There is nothing new in the idea of a pretend play shop but it isn’t so long ago that kids had to make do with a little table and heaps of imagination. This is no longer the case with a good selection of little shops and life-like accessories available to buy online. Now kids can channel their imagination into the role of a friendly shopkeeper and leave the building of the shop to the experts.
Shop n Learn Smart Checkout – a complete play shop set-up complete with a working scanner. from very.co.uk
Waitrose Supermarket – a self-contained play supermarket complete with food shelving and check-out. W47 × D28 × H65 cm. £39.20 from johnlewis.com
Waitrose Cash Register – a complete Waitrose branded checkout with a till, scanner, conveyor and selection of pretend food items. £25 from johnlewis.com
Waitrose Shopping Trolley – an authentic looking play shopping trolley complete with Waitrose branding. W31 × D46 × H61 cm. £28 from johnlewis.com
Casdon Self Service Supermarket – what’s the world coming to – even play shops are self service nowadays? This version has everything from display racks to a barcode scanner and credit card terminal. I predict there’ll be fun and games in the bagging area! (available from amazon.co.uk)
Tellatale Hand Puppet Theatre and Shop – this combined shop and theatre is a great budget option with a puppet stage on one side and shop front on the other. Can also be sat on a tabletop.
Kid’s may need to use a little more imagination to get the best out of this one – but isn’t that the point? (available from amazon.co.uk)