Fun Sandwich Toys + BIG Toy Giveaway!

by on December 5, 2011

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Maybe it’s because I blog about sandwiches or because I shop often for toys but I’ve started noticing quite a lot of sandwich toys on the market these days. I enlisted the help of my 4-year old daughter and 2-year old son to help me test out four fun-looking sandwich toys I’ve come across lately. If you’ve got any food-loving children (or kids at heart) on your holiday shopping list you’ll definitely want to look into these. PLUS…

**Win These Sandwich Toys!**

At the end of this post you’ll have the chance to enter to win the toys that I’ve featured – from brands including Melissa & Doug, Green Toys, Gamewright and Handstand Kids. Read on!

Find the Melissa & Doug Felt Food - Sandwich Set on Amazon

Melissa & Doug Felt Food - Sandwich Set

We love Melissa & Doug food toys in our house – their Melissa & Doug Felt Food – Sandwich Set (retail $19.99) was just as much fun as their sushi, ice cream and cupcake sets. There are quite a number of mix-and-match “ingredients” to this set – 33 in all. An adult (like myself) may look at the pieces and perceive them as vaguely resembling real food but with a child’s (like my daughter’s) imagination they are as real as can be. My daughter started out assembling sandwiches that she regularly eats – PB & J, turkey and cheese – and then ventured into more creative territory involving the fried egg and pickles. She also enjoyed wearing the red onions like bracelets.

Although my two-year old is a little young for this toy (recommended for ages 3+) he enjoyed picking up each of the felt pieces and had learned all of their names (“bwead!”) after a week of playing with them.

Find the Green Toys Sandwich Shop on Amazon

Green Toys Sandwich Shop

The Green Toys Sandwich Shop (retail $16.99) is an especially good choice for very young toddlers, ages 2 and up. It’s got about half the number of pieces as the Melissa & Doug set – fewer to get lost around the house – and since they’re made with food-safe recycled plastic they can withstand the chomping, whacking and hurling that kids this age tend to inflict on their toys. The set comes with all the fixins for a very well-dressed hamburger or deli sandwich. An added fun detail is the pack of order forms that lets the kids take your sandwich order just like at a real sandwich shop and then attempt to create the requested sandwich (you can even print out additional forms from their website).

Older children may prefer the greater breadth of ingredient options that the Melissa & Doug set offers, while the Green Toys set features fewer but more realistic, durable and “green” components.

Find the Handstand Kids Italian Cookbook Kit on Amazon

Handstand Kids Italian Cookbook Kit

Even though it’s primarily a cookbook, I’ve included the Handstand Kids Italian Cookbook Kit (retail $25.00) on my list of top sandwich toys because 1) it contains a panini recipe so kids can actually make a real sandwich and 2) it comes with a little chef hat and is creatively packaged in a pizza box. My daughter loves to go into the pantry – where I keep all of my cookbooks – pull out this little pizza box, don the chef hat and plop down her cookbook to browse the recipes and stories.

This is definitely not your typical super-simple recipe cookbook for kids. I had to separate seven eggs and fold in whipped whites to execute the Torta al Cioccolato (chocolate cake) with my little girl! Most of the recipes aren’t nearly that involved, but I mention it to demonstrate the kit’s commitment to the food and the cultures it represents (the company makes Mexican and Chinese kits as well). Many of the ingredient names are actually written in Italian, which my daughter picked up right away as we were cooking and thought was fun (“When do we add the zucchero?”).

The kit is geared mainly for school-aged children, but it grabbed the attention and interest of even my preschooler.

Slamwich by Gamewright

Find Slamwich at Amazon

With it’s bread-shaped playing cards, Slamwich (retail $9.99) caught my attention one day at our local toy store. It’s definitely the sort of card game I would have loved playing as a kid with my sisters. It’s fast paced, you’re looking for cards to appear in a certain sandwich stacking order, there’s lots of card-slapping and yelling out of “slamwich!” and “stop thief!”. There’s a little bit of a learning curve when it comes to understanding the rules at first (it’s designed for kids 6-11 so it’s not that complicated) but I easily simplified the play to allow my 4-year old to enjoy it as well. She even made little “sandwiches” with the beautifully illustrated cards.

