Pretend play is especially difficult for our eight-year-old autistic daughter; this wonderful "toy" has been an exception! This set, which we bought her for Christmas, is fantastic. The pieces look relatively realistic. Though her speech is limited, she was able to name all of the components. With practice, she has learned to build sandwiches and such - including pretending to slice the tomatoe and onion. She puts the steak on a sandwich, too and asks for condiments! An added bonus was that her classroom began a new chapter in health, Healthy Foods, right after Christmas break. This was a very physical reinforcer for her. She and I have already spent hours "playing" with the set. We have also combined pieces (sliced cheese, mushrooms, etc) from other Melissa and Doug food play groups to expand our fun.
This set includes the Melissa and Doug Fridge Food Set and the Melissa and Doug Pantry Products Set.
Also has the veggies and the fridge food set complete and fun for all kids to play with and everything to use to make a complete kitchen that kids will enjoy to share and play in together!