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It has recently been my youngest sons third birthday, he received, as you can imagine a huge array of toys. One toy being this very cute shopping basket with plastic fruit and vegetables included. He loves it! The item came in a plastic cover with a cardboard sleeve, which adequately protected the items as the fruit is packaged in the basket itself. It was compact and ready to be wrapped as a gift causing no problems- the amount of gifts I have fought trying to wrap them up without tearing the paper...lol! The basket is made of rather thin blue plastic and the handles are yellow thin plastic. They hold up good, my only criticism is that the handles do pop off occasionally but these simple snap back on very simply. It is the perfect size for little hands measuring 22cm x 17cm x 10cm approximately, all the fruit and vegetables are able to be accommodated in the basket very neatly. The whole product weighs about 260g so even if my son puts additional item in it when shopping it does not become too heavy, obviously depending on the product put in. The fruit and vegetables are made of the same plastic, they are hollow and very light, they would make ideal bath toys. The issue I have had with these are that they do squash very easily and do not reshape easily if at all. My son still has a habit of chewing toys so quite a few of the vegetable are now oddly shaped. These does not seem to bother my son however who still plays very contently with them. There is twenty one pieces of fruit and vegetables and they include the common ones like carrots, broccoli, apple and sweet corn but they also include asparagus which I thought was rather unusual. Although I don't think they are particularly realistic, my son was able to identify the item easily and enjoys them. This item was purchased from Amazon for five pounds which I thought was incredibly good value for money. I was not expecting a lot from the item but I wanted to get a few extra little presents to bulk out his gifts a little, but I was pleasantly surprised. The basket is quite hardy. The fruit and vegetables are as I expected a little easy to squash but I do have rather boisterous boys. My son also has a little trolley which he takes shopping but he has started to take this occasionally now. Because of the healthy options included in the basket it makes a great educational toy for encouraging both healthy eating and making healthy shopping choices. My son now looks out in the shops for items that were included in his set, it makes shopping a little less boring for him. I consider this item to be well worth the price and would definitely recommend, I am considering another purchase in the future for my nephew but he is still a little young to appreciate the item yet. The set is aimed at younger children and states it is for three plus which I consider to be right. Overall my son has had a great deal of fun with this toy and its perfect for imaginative play which helps children to understand the world around them and helps to develop language and social skills, as well as educational play, which helps to develop intelligence, making this ideal for any child. I have also bought other items to complement this toy, for example plates and cups and a sandwich making set all of which he enjoys and I get him to use the item to choose his lunch. He makes a plate with his choices of sandwich and fruit and I endeavour to oblige. I have found that this encourages him to choose healthier options rather than me just making a healthy lunch. Overall a very good buy which I definitely recommend.
After reading a review about this item (courtesy of karlsm93) I was set on getting this set for one of my nieces for christmas courtesy of dooyoo and some lovely amazon vouchers. It only costs £5 and as my daughter loves playing in her little pretend kitchen when I am cooking, it only seemed fair she got this set too! I must say sh loves it! It comes with a sturdy blue basket, with two yellow plastic handles. This is a brilliant replica of a supermarket basket my daughter sees me carrying around when I occasionally take her with me on a trip to Sainsburys. The basket comes with a plentiful amount of fruit and vegetables, bananas, oranges, lemons, limes, and brocoli, onions and peppers etc. My daughter at 3 years old is really good at recognising almost all of these and as an interactive exercise she will normally wave a banana in front of me demanding "what's this one mummy?" and when I respond "a banana" her comeback is always "yes. a banana! well done mummy!" lol. Things like brocoli she tends not to ask me so much what it is as she isn't confident with saying the name but I find this is a new challenge she will overcome and of course a hurdle in her learning development I can pick up on. In terms of the quality of the fruit, they are all well made, of plastic although I have found she has managed to dent one or two pieces (I've no clue how!). Nevertheless they are still excellent quality for the price I paid they have served her well and she has enjoyed bashing them about in her basket, and a Mickey Mouse shopping troller she also has pretending to be me and doing her grocery shopping lol. Overall I think this toy is a winner and I am so glad I got it for her - amazon vouchers well spent here! My daughter is 3 and loves playing with it, but I also got this for my 6 year old niece so hope she appreciates it as much even despite the age difference. The fruit and veg are all durable, easy to wipe clean and there is lots of variety to keep kids entertained and learn new types of fruits and vegetables and hopefully encourage them to eat it too! So 5 stars from me :)
When I originally bought this I was not intending my own children to have it. I bought it as a present for someone, only my 4 year old found it hidden in my wardrobe, and before I knew what he was doing it was open, so it was then easier to just let him have it. At the cost of £5, it was not really a big problem. My children have always helped me with food shopping and basic cooking, and they love their toy kitchen, so my son was pretty thrilled with this. My first impression of it was that it was pretty small, however, I think for the price it is really worth it for what you get in the basket, and really, it doesn't need to be big for a small child to be able to play with it. The recommended age on this one is 3 plus. I would happily let a 2 year old play with this if supervised. The dimensions on this are 21.5cm by 16.5cm at the top of the basket where it is widest, and it is 9.5cm deep. This is a lot sturdier than it looks, and the handles are comfortable to use and attached well to the basket. It really resembles a shopping basket you would find in any supermarket. Packaging on this was fairly minimal. It had a thin layer of cellophane around it which was really easy for my 4 year old to tear into and remove within seconds. Inside the basket, we got 21 play pieces of fruit