Product Type: Just Like Home Child Development
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Just Like Home Tea Set and Tray
Member Name: arleek
Just Like Home Tea Set and Tray
Advantages: Washable, durable, simple
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!!!
Summary: Great Tea Set
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