There’s also a special Collector’s Edition of this game (I haven’t played this version yet), which comes with new cards and is packaged in a pretty cool metal lunch box.

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Sandwich Toy Giveaway!It’s a BIG Sandwich Toy Giveaway! [THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED]

Here’s your chance to win the Melissa & Doug Felt Food – Sandwich Set, Green Toys Sandwich Shop, Handstand Kids Italian Cookbook Kit or Slamwich! I’ll choose four winners at random – each winner will receive one of the sandwich toy prizes.

Here are four ways to enter, you can do any or all of them (please leave separate comments for each entry):

The giveaway will close on Friday, December 9, 2011 at noon PST. [THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED] I will use random.org to select four winners (each winner will receive one of the sandwich toy prizes) and announce the winners in this post. I will contact the winners via e-mail – if I don’t receive a response within 5 days I will draw another name. Due to shipping costs, the prize can only be shipped to U.S. addresses.

**UPDATE 12/10/11: Congratulations to our winners – Joanna Liwanag #7, Angela Chee #52, Grace #41 and Mandi #4!

Thanks to Melissa & Doug, Green Toys, Gamewright and Handstand Kids for providing products for review and the prizes for this giveaway. 






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1 Jeanette December 5, 2011 at 5:34 am

My favorite game was Memory Game, where you matched up the picture cards.
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2 Stephanie Crosby December 5, 2011 at 8:32 am

My favorite toy as a kid was my tea set. Endless imagination and parties!

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4 Mandi December 5, 2011 at 8:55 am

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5 Mandi December 5, 2011 at 8:56 am

As a kid, my favorite toy was probably art supplies: crayons, paints, paper, etc.

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6 tamara December 5, 2011 at 8:58 am

I loved my Cabbage Patch Kid :)

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7 Kathy December 5, 2011 at 8:59 am

That was my favorite, too! Waldo Weber :-)

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8 Joanna Liwanag December 5, 2011 at 9:00 am

My favorite toy as a kid was the Fisher-Price Little People village.

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9 Joanna Liwanag December 5, 2011 at 9:09 am

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10 Joanne Gregory December 5, 2011 at 10:51 am

My favorite toy was a toy oven that actually made sparks from the burner when you twisted the knob.

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13 Alysia Boland December 5, 2011 at 11:19 am

My favorite toy as a kid was Alphie! Loved that little robot.

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14 Kathy December 5, 2011 at 11:25 am

Whoa, I had completely forgotten about that one!! I loved all those robot toys.

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15 Alysia Boland December 5, 2011 at 11:20 am

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17 Amber Volle December 5, 2011 at 11:51 am

I loved Teddy Ruxbin as a kid. It’s a bit creepy now but it sure was a fun toy. As an older kid, I play slamwich with my younger siblings… what an awesome game!

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18 Amber Volle December 5, 2011 at 11:54 am

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19 sara December 5, 2011 at 12:11 pm

My favorite toy as a kid was my American Girl doll… I got the Samantha doll after saving money for what seemed like forever and loved her! :)
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20 Amy S December 5, 2011 at 1:08 pm

I loved my barbies!

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22 Monica December 5, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I love your toy/cookbook suggestions for my granddaughter who has expressed an interest in cooking. It is also a great bonding time for grandma and brings back memories of childhood.

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23 Dani Johnson December 5, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I loved my Cabbage Patch kids and barbies. I had to buy the 20th anniversary doll for my oldest daughter because I found one that looked like my original.

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24 Karen J Massey December 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm

My favorite “toy” was a Wheel-o that my brother bought me when they first were marketed in the 1960’s by Wham-O. It did not work properly, so he showed me how to send a letter to the company. They sent me a new one that worked great!! I was delighted with the toy and with their customer service.

