“ ELC / Shopping basket in a range of colours. „
We have used this ELC Shopping Basket as part of our role play shop.
We have a red version. The basket is a red colour whilst the handle is a pale blue. The boys like these colours as they are not a girly pink like our cash register.
It is made from plastic which is strong and has stayed in good condition after being dropped over and over again. Being plastic also makes it easy to clean.
It is a nice size which can fit a lot of toy food in. It is smaller than real shopping baskets which is good as that would be too big for children.
There are oval shaped gaps in the basket which makes it look a lot more like the real thing. The holes are quite big but not big enough for food to go through. You could lose toy money (coins) out of the holes though.
The handle is easy to move and doesn't get stuck in certain positions like real shopping baskets occasionaly do.
We have four of these ELC Shopping Baskets in our shop and they can all fit into each other and stack. This makes them a lot easier to store. We usually use them to keep toy food in when not in use.
The children always use these baskets to take things from one place to another. Some of them fill it up with food and take it to their friends at the cash register whilst others fill it and tip it out onto the floor.
The children use there imagination to come up with different uses and some children make it into a bed to carry the toy babies in.
Although we bought it for the shop it gets many different uses which the children enjoy to come up with. This shows how useful they find the toy.
This shopping basket costs £3.20 from Early Learning Centre which is a bargain for such a good quality toy.
As my girls approached their 2nd birthday my sister asked if they would like some toy food as a present, as this was something I was thinking of getting them I said yes. When they received it she had also got them this Early Learning Centre pink shopping basket to go with it. The basket is also available in red.
Made of pink plastic this basket has holes in it and resembles a supermarket shopping basket in this respect. The plastic is rounded over the top edge ensuring that there are no rough edges that your toddler can hurt themselves on. It is an ideal size for toddlers allowing them to easily handle it.
The basket handle is made of sturdier plastic and is shaped with finger groves to make it comfortable to hold. It is easy to detach the handle from the basket if you need to. I often take ours off as the girls kept hanging it round their necks. As the recommended age is 3 and they are only 2 I think this is the safest option when we aren't all playing together.
Playing with the basket
The main use this basket has is when we are playing shopping. The girls have play food and a toy cash register that allows them to have a pretend shopping trip. They are able to choose food to put in the basket and then go to the till to pay for their items. This is a great role playing game which my girls seem to already enjoy and will get more out of as they get older.
When full the contents are easily visible in this basket and one of my daughters loves being able to go through the basket looking at all the items, the other one prefers to just pic kit up and tip the contents out!
The basket is ideal for storing the girls toy food in when they aren't playing with it, keeping it all together ready for the next time.
Price and availability
This basket is available from the Early Learning Centre for £4, I think this is good value for money.
Would I recommend?
Yes, this basket is a great option when introducing your little one to shopping. Due to one of my girls having a delay with her walking a shopping trolley isn't yet an option for us, it's great that we can use this basket to play shops with and it's already had a lot of use.
The Early Learning Centre shopping basket is an item that has been around for many many years and it is probable that pretty much every child has played with one at some point. The basket is designed to allow children to go 'shopping' and collect up their purchases in the store. Playing shops is a very popular game and a lot of children absolutely love playing shops as it can be adjusted in so many ways for example you can use the play food available to set up a grocery store or if you don't have the play food small items from around the home could be used such as food, toys, stationary or clothes.
The basket does seem to change colour every couple of years but the design remains consistent. The basket is around 30cm long and 20cm wide with a height of around 15cm. It is made of solid plastic and has holes around the edges like a normal everyday shopping basket. The holes are large enough to make the basket lightweight but nothing falls through them unless you have particularly tiny things in your basket such as pens or moshi monsters!
The current colour scheme is red with a yellow handle but my niece had a purple one and I had a blue one! I believe that in some stores it is available in pink and looking online I can see that it now retails for £4.00. I was really surprised by this price and think it is an extremely reasonable price.
The handle drops to one side with ease when not being held and it moves up and down smoothly without any tugging or pulling. There are finger grooves at the top of the handle which make it easier for the basket to be held and the plastic is very soft making it comfortable to grip.
