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Chad Valley Shopping Trolley Play Set
Member Name: angelboouk
Chad Valley Shopping Trolley Play Set
Advantages: sturdy, cheap, colourful, role play, assembly
Disadvantages: food included isn't the best
*~*Chad Valley Shopping Trolley*~*
This shopping trolley is aimed at children over the age of 3 and promotes roleplay. It measures 50 x 22 x 39.5cm. The trolley comes boxed in a few pieces. There is a basket, a yellow frame, 4 blue wheels and 3 handles which need to be set into place. The box also has 30 items of pretend food.
This trolley set can be bought from Argos for £9.99. It is part of a 2 for £15.00 offer across a selected lines of toys.
I would like to note here that although my son received this for Christmas 2011, we have had use of the same trolley at his grand parents home for the past year (several days a week). My parents have several toys stored at their home for indoor and outdoor use and both my son and nephew have had great use from his trolley. Seeing my sons enjoyment of playing with this trolley, we decided to buy him one for our home. I bought our trolley from Argos alongside a till set and believe £15.00 for both was a bargain!
The trolley was basically packaged in a cardboard box. I assembled the trolley myself on Christmas day and found this to be very easy to do (without the need for instructions). The basket clicks securely onto the frame and is very sturdy once in place. The wheels are easy to secure in place and the only fiddly bit was the handle. This is no fault of the manufacturer though, it was me holding the pieces at a wrong angle and getting frustrated! The overall trolley looks attractive due to the bright colours.
There is a few bits included with this trolley. There are some silver cans with no labels (and therefore boring looking), a box of white eggs, a roll and a few pieces of fruit. There is a pack of foldable boxes which need assembled and they are labelled as biscuits, pasta etc. Once assembled, they aren't the sturdiest and some have been squashed already. The eggs and tins are of a decent quality though.
After a year, the majority of the boxes in the other set have been torn or squashed beyond use. The choice of food included isn't brilliant and very basic but this is to be expected from such a cheap set. My parents bought additional play food for the boys to play with and we plan on doing the same.
*~*Doing The Shopping!*~*
My son was over the moon to receive his very own trolley and has played with it a lot in our house so far. Once assembled, the trolley is a decent size and is made from lightweight plastic. The other trolley has withstood rough play outside and inside and has survived with minimal scuffs to the wheels so I assume this one will be equally as durable. We will only use ours indoors unless we take it out anywhere.
My son loves pushing the trolley in the supermarket but doesn't often get to go with me as I go when he is at his Grans. My son is tall for his age (at 3 and a half) and the handles are just the right height for him to comfortably push the trolley. The trolley is very lightweight and he can lift it even with several bits of play food in it. It can be pushed smoothly along carpet or laminate and even on grass and paving slabs.
My son and nephew often play with one of the trollies at their grandparents and take it in turn to have a shot. In our home, Boo has played with it alone so far but we have also set up his till and he now has his own "shop" and "cafe". In the past 2 days, our trolley has been well used. I have put the different food pieces around our home and Boo has scooted around like he is on supermarket sweep and collected the different products. I do wish they had labels on them though!
Anyway, the basket is quite deep and wide. It comfortably holds all of the play food included but so far we have had toy cars, teddies, packets of sweets and the play food in it. The basket doesn't have holes at the base which stops anything falling through it and Boo finds it very easy to load up his trolley and carry on with his shopping. The food included has been served up to Mummy and Daddy as breakfast and I can see how much enjoyment my son has from playing with this. Even his teddies have had their shopping done!
The food pieces included are the perfect size to go along the conveyor belt in the Chad Valley till set.
The Argos website claims that the hand can be folded down to store though I cannot figure out how to do this. We have enough space to store this in his current position and it makes ideal storage space for bits and pieces. It isn't a massive trolley though and will fit neatly in a small space. The plastic can be wiped down easily and I have already cleaned ours with a wipe as my son spilled juice in the basket and it turned sticky. Our other trolley at my parents home is stored in the cellar and therefore gettings a bit dusty. It is easy to clean up and after a year, it still looks almost new so top marks!
I would recommend buying this and the till set together. The quality of both is good and it is a classic toy combination which I am sure my son will appreciate for quite a while. He may grow out of the trolley by about 5 though as my neice no longer shows and interest in it. It is great for role play and having both toys together offers lots of fun hours of play and your child could have their own little shop. I had something similar as a child and was always happy when playing shop.
If you have a child who loves going shopping and you have room in the car, this trolley could be dragged along and you could encourage your child to help by putting a few bits in their trolley.
Overall both myself and Boo can recommend the Chad Valley trolley. The food pieces could provide a choking hazzard hence the over 3 recommendation and I agree with this though any child should be supervised regardless. The design would appeal to a boy or girl.
Thanks for reading!
*Since posting this review on ciao, we have added to our supermarket collection and now have a huge Chad Valley play food set too!
Summary: time to shop!
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