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I bought my nephew an Easy Bake Oven for Xmas

I have a 2 family house and my sister,her husband, & my 3 1/2 year old nephew live on the 1st floor. I love to bake & cook. I always send cookies, cake, etc downstairs and my nephew is always asking me to bake cookies. He has a few pretend cooking/baking playsets that he plays with all the time. Anyway, I called my sister before I bought it and asked her what she thought and she said ok. He will be supervised when he uses it and he is a very smart little boy for his age with a beautiful imagination. Have any of you bought an Easy Bake Oven for a boy? I wish they would make a separate box with a boy on the cover because the one I got has a girl on it.

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  1. I think at his age he really won't care that there is a girl on the box. The only way he would notice is if he heard other people (such as parents) comment about cooking being for girls. Lots of little boys are interested in cooking or making things in the kitchen. My friend teaches daycare to 4 year olds and every week they have a kitchen class where they will make something out of food...........such as playdough or whatever.

    1. And I think you can minimize the effect of any (stupid) sexist comments by watching some macho-male-tv-chefs with him.

      1. I have read that Bobby Flay received an Easy Bake from his mom for Christmas when he was 7 or so.

        1. http://www.hasbro.com/easybake/defaul...

          Today's Easy Bake Oven is fairly gender-neutral and since it was invented by a man shouldn't be a toy enjoyed only by girls.

          http://www.superchefblog.com/2005/01/...

          1. I think the only issue is going to be an age one. An easy bake oven requires some dexterity in placing and removing the cake and the little pans and bowls might not have a big enough target to aim for.
            I know you said he'd have full supervision but I can foresee that he might have a problem with his mom having to do most of the work for him on "his toy". It may be best to give him some small tasks to do in the kitchen until he is old enough to fully use the oven.

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            1. re: Lixer

              I agree, your intent is good but he's a bit young for it (I have the same problem, I'm always tempted to get presents for my nieces and nephews that they're not quite ready for). I started cooking as a boy, in fact some of my earliest memories are of "helping" my mother bake from scratch, but I was probably eight or nine before I made anything more elaborate than cinnamon toast entirely on my own.

            2. I had one growing up, and would not hesitate to buy one for a boy.

              I would be concerned about the age of the child, supervised or not. 3-1/2 is too young. I believe the Easy Bake oven is made for those 8 and up according to the packaging. I probably would wait a few years.

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              1. re: swsidejim

                A very sensible comment swsidejim. I have to agree with the age issue. At 3 1/2, the parent is the one who will be doing the the Easy-Baking (these things get REALLY hot!). Still, i guess if the child's parent is willing to supervise to that extent, more power to them on the quality time issue. My personal choice would be to have a bunch of "play food" for a child that age.

                rockycat, below, is speaking my thoughts: why not expose them to the real thing, age-appropriate? My kids cooked with me. It was much more useful in skill-teaching. And, you get more product for about as much effort! And the "play food" can be for those times the parent cannot take on total supervision.

                An aside: My daughter had an Easy Bake and that thing is still the bane of my existence! :-) At nearly 16 she STILL harangues me for permission to have it in her room to cook with! Imagine a tribe of teens cooking one brownie at a time in someone's bedroom. I don't even want to think about the mess. I'll let my daughter pull it out to play with her 8 year old cousin, though.

                The boy/girl identity issue? Should not be one, IMHO.

                Cay

              2. I think your idea is fine, but I wonder if the gift of time wouldn't be more appreciated in the long run. I'm sitting at my desk looking at a picture of my daughter at age 3 with flour on her nose and all down her black tee shirt, a big circle of rolled-out dough in front of her and a huge grin on her face. We were baking dog biscuits for our neighbors' dogs that day and I think it was her first baking experience.

                She's six now and still generally stands on a chair to reach the work surface comfortably, but she's learning fractions from reading recipes, she's getting the hang of folding, and she's starting to learn to test cakes for doneness. She's won state fair ribbons for her muffins for two years running now. She's no prodigy - I just let her bake with me and help choose some of the recipes. All with complete supervision. I do anything that requires a sharp knife and I handle anything hot. Still, she has never used a mix and doesn't have "kiddie" kitchen tools. She has her own measuring spoons, cups, spatulas, etc. and I happily use hers when mine are in the dishwasher.

                No, I don't think there's a thing wrong with getting your nephew an Easy Bake. I had one as a child, too. But I know it didn't teach me much about baking and it sure didn't give me quality time with any adults in the family.

