It seems that one of the most common phrases I heard when I was growing up was the idea of “Keeping up with the Joneses.” That is, the whole idea that each and every family is in competition with another in regards to how big their house is, how well-dressed they are, how good their jobs are, and a litany of other things. Now, it seems that this frame of mind has now lended itself to preschoolers toys! Indeed, some families are crying foul at a new play-set for preschoolers and decrying it as offensively elitist.
It seems that Fisher Price has come out with a new charcuterie play board set, and there are some parents who are not happy about it. First of all, this set features snacks for two, and nothing seems too wrong about it. It will help your preschooler learn about different food items and assist them with their fine motor skills. Nothing wrong with that either.
The set allows your preschooler to not only use fake grapes, but to also be able to cut genoa salami with a fake knife. They also can spread fake cheese on their fake crackers. Of course, proponents of this playset claim it is perfect for those who love to entertain and as a way to liven up play dates.
Presently, this toy set is selling on Amazon for $14. Yes, that is a bargain-basement price for those who want their kids to look good and to give them a head start on an elevated sense of self. Moreover, this set also has some very unique phrases to go along with the revelry. Examples include remarks that some might find kitschy, such as “you’re grape” and “let it brie.” The set will also often include a cutting board and even miniature fake marble plates!
Different strokes for different folks I suppose, but the comment section regarding this toy set hasn’t been too kind, to say the least.
“This is the most bougie (concern for wealth and respectability) toy I’ve ever seen!” one person commented. “What the heck is going on with children’s toys?” another person wrote.
Of course, although this toy does have its share of critics, the pretend food set also has plenty of supporters, who feel this is a very “interesting” new type of toy. For example, Louisville columnist Maggie Menderski tweeted: “I can’t say I’m sure why this toy is getting so much flak. The ability to make a good cheese tray is an important hosting and social skill.”
Of course, Fisher-Price weighed in on their latest children’s toy creation, stating that it was perfect for “little foodies, because they will love to indulge in fancy snacking fun. They will enjoy the delicious hands-on play and the unique pretend salami pieces that kids can slice. They also will enjoy the fake grapes, the plates and the napkins. This is perfect for any play dinner party!”
Of course, the parents who have purchased this play set for their children are very impressed. “I just love how great the quality is and how it doesn’t look cheesy at all!” one parent wrote for their Amazon review.
I guess these parents are well on their way to having the next bumper crop of Ivy league graduates and doctors and lawyers.
Either way, do you think this toy goes too far? Do you think this toy is good for modern children? Let us know in the comments below!