and vegetables. The plastic on these is a little on the thin side compared to the ELC fruit crate that we own. I find that some of the pieces, like the carrot and the corn on the cob have a bit of flex, so without too much pressure I can squash them in my hands. This is less apparent in pieces that are more shaped like the garlic and the grapes, which I think is a good thing as if these squashed they would not go back into shape. I think the selection of fruit and veg is excellent. We eat quite a varied diet, so my children are used to seeing many types of fruit and veg. You verge from the more common everyday items like carrots and broccoli, grapes and potatoes, and then you go to the more unusual for toddlers items like limes and asparagus. The items are much better quality than they look in the provided photo, the detail on them is fabulous for the low price tag. With some of the toy food items we own, I found that they got squashed so much during play that I would be finding they were unable to return to their original shape. I think partly these have stayed looking great as my children no longer feel the need to role play by putting everything food related in their mouth. They have mastered the art of pretend and making mmmm noises like I do when playing with them. I think really, if these pieces were being bitten or chewed they wouldn't have stayed in shape for long and would probably split. I think my overall impression of this set is it is well worth the price tag. I think the pieces look realistic, and it helps to increase a childs vocabulary if you talk about the items with them. My eldest for example was convinced that garlic was green because you get the bits of parsley on garlic bread. I realised that even though he eats it regularly, it wasn't something I had chopped up in front of him. However, I could show him the garlic from this set and say, look, it is white, it looks like this when it grows in the ground. I then showed him the jar of lazy garlic I have where it is all chopped up. Then he remembered when we had grown it a couple of summers ago ourselves in our garden. It's a nice set for pretending you are going to the shops, and we also pretend we are making up dishes by selecting the veg for our meal. I find it a lovely addition to our toy kitchen and my children enjoy playing with it.
My twins sons were desperate for a play kitchen at Christmas last year, and Santa was very obliging and brought them one, complete with pots and pans. The only thing missing was the food, so my mother-in-law bought this basket of fruit and vegetables for them. There were two main reasons I asked her to buy this particular set rather than any of the other similar play food sets available. The first was the low price - she found it in a local shop reduced to £3.50. The second reason is that one of my sons has a real problem with eating paper and card that we are trying to help him get over. Most reasonably priced food sets comes with little card boxes that are printed to look like fish fingers or cereal or the like. I knew this would be a complete waste of money in our household, as even though I keep a close eye on him when he is playing with these sorts of toys, I knew it would end up eaten or a soggy mess. The hard plastic food meant it was safe if he or his little brother decided to chew on it. There are 21 good quality plastic fruit and vegetables in this set, and as of yet, none of them have ended up crushed or 'burst' as some cheap plastic toys of this nature tend to do. The variety of food has also meant that they have learned a lot about fruit and veg, as well as colours, as we sometimes play games where I ask them to indentify items in the basket. After learning about asparagus from this set, they then asked for me to buy asparagus when they spotted it in the supermarket (they didn't end up eating it though!) The little shopping basket has also proven to be quite tough, and hasn't cracked anywhere. The yellow handles do sometimes come off, but they are easy to put back on again. Overall, this basket has been a hit! They use the fruit in their kitchen (boiled lemon anyone?!) and also sometimes set up a little shop. It is perhaps not as interactive as other food sets - I have seen some where the carrots are velcroed together so as the child can 'cut' it up - but as a basic set of play food for young children, it's fantastic value for money.
The toy that my 13 month old daughter currently plays with the most is her tea set - she loves all the bits and bobs and can spend ages setting out cups and plates etc SHe also loves being outdoors and likes helping my husband bringing in the vegetables that he grows in our garden, and so I when I saw this Casdon Fruit and Vegetable basket, I thought this would be useful to her for both her tea set but also for language development, as she can play with the fruit and vegetables in a toy form that 'daddy' grows for real. This fruit and veg basket costs £5 on amazon, and as well as those children who enjoy tea sets, it would also be a good toy for children who like to shop and are used to helping a parent etc with the shopping. I don't tend to take my little girl to the supermarket much so she isn't so familiar with this basket as a shopping instrument. The blue basket, like a supermarket basket has two plastic handles, and my daughter likes to carry it around the house with her and put in her teddies etc! In terms of the contents of this basket, well you see from the picture above that it contains a fairly god amount of both fruit and vegetables, with the most common of these being included such as apples, banana's and oranges for the fruit and onions, peppers and carrots as vegetables. They are also the likes of a lemon, lime and asparagus which some younger children may not be as familiar with. My daughter is still a child that puts absolutely everything in her mouth, but thankfully none of these fruit and vegetable parts are small enough to be swallowed. Despite the fruit and veg being quite hard, for durability I suppose, my daughter still tries to chew on the banana and carrot! Since I bought my daughter this toy a few months ago, it is one that gets played with virtually everyday, predominantly alongside her tea set, as she puts some of the vegetables in the pots to make 'soup'!! or gives her dolls or teddies some banana;s and tries to chop up the carrot on her chopping board! So, I do feel even already it has been worth its money. I do find it great to encourage language and role play, and I feel her language in terms of the names of the fruit and vegetables has been helped with this basket. I think it also reinforces the names of the vegetables etc that her daddy grows in the garden such as carrots, potatoes etc. All in all, this is a great toy for a toddler and older children. It should appeal to keen little shoppers, to those (like my daughter) who like their tea sets, and to those toddlers who are simply interested in food. A well priced durable toy.