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There are a few toys I had as a child which I absolutely loved. Thankfully many of these toys and items are still on the market. Perhaps they may be a little revamped but they are still there to bring joy to children all over, and it is lovely to see them enjoying the same toys as I did. It is even better when I see my siblings playing with the same things I did as I feel that toys nowadays are far too electronic! My sister came to own the Pick and Mix Sweet Shop recently, which I was pleased to find hasn't changed in the slightest since I had mine as a child!
The main body of the sweet shop is split into four sections which are there to hold a few options of little sweets. In the centre there is a scales option which is set in numbers from zero to five. The lack of lb or oz means that children are not confused by the units and can focus on weighing to numbers which I think is a great idea. You then have two slots either side which are home to two plastic jars in which you can keep sweets.
Attacked to the side of the main body you have two tray like options, one on either side. Each one has a few holes for you to pop in some lolly pops, and you can put sweets in the trays. On the front there is a little drawer which pops out by pushing it in, and inside you will find some pretend money. This is lovely as it will help child development by helping them learn to count as well as teaching them how much sweets really cost nowadays (my corner shop sells penny sweets for 5p!!).
Now it all looks good but at the end of the day the main attraction is the sweets. Now you do not get an enormous amount of sweet treats with this. You get a handful of lollipops, as well as a little bag of dolly mixtures, a bag of jelly beans and a bag of midget gem style sweets. Now this may differ from time to time, but generally they are options that are not for anybody of a small age just starting out eating sweets. You also get a scoop with it, as well as some paper bags.
What I enjoyed most about this and I know my sister does too, is going to a local pick and mix (there are lots of delicious options in the Metrocentre!) and choosing some lovely options to add to the sweet shop. The only bad thing is when you have to resist the temptation to eat all the sweets! However you can serve scoops of sweets to kind Grandparents for their real pennies who will perhaps nibble on one jelly bean but pop the rest back for you to have yourself!
Of course you can go to normal supermarkets and buy their own brand of sweets to stock up - you could fill the entire shop up for a pound or so, so keeping it running may not be too costly! The shop itself will cost no more than £10 from sites such as Amazon.co.uk as well as toy stores such as Toys R Us. You don't need to worry about it encouraging unhealthy eating as you could always give children yoghurt coated raisins or nuts etc to use with it. It is definitely worth looking out for and one that every child should be able to have fun with!