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Just Like Home Tea Set and Tray

Submitted by on August 4, 2010 – 8:52 pmNo Comment

Yes, it’s brightly coloured plastic, but it’s robust. It even goes in the dishwasher!

Buy it online here (Toys R Us)

Price £11.99

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Initial thoughts: There is a whole aisle in our local Toys R Us devoted to toddler role play, with toys ranging from a bag containing a few tea cups through to enormous toy kitchens. We chose this colourful tea set as it included a tray. In theory we could keep the tea set on the tray and avoid finding plastic cups all around the house. Well, it was only a theory… Along with the tray is a tea pot, a milk jug, sugar bowl, and four cups, saucers and spoons.

We liked: Our boys, aged two and one, look so cute when they’re sat having a tea-party. Their gang of teddies can join in too. Even though we don’t use a tea pot ourselves, they understand pouring out the tea and drinking it and they feed each other invisible sandwiches from the little plates. This is the first time we have witnessed imaginative play from them. Yes, it’s brightly coloured plastic, but it’s robust. It even goes in the dishwasher (oh joy)!

We weren’t keen: A sugar bowl is traditionally part of a tea set, but these days you don’t give babies sugar. Well, they probably have more then they should do at their grandparents house, but at home we don’t like to encourage it! We’ve left it there to play with, but don’t suggest they have six sugars each per brew. We took the spoons away though, as my two have a tendency to walk or crawl around with unsuitable things in their mouths. I worry they’ll fall. I know, over-protective mother!

Overall: This is a popular toy in our house. I would say it is suitable for age twelve months and above and would encourage basic role play and sharing. I expect it will be played with for a good couple of years. So if you’re looking for a reasonably priced gift for toddlers, look no further. We love it.

[By Sandy]

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