I ordered them together as I thought it would be nice to carry the food in a shopping basket. While the shopping basket from BigJigs is lovely, it is much smaller than I anticipated. That said it is big enough for play food, so is probably ideal. This toy says it’s for children 3 years and up, which I don’t really understand as my 20-month old loves having her own shopping basket to carry things around in and there aren’t any small parts or anything potentially dangerous.
The bag has a wooden frame, and the material part is collapsible, so it is easy to pack away, and easy to pop in my handbag if we’re out and she gets tired of carrying it. It really is a lovely little bag, and is well made and I love the idea of introducing the use of reusable bags at an early age. We chose the bag in green, but it’s also available in blue and yellow and costs £5.95.
To go in the shopping bag, we also selected the Food Groups set from Melissa and Doug. There are four ‘crates’ like you’d find at a farmers market, I guess, and in them are foods in four categories: breads, red and white meats, dairy and eggs, and fruit and vegetables. There are nineteen foods in the set, which I thought was quite good value for money. Most of the foods look pretty realistic, with the exception of the chicken and the meat, but my daughter didn’t seem to notice.
It was really great saying all the names to her as we unpacked them, and within a week she was saying them back to me, so I have found it to be really educational too. Made of wood, I’m happier for her to ‘pretend eat’ these than the plastic set she had for a while, and they don’t become dented or show toothmarks. While I expect that in time the paint will start chipping, as all painted wood does, it hasn’t happened yet.
I think this play food from Melissa and Doug is really fantastic, and I’m hoping to add to our ‘kitchen’ soon. (P.S. That offer is still valid, so go to Wooden Toyshop for 10% off food toys)