I’m checking in today with a product review of the Leapfrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket. My daughter received it as a gift for her first birthday. The whole family, including my husband and three year old son, absolutely love this toy!
The set includes a colorful picnic basket and plastic food, utensils, tableware, and a little picnic blanket. The pieces are chunky enough that my daughter can manipulate them herself. This alone is adorable – but the basket also plays music and responses to interact with. The music is typical of a child’s toy – it gets to you after a while 😉
There are several different reasons I love this toy. It teaches manners and encourages pretend play, which is so important – even from a young age. There are 14 different pieces that help her build motor skills by matching, stacking, sorting, emptying and filling.
There are enough pieces for both of my kids to play together without fighting over one piece. It was designed for two people to play together! There are two of each shape, two plates, two forks, and two cups. My daughter, at 12 months, is starting to “pretend” eat and drink. It’s adorable 🙂
I do believe this toy will grow with her, as she learns to identify shapes and colors. It seems to be well constructed, as far as plastic goes. I think this is a perfect gift for a one year-old, as they are able to manipulate it but won’t outgrow it within a few months. (Case in point – my three year old prefers to play with this over his own toys.)
The Leapfrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket retails for $15.99 and is available to buy here.