“ Brand: ELC / Age: 18 months / Type: Playsets „
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Oscar was 2 in November and is quite behind in a number of different areas compared to others his age, due to this he now attends nursery for 3 hours a day to try and encourage him along. While on our breaking in session just before Christmas Oscar discovered a happyland dino set at the bottom of the toy box, Oscar carried this set around for the whole time was there. With Christmas looming I decided to present Oscar with his own little Happyland set, as it was also something that family and ourselves can add to. I purchased the dino set, but as he loves animals also wanted another animal set so started to look for either a zoo or farm set. I saw that ELC are still selling a farm set online but I did not like the look of it so decided to buy this from Amazon as I personally thought it looked cuter and it had more accessories.
* ~ *~ * ~ * ~ * ~ What Is Happyland ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
Happyland is a range of toys by ELC/Mothercare and is designed at the younger age groups, from 18 months up to around 4 years of age. The playsets are designed for both boys and girls and come in a variety of themes including dino set, treehouse, boat, train track, castle, rocket, farm, villages etc. The range is made from very strong durable plastic, well built and fantastic for your childs imagination, focussing on all forms of developments, being chunky they are great for little hands and are perfectly suited to the younger child (although my 5 year old Harvey loves the sets!)
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I was very pleased with the accessories that came with this set. Normally playsets only have 1/2 figures or add on parts meaning you then need to go and spend more money to get more play value from the set but this set feels complete, with nothing else needing adding to it.
* Farm House with sounds
* Mr & Mrs farmer couple
* Tractor & Trailer
* Play mat
* 2 food stalls
* ~ *~ * ~ * ~ * ~ The Farm Playset ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
The playset is recommended for ages 18 months and over, which surprised me as you don't see many playsets for such a young age group, toys yes but playsets no, most are 2/3/4 plus. This playset is based on a farm which consists of a farmhouse, Mr & Mrs, tractor & trailer and a farm full of animals. The farmhouse should already have batteries (if not, then you need 2 AA's) and the battery department can be located under his the inside of the roof. Other than inserting the batteries there is no assembly required so you should be up and running in 10 seconds!
This playset is pretty self explanatory. Its a playset consisting of features from a farm, and is awfully simply yet genius. For a set with such basic features there are many ways to play with this set and really engage yet learn at the same time which is why its so great.
The farmhouse is a great size for toddlers, H10 x L12.5 x D6 inches. It is mainly white with a green roof and orange detailing. There is 1 main door located at the front, as well as 2 small doors located either side of the main door, and a small window on each side of the farmhouse, all open up to link both inside and outside play, inside the farmhouse you will see a ladder that leads you to the hay loft. On the roof of the farmhouse is 5 buttons, press these to hear animal sounds, there is a button for the pig, horse, cow, sheep and chicken. The farmhouse is set upon a green base, and when turned around to see the back of the farm house, you have 3 compartments, these can be cornered off thanks to the 2 red fences built inside.
The sheep pen is red and comes as 4 parts, it has 3 sides and 1 opening gate to make a square, however it can also be opened and re-assembled in different ways, so you can change the story, taking the play to another level and getting the most out of the set.
The animals are around 3 inches in size and are solid little figures, being able to stand, they don't have separate limbs to stand on so are easy for little ones to play, we have other animal figures and because all 4 legs are separated like on a real life animal they find it hard to stand the figure up.
The pig sty is brown and solid, all animals are able to fit inside. The food stalls are aprox 1 inches and are brown with white food inside, there are 2 of these.
The play mat is L15 x W12.5 inches, it is very thin and waterproof, displaying pictures of a vegetable patch, dirt patch and tractor marks.
The tractor and trailer is blue and red, both have fully movable wheels, with the tractor having a seat for the driver and the trailer being designed to take the animals around the farm.