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                1. re: rockycat

                  Agree with the gift of time, create some memories with your nephew. If you have time to make him the cookies why not include him in the process. You'll be amazed by what he can do in the kitchen. I have a lower cabinet that is dedicated to kid cooking utensils; mini whisk, mini rolling pin, colorful measuring cups and spoons, wooden spoons, etc. Those would make great gifts for him & you'll also be teaching him some valuable skills (basic cooking, following recipes, measurements, nutrituion).

                  I had an Easy Bake Oven but it didn't get used often, it didn't compare to cooking with my Mom. Some of my best memories are of cooking with Mom and my sisters. Still think that my best conversations are usually in the kitchen while cooking with friends and family.

                2. Frankly, I would have LOVED to get one of these as a kid, and I was otherwise into typically "masculine" toys. You mentioned all the right indicators -- pretend cooking playsets and a desire to help in the kitchen. I bet he'll love it!

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                  1. re: a_and_w

                    "Nancy-boy comment aside, I have a five year old nephew, who not only has an Easy Bake oven, but a grandfather who does all of the cooking for the household as a role model, and an auntie who works in the food industry. His grandfather is not a man to be taken lightly either. We figured that it was easier to keep the kid out of the kitchen with his own space to cook and keep him out from under his grandfather's feet while he was in their rather small kitchen.

                    1. re: lrostron

                      Ok my answer is just as the mother of a four year old boy. I would not buy him an easy bake but the reason is because I would rather buy him cool tools they make for kids to use in the real kitchen. An easy bake is just another toy that will be played with a couple of times then forgotten to take up space.And he is too young to really use it anyway.

                      1. re: LaLa

                        Good point (and could you make specific recommendations about these "cool tools"?), but the OP says she's already bought it , so unless she wants to try to return it that's moot..

                      2. re: lrostron

                        The image of your grandfather tripping over your little nephew while they cook is adorable!

                        1. re: a_and_w

                          They do have fun together. Grumpa (a family nickname) picks the little one from from school three afternoons a week, and they cook together most aftenoons, with his own stool to sit on next to the chopping block. He gets blunt ended scissors to help cut up the veggies for the nightly salad, but only AFTER he washes his hands. If it's pasta, he gets to turn the handle on the pasta machine.

                    2. What a great question. I'm a 34-year old guy now, but I actually still have very strong memories of the Easy Bake Oven that I always wanted but never got.

                      Part of this is because as a kid, I remember feeling that this was "for girls", and I even remember trying to convince my younger sister to ask for one so that I could use it myself. It never happened.... she subsequently had huge problems with food and her weight, went on to a bout of bulemia, 15 years of vegetarianism eating canned mushrooms and horrible food, and just recently suddenly and unexpected decided to eat meat again. She now takes a lot more time to enjoy the food she eats, and she feels as if she's making up for lost time. Even still, those old demons stil haunt her.

                      Mr Taster

                        1. I think the kitchen play is 'only for girls' stereotype is starting to fade. My daycare invested in a mini kitchen set (geez! do you know how expensive some of them are?!) about a year ago and it's still the most popular toy in the toddler room -- for boys and girls.

                          Part of my son's birthday present this year (2) was a mini-tool set and baking pans. He makes me pretend pizza, cookies, and hot chocolate all of the time. He also helps in the kitchen - I let him combine things and stir. He loves it, we get to spend more time together (work + commute = 11 hrs), and it offers so many teaching opportunities that I couldn't even begin to list them.
                          Go for it.

                          1. for boys, or girls, e-z bake ovens are: dumbest. toy. ever.

                            they are rinky-dink, they are dangerous, they are both expensive and junky, they are appropriate for only a two-month long age group, they are tiresome.

                            let the kid help in the kitchen and make real food, not a 2 1/2" by 3" piece of sugary crap. boys and girls should learn the value of measuring and stirring and contributing to the ***meals*** that will feed their whole family, not a single-serv play overly sweet mini-foodlike object. they should associate food with family meals and togetherness, not solitary sugary comfort in a child's playroom. if e-z bakes were illegal there would be fewer folks that develop eating disorders, sweets-bingers who substitute huge dessert portions for proper meals, and fewer folks thinking that single serv heat-up crap on a tray is in any way acceptable. have the kid learn that meals are big things with lots of variety and choices on a big table for everyone to share!

