Product Type: ELC Fancy Dress
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ELC Shopping Basket
Member Name: lyndsey1989
ELC Shopping Basket
Advantages: Price, versatile, strong
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.
Summary: Great item
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