I received a Play and Learn Shopping Basket from The Learning Journey International and Tomoson in exchange for the following review. No other compensation was provided and all opinions expressed in this post are my own. The toy shopping basket is recommended for ages 3 and up, and is a great learning toy for your little ones.
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As you probably already know, it’s important for children to engage in pretend play, and this toy offers plenty of open-ended play from grocery shopping to cooking in the kitchen. I also found that it was easy to boost the educational opportunities with this toy by creating a few activities that won’t take more than a few minutes of your time.
One activity we worked on was creating and following a list. To help enhance my daughter’s ability to follow instruction, I created a couple grocery shopping lists. I simply found photos of items to shop for and printed them on paper. Another great activity we did was to grab a few items and discuss what “recipes” we might make with them.
Ivy’s Review of the Play and Learn Shopping Basket Toy
I’m fond of the large size and durable construction, compared to some other plastic shopping toys we’ve used. This basket, plastic food, and cardboard items actually feel like they could stand up to more normal play.
One thing that irritates me is the strange proportions being used. Am I the only one that thinks it’s strange that a whole chicken is the size of 4 eggs? Or that a hot dog is bigger than a carrot? I know kids don’t mind, but I wish there were a bit more even scaling system that didn’t make things look so ridiculous.
Aside from my dislike for the odd proportions, I was pleased that my daughter began using this set for nearly every food-related activity. She was taking it upstairs during quiet time as well as playing with it regularly, and feeding her baby doll at picnics. She seemed to really enjoy the toy. I feel like the basket itself was appropriately sized. I also loved that it was gender neutral, because I see no reason in making shopping toys pink.
You can purchase your Play and Learn Shopping Basket Toy on Amazon.