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Chad Valley 104 Piece Play Food Set
Member Name: xjemloux
Chad Valley 104 Piece Play Food Set
Advantages: It's great for roleplaying!
Disadvantages: It's not the best quality!
My twin sons turned 3 recently and as usual I spoilt them rotten. Knowing they enjoy role playing I went on the search for kitchens and kitchen sets, but to make these sets complete I needed to get them food too.
Although the toy kitchen my mum bought the twins came with some food it didn't come with a lot but I soon came across a food set in the Argos catalogue.
The Chad Valley 104 Piece play food set can be found in the Argos catalogue for just £9.99 a set or on the 2 for £15 offer (December 2010).
Some food sets you can buy can be of decent quality, and you obviously pay the price for this, especially from the likes of ELC, Toys R Us etc who offer things such as 'sliced pizza' or 'cake' which comes attached by velcro and includes a cutter for your child to 'slice' them into pieces. This set however is a lot cheaper and simpler than this.
The set comes packaged neatly in a cardboard box with a picture of the food set on the front. Within the box you have your various pieces off plastic food and flattened cardboard boxes within sealed plastic bags. The 'flat' cardboard boxes are very thin cardboard and resemble things such as cereal boxes or raisin boxes, they can be easily put together though as they have their fold lines so you know where to fold and tuck in the base and the lid of the box. Although it is easy to put these together into a box resembling some sort of food box it is just as easy to flatten them or rip them apart so these boxes have literally lasted the twins 2 minutes. I have bought other food items which include boxes which have to be folded into place and they have been made with thicker cardboard and they are still going strong, well just about anyway. So these boxes are cheap, thin and won't last very long at all.
The rest of the food is plastic pieces and are ready to play with. The set includes things such as a chicken leg, peas, green beans, fries, ice cream cones and ice cream 'tops', crisps, hotdog sausages, hot dog rolls, burgers and rolls, tinned foods. These pieces of food are moulded brilliantly they resemble the real thing well and I certainly get given some lovely looking meals to eat lol! Although the pieces of food are 'sort of' durable (for a cheap set anyway) and can be wiped clean easily with a wipe they can also be squished and squashed and flattened if played with too heavy handedly or if stepped on.
The 104 piece naming of the set though is a bit deceiving to say the least as the 'crisps' I mentioned act as individual pieces of the set, yes each crisp is 1 of the 104 pieces. Also the ice cream cones and 'tops' I mentioned act as 2 parts, the ice cream cone being 1 piece and the scoop that fits within the cone is the 2nd part.
I can't moan too much about this though as the twins are having great fun with the set, creating some wild and wonderful, or not so wonderful, meals for me to eat, mmm yummy! I wasn't expecting fantastic quality, and I would buy the set again if I had too even if every piece was squashed in the old set, as it's all so realistic and a child can easily recognise each piece of food. But for review purposes, if somebody was looking to buy this particular set it is worth noting the points about the 'boxes' and the fact that it isn't the best quality, but for £9.99, I think it's a wonderful little set of food that can help create some magical roleplaying moments for children.
Summary: A lovely little set, unfortunately won't last forever, but nothing does with my two lol!
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