The basket can be used for a variety of things but of course the majority of uses are for use when shopping. It does the job perfectly for this and it holds a very good amount of objects without any falling out or sliding over the top. I have also seen the basket used as portable storage, especially in schools when the teacher wants to take a few items to the carpet area or a table for the children to look at.
The basket is very strong. My niece often put heavy things in hers but it never strained the plastic. They remain in very good condition for a long time and it is unlikely that you would ever need to buy a replacement for your child. When used in the role play area in a school children are often rough and occasionally there is a squabble over the basket resulting in a bit of a tug of war! But the basket withstands this as remains strong and perfect.
These baskets are absolutely fantastic. I cant believe they are only retailing for £4 and children can get a huge amount of play value from them and can use them for a variety of shops. They last very very well and look great too. Definitely recommended if you know someone who may enjoy it.
My youngest daughter really loves make believe play, coming up to her second birthday we went through her older sisters old toys to find things she would like to play with and came across a till. We decided to buy her some accessories to go with the till and so we bought her the Early Learning Centre shopping basket.
The basket comes from The Early Learning Centre and it costs us £4 which I think is a great price as she has already had lots of fun playing with it and that's in less than 2 months.
The basket comes in two different colour combinations, there is a red basket with a blue handle and a pink basket with a pink handle on it. With the basket being for a girl we typically went for the pink basket.
The basket is made out of sturdy plastic and is apparently suitable from age 3 and up if you pay attention to The Early Learning centre guide but my daughter plays with this toy with no problem and there are no small pieces to be concerned about.
The basket is just like a real shopping basket, it has a rectangular base and the sides have small holes in them and they taper out a little towards the top of the basket. All the edges are rounded so safe for littler ones and then there is a squared handle in the middle of the basket which is hinged so can move to either side of the basket.
My daughter loves playing shops with her basket, we bought her some pretend food to go with it and she loves carrying the food around and then pretending to feed her dolls with it. Sometimes she takes the shopping out of the basket and puts the baby in the basket and rocks her to sleep which I think is really sweet.
The basket is a really basis toy but it has provided my daughter with hours of fun, it is sturdy and has taken the bashing about that my daughter has given it without so much as a scratch. I would recommend this basket it is well worth the £4 it costs.
Pretending to do "adult" things seems to be my children's favourite play activity, therefore pretend shopping is a routine occurrence in our flat. A shopping basket was therefore a must have accessory for the pretend supermarket and ELC's one is perfect for this task.
I got the red and blue version; red basket with a light blue handle, but it also comes in a very girly pink. It's very much like the real thing made out of plastic only smaller, a good size for a two year old to play with. Just like a real basket the handle goes up and down and the basket also has holes in but these are small enough so things don't fall through. It's very sturdy and so far a year or so has remained like new.
I spotted it one day whilst in Mothercare, it was £4 so a nice little treat for my kids that was not expensive. The basket didn't come in any packaging and it also doesn't come with any goods, they can be brought separately. I did buy a box of play food, however most of the play food which my children use in their shopping games are real food packaging, things like yoghurt pots, Oxo cube boxes, Yalkult bottles, miniature shampoo bottles from hotels etc. all washed out if necessary, but I do feel my kids prefer playing with "real" stuff.
Obviously if we are going to have a basket they then we also need a till and pretend money and my two children do take it in turns to play shop keeper and shop assistant and it is a popular game when they have friends around. The shopping game also includes stacking shelves - putting food cartoons on a bookcase.
This basket has had to go "real" shopping with us a few times where I get a little helper to carry small light things like bananas, crisps etc. I guess it's all part of the learning process and role play is definitely good for small children.
I do find that these simple toys are often the most effective and we have definitely had our £4s worth out of this great little toy!
This was bought for my daughter along with her Early Learning Centre cash register to help us build up our 'shop'!
