When it comes to picking the toys for my kids, whether for indoors, outdoors, games, puzzles, pretend play, and more, I find that I've gotten pickier and pickier over the years.
We really don't want (or need) anything that's not high quality and unique... instead, I look for items that are not only fun and entertaining, but made to last a lifetime. Things that will inspire their imagination and hold up to endless hours of playtime by my girls as well as any of their friends that come over as well.
And, with that in mind, one website that I am positive that I can always count on for the widest selection of heirloom-quality European and American toys is none other than Maukilo.com.
With a huge selection of the finest wooden puzzles, games, books and playthings, Maukilo has infant toys all the way through items for the big kid years. As well as being finely constructed, everything Maukilo sells far exceeds safety standards so that there is never any question that it lives up to their motto of "Buy once. Play forever."
We have been fortunate review many of the amazing kids' toys that Maukilo offers in the past and one category that has always been a surefire winner is Pretend Play. The HABA play food, both wooden and fabric, is just so incredibly bright and cute that I had no doubt that Big Sister E and Little Sister B were going to be thrilled with the opportunity to be prepared for summer grilling and treats with the HABA Biofino Grill Set and HABA Assorted Ice Cream Set.
Right away when the packages came, the girls were clamoring over getting to take a look at the tasty foods inside.
Both sets of food are high quality, well-made, and (with the exception of the shish kabob) soft enough that kids can pretend to grill, scoop, eat or lick without any thoughts of getting hurt. Plus, they're just so darn cute!
The HABA Biofino Grill Set is just right for adding unique foods to my young chefs' repertoire. Compared to the usual plastic hot dogs and hamburgers that they have to grill, this steak, shish kabob, fish and grilling sausages are so much more realistic and fun.
The girls have had a blast cooking and serving the individual items or combining them together to make a full meal... which then, of course, get to be enjoyed!
Our shish kabob has since been dismantled into a million little pieces, but other than that this set still looks completely new and intact. I appreciate how easy it is to wipe each piece clean and we're ready for our next barbecue or picnic!
But what's the summer without delicious ice cream to keep you cool and refreshed? The HABA Ice Cream Set with the waffle ice cream sandwich, dairy ice cream Spirello and big chocolate popsicle has provided hours of pretend play already - and I'm sure it will continue to do so for the rest of the summer and beyond.
Is there a kid out there that doesn't like to play and dream about picking out a tasty dessert from the ice cream truck or the freezer? I know mine sure do!
Both of these play food sets have lived up to every expectation that we had for the high quality and long-lasting appeal that HABA toys have and that Maukilo specializes in. Retailing for $12.68 for the Grill Set and $16.37 for the Ice Cream Set, these are a great addition (or start) to any pretend play collection.
Whether you browse at Maukilo by age, price or brand, you'll be sure to find plenty of options that fit your child's interests. They make shopping easy by having their selection broken down into categories such as Baby Toys and Toddler Toys but also into things like Wooden Toys, Outdoor Toys, and Magnetic Toys to help ensure that you can find a particular item or type of items with only a few clicks.
With their 100% satisfaction guarantee and price-matching to their competitors, you know that you'll always be happy with shopping at Maukilo. Find what you need for your own children or as a great gift today! Be sure to also connect with Maukilo on Twitter and Facebook so that you'll never miss a thing.
(Other than the HABA pretend food items I was provided by Maukilo, I was not compensated or enticed to do this review in any way. This review is solely my honest opinion of this website and their products.)