* ~ *~ * ~ * ~ * ~ What Does Oscar Think? ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
Oscar adores this set! My dad currently works restoring an old house where they work with horses, so my 2 boys and I have been there quite a few times and have been allowed to ride the horses and while Oscar is obviously too small to ride, he loves seeing the animals, so I knew this set would be a massive hit with him, and I was right. He loves that there are so many ways to play. He can easily move the animal's around the playset, either on foot on via the trailer, and needs no help at all. He cannot talk other than 5/6 basic words so cannot tell me what hes doing or whats going on but sitting with him and watching him play hes always coming up with new things with this playset, the animal sounds has also encouraged him to try and copy.
We love going to Odds Farm Park, a local farm pretty very close to where we live, we even went last Sunday for Harvey's 5th birthday and Oscar recognised the animal's and did the correct sound for each animal. Its literally endless what Oscar does with this playset, from moving the tractor around the playset, putting the animal's into their correct place on the farm, getting all of the animals to have breakfast, getting the dog to round the sheep up into their pen, before letting all of the animal's loose on the farm for some fun, then locking them into the farm house at night time. Being not long turned 2, Oscar still has chunky little hands so this set is fantastic for that, with no flimsy or breakable parts.
* ~ *~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Our Thoughts ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
I immediately thought this set was cute when I saw it on Amazon, as ELC/Mothercare are the primary sellers for Happyland I then look on both of their websites to find that only the new version was available (£25) but this Goosefeather farm more impressive, not only was this farmhouse a more impressive size, but it came with more extras, from the miss farmer figure, pig sty, pig, dog, food stalls and playmat. Quite a lot had been removed, and personally I felt these parts were important to the set and added more play value to it, especially the playmat.
With the many accessories it really adds to the play value making the toy go even further. We own quite a few playsets from Mickey Mouse, Imaginext, Toy Story, Batman, Spiderman, Disney Cars etc and while they are all great, they are pretty set, where the playset stays just that, where as this can be chopped and changed, moving things about. His imagination is free to create anything and as mentioned above, he's found many ways to play, setting up new games for the figures because of the many accessories it comes with. Which is getting his mind working and getting him thinking and exploring, working on his imaginative skills.
Out of all of the playsets we own, Happyland has to be the most durable. It is strong solid plastic, with no parts that can easily break off so really is safe for little ones. Having 2 boys that are quite boisterous, the playsets have been dragged around from pillar to post, and are still looking new. All of the parts are of perfect size for Oscar's little hands, helping his fine motor skills, its lovely to see that he can use the playset with ease.
Oscar has played with this Happyland set as a whole, and with his Happyland dino set which then makes this even more fun, the play mat is a great add on, as this can be taken away for separate play. All of the accessories, from the sheep pen, the pig sty, etc all show how a farm really works, and what happens to animals in a day on the farm.
Whats lovely about this set is that's it relates to something we quite often go to see as a family, my boys love animals, so its lovely that we can play with this set and then go to our local farm, and my boys recognise what animal's they are. When we went to odds' farm park last week for Harvey's birthday, he saw a cow being milked during a 10 minute show that the staff put on, the next day while my boys were playing Harvey pretended to milk the cow and was explaining to Oscar what to do and that it makes milk for their cereal, I find it nice we can link the too, to encourage fun and learning at the same time.
* ~ *~ * ~ * ~ * ~Overall Thoughts ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
I cannot praise this set highly enough, I honestly think its a shame that ELC have 'upgraded it' because in reality I think the new version is the downgraded one, The play is endless thanks to the many accessories and features. Even my 5 year old loves it. Its brilliant for the imagination and fine motor skills.
It was my 1st Happyland purchase and I knew it certainly wouldn't be my last, since buying this set I have brought the Happyland funfair also on sale with a birthday code to put away for Oscars 3rd birthday in November....yes I'm an early shopper, but they are worth the money with how much use they get.
* ~ *~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Price & Availability ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
This set sadly no longer retails in ElC/Mothercare, but they do have a new alternative which is £25, if like me you prefer this set then you can occasionally pick them up from Amazon brand new for around £30 which isn't bad considering that was the original price it was sold for in ELC. It can also be picked up 2nd hand on ebay should you not be able to get it new but be warned that due to how great Happyland is I've noticed the 2nd hands sets still tend to hold their value on Ebay, having a quick look I can see these selling 2nd hand from £5 up to £25, obviously postage added on top is going to make it more expensive, so maybe try for local listings. I paid £24 on Amazon which I was overjoyed with as you do get a lot for your money.