                            down with these insidious crappy e-z bake things! if it isn't too late the op should return it and buy a set of small unbreakable mixing bowls, measuring cups & spoons, & make some simple cookie recipes with her nephew. he will have much better learning experiences/memories cooking with his favorite aunt. shoot. a plastic bowl, measuring cups and some dried beans-- sounds like some good loud fun, we're out four whole bucks, and we're in danger of actually learning something.

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                            1. re: soupkitten

                              dried beans could be a choking hazard.

                              1. re: swsidejim

                                thanks for pointing that out, Jim--forgot that he's under 4. was thinking of beans being easier to sweep up than flour. :)

                                measure something else then-- actual food ingredients, though. shoot, there are pix of me at 3 years of age, standing on a rickety bar stool browning cheap greasy ground beef in a hot cast iron pan on the stove with a crappy wooden spoon and no spatter guard. my parents, (both nurses) weren't big on children's safety guidelines-- no car seats, doorway gates, or childproofing of any kind. yeesh, they'd probably be put away for child endangerment these days. anyway, i still think teaching kids to cook with real food and implements is the best course of action, no matter how fancy and expensive the kids' toys are these days-- they'll learn more, and have a real sense of accomplishment if they "help" with the simplest tasks that contribute to their family's meal.

                                1. re: soupkitten

                                  the flour would be a mess I agree, but probabaly alot of fun for a child. :-)

                              2. re: soupkitten

                                Good grief soupkitten, tell us how you really feel.

                                40 million sold...Give some props to the inventor, Kuhn. No need to bash a beloved right of passage for some 40 million children. Who said chowhounding can't begin with a light bulb and some confectioner's sugar?

                                "Kuhn had earned two degrees from MIT in chemical engineering. Before moving to Sonoma, Kuhn's professional career was in the toy manufacturing industry. He served as vice president of Kenner Toys for many years, where he was in charge of research and development. Later on, as an independent toy inventor, Kuhn created and developed the famous "Easy-Bake Oven" for children."

                                1. re: HillJ

                                  okay, maybe the e-z bake is not proof of evil incarnate in toy-form. . . that would be "tickle me elmo!" LOL ;-P

                                  after reading that so many of my esteemed chowhound friends may have begun their lifelong love of cooking with wee little toy pans and light bulbs, i may have to revise my opinion on this toy, maybe it's not so bad after all. i do think some of the scratch recipes AmyH posted, which the team moved, looked okay. . . well, how's this: i *personally* would spend time cooking with my fave nephew, and maybe give him some unbreakable, but very real, cooking tools to play with, and the gift of time, & great recipes of course. maybe if he lived very very far away, then i'd consider sending him this type of toy, but not otherwise.

                                  1. re: soupkitten

                                    soupk, I've refreshed my point of view after many a CH post...there is hope for all of us (she replies with a big grin).

                                    1. re: HillJ

                                      hey, i'm wrong sometimes-- and i burn stuff, drop stuff, and cut myself occasionally, i admit it! :)

                                      1. re: soupkitten

                                        and i continue to stand corrected... i just learned that chef chuck hughes had an easy bake as a kid.

                                        i am sorry, easy bake... i was wrong to ever doubt you. what you lack in size and btus you certainly make up for in the number of young imaginations you've ignited and hearts warmed. bake on, easy... bake on.

                                  2. re: HillJ

                                    It was actually invented by Ronald Howes.

                                    http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/02/ea...

                                    Kuhn was VP of R&D overseeing development of the oven after it was sold to Kenner by Howes.

                                  3. re: soupkitten

                                    Yes, my thoughts exactly (well on the oven itself, not necessarily that it leads to eating disorders). My daughter had one that I got on clearance for $5. We used it once. It was terrible. The cake tasted bad, it was hard to mix. It taught nothing because that's not the way to cook. Mix, water, stir in a little Lilliputian bowl and try not to spill. Food is inedible. They have cute kid sized utensils at a lot of cooking stores now which are cute. Cooking with a lightbulb is still cooking so as long as they need adult supervision, they might as well use the real oven or even a toaster oven. At 3 1/2, he's old enough to start cooking/baking for real.

                                  4. Awesome gift. My one friend stopped at a garage sale with her young son and was surprised when he latched onto a pink and yellow play shopping cart for sale there. It was only fifty cents so she bought it for him and it was his favorite toy for quite awhile. Now he is older and still enjoys going to the store and helping with the shopping and even helping his mom calculate the best deals on items, he really likes math too.

