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I purchased the Learning Resources 'Pretend and Play Post Office' as a bit of an impulse buy. I had a post office as a child (which I had endless amounts of fun with) and thought my daughter would love it. The reviews convinced me, along with the fact it was on offer for £10 (RRP of £29.99 but often around £15 on Amazon).
Learning Resources focus on practical role play toys that are well constructed and superbly thought out - all with fantastic reviews!
Upon receiving the item, I was glad that it seemed to live up to expectations! I admit when taking it out the box I was a little worried of the durability/quality as it seemed to be made of flimsy plastic. However, I was wrong. The post office is very cleverly presented as a carrycase when folded. With the release of a velcro strap, the post office doors open up and the front desk folds out when positioned correctly on a flat surface. It has a window behind the desk where the 'postmaster' sits and the 'customer' sits the other side facing an array of realistic features such as; a post box (along with a changeable collection clock), various forms in plastic windows (e.g. passport request form), weighing scales, foreign exchange rates and a note board.
The added extras are what really impressed me! The product has been very well thought out. The designer deserves an award! To name just a few, you get tax disks, postcards, stamps, money, foreign currency (dollars and euros), parcel boxes, envelopes and many more. The clever part is that almost all of the stationary is 'wipeable' if used with the pen and eraser included, meaning the post office can provide years of fun!
I am extremely impressed with this. Already it has given me and my daughter hours of fun and I'm sure I'll be buying more of these for birthday presents in the years to come! The only negative I can think of is purely selfish on my part - It takes ages to tidy away with all the included items!
With the Pretend Post Office Set you can set up your own Post Office on a tabletop and be open for business! Great for helping children develop their writing skills on letters, forms and notice board ads and for practising their math skills with currency exchange, adding up, saving deposits and selling stamps. With 178 pieces, it all folds up for easy storage.