The older I get, the more I reminice with my husband about our childhood. One of our favorite topics of discussion are the toys and games we used to play as kids (we’re the same age, only a month apart). Some toys were timeless classics (cars, trains, dolls, building blocks…), others were pretty weird (“Don’t Spill the Beans,” “Stretch Armstrong,” Pet rocks!), and some were pure genius (Mr. Potatohead, Light Brite, Spirograph).
I work with school aged children. I tend to know what are the “hot” toys and games that the kids are into these days.
I recently had the opportunity to check out a fun product line of toys from the brand Stretcheez. Stretcheez are squishy, stretchy food toys that look like real food, and I must say, after seeing some of the toys for myself, I can tell you that some of them really do look real.
Stretcheez’s product line includes foods like burgers, pasta, pizza, ramen and more.
My kids used to play for HOURS with their kitchen set. I went out of my way to purchase the most realistic foods that I could for them. Not that there was anything wrong with cheap-looking food toys, but I liked the foods that looked real better, as did my kids.
I was sent the following sets to review – Burrito, Burger, Pizza, and Breakfast.
The first one I opened was the breakfast set first. I honestly thought it was a breakfast sandwich, but the two pieces of “bread” are actually pancakes, not a hamburger roll (to be honest, you could make it a breakfast sandwich). The set comes with two pancakes, tried egg, beef, sausage, avocado, Swiss cheese and an Onion. The pancakes do look like a hamburger bun when used together. The sausage also resembles a hot dog. In addition, the “beef” could pass as “ham” because it’s ham-colored on the one side. In fact, the beef/ham looks IDENTICAL to the real thing. It’s crazy how realistic it looks.
The pieces have a weird feel to them. They are sticky (but not sticky like tape would be). Maybe “tacky” would be a better word to describe how they feel as far as “stickiness.” The more you play with them, the less “tacky” they feel.
It’s hard to describe how they really feel. Initially I thought they felt too weird, but after playing around with them a bit, I found the feel of these toys rather appealing. I manipulated them in my hands, the same way you might use a stress toy. You can stretch them and manipulate them with your hand. They are very flexible. They could be torn if stretched too far, so please let your child know that when you give them the toys.
Several of the sets come in different varieties, so your child can collect them all. For example, there are a dozen different Stretcheez burgers, and a dozen different burritos and a dozen different pizzas. I specifically received to review the Veggie Pizza, Tijuana Burrito and a California Burger.
What I like about these toys is that you can mix and match pieces from other sets to create your own food. The pieces are inter-changeable with one another, so if you want to add fried egg to your pizza, you can. Or if you wanted to make a burger with several pieces of avocado, it’s certainly “do able.” It’s totally up the the creative mind of the child (or children) playing with these food toys.
I can easily see a child (or children) having hours of fun with these toys, even more so if they have other kitchen toys. They can pretend to be chefs all day long. Who knows, maybe some children will be inspired enough to pursue the culinary arts some day.
You can keep the toys in their individual boxes, or other containers if you like. I like that the burger comes in a burger box, and the pizza comes in a pizza box. It only adds to the realism of these toys.
The only downside to these toys, in my opinion, is that their stickiness means they get things stuck to them. In our case, it was human hair and cat hair, as well as little pieces of fuzz here and there. I found it rather annoying to have to keep pulling the hair off the toys, but that wouldn’t take away from the fun kids will have with these unusual toys.
If you are interested in learning more about Stretcheez toys, you can find them online at places like www.ThinAirBrands.com.They sell for $12.99 per set.
What do you think about these unique toys? Do you think your child/grandchild would enjoy toys like Stretcheez? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.
*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.