Finding toys these days for TJ is becoming more difficult. I can always get him a car or a ball and he will be happy but I want him to engage his imagination and pretend play. We were recently asked to review the Little Tikes Neighborhood Market, and I was really excited because it looked like the perfect toy to inspire imaginative play.
This is my third review with Little Tikes so I am now a professional Little Tikes toy assembler. With my experience I knew I needed to put out all the parts to the market and separate the screws in order to make assembly easier. Here are all the parts to the market:
This particular product from Little Tikes has a lot of screws. I highly suggest separating them into piles before you start assembling.
The biggest issue I faced while assembling the market is that, for some insane reason, I tried to build the market while watching my nephew and TJ. I highly suggest building the market in peace and quiet. I had to stop and wait until after the play date to finish assembly. If you are giving this as a gift, I would assemble it before you give it to them (especially at Christmas time). This is as far as I got before I started pulling out my hair:
I stopped there because I realized I put the tall white pieces on backwards (because the boys were trying to climb it). It was an easy fix, however, after I took the much needed mommy break.
Here it is all put together! My husband was impressed when he got home, he is usually the one who has to put everything together. I thought it was pretty easy, but there are a lot of screws to put in. Give yourself some time.
Some of the features of the Neighborhood Market are :
- Can be a bakery, fruit stand or ice cream shop
- Clear sliding doors for real shopping fun
- Awning pulls down and winds up
- Wheels and handle
- Chalk board marquee
The sliding doors make the market very realistic and fun for TJ. However, beware… TJ has figured out how to remove the doors and thinks its a lot of fun to take them out and demand that mommy or daddy puts them back in, over and over again! I am sure this won’t be an issue for older children. We love that you can personalize the marque with your child’s name. I didn’t have any chalk lying around or I would have put his name on it.
The market comes with 23 acessories including:
- Cash register
- pretend money and credit card
- 3 lemons, 3 oranges, 4 cupcakes, 2 bunches of bananas
- 1 ice cream scooper, 2 ice cream scoops, 2 ice cream cones
The assortment of play items makes it easy to transform the market into a bakery or an ice cream shop!
TJ loves the cash registar and the play money. I have even taught him how to swipe the pretend credit card!
The market also features an awning that TJ loves to pull down and real up! He loves to play peak-a-boo from behind the curtain.
The Little Tikes Neighborhood Market is a very fun and engaging toy for children. I feel like my 5 year-old-niece, my 2 year-old nephew and my 18 month-old son can all play with the market and be entertained for a while. I also love the diversity of the market and how it can change into several different things. I appreciate this as a mom because I know that this toy will appeal to my child for a while and he won’t get tired of playing with it. He can even use it as his first lemonade stand in a few years! The construction is durable and it is from Little Tikes so I know it will hold up for years to come! I do wish it came with more food accessories because now I am going to have to buy some to fill up the shelves, but overall I highly recommend the market!
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