“ Brand: ELC / Age: 12 months / Type: Cuddly Toys „
I bought this dinosaur toy for my daughter because I realised that most of her toys are plastic and I was concerned about BPA use in them and the health risks because she kept chewing on them. I had a look in ELC and was delighted to see that they have a range of wooden toys for under £10. The wooden dinosaur cost me exactly £10.
The above photo of the dinosaur is very accurate. It is a lovely bright green in colour- a different shade to all the other toys in our house- with multicoloured 'ribs' that make a 'clack-clack' sound when the dinosaur is pulled along by the red length of rope attached to it. My daughter is 11 months old and she doesn't quite get the concept of pulling dinosaur along with her, so she doesn't know or mind that the clack-clack sounds don't actually occur when the toy is in motion. She just sits with dinosaur happily and clacks the ribs together herself, which is easy for little fingers to do due to the design of the toy. She also loves the wooden wheels as they have bright patterns on them and of course they move when she plays with them.
Dinosaur has a big smiley face but I'm not sure my little one has really noticed this. The toy says 12 months+ but my daughter has been playing with it for a few weeks now and because of it's smoothness, vibrant colours and heavy weight (compared to her plastic toys) she will still happily sit and play with it for a good while almost every day. Unlike a lot of the shiny and loud toys out there (many of which reside in our household) this toy seems to create it's own amusement for my daughter as she finds new ways of playing with and exploring it herself. So, although it's meant to clack-clack as it moves along, that doesn't bother us in this household one bit!
Due to the beautiful and educational nature of this toy I think it's excellent value for £10.
As much as I don't want my 8 month old daughter spoiled, I do think she needs a variety of toys, as obviously her attention is still limited, even more so on teething days, when she is totally restless. One toy that I would never have thought of buying my little girl, given to her by her granny and picked up second hand for 50p, was this Early Learning Centre Click Clack Dinosaur, which actually retails full price at £10, which to be honest is far too much in my opinin.
The dino that my daughter received was on in green like the one in the photograph above, although I think there is a slightly more colourful one available now in the Early Learning Centre. When my mother bought this toy, she didn't actually realise it was from the Early Learning Centre, she just thought it was in perfect condition and at 50p would just be something extra for my daughter. This toy has a red string at the front so a child can pull it along and due to the the different sized wooden slats the dinosaur should, in theory (!) make a clickety clack sound as it is pulled along.
This toy is completely wooden even down to the wheels. I liked the fact that the dinosaur has a very happy smiley face with pink rosy cheeks.
This toy has been designed for children from 12 months plus, however, my daughter as 6 months when she received this, however, it has only been in the last month that she has taken an interest in it, and in fact it is a toy that she now plays with everyday, and one that will keep her entertained for a good length of time. This is mainly due to the fact that she is able to pull the red cord herself now and pull the dinosaur towards her, which she likes to do time and time again, as well as play with the red cord. Obviously it will be beneficial when she is walking as well, so she can enjoy pulling this along behind her, so I imagine she will get many more months of enjoyment.
The BIG problem with this toy however, is that it just doesn't move that smoothly, along any kind of surface. The slats on the dinosaur that are meant to give the clickety clack sound just don't move that easily when the dinosaur is pulled, so it doesn't really get a proper chance to make the sound it should. Unlike other toys that can be pulled along and make a sound, there just seems to be a design flaw that stops it from moving as smoothly along a surface as it should, which I think is really disappointing for a toy form the Early Learning Centre, who usually produce great toys, and it is also why I do not believe it is worth the full price of a tenner.
Despite this big design flaw, it is a current favourite of my daughter, and I'm glad that my mum got it for her, but didn't spend very much. I don't think I could recommend it full price, but if you are able to pick it up cheaply, then this is a good toy, and certainly one my daughter loves.
You only expect some toys to last a couple of years, whether it be because of the price you paid or the design quality or even the fact that your kid will grow out of it before too long. However, some are pretty good as hand me downs, and I have to say that the quality of toys from the Early Learning Centre has always impressed me.
This particular toy is one of the simplest, but also leads to hours of fun if you want it to. It is essentially a wooden dinosaur on wooden wheels pulled along by a single piece of string that is just attached to the front of the dino. However, a lot of thought has gone into the design. The dino is basically the head, with the curved back of the body linked together with four planks of wood which although held on do move whenever you pull it along by its wheels, which act as the feet.
As you pull it, the wheels go round and the planks of wood are forced gently into each other, making that echoey wooden noise that simply reminds me of the simplest of Christmas gifts, free from all gadgetry, with just good design, quality wood and a loving touch put into it. The click clack sound is lovely to hear for the most part, and only after excessive use would it get on your nerves!
