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Doing the Food Shop
Chad Valley Shopping Trolley Play Set
Member Name: kat1234
Chad Valley Shopping Trolley Play Set
Advantages: good price, great for imaginative play
Disadvantages: not the best accessories
I was looking for something a little different for my son for his second birthday. A lot of his very big and main presents were very traditionally 'boys toys' - garages, cars, fire engines etc so I wanted to get him a few things that he could play with differently. He had always shown an interest in shopping with mummy and food, so when I saw this shopping trolley play set in Argos I decided to go for it.
The trolley play set is priced at £9.99 but it is also part of the two for £15 promotion that is regularly on at Argos (this is still currently running until January 2014). I bought this alongside a cash register so that as my son's ability for imaginative play developed, we could use these together to play shop. The trolley is recommended for use from 3 years of age but there were no small parts so I was happy to give it to my son at two years of age.
The trolley is made of plastic and, to be honest, does look quite cheap. Not a surprise given the price paid but it certainly does the job nevertheless. It comes in a few large pieces in a cardboard box - the base with wheels, the body of the trolley and the handle pieces. These are very easy to slot together (no instructions necessary!) and I was able to put the trolley together within a minute or two. The trolley basket is coloured red, the base and handle yellow and the wheels blue so it is equally suited for use by boys and girls alike. The trolley is a nice size for my son at 2 years old (H 50cm x W 22cm x D 39.5cm) so I am surprised by the age recommendation of 3 years plus as I would imagine that the average three year old would need to bend slightly to push this along, so it wouldn't have a great lifespan as the child ages and grows. It is lightweight and easy to push but this very same property means that it can be hard to control and tip easily too especially when in use by a very enthusiastic and clumsy toddler.
With the trolley, you also get 30 food items for shopping with. My son has a play food set from the Early Learning Centre and the items provided with the trolley are certainly no match for this in terms of quality or variety. Provided with the trolley you get various cardboard boxes in net form that you need to make up for things like breakfast cereal. These are easy to make up but very flimsy and quite boring to look at - they certainly do not hold my son's attention well. Faring better with my son, you also get a few tin cans (you need to apply the sticky labels on these yourself) - for beans, coffee and cola and a plastic carton with six white eggs in. My son loves the eggs but the carton hasn't lasted well at all - as soon as he worked out how to open it and get the eggs out it began splitting and split plastic can be sharp and therefore dangerous to a toddler so we had to dispose of it.
My son does like playing with the trolley alongside his playfood set and, more recently, his cash register. He enjoys pushing this around our lounge and filling it with the food that he recognises and names. He also fills with various other toys and uses it to transport them around the room. He does only use this for limited amounts of time - there is only so much he can do with it - but he does enjoy filling and emptying it. It is a toy that he will choose to play with regularly, but only in short bursts.
I think the trolley is a nice, cheap accessory for a play shop if you have one and makes a change from the usual toy shopping baskets you see. For the money, you can't really expect much more from it and it serves a purpose. It is a toy that my son can use to play with imaginatively and he does have fun with it. The accessories provided are not the most imaginative or the best quality but they too serve a purpose and are a good start for a play food set. Overall, a decent shopping trolley toy for a good price.
Summary: shopping for toddlers
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