Quite some time ago I was offered the chance to review some items from the Asda wooden toy range. I was really excited about this as I do love wooden toys and I knew I was going to have a lovely big new playroom to put it in ! Unfortunately I’m only just getting the review done now as the playroom was massively delayed and in the end it wasn’t ready until Christmas so we had absolutely nowhere to put it.
I was really impressed at the range of products available and the amazing price points. Surely they couldn’t be much cop?
I chose the George Home 2 in 1 Wooden Play Shop & Cafe (£35) and the George Home Wooden Toy Cash Register (£10)
Chloe in particular loves the cash register and even before we had set up the Play Shop & Cafe she had made her own little shop with a set of steps and was busy selling everything in sight.
The Wooden Play Shop & Cafe itself comes flat packed – as you would expect. I gladly handed it over to Dave and let him crack on with it. It took him about 45 minutes to put together which we thought was quite reasonable for what it was. On the whole it was quite well made, impressively so for the price. We had a slight issue with one of the shelves where something was just slightly misaligned but Dave managed to sort it out without too much hassle. Once put together the Wooden Play Shop & Cafe is pretty sturdy and looks really lovely in our new playroom. Ben and Chloe were extremely excited to come down the following morning and discover it!
When Ben discovered the blackboard shop fronts and menu board he was keen to have a go at writing on them (this really pleases me as he used to be so reluctant to write). Of course all children appreciate having a sense of purpose for their writing so knowing he could write a menu for his very own cafe was a winner.
|Welcome to Ben’s Bites!|
All three children have enjoyed playing with the Wooden Play Shop & Cafe – Amy more because it’s a nice height for her to stand at, Ben and Chloe however have really got into the role playing element. Ben likes to work in the cafe (Ben’s Bites) taking orders from his menu and having Chloe cook them up in their kitchen (another new addition to the playroom). Chloe likes to sell things from the shop and use the till, scanning them through and giving change. The role play element to this allows them to use their real life experiences to develop their social skills, their imagination and their language. Win, win, win.
What we love about them:
* The price – it’s incredibly good value for a wooden toy
* It didn’t take Dave too long to put together
* The chalkboard front on the cafe, the menu board and the top all allow for mark making.
* The till comes with a debit card, bank notes and wooden coins (these were soon confiscated as Amy kept trying to eat them), the receipt and pretend scanner add to the realness
* The option to play as a cafe or shop means there’s plenty of role play options
* As it’s on casters it makes it easy to move around the room or swap functions
* The inclusion of notes and coins in the till is great for numeracy skills
* The range fits together really well – of course the till or shop are great on their own but together they’re a winner.
* It’s stylish and wooden not horrible and plasticy!
What we’re not so keen on:
* The “scanner” holder fell off the side of the till within a day’s play. Dave glued it on again but it has broken a second time.
* There was a slight issue with the alignment of the shelf but Dave sorted it.
Overall I’m incredibly impressed with these toys and wouldn’t hesitate to buy from the Asda Wooden Toy range again – in fact I’m considering adding the Wooden Tea Set to their collection as it would just add another dimension to the cafe!
*We were sent these items free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own*