Product Type: ELC baby toys
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ELC Happyland Climbing Ivy Church
Member Name: cloud99
ELC Happyland Climbing Ivy Church
Advantages: Great role play toy
Disadvantages: Horse not very secure
The Happy land Church is part of a town set from ELC. The land can be bought in sections which mean you can construct your town to your personal desires. You can add roads and tracks and also a variety of buildings including bakery, farm, fire and police station
We purchased the church after the royal wedding second hand for £5 as my son was very into church and weddings so this seemed an ideal role play toy. He would have been four years old when I purchased it.
The set contains a church which has a tower which the tower can be removed, a horse and carriage, the bride groom and vicar. The toy is made of strong plastic and is of the high quality I would expect from ELC.
The tower removal shows an on off button for the bells. It also makes storage of this item easier. The button to sound the bell is on the top. The first time the button is rang there is a peel of bells then it is followed the second time it is pressed by the wedding march. The church inside is very plain and outside decorated with Ivy and blue gothic style windows. The horses and carriage doe not tend to hold the horse well and they frequently become detached. The carriage has space for two passengers that can be securely pushed into place. Although this is designed for the bride and groom are the figures you would expect to travel in the carriage other happy land figures will also fit into the seats.
My son still plays with this set now he is five. He does have his own unique sequence of events which are regularly repeated. He firstly rings the bell then panics that the bride and groom are late for church so races them round the lounge. They go to the wedding; he presses the button for the wedding march. The wedding is very quick then they go to a party and dance obviously racing round the lounge to get to the party.
This toy is designed for children 18 months and over and this seems very appropriate. I cannot see much point buying it for a younger child as I am not sure what fun they would have with it.
When I bought the toy I wasn't sure if it was a toy that would have very short shelf life due to his age. Although he doesn't play with this toy every week he does regularly play with it and still has fun. I would say this is in his most played with happy land toys he owns. I do think this toy would work equally well for boys and girls. This toy despite been second hand and well played with by my son it still looks like new.
Sadly this toy is no longer available from ELC but if you are building up a Happy Land town I would highly recommend that you look out for the ivy church second hand.
Summary: Highly recommended
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