Over the last six years we have accrued a number of toys, way more than any child could ever play with, and yet when we were offered the chance to review the Casdon Self-Service Supermarket I found myself saying yes, knowing with utter certainty that my children would go crazy for it!
At almost four, five and six, the children love nothing more than role play, getting completely into character and creating the most imaginative games together. And, as a parent, any toy that stimulates their imagination is always a hit with me!
The Casdon Self-Service Supermarket is a modern day take on the classic role play game of shop. With Supermarket checkouts fast becoming self service tills, Casdon have created a child friendly version aimed at children aged 3 – 8 years, with all of the features a real supermarket provides.
I’ll be honest with you, the initial set-up is a little time consuming, with the Self-Service Supermarket needing full assembly and each individual cardboard item constructed and stickers applied. Word of advice to any parent, do this before you show it to your children otherwise you face thirty minutes of children hovering/grabbing/whining whilst incessantly moaning, “Is it done yet??”.
The good news is that when the toy is assembled, it’s pretty amazing! Infact, in the words of Megan, it’s the “best toy ever!!!”, and I have to agree. Not only does the Supermarket have all of our favourite household brands, but it also has realistic sounds and features.
With a shopping basket to fill with groceries and shelves, a chilled, and freezer section bursting with goodies, the girls took it in turns to go shopping, with one acting as “The lady who comes when your shopping won’t scan!” and the other as the “Mummy buying the tea” (job descriptions courtesy of Eva!).
With a realistic scanner that beeps as items are swiped, it was funny to see how much the girls have taken from our visits to the Supermarket. “Please check bagging area!” Megan said, in a robotic voice, “Are you using your own bags?” Eva added, in fits of giggles.
I love that the Self-Service Supermarket can also be used in a general customer/shopkeeper style of play too, with one of the girls scanning the items as a typical cashier. It even has scales for loose fruit and veg taking Eva from cashier to Greengrocer in no time!
The girls favourite part was making payment using the coins, notes and debit card that comes with the set. With a chip and pin machine with realistic sounds, the girls were in their element!
There is also a slot for notes just like a real Self Service check-out…
And a slot for coins with a button to return your change!
If I could change anything I would make the cardboard boxes a little more sturdy and yet we found that reinforcing then with cellotape was enough to keep them from bending or tearing as the children play. Priced at £39.99 I honestly think that this is one of the best toys we have had for the children and I am certain it will be played with, every single day, for years to come. Because surely the success of any toy should be measured in fun, and for these two little shoppers, they are having the best time with it!!
** We received this item in exchange for an honest review. All words and opinions are my own. **