There are other similar toys around, but a lot of them rely on the movement for them to function at all. This is on four wheels, which means even pulling it gently makes the parts move, whereas similar toys on two wheels (of which we have one), only work once you've built up a head of steam, and ideally you don't want to encourage TOO much running around looking behind you to see the dino is still following. Easy for accidents to happen! This one means they can walk and it still makes the sound, although I'd be a fool if I ever expected constant walking - the amount of times I've heard and seen this dino flying round the house!
Visually, it's kept quite simple. There are some colour variations, but by and large it's calm and not over the top like a lot of products can be. There's no use of the most vibrant of every shade of the rainbow, for example, and this is quite nice, although the visuals kind of don't really matter here. The main thing is the enjoyment and the longevity of the product. It has lasted a good while now, and shows no signs of damage despite a rather active young boy playing with it (he's now seven and plays army with it, you know, the evil dino versus every other toy!).
It's a lovely toy and one that'll last. If you're after a gift for a young'un this Christmas, the ELC have this at around the £10 mark. Well worth it!
I love wooden toys for kids as I always think they are well made, look good and last years as opposed to cheap plastic toys so when I saw this dinosaur in the Early Learning Centre I had to get it for my little boy. He won't get much use out of it now as he's only a month old but I'm sure it will be a firm favourite in the future. For now though my little girl absolutely loves it so it has been a good investment.
The dinosaur is called a Click Clack dinosaur as this is the noise it makes. The dinosaur is a light green colour and has a really friendly smiley face. He's a friendly dinosaur as opposed to a scary dinosaur which makes him perfect for very small children. I would say this is probably more of a boys toy as all little boys I know love dinosaurs whereas the girls are not so fussed but the actual toy itself is perfect for both boys and girls.
The construction of the dinosaur I think is very clever. The dinosaur sits on four wheels which have dinosaur feet pained on them making him look very cute. His body is made of two arches which reach from the back wheels to the front wheels. His scales are made out of 4 planks of wood which are what make the clicking clacking noise when the dinosaur moves. If you can imagine the sound of wood hitting wood then this is the sound it makes. The scales are lovely bright colours of red, orange and blue and contrast well with the green of the dinosaur.
The dino has a red string attached to the front of it so little kids can pull it along. These are some of my little girls favourite toys, the ones you can pull along so I knew she would like it and hopefully my little boy will too. When you pull the dino along not only does the click clack sound come into play but he wobbles from side to side too making it a fun toy to pull along and become your childs little pal that follows them everywhere.
The dino costs £10 from The Early Learning Centre and in my opinion is a well made classic toy that will last for many years to come.
This was bought as a Christmas present for my 10 month old son. It cost £10 from The Early Learning Centre. It is a bright green wooden dinosaur with loose fitting pegs with act as its back and are supposed to 'click clack' as the toy is pulled along. It has wooden wheels as feet which are slightly off centre.
It is sturdy although the paint has already chipped in places. The string is quite short to is a little awkward to pull along. Despite experimenting, we have not yet found an ideal surface to make this work - on both carpet and wooden floors it seems to skim along rather than actually rolling on it's wheels, and it has not particularly caught my little boys attention unlike other pull-along toys he has. I was a little disappointed in this product, and feel it may spend a lot of time at the bottom of the toy box.
I bought this Wooden Dinosaur for my friend's child when he was a year old. When I had a baby it came back to me in a big box of toys that had been outgrown. A lot of the toys are from Early Learning Centre and are in really good condition, however the dinosaur was in perfect condition. Hmmm must be really good quality I thought, I soon realised that it just hadn't been used very much! Why? Read on...
**What is it?
It's a green wooden dinosaur on wheels which can be pulled along by a red string attached to the front. It has a funny painted face and painted feet on the wheels.
**What does it do
The backbone of the dinosaur is made up of 4 pegs which hit against each other as it is pulled along. These make a clickety-clack sound.
**What's good about it?
It is durable and well made. The painted face and eyes are very cute. At £10 it's good value for a small gift.
My little boy doesn't play with it much, and it would seem from the perfect condition that the previous owner didn't use it much either. The problem is that the clickety-clack isn't very good.
If you use on wooden or tiled floors it slides rather than rolling meaning that the pegs don't hit each other and even on carpet it's a bit hit and miss. With this in mind it turns into a fairly unimpressive pull-along toy.
A futher annoyance is that it has quite a short string so a taller toddler would lift it off the floor rather than pulling it.
**Where can I get one and how much will it cost?
It can be bought from ELC standalone stores, mothercare concessions and online at ELC.co.uk. It costs £10, but in my opinion there are many far superior toys in that store to choose from.
Chunky wooden dinosaur to pull along. Rewards children by making click-clacking noises when pulled along.