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Our Generation Sweet Stop Ice Cream Truck

Our Generation Sweet Stop Ice Cream Truck

Spring 2016 Toys
Ages: 4 & Up
Manufacturer: Maison Battat Inc
Price: $119.99

The retro and oh so modern shade of blue envelops this ice cream truck. The well-made, large plastic truck rolls and has working lights, windshield wipers and turn signals. The music it plays is worthy of any neighborhood ice cream truck. But it's the attention to detail and the 128 accessories for which we scream play.

Where do we begin? With the serving/dining counter with two stools? The side mirrors (for driving, not styling)? How about the counter space, or the sink, or the deep fryer with a basket? Or the cupboard, and refrigerator doors that open? The design and colors of the ice cream and food are realistic, and tempting. From pretzels and frosted donuts, to the ice cream, popsicle and frozen yogurt treats, everything is delicious - to play with that is.

Our groups of young testers, ages 4 - 9, learned new vocabulary, practiced writing skills on the truck's menu board, named and priced both regular and "special" items, talked about and exchanged money. We took suggestions and voted on a name for the truck, discussed whether or not to wear a uniform or just a hat with a logo, and what would happen if the truck broke down. The group decision was to invite our families and eat everything before it melted. And we all had sweet dreams at naptime.

Editor's Note: Due to the extraordinary detail of the small pieces, the age grading for this product will be revised to 4+ by the manufacturer.

Kathy Smith   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Kathy Smith has been leading preschool classes through playful learning for more than 25 years. Her tales of "Who is messier, 'Miss Kathy' or the children?" is a comedy act in the making. Family friendly, of course.

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Maison Battat Inc

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