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We purchased this around a year ago now for our two youngest children then 1.5 years and 3 years old as it looked like great fun for them. I purchased ours direct from the early learning center for £35 although there are other places stock it. It is spcifically designed for ages 1 to 3 years which I think is a great age recomendation. It came flat packed and had to be put together which was quite easy to do and the instructions were very clear but attaching the trampoline mat part did require some strength so wouldnt be able to be done by everyone. It is advertised as an indoor trampoline but I thought I would be able to use it out in the garden too until I realised that silly me hadnt thought about the fact it does not fit through the door to take it in and out and as it makes noises by battery operation couldnt stay out in the garden permenantly so I would only recomend buying this for in the house use only. The noises are activated when your child bounces on it and Casey at 1.5 years old wasnt heavy enough for it to activate the noise so used to get quite frustrated that it made noises when her sister used it but not when she did which I think is a poor design and could have been made more sensitive to stop this problem. The trampoline as with all the elc items I have brought is really well made and has lasted well with use from my children but I wouldnt advise it on wooden flooring as despite having feet on the trampoline it does still move around quite a bit to my dislike but my children have found it fun.
For Jayden's birthday in April one of his presents was the ELC Giraffe Trampoline. I had considered buying him a trampoline in the past as he loved his bouncer when he was younger so when his Auntie suggested getting him one for his birthday we agreed. The Packaging The ELC Giraffe Trampoline came in a cardboard box with the name if the product on the front and back along with a picture if a child bouncing on the trampoline. From what I can remember there were one or two facts about the product on the box as well but most of it is taken up with the pictures. Inside the box some parts of the trampoline came wrapped in clear plastic bags to help protect them and stop them from knocking into each other, it was mainly the sections of the frame that came wrapped up as the paint could chip off of these. The Trampoline The ELC Giraffe Trampoline consists of a round metal frame with four feet, two metal poles then come up from one side of the trampoline to create the handles. The whole frame is then covered with a bright orange and yellow patchy cover, the design is to look like that of a giraffe, the cover comes down long enough to cover all of the frame apart from the red rubber feet designed to look like the giraffes feet. The handle is then covered with a slightly padded cover which is in the shape of a giraffe neck and face, the front then has the giraffes face printed on it, once fully assembled the cover over the main frame and the handles gives the appearance of the giraffes head and body. The fabric is a tough hardwearing material that will take a lot of rough treatment and bouncing, the area that your child jumps on is made from a bright blue mesh fabric, this again is extremely strong and tough and designed to take you child's full weight as they jump. The feet have red rubber covers on them which prevents the trampoline from slipping on the floor. Inside a little pocket on the underside of the area where your child jumps is a little white plastic box, this makes a "boing" noise as your child jumps, this requires 1 button cell battery. The ELC Giraffe Trampoline is of a good size, it is large enough to give your child enough room, but not so big that it takes up a lot of space in your room, it measures 56cm (H) x 60cm (W) x 60cm (D) and weighs 3kg making it easy and light to move around from room to room should you require. The ELC Giraffe Trampoline is aimed at children aged between 1 year and 3 years so your child should get a lot of use out of it. Assembly When it came to assembling the ELC Giraffe Trampoline there was a small instruction leaflet which consisted mainly of pictures and was not really the easiest to follow. All the fittings you needed along with a small spanner came with the trampoline but it was quite fiddly to put together, you do need a couple of you for some parts so one of you can hold the pieces together and the other can put the screws in place. Once the main frame was assembled the other bits were easier to put together but it was not the quickest of processes and the instructions were not the most clear I have worked with. Price and Availability The Giraffe Trampoline is available from the Early Learning Centre and costs £35.00, personally I think this is a reasonable price for this item and is within keeping of similar products like this. The product is of a good quality so I would say it is fairly priced. My Opinion Jayden has had his ELC Giraffe Trampoline for a couple of months now and he seems to be pleased with it, he has used it quite a lot but has not really grasped the idea of actually bouncing on it, he tends to hold onto the handles and rocks on it, this is my main concern with the trampoline as when he rocks on the trampoline it does tip slightly and it worries me that it will tip right up and he will fall off of it, we never leave him on his own on the trampoline and do try to encourage him to bounce properly on it, however until he does master this I do find it a bit unstable, as soon as he learns to bounce properly on it it shouldn't be a problem. The Giraffe Trampoline is reasonably priced and is well made and of a good quality, al part seem strong and sturdy and I am sure it will last well. Overall I would recommend the ELC Giraffe Trampoline, it is a fun toy for your child and will give them plenty of entertainment, it is described as an indoor trampoline however I see no reason why this could not be taken into the garden to play with. I'm sure this trampoline will last Jayden a while and that he will get a lot of use out of it.