A little imagination can go a very long way with the Sprouts Deluxe Market Set from Learning Resources. This is by far the best play food set that I’ve come across for my children. It’s versatility, high quality, and variety is quite attractive to not just children but parents and teachers as well.
The variety of foods included in this set is what really drew me to it. There 30 different types made up of fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, grain, and desserts. This combination opens up the door for lessons on nutrition, food groups, and healthy over maybe not so healthy choices. I’ve also used it in having the kids sort the foods by groups and by color.
All lesson planning aside, this set is also fantastic for playing pretend and acting out certain real life situations. Activities we’ve liked to do is to pretend we are going shopping to the farmers market and grocery store. Other role-playing includes being the grocer or farmer. And often my kids will role-play restaurant where one child is the waiter taking orders or chef and the other is the eagerly waiting customer. Picnic indoors, why not?
The detail in this set is something I’m very impressed with. I often have come across food sets that lack detail and seem bland. These pieces are very colorful but not overly. The size I found to be ideal for children’s hands. My son loves to stack the pieces together to make a sandwich. The sandwich pieces don’t slip out and end up everywhere. That’s something I appreciate with a little one that sometimes gets really frustrated when trying to put something together and it doesn’t work out like it should.
Overall, my daughter age 5 and my son age 2 1/2 are quite the fan of the market set. It’s been played with nearly every day since I gave it to them! I very much like toys and sets that are fun and functional getting use after use. This set is easy to store as the basket and bushel included hold all the included food pieces without them overflowing or tumbling out. Great set for home or in the classroom. Highest of recommendations.
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