Dramatic play is one of the most magical parts of childhood! This Melissa and Doug Ice Cream Cart Toy playset brings imaginative play to the next level with a sturdy wooden cart, multiple wooden play food pieces, and toppings to create endless playtime.
Melissa and Doug Ice Cream Cart
While creating a dramatic play space section in our kid’s playroom, I came across the Melissa and Doug ice cream cart toy. I was a little unsure whether it was worth the price, but the reviews were so favorable! After thinking about it for a few weeks, I decided to go for it.
You can watch the video below to see how my children use the ice cream cart through a dramatic play idea example.
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Ice Cream Cart Toy
I am really excited to report that I am very happy with this toy and i’d say it is one of the best toddler toys. It was
The idea of this ice cream cart toy is that it LOOKS like an ice cream stand with a freezer. Children can open the freezer door and pretend to freeze imaginary ice cream, scoop it into cones or cups, add toppings, and hand out fictitious orders.
The possibilities are endless with what your kids imagination can come up with.
It was easy to put togetehr and has been center stage in many pretend play games amongst my children.
The age range for this toy
The most pleasant surprise was that my 8-year-old daughter’s friends have all loved coming over to play. I thought it was more suited to my 4-year-old (as well as 2 and 3-year-olds). Surprisingly, kids up until 9-year-olds were playing with it too!
The official name of the Melissa And Doug ice cream cart toy is Melissa & Doug Wooden Snacks and Sweets Food Cart.
What is included in the Melissa and Doug Wooden Snack and Sweets Food Cart?
The ice cream cart toy includes:
40 food pieces from ice cream cones, popsicles, cookies to pretzels, condiment cups, soda and pretend ketchup, and mustard too!
My children love the bell! We love the wooden ice cream toy pieces, and their high quality means they will last for years.
Also, it is a 2 in 1 play structure. That means it’s not just an ice cream cart; it’s also a hot dog stand.
The Ice cream toy’s fun features include:
- Working bell
- Write on menu
- Sliding see-through door
- Pull out drawers
- The sturdy wooden cart is also easily moveable with wheels on one end.
I only wish there were more ice cream cones!
Who knew an ice cream shop toy could provide this many giggles and fun?
You can also extend the toy by adding other pieces from other Melissa and Doug playsets.
Since the playset includes both an ice cream and hot dog stand, children can easily change it themselves, or like we do when we do toy rotation, you can have it set as an ice cream cart toy sometimes, and other times as a sweets art.
To change the ice cream cart into a hot dog stand, all a child needs to do is flip the awning and change out the menu. Then children can order pretzels instead of popsicles.
On the ice cream stand side: Mommy or other ‘customers’ can order popsicles, ice cream in a cup, ice cream in a cone, and even ice cream with toppings.
On the hot dog stand side: also known as the snack cart side, customers can order a hot dog with toppings.
After trying the Melissa and Doug Wooden Snacks and Sweets Food Car, I am excited to report that I am delighted with this toy. In my opinion, it is one of the best toddler toys.
Melissa and Doug Ice Cream
If you aren’t keen on purchasing a larger ice cream cart, you can opt for smaller Melissa and Doug ice cream playsets.
Here are some you can choose from:
Do you have a dramatic play space at home or in your classroom? What are your favorite dramatic play toys? Leave a comment letting me know.
This post was originally published on March 26, 2018. It was updated on December 30, 2021.