                                    1. Re: actually using the oven. I suspect that an awful lot of imaginary play happens with the ovens as well. It’s not just crappy cakes – the ability to dream about making wonderful things. Of course, I never had an Easy-Bake when I was a child…but damn did I want one!

                                      Of course, my son’s current ‘oven’ exists under our ottoman and his coffee maker is a plastic robot.

                                      1. I always wanted an Easy Bake Oven. Instead, I wound up with the crappy Holly Hobby oven. I used it when I played with my Star Wars action figures, not for "baking". The Holly Hobby oven helped make a mean Death Star though.

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                                        1. My 8 yr old son asked for an Easy Bake Oven for Christmas and I gladly bought it for him. We used it for the second time last night, using our own cake mix and we made an awesome little triple layer cake with cherry filling and whipped cream frosting. We had a ball and I am really looking forward to all the great times we are going to have together experimenting with this nifty gadget.

                                          I have to say how absolutely surprised I was that this thing actually worked. I remember wanting one very very badly when I was a kid but my mom would never have bought something like that for me (I don't really know why, I just know she wouldn't have.) And I know from past experience how many toys end up disappointing when it doesn't turn out to be as wonderful as it promised to be. But this is a fantastic toy and I am REALLY glad we got it. :)

                                          As far as buying this for a boy, we did get a teal one instead of pink. :) Other than that, I had no issues about buying this for my son. He wanted just wanted to bake. He's a really well-rounded kid and I've tried really hard not to burden him with gender stereotypes (to a point.)

                                          1. Original question was if we'd ever gotten one an Easy Bake Oven for a boy? No, but I've never gotten one for a girl either. I had one growing up and it just frustrated me. Everything I made was was in miniture while mom was making the real thing. I just had my daughter (I don't have a son) cooking and baking with me from a young age. On the other hand my sister loved it and couldn't wait until she could get one for her kids.

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                                            1. re: tlegray

                                              I think that's one of the things my son loves about it - the cakes are in miniature. And it is the "real thing" if you use regular cake (or cookie, etc.) recipes, which we've already done. I think my son feels more ownership at this point for the things he's made and that's a big part of it's appeal as well.

                                              1. re: flourgirl

                                                I am glad you added this because I was wondering why at eight he wasnt using the regular oven.

                                            2. my daughter desperately wanted one of these for Christmas, but they are not available in the UK anymore. Does anyone know why??? We are off to Texas in Feb to visit friends and I have contemplated bringing one back with us, but I am not sure if it would work here

                                              1. I think it's cute. My 3 year old helps me out plenty in the real kitchen - I declared myself Most Patient Mom the day I let her scoop the batter for 36 chocolate cupcakes. There was batter everywhere, including down the back of her shirt. We also decorated them with sparkkes, sprinkles, etc - fyi, don't bother trying to explain "less is more" to a preschooler.

                                                But she would still LOVE to have her own little working oven, and I'm sure your nephew loves his.

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                                                1. re: julesrules

                                                  i dont think its bad to get a boy an easy bake oven. i had one as a child, metal pans and all, and i loved it, the stuff you can cook up with those things are quite delicious. if you notice it's something hes into, you could defnitely introduce him to the kitchen and maybe cooking is one of his favorite things in life.

                                                2. I'm 43 and still waiting for my own Easy Bake...seriously.
                                                  Figuring on having special Easy Bake nights with friends. Maybe doing a bit of tweaking (a la Binford 3000) with a 500w bulb and insulation etc etc.

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                                                  1. re: porker

                                                    My now 7 year old nephew loves to help his mother (my sister in the kitchen). When I brought up the idea of getting him an EZ Bake Oven, she shot that idea down immediately. She thinks it's too feminine for him.

                                                    1. re: Kris

                                                      That's too bad - I hope she realizes the potential limitations she's imposing on her son with her outmoded ideas regarding gender. And I'm not claiming to be a saint in this area - it's sometimes a struggle for me as a parent of a young boy not to do the same thing - but struggle I do for his sake - I don't want his life to have any more boundaries than are already unfortunately there, rightly or wrongly, because of the way the world is today....

                                                      1. re: Kris

                                                        Thats the struggle I'm having.

