Coming with batteries already installed (as my postman found out on his round), all you need to do to begin playing is take off the packaging.
The set consists of 16 pieces which includes :
4 Pizza slices
3 Pieces of bread
1 Fried egg
1 Fry pan
1 Baking tray
There are so many skills to be learnt whilst playing with this toy, it is another great example of learning through play.
The oven when used with the various foods teaches kids about cooking, frying an egg, baking bread and cakes, even getting them thinking about seving the foods with the use of the spatula and plates. And of course there are sound effects to coincide with these actions, my 3 year old was particularly fascinated with the sizzling sound of the egg frying as she placed the pan on top of the oven. Could I have a budding little chef on my hands?
This in turn helps with their motor skills, placing things neatly on plates, arranging the pizza slices so that they fit together, getting items in and out of the oven. These all take time, care and attention.
Sounds play a big part with this toy but I'm pleased to tell you as a parent that these noises aren't as annoying as most other toys. When things like the chefs hat on the front are pressed various songs and phrases can be heard, things for them to learn as they listen.
Something that appeals to the older kids is the numbers scale on the front of the oven. This teaches an abundance of things, from number recognition and counting to things like temperature and times as you move the slider up and down the scale.
In my opinion LeapFrog have produced another wonderful toy. The Number Loving Oven is fun and engaging, I have to admit even I enjoyed playing with it. Promoting learning through play and even sharing, priced at £19.99, it really is worth the money you pay for it. There are so many different features that the game play seems endless. One to put on the Christmas list maybe?
Disclaimer : I was sent this toy FOC however all thoughts and opinions are my own.