The basket is still available in ELC for £4 and comes in pink, as pictured here, or in red with a blue handle. Although we have the pink version, as the till we have is also in the pink colour scheme, I think I prefer the red and blue version in all honesty! And there is other shopping paraphernalia to match both colours. It's suitable from two years, but to be honest I couldn't see the harm in an 18 month old walking around with this really!
The design is very simple. It's a small, shoe box size basket with oval holes going all the way around, although the base is solid with no holes (unlike the supermarket versions). The holes aren't too big so you shouldn't lose your shopping through them! The handle is hinged so it can sit down flat or is easily lifted for simple carrying. The handle has a nice rounded design and fits nicely into little hands, so it is a well thought out design, and it has never shown any sign of coming loose.
Either my daughter or I gets to carry the basket during a game of shop and fill it up with groceries, although of course it does also get used for other games and teddies and dollies have enjoyed a little sleep in the basket and been carried about in it. It gets a fair amount of use and a game of shop isn't complete for us without the basket so I am definitely glad we have it.
A basket is a bit of an essential for any shop I think, and this is overall a pretty good option. I have no complaints about it - my daughter has been using it for over a year now and it looks as good as new. When it's not in use, we have all her plastic groceries stored in it, so it's quite handy to have for that reason as well! It's also easier to store than a shopping trolley - and less likely to be used to run around maniacally! - so if you're tight on space then this is a good option.
The only thing I would say is that it may be possible to find a cheaper plastic children's shopping basket from a different shop!
Life is made up of rituals and one my daughter and I have is after Playgroup we go to Bob's to get the dinner we walk to Bob's have the bag and my Daughter has her pink shopping basket!
What is it?
This is the Early Learning centre small pink shopping Basket it is basically a child's wire basket only not so large and heavy so they do not knock products off the shelf and as soon as you put some shopping in they cannot lift it!
Cost and Stockist
The Basket costs £4.00 or is free if you buy the Till as we did and is available online, www.elc.co.uk or in store or in Mothercare and some boots stores.
My Daughter loves being "helpful" and she feels that going shopping with her basket is great fun she likes choosing what she wants for Dinner and putting it in her basket, she also has fun using the basket to carry her doll or she is often to be found wondering around the house going look at all this mess and loading up her basket to put things away!
Grown ups view
I think this Basket is an excellent little toy it is not over priced has withstood rough behaviour and seems to be so much more than a basket a toy that is played with constantly and one that makes my life easier we have gone from tantrums in the supermarket to shared shopping she has her list and basket and thinks getting the packed lunch stuff in her basket a great job she seems to really enjoy choosing items and discussing what we should get I almost feel I ought to pay Early learning centre for making life easier!
I would recommend this basket we have had others in the past which are very small do not hold a lot and break easily this is the perfect size for small hands can have real items in it. I have indeed bought this with play food for numerous friends' children and each time it has been met with what a great toy it is the one we have is pink but it also comes in Blue. I also think toys which teach children without them realising it are brilliant we do lots of colour work; adding and subtraction as well as letters who realised that shopping could be so entertaining!
My daughter often goes into ELC to play with the toys there and was constantly playing with a till there. We therefore decided to buy her one for Christmas and at the time it came with a free basket as well. My daughter got this when she was 15 months old.
My daughter has a lot of toys from the Early Learning Centre and we expect them to be of a good quality, which most of them have been, as it is a trusted name. The basket comes in two colours: red with a blue handle or pink with a pink handle. We have the red and blue one but I assume that they are both the same.
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The basket doesn't come in any packaging, we were able to just pick it from the shelf and once bought, it was ready to be used. It is shaped to make it look like shopping baskets you find in supermarkets and is made of plastic which means it is easy to wipe clean. It has lots of holes in it so you can see what's inside the basket, but they are small enough so that items you put in should not fall out. The basket has a handle which fits on the rim of the basket when not in use but is easy to carry when lifted up.
My daughter has played with this on and off quite a few times since she got it for Christmas. It lives on her shelves with the food from the till inside it and she can easily lift it off the shelf even when it's got things in it as it's quite light. Once she's lifed it down, she can pull the handle up and carry it although as she is still quite small, it does hit the floor a bit.
