I almost never write about toys. It's probably as the result of spending far too many hours thinking about how to contain them. Plus, I'm not four and six so, truth be told, I don't find them all that interesting (other than Lego - Lego is amazing). I do appreciate how important toys are though. I've read so many articles on the importance of play and role play and how both aid development. So, yes, before you start worrying that my boys own a mere couple of pieces of Lego between them, they really are the proud (but messy) owners of a fair share of things to play with.
However, when the new ice cream shop, Lolly & Scoop, arrived from Great Little Trading Co. my head was well and truly turned. It's just so cute. And the attention to detail is amazing. In beautiful summer colours with cones, tubs, ice cream, ice lollies, wafers, sauces and a magnetic scoop, it's a joy of a toy. And one I don't mind having out on display when the boys aren't playing with it. It's that pretty!
I was originally sent it so I could have a closer look at it before interviewing toy designer, David Blakeson, for the GLTC blog but I wanted to share it on here too in case you're looking for the perfect summer toy for your children.
Let's take a closer look ...
The boys adore the jokes on the lolly sticks - they're such a fun feature.
There's a great selection of ice cream flavours, too.
And the magnetic scoop is a genius idea. It means that children can properly scoop up the ice cream and place it in a cone or tub. The magnets give such a satisfying click.
Cone or tub? Definitely a cone, right?
And would you like a wafer with that?
With the weather being so lovely lately, and with Lolly & Scoop being so light in weight to move around, the boys have been playing with it out in the garden quite a lot.
It's such a beautiful wooden toy. It's the type of toy that you dream of for your child when you're pregnant and before godawful plastic items start infiltrating your home. It's one you'll want to take care of and put away for any subsequent children (or grandchildren).
I have to say that while my four year old completely immerses himself in the whole role play thing and almost believes that he actually is the owner of North Wales' best ice cream shop, my close-to-seven year old, is at the latter end of the scale age-wise of being able to enjoy the toy. However, I've found one very simple way to pique his interest ...
... substituting wooden for real lollies. Seriously, who could resist?
There's currently 15 percent of the £60 Lolly & Scoop price tag with the code ICECREAM15 if you fancy turning your garden in to a children's ice cream parlour, too. And pop over to New Young Mum to read Alice's review, if you'd like a bit more information.