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Casdon 532 Toy Post Office
Member Name: emmad5689
Casdon 532 Toy Post Office
Advantages: Fun to play with, bright and durable, great variations in the set
Disadvantages: Not easy to fit together, box isn't big enough
My eldest daughter turned 6 a few months ago and she didn't really ask for much specific but she was certain that she wanted a pretend post office, after searching the internet the only one I could find at a decent price was this one from Casdon. The set cost £10 and came with free delivery from Amazon.
The set came in a pretty sturdy cardboard box showing 2 children playing happily with the set, the set is pictured fully set up on the front of the box and it states that the set is meant for children aged 3-8 years so my daughter is pretty much in the middle of the group.
The set consists of the 3 pieces to make up the main base, there are 2 side pieces which are supposed to slide into the main piece however the curves of the plastic don't actually sit together properly so they are actually pretty hard to fit together and it certainly requires an adult to do this. There are 3 parts which make up the scales of the post office and these are easy to fit together and Sophie can do this bit herself and then finally there is a little tray for the stamper to stand inside.
The set has plenty of bits with it to make it a realistic post office, there are little stamps, magazines, tax discs and application forms, a stamper, an ink pad, a pad of paper with a pencil, notes and coins, greetings cards and envelopes and finally a bright red plastic post box.
When you first get the set you have to tear apart some of the items such as the pretend magazines, stamps and the like, I didn't set this up the first time it was played with so cannot say how easy the process was however there are no tears to anything so I would imagine the perforations worked well.
Sophie loves her post office and she plays with it a lot although I do try and put her off playing with it sometimes as there are so many different bits with it that they tend to end up all over the floor and then of course she gets bored and end up putting it all away again.
The pieces do not fit back into the box no matter how hard I try and no matter which way I turn the pieces and try to slide them in I cannot get them back in which is a bit of a pain but it just means we have to store the box with one end of it open. I think there must only be one way I which the piece have to go in to be able to do it and presently I haven't worked it out, I think it would be better if the box was a bit bigger rather than having pieces hanging out of it.
The set is good quality, it is brightly coloured and durable, the stamps and magazine etc are made of thin card so if they were handled roughly then they would bend but Sophie is aware how to handle them without causing damage to them.
Sophie has played with this set a lot and she still enjoys playing with it, whenever she has any friends to the house she always asks if they can have the set out and even lets her 2 year old sister play with her with it occasionally although she hasn't got much idea what a post office is actually about.
I would give this 4 stars as the box needs to be bigger and the set should be a bit easier to put together.
Summary: A decent role play set
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