Welcome to the shop in a trolley.
I find it really funny that people part with good money to buy shopping baskets with mini cardboard boxes in them for kids to play with. Mostly because, before I had Edwin I was one of those people.
Like most kids toys, pretend kitchens, shops and food are made up of stuff you can create for free, with no skill at home.
Heuristic play baskets are the best toy for babies. I have them for my son. They are filled with real world objects. I’ve been collecting boxes and tubs for a while for this purpose.
I enjoy setting up themed play areas. We have done farms, beaches and gardens. This tho is much more suited to a toddler exploring imaginary play, or thrilled with the empty and fill stage (Edwin raises hand here - he’s all about the empty ).
So this shop in a trolley was a fun welcome diversion. It’s so cute to watch him play with and even better still it’s so cheap it’s free.
Okay. Not free. I had to buy things in containers which could be repurposed - no easy task in a supermarket free life. Oh. And the trolley. Mock gold doesn’t come cheap at my local charity shop. This classy number set me back £3.
I wished I bought more as I can see older versions of Edwin making this into a car/ plane/ carriage so it’s play value is infinite. As you can see from the photo set he has already purposed it into a climbing frame/ pretend shop.
I added pinecones (why don’t shops sell these) which offer a new texture to contrast with all of that cardboard. I figure some stones and dolly pegs would make for an awesome Montessori style sorting activity in the hot chocolate tubs. Maybe finally knit some fruit
So much play. For free. Why would you buy when you could recycle, and give young children to explore authentic objects