These days [I sound old, but I’m about to sound even older], presents are getting smaller and prices are getting bigger, and it just doesn’t seem as magical to find a teeny present in your sack, no matter what the price tag – especially when you’re too little to understand how Father Christmas budgets.
So, if your Father Christmas too likes to make some David Copperfield level magic on a Gob [from Arrested Development] budget, we’ve found an answer at ASDA.
It’s a 2 in 1, wooden shop and cafe – and anything else your little one’s imaginations decide. We were delighted to review it this week; here’s what we found.
The box was a good size [78cm x 49.5cm x 14cm] – packed very well and inside wrapped in stretchy white, thin foam that protected the contents and was easy to remove. The item arrived intact with instructions.
Please note I did not even attempt this. I am terrible. The mister did it and took around an hour to assemble the shop, with a small, keen, helper [and one over-excited one, subsequently and forcibly removed for bath time].
When I asked the mister his opinion on assembly, he said it was fine but with a few tricky bits, like the side panels that need to fit with 6/8 screws aligned in the correct place simultaneously and few places he had to screw together that he couldn’t actually see where he was connecting to whilst doing it.
My tip for those assembling is to make sure you screw the wheels on tightly as ours came off after a short period of play the first time around and we had little nuts everywhere [including our boys, hahaha] and it was really difficult to get them back on without disassembling the shop again and it took two of us and a great deal of patience to do this.
This is a fantastic present for anyone with little people who love to role play. My boys have used it every day, being on wheels means it doesn’t scratch the floor when they move it around, and they can move it by themselves too! It’s great value at £35; we bought a less sturdy shop which met its end a few months after purchase two years ago for Christmas and it was more than double this price. There are so many role play scenarios that this will be used for. It would definitely be on our list this year had we not been sent one kindly to review.