DIY SANTA STOP [ASDA]
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.
That is precious. I absolutely love how it came out.
Thank you! It's a lot of fun!
This is very cute! It sure looks like he is having a blast playing an elf!
He's a very cheeky little elf! 🙂
This is incredible!! My son would be over the moon for this – He loves everything about Santa & his Reindeer
Aw, it's so sweet – I hope you can get him one!
How lovely! The wheels would make all the difference to me, making it so easy to move around as you need to.
They think they're meals on wheels now too!
That is so adorable! My girls would love to have their own cafe to serve us hot cocoa from. I love this idea so much.
Thank you so much!
Oh that is so gorgeous what a lovely idea.
Sounds like a very good product for little ones. I'll bet they could use it for all sorts of things.
Today it's the Christmas post office!
I'm also not good in assembling this kind of stuff. Better leave it to the boys at home! Haha. Even with the instructions and all, I often find myself lost. Truly, this activity requires much patience.
I'm terrible too! I get so confused and just hand it over!
This is so cute. My son would have loved this when he was little. I like that it has wheels so you can move it easily.
The wheels work really well too – they swivel!
So cute!!! It's such a pretty and gorgeous "cafe" corner!
It really is! They love having little snacks on it!
Omg!! This might just be the cutest thing ever!!!!!! Love itttt
Thank you! He thinks he's quite the card! 😉
This is so adorable. I wish my kids were little so i could make them one.
Aw, how old are yours?
Thats gorgeous, and such a reasonable price for a wooden toy!
Thank you – and yes, so good! I couldn't believe how low the price was – three of my friends have bought one now! Haha!
This is just so so cute x
I love this, fab price and the fact that it could be turned in to everything. Brill
There are so many opportunities for imaginative play! I love it.
This looks like such a lovely toy. I love Asda's range of wooden toys, they're such great value.
They really are – so unexpected from a supermarket and I'm really impressed!
What a lovely post and cute idea. I have got to get one of those.
Thank you! If you get one, you'd be the fourth person I know this week! 🙂
That is so cute. Bet he loves it.
All of my boys love it – it's the favourite toy in our house now!
That looks so cute. We have an Asda market stalls from last Christmas and it's used and played with daily
I love that it's on wheels too! It's just cute ,cute, cute for imagination play time!
What a cute idea! The pictures are amazing and the little elf is just perfect!
Oh my goodness that is adorable! I hope Santa stops with some great things 🙂 x
This looks great – the kids would love it
This looks so cute. I am loving the new wooden toys range from Asda.
That is a beautiful set up. I think that is SO unique. I hope to recreate this myself!
Now this is adorable! If a have a kid, I would really consider buying this!
Lovely idea – my kids would use it as a cafe or shop. And your son makes a very gorgeous elf.
oh wow Asda are great for their range of wooden toys fab x
£35 is a total bargain! I love how you've made it a stop off for Father Christmas too!
oh my goodness that is just the cutest and versatile little shop. I love that you turned it into a Santa Stop 🙂
I love the look of this toy. Anything that gets a child's imagination going and is durable is a total win.