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My daughter had this bought for her one year for Christmas. It is a pretty and cute picnic set, nicely presented in a small wicker basket. It consists of a lovely creamic tea set which not has a very delicate and impressive floral design. I was very taken with this set, as I felt it was gentile and delicate in presentation. I also loved the attention to detail such as the quaint red gingham material that lines the basket.
I was also charmed by the delightfully cute and well made handle of the basket and the brass clasp which holds it shut. This is great as it can be transported around.
Although all this should have resulted in a succesful, wonderfully entertaining toy for my daughter, there was nothing about this toy that attracted or delighted her. She was initially pleased in the presentation of the china tea pots and plates within the basket. But she showed no desire to play with it and became distracted by another toy within minutes.
I was quite suprised with this reaction. I thought she would love this toy. I tried on a few occasions to provoke her intrest but this tea set never captured her attention for very long. She enjoyed the role play element involved in pouring the tea. But then she would become bored and want to play with something else. Whenever I would suggest using this set, she would insist on getting her disney princess talking tea set instead.
This is when I realised what the problem is with this set. It is delightfully old fashioned. But it is not pink and it doesn't have sparkles and princesses in the design. I simply don't think this toy is attractive enough to capture a small girls attention. Also the cups and teapots are miniture in size which does not give alot of scope for imaginary pouring and serving. Although my daughter enjoyed role play she didnt feel this set offered any realistic qualities.
I think this set is nice to keep for ornamental purposes. But as a toy. I don't think it works well at all. It is neither big enough or attractive enough to capture a child's attention. Another thing that bothers me, is that the contents of this are potentially breakable. As they are ceramic.
So in reflection, I don't think this picnic basket set is particularly suitable for a small child. There is not enough oomph to capture a child's attention and the small and miniture pieces make the role play seem unrealistic.
Perfectly miniaturised Picnic Basket. With four ceramic cups, plates and spoons as well as a tiny teapot, milk jug and sugar bowl. All in a well-made wicker basket. Approximate size: 16cm x 10cm, plates 3.5 cm.