“ Manufacturer: Just Like Home / Type: Tea Set / Age: 3 Years+ „
This tea set is something that has been in our toy box for several years and is still played with today. Toys R Us where I bought this from recommend this toy for children over 3 years. However I bought this for our son when he was 2 and he played with it with no problems from this age I just watched him with the teaspoons as I can't think of any other reason why this wouldn't be suitable for children from 2 years old.
The tea set includes a tray, tea pot with lid, sugar pot with lid, milk jug and four cups with saucers and teaspoons. They are all made from plastic and can be used in both the dishwasher and microwave. Now I am not sure when you would actually put this in the microwave for a child to play with but I do know that the dishwasher cleans them nicely when we have used them as a tea party set and they have remained bright and have remained undamaged in any way.
My son enjoys playing with this set and has done for several years and whilst it isn't an everyday played with item he does keep coming back to it time and again to have tea parties for his teddies and myself and his dad. All the items in the set are nice and easy for a child to hold and manipulate. My son is able to use the milk jug and he can pour easily from the tea pot and was able to do so from the age of 2. Even with liquid in the tea pot he still manages to lift it easily and manoeuvre it around to make sure everyone gets a drink. The spoons are nicely curved and can actually hold items within it such as a sweet or liquid from the cups. The tea pot lid is a nice secure fit and is neither too tight that when neither lifting it off liquid sprays everywhere nor so loose that it falls off when tipped.
One of the main appeals for my son and me when purchasing this tea set was that it wasn't a pink coloured one. He had set his heart on having a tea set for picnics and parties with his teddies but even at 2 he didn't want a pink one and the bright colures of red blue and yellow definitely appealed to him and have continued to do so even now that he is nearly 5 years old. I think the fact that the colours are so bright and unisex makes it a great set for a boy or a girl and it is certainly appealing to both sexes whenever he has friends round to play. The other good thing about the colour of the set is that it hasn't faded in anyway despite being in the dishwasher a few times and still looks nice and vibrant even after nearly 3 years' worth of play.
Overall I would definitely recommend this tea set it is well made and very robust the bright colours of it appeals to boys and girls and even after nearly 3 years' worth of play it still looks great with no fading or warping of the plastic a full 5 stars from our household. At 12.99 from Toys R Us I think it is well worth its money for the great imaginative play it has given my son.
My daughter turned two at Christmas last year and one of the things she was to be receiving was a kitchen so i wanted her to have some other accessories to play with, so one of the extras my mum bought her was the Just Like Home Tea Set. It has turned out to be more popular than the actual kitchen!!!
The tea set is made up of a teapot, four cups, four saucers, four spoons, milk jug and a sugar bowl and all come on a good sized plastic tray. While the colours of the set are the primary colours i wouldn't say it is necessarily brightly coloured but it is an appealing set for children. I would say it is quite a basic set and have since seen others that appear better in my opinion, but saying that my daughter loves it and may not have enjoyed a different one just as much.
The set isn't very large but it isn't too small for toddlers to play with, i think it is just an ideal size for little hands!
My daughter has a really good imagination and a large part of her play is role play and this set is just fantastic for that purpose, she loves to pretend to make me a cup of tea (or a brew as she calls it) and she likes to make me sit on the floor on a little rug and have the drink with her. If i'm busy she will quite happily get a teddy and doll to sit down and make them a drink and i love the fact that at two years old she has the imagination to do this. In addition to the tea set, my daughter likes to put a plate of food on the tray to serve to me too, usually something random like broccoli or strawberry!
The recommended age for this tea set is 18 months+ which is a good age to start to get their imaginations running! The set is really durable even though i wouldn't say it actually looks particularly strong but it has survived allsorts from my daughter and hasn't even got a mark on it!! All the items in the set are easy to clean but they are dishwasher safe if you wish to wash them that way.
I really like this tea set, my little girl has had many hours of enjoyment out of it and i think it has really enhanced her role play skills which can only be a good thing. I love that it comes with a tray as its great to watch her put all the things together on the tray to serve it up, something that she hasn't actually ever seen before so is ultimately her imagination that has enabled her to do this! I can't recommend this tea set enough, i think anything that helps develop your child in such a way is a really essential thing to have and at £12.99 thats a bargain for such a great item!
My daughter, who is 3, has had this set for a couple of years now, and it has been a vital part of her toy collection, being played with, I won't say every single day, but in the least once a week since the day she received it.
What you get in the set is a plastic tray, 4 cups, 4 saucers, 4 spoons, 1 lidded sugar bowl, 1 milk jug, and 1 tea pot. All are in bright colours, a mixture of yellow, red, and two shades of blue, and they are all made from sturdy durable plastic.
I'd asked for a tea set for my daughter for her first Christmas, and this is the one she was given. At first I was a bit disappointed because I thought it looked quite basic, and I was sure you could get better ones, but anyway, this is what we got. I now feel a bit guilty about being disappointed because my daughter has really had (and still gets) a lot of enjoyment out of the set.
The set is just the right size for little hands, it is a lot smaller and more lightweight than standard sized cups, plates etc but not as tiny as some miniature sets I have seen. The cups are big enough for kids to pretend to drink out of, even adults, and they are small enough for children to carry around on the tray when serving up meals!
The fact that there are 4 cups, saucers, & spoons allows children to role play together, making cups of tea for each other, or even for a child to play alone serving up lunch for their toys or teddies. My daughter has often had little tea parties with her bath toys (of all things?!) and would sit them around the tray and feed them individually with the spoons, and then give them drinks and the like.
What is also often played with in conjunction with this tea set is Play-doh, especially when other kids are involved. They seem to love making food creations out of the Play-doh and serving it up on the 4 saucers, and pretending to eat it with the spoons. This has been a favourite with her older cousins, as they have more imagination and skill to create such things, and it really captivates my daughter when they produce sausage, beans and chips made from Play-doh!
The good thing about this set that it does come with its own tray, so the parts are less likely to get lost in the bottom of a toy box because all the parts of the set can stay on the tray. My daughter's just permanently sits on her table top, and she knows to return all items to the tray once she has finished. I won't pretend we haven't lost a spoon though!! The tray is also an advantage in that the child can easily transport numerous items from one person to another without dropping things.
This tea set has been one of my daughter's favourite toys and it is something she has never seemed to tire of, so far. As well as role playing, she also uses the cups as little storage areas for some of her tiny toys. This is because the tea pot lid actually fits quite snugly on the cups, so she likes to hide things in here and make a 'present for mummy'. Which is very nice of her.
I think sets like these are essential in a child's life to teach them about role-playing, playing with others, and just general imaginative play. No child's toy box should be without one.
We've had it over two years now and it isn't yet showing any real signs of wear and tear. I have washed the full set a couple of times (in normal washing up water) and this has not deteriorated it in any way. And it does actually say you can put it through the dishwasher, or microwave (is that just taking the whole role playing thing a bit too far...??)
All in all, it's a fantastic set, very basic but serves its purpose brilliantly. I suppose I should be thankful it's not pink...
I can highly recommend this set for anyone who wants their child to have a good, decent tea set. It doesn't have too many items or any fancy extras, no unusual items that a child wouldn't know what to do with, and no really small parts to go missing (apart from the odd spoon).
Dimensions are 27x37x10cm (I presume this is the tray)
Available at Toys R Us for £11.99
The ridiculous thing is neither me or my husband drink tea, and we don't own a real teapot!!!