My eldest daughter got this farm for her 1st birthday, along with a variety of other Happyland Toys from Early Learning Centre.
The Happyland range is aimed at 18 month - 4 year olds, but that doesn't exclude little ones outside of that age range playing with them. There are no small parts which could be choking hazards so it's perfectly safe.
The set comprises of a barn which has double doors, with a half stable door on either side, at the front. There are opening windows on each side of the barn, an open window at the top on the front, and two open windows on the roof.
A weather vane fits into the top of the roof, but isn't very stable and ours soon fell out and got lost.
Pressing one of the five buttons on the roof plays different animal sounds - pig, chicken, cow, horse & a sheep. Although not very realistic, the kids love them and it helps teach them what sounds the farm animals make.
Inside the barn are two gated areas, one at each side, and a top level which the farmer can access via the ladder which doesn't attach very well!
Included with the set are a tractor and trailer, pig sty, four pieces of fencing that join together to create a pen, cow, sheep, pig, chicken, horse, dog and of course Farmer Shepherd and Mrs Shepherd. A small play mat is also included but my girls never really bother with it as it's quite flimsy.
Kids this age usually love animals and this is a great playset for them which will help encourage imaginative play.
It currently retails for £28 at Early Learning Centre, which I think is overpriced and would recommend waiting for a sale, or join the ELC Big Birthday Club to receive 20% off vouchers at birthday times.
Extra sets of farm animals can be purchased for £8.
We bought the Happy Land Goose feather farm for our children when they were one and two years old. Both children have enjoyed playing with the farm, along with their other Happy Land toys.
The set includes the farmer and his wife, barn, pigsty, tractor and trailer and pig, cow, sheep, dog, horse and chicken figures.
We bought the extra tub of farm animals from ELC to add to the figures that came with it. There are enough animal figures for one child, but for two children we felt we needed a few more. The extra animals cost £8 for 2 sheep, 2 cows and two horses. However these are currently on offer for £4.
the farm has animal noises, and these are activated by pressing the buttons on the roof of the barn. There is a picture of the animal on the button, but I don't find the sounds to be particularly realistic.
I have found that the barn has withstood quite a lot of play and banging about and is very sturdy. The only problem is that the barn doors come off. We have just left them off and it hasn't really affected play too much.
The play mat that comes with the farm don't really add much to the play, but that is mainly to do with us having bought the Happy-land play-away set (see my review).
I would recommend this as a first farm, as our daughter and son have enjoyed playing with it and still do, and the eldest is now almost four years old.
My little boy simply adores the Happyland range of toys from the Early Learning Centre and Goosefeather Farm is a firm favourite of both his and mine. He has a particular fondness of animals and any animal related toy is usually a big hit, Goosfeather Farm is no exception.
The Happyland range of toys are vast and varied and range in price from £8.00 to £40.00. They are easily stored away in the storage box play mat also available from the Early Learning Centre (see my previous review).
The age range for this particular play set and indeed the entire range is between 18 months and 4 years. Products such as these are appealing to young toddlers like my son as well as older children and are therefore fantastic value for money. Goosefeather Farm is one of Happyland's larger and more comprehensive play sets and cost £30.00.
This farmyard play set comes complete with a large barn, a tractor with trailer, a sheep pen, a pig sty, a farmer and his wife and a range of farm animals including a dog, horse, chicken, sheep and pig. It also has a play mat included which is very handy, especially if you do not have the Happyland play mat.
The colours are bright and attractive without being garish as some other brands tend to be. The figures have rather cute and appealing features and are just the right size for little people to grasp and play with. This play set is strong and durable despite having so much intricate detail such as the opening doors and farm hatches and the detail inside the barn.
The animal sound effects are a great way of teaching little ones recognition of different animals and the sounds that they make. The set itself encourages role play and imaginative play while features like opening doors and the ability to move the characters in and out of the barn aid motor skills and hand and eye co-ordination.
