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HELPS IMAGINATIONS SOAR!!
Chad Valley 104 Piece Play Food Set
Member Name: bishopview
Chad Valley 104 Piece Play Food Set
Advantages: GREAT QUALITY.
Disadvantages: POOR CARDBOARD ITEMS.
During early childhood, all children will go through a phase of loving to be involved in a role play game. It stimulates their creative learning and helps them to develop a better understanding of language plus also encourages their imaginations.
Both my children, (my 5 year old son still does.) loved role play and I would encourage them to explore different characters and environments simply by using different props. Over the years we have been firemen, doctors, zoo keepers and a huge array of other exciting characters.
This is why, when I first saw this chad valley 104 piece play food set I knew that I had a successful and stimulating find on my hands. I guessed straight away, that this would not be a toy that was played with for two minutes before being disguarded in favour of the cardboard box it came in!!
I bought my chad valley play food set in Argos. I believe I payed around the £10 mark for it. However I have had this bag of playfood for over 7 years and it is still almost as good as new.
The first thing that impressed me when opening the set, was how bright and colourful the items were. They were also of a good size, which means that they were not to big but equally important they were not too small and hard to manovure. I was very suprised at how lifelike some of the fruit and vegetables looked. The plastic material they are made out of is very durable and even though it has been well used the pieces still maintain their shape and colourfulness. The items in our set have been chewed, thrown and all sorts and they still look very presentable.
Whilst the majority of the set is plastic fruit and vegetables, sausages,beef burgers, doughnuts and pizza. A proportion of the set is meant to represent tins and cardboard packages goods. Whilst I feel the tins are very authentic, I have to admit I am not so impressed with the cardboard containers. I feel these items let down the quality of the set. The cardboard boxes holding such things as cereal are of poor quality and do not hold up to the constant usage of a child. I found that within a short time, the boxes would fall apart and become useless.
We have used this set for a number of role play games. I also bought the chad valley cash till and the shopping trolley and this makes for a very good game of shops. I believe that no game is as stimulating as a role play game for a small child. We have also used this set to play cafe. Which is one of my little boys favourite games. If he turns into Jamie Oliver and makes millions I will personally write to chad valley and express my gratitude!!
All items seem incredibly safe for children. There are no tiny bits which could become a choking hazard. Obviously I would supervise at all times when using, but I have never had cause for concearn.
I once did a placement in a local primary school and I was amazed that many small children did not know any fruit or vegetables. I believe that not only is this toy excellent for role play, it can also be used as a resource tool in order to introduce children to the different food types available.
On it's own, I don't think this set will capture a childs imagination for long. However I know from experience with my children that when used in conjunction with other props such as trolleys, pots and pans and cashieer till this set is an absolute winner. What is so great about this set is that because there is 104 pieces, there is plenty to share.
Summary: A BRILLIANT SET.
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