                                                        1. re: Kris

                                                          Too feminine? That's a truly medieval attitude. I learned to cook as a boy, and let me tell you, in my single days my ability to cook wonderful romantic dinners for my dates ensured that an extraordinary number of them turned into breakfast as well!

                                                          I still do most of the cooking in the house and my wife is very appreciative.

                                                          1. re: BobB

                                                            I don't think it's the cooking itself that very many people think is too "feminine" for boys. Not these days. But somehow, the thought of buying their little boys an easy bake oven just crosses an invisilbe line of acceptability that makes some parents too uncomfortable...

                                                            1. re: flourgirl

                                                              I would ask these parents to ask themselves where this invisible line comes from, and just what it is that makes them uncomfortable. I don't want to stray too far afield - there has already been at least one extensive block of posts deleted from this thread for getting too vehement on the subject of homophobia - but really, there are better things to worry about than whether a toy oven is "acceptable" for a boy who's expressed an interest in cooking.

                                                              1. re: BobB

                                                                but really, there are better things to worry about than whether a toy oven is "acceptable" for a boy who's expressed an interest in cooking.
                                                                ~~~~~~~~
                                                                Especially when the majority of reknowned chefs in the world are male.

                                                                1. re: BobB

                                                                  I absolutely one hundred percent agree - I was just pointing out that the situation exists.

                                                                  Also, it pays to remember that not every parent of a young child is from the same generation. Different generations have sometimes been raised, well, differently. Older parents were themselves raised by a generation of parents who may have had much more rigid views on gender roles and it can be hard to shake things that are instilled from a young age. Not impossible, obviously, but difficult. I think instead of reacting negatively to the idea that there are still some parents who might have issues along these lines, I prefer to take heart from the fact that, overall, things are moving in a positive direction.

                                                        2. I WISH I had got a Easybake Oven when I was a kid -- my parents bought me the little boxed mixes and we had some "play pans" that had belonged to my aunt, and I baked all my stuff in a toaster oven. Didn't scar me for life, actually helped learn cooking times and cooking temperatures and improvising with what you have to work with.
                                                          I did buy my daughters one a few years ago -- they used it a couple times and it's on top of the refrigerator now. I was helping them use it the first time and the cake pan fell down inside the heating chamber where the light bulb is - I had to disassemble the entire oven to get the now-overbaked cake.
                                                          Now when they want to bake, we do a full-size cake or several dozen cookies -- it's hard to get a satisfying dessert out of a 4 bite cake.

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                                                          1. re: podunkboy

                                                            That's why you have to bake layer cakes! :)

                                                            1. re: podunkboy

                                                              I begged for one as a kid... gender issues squashed that even in the late seventies. Its good that these ideas are coming to pass...

                                                            2. The updated Hasbro Easy Bake Oven was announced today. Sans light bulb in the; new model boasts a heat setting of 350 degrees and plugs into an electrical outlet. Modern, purple design.

                                                              http://www.hasbro.com/easy-bake/en_US...

                                                              http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09...

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                                                              1. re: HillJ

                                                                After looking at the new version, I was trying to recall what mine looked like.

                                                                This site shows that visual history http://www.easybakeoven.ca/history.cfm

                                                                I had the oldest turquoise one that was passed to me by my older sister (I remember it being larger...isn't that always the way of childhood memories). But I was never allowed to bake in it. No light bulb or mixes for it. I still played with it a lot though making fake cakes and dinners.

                                                                I think my parents didn't bother making it work for real for me because I spent so much time in the kitchen with my mom.

                                                                1. re: Sooeygun

                                                                  Sooeygun, I definately had the same turquoise version as well. Thank you for this link, I will share it.

                                                                  And my loving and generous grandparents could always be counted upon to provide the mixes for it. Although I spent nearly all my free time with my relatives in their commerical & home kitchens as a child, the "modern" light bulb baking toy is still a fond memory. My own children, nieces and nephews have all rec'd a version of the Easy Bake Oven from me over the years. If I am able to score the new one in time for Christmas...I know a cute 7 year old who's def. on Santas list.

                                                                  What's not to love!

                                                                2. re: HillJ

                                                                  That site includes a warning: "Not recommended for children under 8 years of age."

                                                                  I think new version of the oven was developed because 100 watt light bulbs are about to go extinct.

                                                                  1. re: bcarter3

                                                                    Absolutely right about the light bulb, safety recommendation. The new electric version heats to 350 degree and plugs into an electric outlet. And adult supervision is always recommended. From what I've read the new EBO is a "pretty toaster oven" really.