Goosfeather Farm requires two AA batteries which are not included.
This really is a fabulous play set with so many appealing features and in my opinion is worth every penny. My son has had so much enjoyment from this toy and has not yet lost any interest in it. I would highly recommend this set, especially in the run up to Christmas as it really does make a fantastic gift for a child.
My 2yr old son was given this for his birthday and it was an instant hit!! Its very substantial and has been dropped, tripped over and is still in one piece! The little pen that comes with it provides extra fun as he loves putting the animals in them and the tractor also proved popular. Complete with batteries provided, this toy is fab!! The only down side to this toy is that the doors to the farm do come off easily but they just pop back in so it is not really an issue unless your children, like mine, see it as a game!! Other than that I can not fault this farm and it makes a great addition to his happyland collection aswell as the other animal collection we have.
The age range says 18mths but my boys, at two and three years old both thoroughly enjoy playing with it.
This is the first of the happyland collection that my daughter received for her 2nd birthday. It is very well made and is made with very bright colours. There are 4 buttons on top of the farm which make various animal noises. Also, included is a small play mat you can use for your animals to trot about on. You get a small pig sty which is great fun for peekaboo and also a gate which you can arrange in either a square shape to keep the animals inside or as a partition to separate up the play mat.
The animals are chunky so great your younger children, the doors open and close which is fascinating when you are 2! There is a small ladder on the inside leading to the upper deck in the barn which unfortunately constantly becomes loose so needs gluing on really.
This is great when bought with other happyland items as when put together they form a lovely village. Happyland is great value more so if you are a member of their big birthday club which offers you 20% off all their items via a voucher they sent just before your child's birthday.
More play sets are brought out every so often and it can be quite addictive collecting them!
I have found this set to be fairly robust apart from the issue mentioned previously. It has been tossed around the play room a few times and is still is really good condition.
This particular set cost £30 and was well worth the price we paid. I would recomend this to anyone with children aged between 1-6, although my daughters Aunty loves these sets too and she is 10! So most definately a good all round toy.
My daughter was given the Early Learning Centre Goosefeather Farm for a Christmas present to expand the Happy Land collection that has taken over my front room.
The Farm is one of the larger items in the collection and is at the higher end of the prices at £30.00. The farm consists of Farmer Shepherd and his wife, a barn, tractor and trailer, sheep pen, pig sty, six animals and a play mat. The play mat isn't the most sturdy item and to be honest isn't used that much. Similarly to the Happy Land Fire Station there are buttons along the top which make various animal noises. Inside the barn there is a ladder going up to the loft, a small pen and a parking area for the tractor. There are large double doors to the front allowing easy access for the tractor and two small side doors. Again similarly to the fire station the only gripe is around the doors which have a tendency to come off and could be easily lost.
This is an excellent farm as a stand alone toy but certainly gives hours of entertainment when put together with the rest of the Happy Land collection.
My daughter received the Happyland Goosefeather farm for a Christmas present and i have to admit that my initial feel was one of slight dissapointment as i had visions of her having a lovely wooden farm. Although i'm not too kind on entirely plastic toys such as this, it has turned out to be one of her favourite toys that she plays with regularly. I belive that it is suitable for children from 18months-4years however i do believe that it is perhaps aimed at the upper end of that age bracket as i'm not sure toddlers would really get much from it.
The farm set comes complete with, the farm building, sheep pen, pig sty, tractor with trailor, farmer and his wife and the following animals: sheepdog, pig, sheep, cow, horse and cockerel. A playmat is also included although it is rather small and my daughter never really uses it.
The barn itself is quite sturdy and on the top there are buttons which can be pressed and make various farm noises. There are various bits within the barn which do unfortunatly come unattached quite easioly, such as the barn doors and this can prove to be quite frustrating for your little ones. The animals and characters though are a great size and are colourful and very attractive. While it does have a few fiddly irritations overall it is a great appealing toy which encourages imaginative play.
