I often really struggle for present ideas for my girls; things that are practical and fun. I have talked in the past about how much they both love their babies and often this is all they play with!! So I’m always keen for them to have some variation to play and learn. This is where the Casdon Self-Service Supermarket looks perfect!
More About the Toy
This product is exactly what is sounds! We are modern and many of us go to the self service checkouts when we shop and Casdon have replicated this for kids.
It is aimed at children aged 3-8 years but we will be giving this to our then 2 year old, as I’m sure she will love playing this with supervision (there is some plastic money we will not give her to play alone with).
The checkout has some fab features including a a scanner, chip and pin machine, branded foods, a shopping basket and lots of realistic sounds.
Dimensions are H52.07, W41.28, D23.81cm.
You do need 3 x AA batteries and this toy RRPs around £39.99 but is cheaper if you look around. It is available on Amazon and Argos to give examples.
Setting It Up
I usually leave assembly to my husband but actually setting up the supermarket was not too bad at all. There are clear instructions that tell you how to slot the parts together. There are lots of stickers to add which you can use the instructions for, or like me use the packaging and copy!
You also have to make up some pretend food into small boxes and this was quite straight forward too. There was also a bag of pretend food to open.
Overall it didn’t take me too long and the eldest, who was going to have a play with this and test it out, got involved!
I really enjoyed playing this with the gremlin. Although it was self service she did want to pretend to be the shopkeeper and we took it in turns choosing shopping and putting it through the till. It’s a great toy to play together and make up games using the product.
I think it is also a good one to start teaching my eldest a bit more about money and we may be able to start some simple addiction and subtraction with the notes and coins. We could also make shopping lists which will be great for her planning too.
It really inspired her imagination as she used the hand held scanner as a tannoy and started making announcements, like in a proper store.
She loved the beeps as she scanned the foods and using the different ways to pay for her items. It is just one of the those brilliant toys for children to really be liked grown ups.
I thought the product was reasonably easy to set up and it is very portable and light, so easy to move around. You do have to be careful not to knock it over if you press hard, so maybe have it close to a wall.
It is reasonably priced for what is offers and overall went down really well. I think both my girls are going to love playing with it!
Disclosure – we were sent this product in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.