                                                                    1. re: bcarter3

                                                                      My daughter received an Easy Bake Oven as a gift sometime in the past one to two years. I always lectured her like crazy about using it safely, etc., to the point she was afraid to go near the thing. Wouldn't you know that I was careless in using it and got a very nasty little burn. That thing is dangerous!

                                                                  2. My son grew up in a house where I did all the cooking and his mother did all the handyman / yardwork stuff. I remember taking him to Toys-R-Us for a "make a birthday list" trip when he was about six and him being rather offended that all the "cooking" toys were in the same aisle with Barbies, girls' dress-up stuff, makeup toys, etc. -- or what he called "The Pink Aisle".

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                                                                    1. re: jmckee

                                                                      I don't blame him jmckee. In this day and age such gender considerations are ridiculous.

                                                                    2. If ANYONE tells you that cooking is too effeminate for that little boy, you let them know that you know a man who is 6' tall, wide shoulders, who is built like a college linebacker (albeit one that is probably about ten years past his prime) who drove 18-wheelers for 15 years and can cook like a gourmet chef (although my knife skills leave something to be desired). I was raised in my momma's kitchen and at your nephew's age I was making french toast and grilled cheese sandwiches, with close adult supervision of course.
                                                                      I do agree with the age question. But with adult supervision and assistance it shouldn't be a problem. I haven't read the entire thread, have you invited your nephew to help you in the kitchen? THAT would be the best present and learning opportunity you could give him.

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                                                                      1. re: PotatoHouse

                                                                        "If ANYONE tells you that cooking is too effeminate for that little boy, you let them know that you know a man who is 6' tall, wide shoulders, who is built like a college linebacker (albeit one that is probably about ten years past his prime) who drove 18-wheelers for 15 years"

                                                                        Believe me, there are plenty of gay men this describes as well. Some of you have a very skewed idea of what constitutes masculine and feminine and gay and straight.

                                                                        1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                          The poster said nothing about sexuality, unless you equate "effeminate" with gay??? I do not. I think you're making similar assumptions to what you accuse this poster of.

                                                                          1. re: julesrules

                                                                            It is how I intuited the poster's comment. It is what it is.

                                                                      2. I never have, but think it's a wonderful idea. IN fact, seeing your post has inspired me to do some baking with my 3 1/2 year old son this weekend. Maybe not buy an easy bake for him yet, since i'm not sure how much he'll really enjoy it, but he comes home from school with baked goods weekly that he is apparently making in class, so i assume he'll enjoy it.

                                                                          1. re: rozz01

                                                                            The promo sure is slick, but YIKES that new model is indeed unsightly. Looks like it should be on the set of a 1968 episode of Star Trek. What happened to the classic design?
                                                                            http://www.salon.com/food/2010/02/28/...

                                                                            1. re: porker

                                                                              At least the previous version looked like a microwave but the new one is ugly!

                                                                          2. My son loves to cook, so I bought him an Easy Bake for Christmas when he was 7. He thought it was great, until we actually started to use it. We're not big bakers, so he was more interested in the "real food". He took one look at the finished mac-n-cheese, and said, "Mom, do I have to eat it?"

                                                                            1. I can't wait until my son is old enough for one!! I had one and loved it and I plan on getting him one. He's only turning 3 this week though. I DID sign him up for a toddler cooking class though....it's next month!

                                                                              1. I bought one for my 3 1/2 yr old. also. I thought for sure he would open it and love it. Well I was way wrong. He opened it, saw the girl on the box and looked at me and said 'Oh, I think this is for uou Mom'. I laughed and said it was for boys and girls. He started crying a little saying it was for girls and I just kept reassuring him that it was for boys too. I told him 'see their is blue and purple on the box too'. Later I overheard him telling my Dad that he got his own oven from Santa and that it was for girls AND boys. Interesting that a three yr old would be bothered by something like that. His best friend is a girl and nothing has ever come up that he said he didn't want to do because it was for girls. I was surprised but then I started watching the ads on TV between his cartoons and they can be very gender specific. I think Hasbro needs to come out with a
                                                                                Non gender specific color scheme on their packaging and put both sexes on the box. The oven they do make for boys makes, I believe, inedible bugs and creepy crawlies. That's great but these lids want to eat their creations not play with them. I remember my oven was a Holly Hobby oven or something like that, but it was yellow and brown. Hasbro needs to think nostalgia. By the way, my husband had an Easy Bake and he is 200% man.

