The package arrived and the timing couldn't be any more perfect! We had a couple of rainy days and Grace was getting a bit of cabin fever. When she saw the box, she squealed! "Is that for me?!"
I couldn't get the box open fast enough for her!
I didn't even consider that the toy would need to be assembled before she could play with it and I was incredibly thankful that it snapped together very quickly and easily. In fact, it took longer for me to walk to our attached-garage to get batteries and a screw driver needed to open the battery compartment. I think Grace was very impressed that Mommy was able to put her new toy together too, otherwise she would have had to wait for Daddy to get home from work!
I quickly gave her a demonstration of how the toy switches from shopping cart to kitchen and off she went to shop for, then prepare the pretend food!
I couldn't have been more wrong in my first opinion about the toy being too young for Grace. The VTech 2-in-1 Shop & Cook Playset™ kept my 4-year old busy for 2 whole days! During that time, she did not look at, play with or insist on sleeping with any other of her many, many toys! At our house, very often toys are picked out, brought home, taken out of the package and forgotten about in less than an hour! So the fact that she really played with this toy for that length of time is a really big deal!
Since those first two days, she has started to play with some of her other toys in addition to the shopping cart/kitchen. But, as a sign of how special the VTech 2-in-1 Shop & Cook Playset™ is to her, she parks it beside her bed every night before she goes to sleep!
Now that you've heard how much Grace enjoys it, let me share my thoughts about the VTech 2-in-1 Shop & Cook Playset™
We live in a small rancher without a playroom. Very often, toys are strewn from one end of the house to the other. While I try to keep them contained to just Grace's bedroom, I always seem to find them all over the house! I mean, all over! Even the kitchen and bathroom! So, the compact, 2-in-1 feature of the toy was a huge hit with me! Perfect for apartment dwellers or even at the grandparents' house!
The volume control switch is awesome, too! Let's face it, while the kiddos will enjoy the 13 different melodies being able to choose the volume when taking an important phone call is very helpful.
Another thing that I really liked about the playset was the accessories. The quality of the pretend food is incredible! So sturdy and durable! Not like the other pretend food that Grace has in her toybox! And Vtech really thought of everything and included a shopping list that doubles as a recipe when you flip it over (something that I didn't notice until Grace pointed it out to me)!
Here is some additional information about the VTech 2-in-1 Shop & Cook Playset™, just in case I left anything out:
· The 2-in-1 Shop & Cook Playset transforms from a shopping cart to a kitchen in a few simple steps.
· The cart responds with fun phrases and sounds and when kids are ready to cook their meal, the cart becomes a play kitchen complete with a sink, oven, stove burner and cutting board.
· The playset encourages pretend play and exploration while teaching about food, colors, numbers, music, following directions and more.
· VTech has a full line of developmental stage-based infant and preschool learning toys that provide the appropriate tools for every age and stage of a child’s development.
· With nearly 40 new product introductions in this category this year alone, VTech has one of the largest lines of infant and preschool electronic learning products, each one chock-full of play value for unlimited, open-ended fun.
· From encouraging mobility and exploration among the youngest of infants, to introducing preschoolers to early learning skills, VTech’s line of infant and preschool toys introduces children to early learning skills and helps establish a lifetime love of learning.
· Ages 2-5 years, MSRP: $49.99
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