My son was given this as a gift at around 18 months. I am no lover of plastic toys and must admit didn't like this much. Looking today the farm is retailing for £28. And is designed for 18months - 4 years
What you get
A barn that makes animal noises, has doors which open and close
and a ladder to the hay loft
A tractor with trailer
Six animals - chicken, pig, horse, cow, sheep and dog
A farmer and his wife
2 Animal feeds
Farm Animals - 2 horses, 2 cows and 2 pigs £6
The barn was sturdy enough but i seemed to spend most of my time reattatching the doors after they had fallen off with my son simply opening them. And attatching the most fiddly and annoying ladder to the uper floor or hay loft i assume it would be. The noise also starts to annoy after a while too.
The tractor and trailer were probably the most fun. The farmer fits in the tractor so can 'drive the animals and food around'. The trailer cracked just above the wheel and was sharp so i had to throw it out.
The playmat is a square which isnt very big, 30cm squared maybe, but does have pictures of a vegetable patch and tyre marks on it.
The sheep pen can taken apart and put back together again and the best bit for my son was perhaps the gate that open and shut.
The animals are chew resistant which i guess is good at that age but only one of each are provided and extra are expensive and in my opinion not really worth it.
It says its suitable for 18months to 4 years, I actually bought the classic farm set for my son at 2 because this toy didnt interest him anymore, dont really imagine any four year old having much fun with it and to be honest either buy it at 12 months or buy the classic set instead. Then they can make their own noise!
Happyland Goosefeather farm is brilliant I brought this from The Early Learning Centre for £28, but I have noticed that it is now selling at a sale price of £22. It states it's suitable for children from 18months- 4 years
The height of the farm is 30cm and it comes complete with: The barn, pig sty, sheep pen, Tractor with a trailer that you clip on the back, 6 animals, play mat, ladder, a farmer and his wife.
Firstly I will tell you about each of the bits that come with it:
The barn: The barn itself is very sturdy on the roof you have buttons that you can press which make the noises of all the animals that you got with it. Also on the roof there is a little wind dial shaped like a cockerel that fits on top. There is a attic room with a window that my daughters often put the chicken in, they say that's where it lays its egg's. There is a ladder leading up to the attic room, the ladder is hard to balance or attach and always falls down. Then the bottom part of the barn has three sections with small gates that you can put the animals in with, windows to the side and fencing on the inside. There are two large doors/gates that fit on the front of the barn But we don't keep them on there as they fall off easily and my daughters couldn't put them back on, so we were forever putting them on.
The animals that I got with it were: The farmer's dog, pig, cow, chicken, sheep and a horse. These animals are a great size and fit perfectly into children's hands. My daughters have just started to take them in the bath with them and they have been fine.
The Farmer and his wife: These two little characters are great the farmer has a little hat on over his grey hair, welly boots, farmer clothes and a stick. For some reason my daughters don't call him the farmer they call him Granddad and the farmer's wife Nanny which is quite sweet.
Sheep pen: There are four bits of fencing that connect together one being the gate. They make a square shape in which you can put the sheep in like a pen.
The pig sty: This is a rather solid brown arch shape which you put the pig under, I think this is good as it is very solid and your child will easily be able to fit the animals under it.
The tractor and trailer: The trailer just clip on the back of the tractor and it is very simple to do. My daughters love playing with this they normally put the farmer in the driving seat, then some animals in the trailer and push it around the house for hours. You also get some small blocks of food with the farm so they put these in the trailer to.
Play mat: The play mat easily folds up it has pictures of grass on and a track that the tractor has made. This is good as you can put the pig sty, sheep pen and all the other animals on it so it looks like there in the fields.
I think this farm is great as it uses there imagination and they often role play with it. There is lot's for them to do, and they have learnt new things like different animals, animal noises and different places that animals live like the sty etc. I think it is also good as I have twin girls so they play together with it and learn to share.
Overall I think this was a great buy and it will keep your child entertained for hours. The only negative things I would say are that the doors/gates and ladder should be attached better as they often fall off, and your child will will struggle attaching them again.
Set is complete with farmer, wife and shepherd and all the barn yard necessities: barn, tractor and trailer, sheep pen, pig sty, six animals and playmat. Makes animal sounds.