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                                                                                1. re: Pazkez

                                                                                  It would be cool if Hasbro marketed these ovens towards boys and girls. However, I think generally its the adults (actually spending the money) with the notion that its for girls...Hasbro is likely taking advantage of this. Their thinking might if they put both boys and girls on the packaging, some adults might get upset, lowering, rather than raising, sales.

                                                                                2. My boys are 8 and 5 and they have one. I don't remember when I bought it for them, but neither of them ever said anything about it being for girls. It's fun to drag out every now and then, but they like cooking and baking real food too.

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                                                                                  1. re: silvergirl

                                                                                    Ditto here, silvergirl. My children (2 girls, 2 boys) all grew up using the "lovin oven" and the "creepy crawler" oven and no issues to report. Now the new model hardware I think is a bit phony baloney, I like and had the older versions for my kids (back in the day) but as far as gender neutral...well, I think the home you're brought up in deals with that best.

                                                                                  2. I had the Pizza Hut toy easy bake oven. (also with a light bulb) I loved that thing as a kid even if the pizzas tasted like crap.

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                                                                                    1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                      You mean just like the real thing? :-)

                                                                                      1. re: rockycat

                                                                                        "I had the Pizza Hut toy easy bake oven. (also with a light bulb) "

                                                                                        Isn't that basically the same type of oven they use in the restaurants? :)

                                                                                      2. Just saw this and it made me think of this thread that I last posted to years ago: http://www.latimes.com/business/money...

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                                                                                        1. re: BobB

                                                                                          I thought of this thread as well, BobB!

                                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                            We saw the piece on the nightly news.

                                                                                        2. I love to bake, but having my two sons 'help out' is often way too trying on my patience level. I did buy them an easy bake oven. It was hot pink. This led to countless hours of me baking treats for the family, and them baking their own kid sized treats that were consumed by them. They got to lick the utensils (I know, raw eggs, bad mommy, but they lived) and put their fingers anywhere they wanted. There are no gender issues as far as I'm concerned. My oldest begged for stroller (hot pink/purple) for his animals so he could push his animals, while I pushed his brother in a real one; and also used to love his vacuum. (favorite toy ever) My youngest love to carry around a fendi bucket bag to hold all of his junk in. I didn't care. The youngest asked for an incredibly awesome minature kitchen set, with about 250 pieces of food/utensils for his 6th birthday. Some people judged whether this was 'appropriate' for bigger boy, I did not. I happily bought it, and was served countless meals at his pretend kitchen for about 4 years. Now both boys are strapping pre-teens ( 11 year old is 5'5" 135 lbs, and 12 year old is 5'4") They play sports, and shoot airsoft guns. They are also sweet, kind innocent kids at heart. I never once thought buying my sons 'girl' toys in 'girl' colors would make them girly, or gay. I always thought you are born who you are, and as parents we are here to nurture, encourage and love unconditionally.

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                                                                                            1. re: sunangelmb

                                                                                              I look forward to the day when clarifying such kitchen magic is a thing of the past.

                                                                                              1. re: sunangelmb

                                                                                                Great post. I wonder what the "gender-specific toy supporters" actually think will happen if a parent chooses the "wrong" toy(s)?

                                                                                                  1. re: sunangelmb

                                                                                                    Anyone who thinks that you bought your sons "girl" toys is an idiot. Good job.

                                                                                                  2. Haven't bought one for a boy, but my cousin David has one growing up in the 70's. Don't know if he in turn bought one for his son/daughters.

                                                                                                    By the way, who the toy was "marketed" for never bothered my parents or my aunties/uncles. The two coolest toys of my memory were a Rivetron and Rock 'Em, Sock'Em Robots, so they bought to the child's likes, not stupid societal dictates.

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                                                                                                    1. re: pinehurst

                                                                                                      i loved rock'em sock'em robots...they were so cool

                                                                                                    2. Well despite many hours in the kitchen together my daughter has asked for an Easy Bake Oven for Xmas. I'm not surprised though. I always wanted one too. The marketing is pretty good I guess.

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                                                                                                      1. re: julesrules

                                                                                                        Is that her way of demonstrating she's ready to cook/bake in the kitchen on her own? One thing about the marketing of an EBO, no parents in the ad. The voice over states, "adult supervision required" but you never hear or see a grownup on screen.

