There is something about play sets that contain small pieces that seems to draw Miss A to them. She has been talking about Littlest Pet Shop from Hasbro for a little while now, but never had any of her own. When we were offered the chance to review some, it was the perfect opportunity for Miss A to see whether this would be a collection she would like to grow.
I like toys that encourage imagination and can be connected together with more pieces and sets. I didn’t realise that there was a TV show surrounding one of the characters Blythe as she moved to the City above the Littles Pet Shop. She soon discovers that she can talk to pets hence the connection with the different play sets you can buy.
We received three different play sets to try out and two packs of additional characters. Each play set can be built and played with individually, but you can also connect them together which is a nice idea. With Blythes Bedroom Set being the largest set we have containing over 95 pieces, we created a short video to show you how easy the sets are to put together.
Each of the sets come in flat pack form, but the instructions are quick and easy to follow. What Miss A liked straight away was that there were plenty of stickers and smaller accessories to be able to make the set her own. Once I had built the structure and showed her how it fit together, she took it away from me and carried on with making the sets unique to her.
There are plenty of small pieces included in these play sets, and by building three sets, we have lots of small pieces to accessorise with. I felt the best way to keep them all together was to provide Miss A with a pot to keep all the pieces together to prevent then from all being lost.
Once built the sets are sturdy and all fit together by placing them on top of each other or side by side. Each set has little slots in the base and roof plates to allow another set to be added on.
There are lots of different pets to collect, and whilst each playset comes with a pet, you can purchase additional packs of two for around £5-£7. Once all our sets were complete, Miss A spent ages arranging the furniture and really using her imagination to set up a home for Blythe and the pets. Being away from a screen and delving into the imagination to be able to play is great for any child in this technology focused world.
Having received the Treat Bar, Playroom set and Blythes Bedroom, Miss A has used all the pieces from each set in different scenarios, and used the accessories from one set in another game she has made up. Looking in from a parental perspective, this makes the playsets better value for money when they can all be used together and separately all at the same time. Blyes bedroom set retails for around £29.99, and the smaller 35 piece sets are approx £10 – £15 each.
I’ve been really impressed with how well this has captured 7yo’s attention.
Disclosure – I received the toys free of charge and have been compensated for this review, but all opinions are my own