At first glance the Bonka Bird Cake Foraging Toy looks a bit cheap, I was sort of skeptical of the foam pieces, and it just overall looked a bit too thrown together and sort of unnatural for my tastes. But, I was adding stuff to my cart at Amazon so this got thrown in too!
Once it arrived I was even more turned off, the solla wood that makes up the “cupcake” is extremely lightweight, and it generally looked just as insubstantial in person.
I stowed it away in our toy cabinet and basically forgot about it until this weekend when I was swapping out some things, and decided to use it on our play gym.
Kelly made a beeline to the Bonka Bird Cake Foraging Toy, and played with that toy for the entire day virtually non-stop. She did make a huge mess and totally tore apart the wood piece in one day, but it was well worth it to watch her enjoy herself and just chew away.
It wouldn’t make a ton of economic sense to provide her with one daily, but I think she can be sure to have one of these as a treat every so often. And I’m definitely going to seek out more solla wood toys!
I did slide a wood block on the post after the cupcake was murdered and she enjoys that as well, the cupcake wrappers seem fun to nibble at and she likes the sound it makes. I think the fact that she could hear the bell jingling but not actually see it was fun for her too.
The whole thing put her into a frenzy in the best possible way!