For the ice cream-obsessed child, there is nothing more exciting than this realistic Scoop & Stack playset by Melissa & Doug. It comes in four flavors, vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and mint chocolate chip, its own tub, and two scoopers. The pieces are built with a magnet on the tip, which is meant to keep them neatly stacked together. To up the challenge, the scooper handle has a lever that detaches the magnet when pressed. For the Type-A parents, there are game suggestions printed on the package that are designed to help your child improve their pattern recognition, motor skills, and math proficiency. For the chill mother like me, I’m just content that it keeps her occupied for a long time while I cook dinner.
I know I’ve said many times that I’m not fond of plastic toys, but this set happens to be intricately detailed and adorably packaged. The ice creams and the tub are made of high-quality plastic, while the cones and scoop handles are wooden. Each piece is actually a tad too heavy for younger kids, so you might watch out if they’re on the throwing stage. I think the magnets should have been a bit stronger, and the storage box much bigger, so it fits all the pieces. But generally, this is a well-presented play set made from durable materials that are meant to last forever… or at least ’til next Tuesday.