I like the fact this item is plastic as it means it is easy to clean once my daughter is playing with it. She always tries to carry Mummy's basket in the shops so I like that she can be like Mummy at home with her own basket. On it's own, it is probably quite a good toy, but with the till and the play food it really allows her to be imaginative with her play.
I am very happy with this product. It is made of good quality and is easy for my daughter to use. It is aimed at ages 2 years and over and I would agree that is about right. Even though my daughter got it earlier, it is still a bit big for her to use easily and I think she will play with it more when she is older and can carry things around the house with her. Overall, I would recommend this item and think that at £4 it is also not too expensive.
One side of my duaghters bedroom is given over to her many 'pretending' toys - her kitchen, where she prepares delicious meals , her wendy house, where she looks after her dolls and hosts tea parties - and her shop .
Now, her shop is simply a couple of bookshelves with all manner of plastic foodstuffs, and a till . We decided we needed some kind of shopping basket to make the effect better ( she used to have a small trolley but the wheels fell off) and decided to nip down to the ELC shop with her pocket money and see what we could find .
Whilst we did find a shopping basket, our dissapointment began in store, with it only being available in one colour - pink . ELC have a wide range of pretend toys, and most have two colour options, a girly pastel pink one, and a more colourful red and blue choice. My daughter is currently going through something of tomboyish phase, and really isn't so keen on pink anymore, so was a little dissapointed with the lack of choice .
The basket itself cost £4, which is a fairly reasonble price. My daughter normally gets £3 a week pocket money, and I was happy to top it up with the extra quid so she could get this . For this price, you get just the basket alone - it does not come with any items.
The basket is well made in fairly thick sturdy plastic, with a handle that can be laid flat against the inside of the basket . It is lightweight to carry, and the handle is nicely sized for my seven year old daughters hands, although my friends child (who is four) finds this a little difficult and bulky to hold . The size is fair - certainly enough for a few cans of playfood (or indeed, for a small pile of clean washing needing to be put away). This doesn't take up too much room, and can be used to store other items in when not in use .
The basket is easy to wipe down after use if needed, and therefore is easy to keep clean.
My daughter seems to very much like this basket . She doesn't just play with it in her room either - every night, a little before bedtime, she goes 'shopping' round the house - using her basket to take her dirty washing down to the machine, and bring clean items up, as well as to take her toys upstairs with .
I think this basket does the job well - and I love the fact that my daughter enjoys using it to do her chores . I do think it would be nice if there was a more neutral colour though, as I don't think pink will appeal to everyone .
ELC Shopping basket
Our topic at school at the moment is the local area and given that the local area includes shops, we have been doing a bit of shopping in local shops. I wanted to carry on the theme in the classroom and with the creation of our own shop, a couple of shopping baskets were needed for "real life" shopping.
The Basket is predominantly red with a light blue handle and all over holes which are big enough to make it look authentic but not so big that any food stuffs "bought" will fall out. The handle is nice and sturdy and as yet, even with a lot of use, it hasn't broken or come apart. The hand basket is light, so it's not too heavy for young children- we have to be able to fill it with items, and if it was heavy to begin with, the children would not want to go shopping!
I like role play toys because they tend to encourage conversation, and this toy is no different given that it can encourage the children to use their imaginations. It also helps them to enjoy the company of other people and lets them learn certain social skills and language.
The basket is available from Early Learning stores and costs £4. It is also available on line but watch out if buying online because the postage costs are £4.95!!
This has proved to be a very popular and hard wearing addition to our classroom supermarket. The children thoroughly enjoy taking their basket to the counter and requesting the different items from the shop keeper, who puts it into the basket! It has added a bit of authenticity to our store and the children use it appropriately, and as I stated before, it has taken plenty of knocks but still remains in one piece.
We have also bought some of the fruit, vegetables and packets from Early Learning Centre and these have also proved popular.
I have no doubt that this will be brought out again next year and in the mean time it is great for storage!
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