“ Brand: Chad Valley / Type: Childrens Role Play „
~*~*~ Chad Valley BBQ Set ~*~*~
~ What is it? ~
This is a play set that replicates a BBQ it is from Chad Valley.
~ Why I bought it ~
I bought this after seeing it in a hot deal on www.hotukdeals.com. Rather than the usual £16.99 price tag it was down to just £4.24 and I knew my five year old would appreciate being able to copy his dad in the garden.
He already has his own little tool for when he wants to help out in the garden but of course he could never help out with the BBQ due to the sheer dangerousness of it so when I saw this on Hotukdeals I quickly reserved one for my local Argos store. Had I not seen the deal I probably would never have actively looked for this but I am glad I found it as my son was really chuffed with it.
~ Price & Availability ~
This has a usual price of £16.99 and is available from Argos stores or online at www.argos.co.uk. I haven't seen it available anywhere else new, but there may be some on second hand sites like gumtree, ebay etc.
~ Chad Valley BBQ Set ~
In the box you get a total of 20 pieces and this includes the BBQ itself. It is coloured in nice bright yet unisex colours and is very bright and attractive. The BBQ when not in use all packs into one easy to carry case, not a case as such but the both sides of the BBQ close together to form a nice easy to carry case!
When open you can pop open the four legs so that it stands off the ground.
In the set you get a good range of food icluding sausages, pinapple, corn, chicken and burgers, you get a pretend lighter, skewers, tongs and sauces as well as plates and knives and forks.
At the front of the BBQ is an on/off switch as well as two knobs.
When on the grills light up with the red coals and you can hear the sizzling sounds of the food cooking!
However even when it isn't turned on it is still as much fun!
Size H45, W32.5, D27cm.
This requires 3 AA batteries which are not included.
~ My Thoughts ~
Since buying this my son has used it quite a lot, more so inside than out due to our typical wet British weather. Using it inside hasn't detracted from the fun for my little boy though who kneels in front of the BBQ saying things such as 'Don't burn now good sausages' 'A burger you wanted yeah?' and none of the usual things his father says which are sometimes not so nice! 'Sh*t I've burnt the burgers' etc, etc.!
I wasn't sure if my son would play with this as much as he has as I thought once the novelty had worn off it would just be put to one side until we next have some BBQing weather however he really does seem to like it and it's usually kept down the side of the sofa as it's something he gets out quite often.
I am more than happy with it for the £4.24 I paid however if you are looking for a BBQ then this one is ideal, it's under £20 and is a nice size and doesn't look or feel cheap.
Thanks for reading :o) x
With barbecue season in full swing, we are enjoying family meals outside in the garden. Not to be left out, our daughter has been using her own barbecue that she received last summer for her birthday to host her own barbecues in the garden.
Made by Chad Valley and sold through Argos for around £16.99, this twenty piece barbecue comes in bright unisex colours suitable for children from the age of three years old.
We originally bought this barbecue because our daughter was intrigued by a similar design toy that she was playing with at a friend's house, and ever since it has been a hit, complimenting her toy kitchen very well.
In the box you receive the barbecue shell which also has retractable legs enabling you to play with the barbecue on the flat floor, and also up on legs which are approx 10 cm high.
Within the barbecue is a selection of food such as fruit skewers, sausages, meat etc. Also included are toy pots of sauces, a selection of knives and forks, plates and an imitation spark tool to get the barbecue going.
You will need batteries to get the lights and sound effects from the barbecue, but without batteries doesn't detract from the playing of the toy.
I find that my daughter doesn't always turn the barbecue on to play it. The grill sections light up with imitation red coals and you can hear a kind of sizzling noise as the food is cooked. I do find this noise to go on a bit too long as it doesn't appear to have a time limit attached to it and you need to turn the grill knob off to cease the noise. This is one of the only negative points to the whole toy.
Being a role play creative toy, how you play with it really is up to the child. I find that we regularly get served food. What my daughter does seem to like doing is setting everything up and using the starter spark tool to light her barbecue before cooking the food. The pieces provided are quite realistic to a modern barbecue and this is a great selling point for the toy.
Being made of plastic we were expecting the toy not to last if it was being transported inside and outside to be played with. Whilst the legs don't lock into position when it stands upright, I have found them to be sturdy regardless. If one leg isn't opened completely then the whole toy does tend to topple over.
To store the barbecue food and condiments when not playing, there is two areas inside the barbecue hood on the base that are hollowed out and removable. I don't find that we are ever able to store the food completely inside the barbecue. We have found that the play food travels to share the toy box with other toys instead. The lid does have hooks for the utensils to be stored but when you close the lid then you can hear them topple off inside.
Once closed the barbecue has a handle to enable it to be carried around and this is a great addition to the toy. Overall it appears well made, and even after plenty of love it has sustained itself well.