Audrey Grace is at such a fun age right now. She is so excited about Christmas and about Santa coming to visit. As a matter of fact, just yesterday she asked if I thought that Santa would bring her a castle with monkeys in it. (A CASTLE WITH MONKEYS IN IT?!) Her imagination is expanding day by day, and I am loving every second of it, even if it does usually make me giggle a little bit.
Little Tikes came to me just as I started my search for perfect holiday gifts for Audrey Grace and offered us the opportunity to take the Little Tikes Neighborhood Market for a test drive. This toy is perfect for her active imagination – she already loves to play with the toy cash register that her Nana and Gra gave her – so this just takes the imagination to a whole new level.
The Little Tikes Neighborhood Market can be a bakery, fruit stand, or ice cream shop, depending on her whim. One of my favorite parts is the chalkboard marquee above the stand, which means we can change the name from Audrey’s Ice Cream to simply advertising the daily specials (think “Oranges – 5 cents”). A word of warning – ours did not come with chalk, so if you are thinking of buying this as one of your holiday gifts, you might want to have some chalk on hand to make sure little bakers and ice cream makers can get started right away!
The Little Tikes Neighborhood Market comes with a cash register, pretend money and a credit card, so Audrey can charge, collect, and ring items up to her little heart’s content. The front of the stand has clear sliding doors that open and shut – just like the real thing! It also came with 4 cupcakes, 3 lemons, 3 oranges, 2 bunches of bananas, 1 ice cream scooper, 2 ice cream scoops, and 2 ice cream cones to get her market up and running.
We love that the awning pulls down and then winds back up, so Audrey can “close shop” for the day, and that the whole thing is easily transportable and rolls on wheels – we can play out on the balcony on a nice day, or set up shop in her room if it’s rainy or cold.
The assembly process was a bit lengthy, so if you are waiting until midnight on Christmas Eve, you might want to give it a go a bit earlier, but otherwise I find the Little Tikes Neighborhood Market to be durable and an overall awesome toy for fun, imaginative play. It’s great for both boys and girls – the colors are neutral and the toys is just plain fun, and this would be a great surprise for any child come Christmas morning!
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Disclosure: I was sent the Little Tikes Neighborhood Market for review. This in no way affected my opinion of the product, and all thoughts expressed above are 100% mine. Check out my disclosure policy for more information.