We are also huge fans of wooden toys so when we were asked whether we would like to review one of Asda's wooden toys we jumped at the chance. There is a large selection of wooden toys available at great prices and it was tough choosing just one but in the end we opted for the Wooden Cherry Shop and Cafe as we thought it looked like a versatile toy which would fit nicely with their other toys.
Looking through the wooden toys available I was impressed with the selection and the prices too; I had generally assumed that wooden toys would fall into the more costly price bracket but this doesn't seem to the case with the range from Asda which is great, especially with the Big C just around the corner.
The cafe and shop arrived well packaged and was flat packed, ready for construction. Luckily we had a handy helper who was all too willing to assist with the building work and it was very staightfoward to put together; all the pieces were clearly identifiable and I'm not so great at putting things together but even I managed it with only a small amount of input from James.
Once built we were impressed to notice that it was sturdy and although perhaps verging on the small side for Meg, who at 6 has to be on her knees to play with it, it has still been a great addition to their play space.
As we had hoped the Cherry Shop and Cafe proved to be a very versatile toy, and has been used for a number of things since it arrived. There are two sides; one with a large blackboard which could be used for the cafe and one with small compartments which can be used when playing shop.
I love the small additions which have been thought of, such as the little blackboard with the peg for it to hang on, and the gingham canopy which can be pulled down. This caused some upset because it only pulls one way and the kids wanted to use it when playing both shop and cafe but I'm not sure that it would work practically without being hinged in some way, which might weaken the sturdiness of the product I suppose.
The only other observation I have made amongst the many hours Meg and Eli have spent playing with the toy is that the chalk doesn't rub off particularly well from the chalkboards and that if you use a cloth some of the black is transferred. I'm not sure how long it will last with repeated wipes and rewrites but it's nothing a bit of blackboard paint couldn't fix long term.
We've had a number of compliments on the Cafe and Shop from friends and parents, and more still when we've said where it was from and the cost. I think overall this is a wonderful toy for an even better price and if you are looking for a long lasting, durable and flexible toy for your children then I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this product. It is part of a range from Asda so you could even build up the entire collection and have a whole home corner by the end (if you have the space of course!)
We were sent the Wooden Cherry Shop and Cafe for the purpose of this review. However all thoughts and opinions are our own.