both.