Product Type: ELC Fancy Dress
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ELC Shopping Basket
Member Name: MrsD76
ELC Shopping Basket
Advantages: Well designed and suitable for little shoppers
Disadvantages: None really
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!
Summary: A great basket for a game of shop!
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