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25 Chelsea December 5, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Picking one toy is tough! I have to say that I loved Weebles and was so excited to give one of my twins the new Weebles set for her birthday.
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26 Leanna Morris December 5, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I don’t remember a favorite toy…I do remember liking to play dress-up with old clothes, play in the sandbox, and read books!

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29 Linda December 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm

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30 Laura December 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm

My favorite was my Barbies

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31 giveaway hound December 5, 2011 at 8:21 pm

My favorite toy was Voltron.
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35 ioana churchill December 5, 2011 at 9:37 pm

my favorite toy was a barbie!!!!

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36 Gloria December 6, 2011 at 3:34 am

My favorite toys were paper dolls I made myself. I wold create lots of paper dresses as well for any occasion :)

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37 chris December 6, 2011 at 5:43 am

My favorite toy was my Chatty Cathy

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38 Carrie December 6, 2011 at 9:00 am

My favorite toys were the play kitchen of course! The little teas set and dishes and my own sink to pretend washing them!

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39 Bonnie T December 6, 2011 at 9:31 am

My Little Ponies! I still have a few of them to show my kids when they are older :0) And I loved Barbies!

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40 Bonnie T December 6, 2011 at 9:32 am

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41 Bonnie T December 6, 2011 at 9:34 am

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42 Marissa December 6, 2011 at 10:14 am

hmmmm. I think my favorite toy was probably my lego set. I could build all sorts of things and I rarely followed the directions. I had a giant box for keeping my legos in that also doubled as a lego building area.

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43 Grace December 6, 2011 at 10:31 am

My favorite toys were and still are ninja turtle action figures. Turtle power!

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44 Valerie December 6, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Barbie Dream House

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45 Valerie December 6, 2011 at 12:24 pm

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46 laurie December 6, 2011 at 12:42 pm

My favorite toy as a kid was a red metal fire engine that had pedals… mostly because my grandfather and uncles were all firemen and I loved going to the firehouse!

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47 laurie December 6, 2011 at 12:43 pm

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48 Carmen December 6, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I loved playing “kitchen” when I was little. We had a few play foods (or made up our own with broken crayons, etc), but I also had an aluminum sink, stove and my Grandpa made me a refrigerator/freezer in wood to match!

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49 HeatherChristo December 6, 2011 at 2:35 pm

So Cute!!!! My favorite childhood game was coloring. Does that count?!

I just saw sandwich slippers the other day! Now I will have to find you the link!
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50 Kathy December 6, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Oh my goodness, I like the sound of those slippers!

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51 Kelly G December 6, 2011 at 9:32 pm

My favorite toys were my Cabbage Patch Dolls

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52 Dani Johnson December 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm

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53 Katrina December 7, 2011 at 5:29 pm

I just loved my cabbage patch doll!

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54 Denise December 7, 2011 at 9:41 pm

My favorite toy was the Snoopy snowcone maker.

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55 Kathy December 7, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Oh yes! I loved that one too. I think I gave it as a gift for every birthday party when I was 7 or 8. :-)

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56 Angela Chee December 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Simon-remember the electronic memory game with the colors! I’d play that all day.

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57 Kathy December 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Me too! I’d still play that now if I still had one. :-)

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58 tanya December 9, 2011 at 12:05 am

my favorite toy was my bicycle
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62 Julie M. December 9, 2011 at 5:18 am

I made it just in time! My favorite toy as a child was my brother’s and my pogo stick. We would have competitions to see who could get the most bounces without dropping. :)

Thanks for the great giveaway Kathy! Hope you’re doing well.

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63 Julie M. December 9, 2011 at 5:20 am

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64 Julie M. December 9, 2011 at 5:21 am

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65 Tasha @ Dine n Dash December 9, 2011 at 11:41 am

easy bake oven was my favorite toy ever!

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66 Tasha @ Dine n Dash December 9, 2011 at 11:41 am

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67 belen palacios December 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm

As a kid I used to like to play store and had a little yellow and orange grocery cart! Now, 25 years later I still have my grocery cart and my son plays with all over the house in and out! He says he’s going to the super mercado (super market) to buy frutita (fruit)! lol

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