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Chad Valley Shopping Trolley Play Set
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Chad Valley Shopping Trolley Play Set
Advantages: Quite realistic to a 3 year old, good price, sturdy toy
Disadvantages: Cardboard boxes are weak and egg box a little sharp
My daughter was bought this trolley for Christmas when she was two years old as she was just starting with imaginative play, the trolley costs £9.99 in Argos but at the time all £9.99 toys were on offer of 2 for £15 so we got a good deal.
The trolley is made of red plastic with rectangular holes cut out in a mesh like way just as a normal shopping trolley has between the metal, it has a yellow base below the trolley with four blue plastic wheels attached and it has a blue handle to push the trolley. I was quite surprised that being made of plastic and having holes cut out of it that the edges weren't quite sharp but they aren't as bad as what I thought they would be, The handle of the trolley has a little button on it so it can be adjusted into two different positions although you have to click the button on both sides of the trolley at the same time so it is quite difficult for a child to do.
With the trolley you get a variety of different pretend foods, a sausage, some bread, cheese, boxes of cereal etc, tins of soup, a chicken, a box of eggs, some coffee and some fruit, I think that was all. The food included is all made of quite hard plastic, it doesn't push in when your child stands on it which is good as I don't have to spend my time putting everything back into shape. The coffee and tins have little labels on them and the cheese and bread have detailing on them to make them more realistic. We found that the little boxes of pretend cereal were pretty useless as once our daughter had pretended to make breakfast a couple of times the boxes were squashed and would no longer stay folded in a 3D shape so these headed for the bin. The eggs were in a transparent egg box and we found that a couple of the edges of this got quite sharp after it had been played with a bit so this too headed for the bin, other than that the playset was really good.
Our daughter is now nearly 4 and she still plays with this toy, we have progressed form the straight forward pretending she is doing the shopping and now plays with this with her kitchen to make us all tea and with her till to take the shopping experience that bit further. When she first got this she thought it was fun to pretend to eat the food so it was a good job it is very sturdy. We have bought her some extra bits of food to go with this toy just for the fact of what we threw away and we wanted her to play with more fruit as an encouragement that we have the real thing she can eat and it's healthy.
This is an ideal toy for when the imaginative play begins as long as your little one isn't as evil as mine and chases the dogs with the trolley.
Summary: a lovely toy to get the imagination going
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