When I was little I used to love imaginative, pretend play. Playing shopkeeper, teacher, post lady, vet, I used to have so much fun. Pretend play has so many benefits, from an early age onwards. It can help with language skills, problem solving, and social and emotional thinking, it’s something I like to encourage my children to do. As much as they love their technology, they also like to go back to basics and get lost in a bit of role play. I’m always on the look out for toys that will help engage my children in some pretend play, and the Learning Resources Pretend and Play Post Office ticks all the boxes.
The Pretend and Play Post Office Set contains over 150 post office related pieces, and a good sized fold away post office. The set includes things like parcels, letters, envelopes, money, top up cards, savings sheets, passport/ driving licence forms, tax discs and much more.
The post office itself is well designed. It has a durable surface which is wipeable (should you children make a mess with the included pen). It can easily be folded out for play, and folded back up again at the end. It even has a handle on it for ease of transportation. There is a ‘post office supplies’ pouch in the post office that can be used to house the pieces when not in use, though I did have to squeeze everything in a bit (as there really are so many pieces!)
My children loved it from the moment they opened it, and they wasted no time getting stuck in. They immediately took on roles, one as a customer and one as the post worker. The set includes a wipe marker, and a lot of the items are able to be wiped clean, including the post boxes, post cards and notice boards, which means they can be used again and again. They both enjoyed filling out post cards and parcels to send before wiping them clean and starting again.
Something I really love about the set is the great attention to detail. The money looks realistic, and comes in Dollars, Euros and Pounds. My children are learning about money at school and this set will be great for practicing using coins. The other bits in the set are also quite realistic looking, including the stamps which can be peeled off and stuck to the envelopes provided.
Caitlin (who is starting to write independently) really enjoyed writing little notes for people, before folding them up and putting them in to an envelope and attaching a stamp ready for the post box.
The Pretend and Play Post Office is a fantastic, well made set which offers fun and realistic role playing opportunity for your children. It’s another one of the Learning Resources toys that my kids and I have absolutely loved!
You can purchase your Pretend and Play Post Office Set from Learning Resources for £35.94, and as part of the 12 Days of Christmas promotion you will receive 25% off and free delivery on all items until December 15th.
We were kindly sent the Pretend & Play post Office for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are my own.