                                                                                                        1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                          Hmmm interesting. She actually hasn't been that interested in cooking with me the past year or so, so it hasn't occurred to me to give her more responsibility. But I was thinking of getting out the kids' cookbook someone gave us years ago again, now that she can read, do math etc. Thanks for the hint! I'd be more likely to just get it if I didn't have a 3 year old who will be super-interested (and is sneaky!) which seems like a set-up for a burn. My mother NEVER in a million years would have bought me one, and I guess most of her peers felt the same, they're such a nostalgia/fantasy item for women I know, most of whom never had one. So it's tempting to just give in and get it.
                                                                                                          Are you this good a listener in real life HillJ? Lol

                                                                                                          1. re: julesrules

                                                                                                            I begged for one every birthday and every Christmas. Never got an explanation of why I didn't get it. Probably worried I'd make a mess in the perfectly clean house!

                                                                                                            1. re: julesrules

                                                                                                              lol..julesrules...I have my moments but you'd have to ask my 4 (adult kids) the answer.
                                                                                                              I was always asking to do more than my parents or grandparents would allow until they would catch me getting into the cabinets anyway...it just sometimes strikes me that we think "later than sooner" where teaching is concerned. By the time I was ten, my mom couldn't stop me from roasting/baking and experimenting.

                                                                                                              1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                Very interesting! I am a believer that children are smarter and learn faster than they are generally given credit for....

                                                                                                                1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                  I share that belief. But, I didn't learn it from my own parents/grandparents. I learned it from early mentors from my working life.

                                                                                                        2. Maybe you can give with the oven some 'coupons' for baking time with you.

                                                                                                          I believe that boys are a little slower than girls to develop manual dexterity, but it may depend on the child. The age on the package is for the lowest common denominator. When I was 3, my mother had me vacuuming (with a pumpkin style vacuum) and folding all the laundry except for sheets. (My mother may also be outside the bell curve, but that's a different topic ...)

                                                                                                          1. Update: A win for lovers of Easy Bake Oven! A young lady from NJ who was frustrated by the pink/purple only offerings successfully launced a petition to the makers of Easy Bake Oven.

                                                                                                            Next summer, boys will be featured in marketing campaigns for the toy and the product will be offered in blue, silver and black.

                                                                                                            http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/12/...

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                                                                                                            1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                              Unfortunately the new design (no more lightbulb, no window to watch your cakes rise) is pretty poorly reviewed. I always wonder how such crappy products can make it through such long design/production processes. I was going to buy it just to give her that thrill of getting the much-desired TV item rather than what Mom thinks she should have but it just sounds too crappy. Going to get a Babycakes cake pop maker and recipe book instead - apparently you can use it to make ebelskiver too :)

                                                                                                              1. re: julesrules

                                                                                                                I'm not familiar with any of the new competitive alternatives, my children are now adults. But this change for Hasbro is a victory for consumers who wanted the cooking toy for boys without the gender bias.

                                                                                                                1. re: julesrules

                                                                                                                  I agree; however, maybe the next goal should be to remove gender bias from colors!

                                                                                                              2. Read through this entire thread (it would make the foundation for a great PhD dissertation!). I wonder if there was this much gender-stereotyping angst went on when my Dad bought me (a girl) a train set for Christmas, 55 years ago....

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                                                                                                                1. re: LJS

                                                                                                                  such essays and abstracts already have been written. Maybe the young lady from NJ will take her campaign writing skills to the next level one day.

                                                                                                                  1. re: LJS

                                                                                                                    When the MIL's husband bought my little girl a train set there was no bias at all in it. He bought it for himself. The kid had no interest in trains at all and she couldn't have cared less. She does throw a mean football, though...

                                                                                                                    1. re: rockycat

                                                                                                                      Yep, pretty certain my Dad was thinking of himself when he bought that train set...he was and is a great father, though...we talk soccer, books and politics together to this day and I am lucky to have him in my corner...at 90, he remains a great support and he LOVES my cooking (which he considers some kind of miracle as my Mom couldn't boil water).

                                                                                                                      I sure would'a liked one of those Easy-Bake ovens, though...going to get one for my grandson, soon as he can hold a spoon right-side up-15 months is too young, right?

                                                                                                                  2. I used to live with a very large and scary-looking former biker. His favorite toy as a child? His Easy Bake Oven.

                                                                                                                    Your nephew won't mind at all:)