Product Type: ELC Art / Craft
Newest Review: ... with the pieces if I suggest they haven't played with it for a while. Nowadays ELC no longer sell this, but it can be found on ebay as a... more
ELC Felt Farm
Member Name: cha97mw
ELC Felt Farm
Advantages: creativity with very little mess
Disadvantages: low quality, packaging rubbish, and the boards didn't last much longer
This is something I found while browsing the ELC website purchasing presents for my children a couple of Christmas's ago. I had a couple of sets of fuzzy felt when I was small, and I remembered it being an entertaining way of playing that was not particularly messy. As my boys were still fairly little at the time I bought this, I was looking for a way of making pictures that did not involve getting out all the paints and glue. It's nice to sometimes have creative play without the mess.
The set looked quite good on the website, with a couple of boards to make the pictures on, and 100 pieces of fuzzy felt to stick on them.
The set was contained within cardboard box, with a plastic tray to put your felt pieces in between play sessions. I have to say, this packaging was not the best as it tore very quickly, leaving me with no way to store the pieces, so we opted for using a tupperware box. The fuzzy felt pieces were all printed onto different coloured pieces of felt. The first time we played with this I had to tear all of the pieces off the bigger pieces of felt. Each piece of felt had the exact same pictures on them, so while having 100 pieces seems initially very good, there was a lot of repetition, and some of the colours were a little bizarre, like having a green cow or a purple pond. So the creativity was not as good as I thought it would be.
The pieces are quite thick, in your hand with the picture printed onto them, so while they are good sizes for small children to pick up, they were also a bit too heavy for sticking to the boards that were provided with the kit. The boards that came with this were also poor quality and I found that the surface started to wear away so the pieces would no longer stick to them, so in the end I binned the boards but kept the pieces which we still have but nowadays rarely get used. In fact, they only seem to play with the pieces if I suggest they haven't played with it for a while.
Nowadays ELC no longer sell this, but it can be found on ebay as a rare set. There is one currently for sale at £12.50 from America. Personally, I don't think it is a great buy. It is a limited set because the boards were small and low quality so you couldn't really make good pictures and want to keep playing with it. There is no way I would pay as much as the £12.50 however rare it is. I don't know if it is just me, but I have found the fuzzy felt sets we have owned to be quite a low quality compared to the ones I remember from my own childhood. It is not something I feel is that good at all, and I couldn't recommend it to anyone.
Summary: A poor buy that wasn't that popular with the kids.
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