“ Brand: ELC / Age: 18 months „
Happy Happyland! Oh how I love these Happyland toys!
When both my daughter hit the age of 18 months to two, they were so easy to buy for!
I used to just walk into the Early Learning Centre, go straight over to the Happyland display and I would ponder and search for a good half hour or more what was the best value for money to purchase.
I bought this little set as I knew that a couple of relatives I had given lists to had done their duty and actually got what was on the list. Marvellous!
Its a lovely, very well made little set.
It contains two market stalls, three little fruit and veg baskets, three flower pots, a little delivery truck and two characters.
The market stalls are brightly coloured, a very stereotypical set up. The three veg baskets sit in their little slots. As do the flower pots.
The little delivery truck is well made and I did try pulling the wheels off just to see if it was suitable for my daughters to play with (you can never be too careful!) and I have to say I was pleasently surprised. It went through some tough tests, I threw it down on the carpet hard, tugged its wells, basically did a test a 5 year old boy would do! And it was fine.
The little characters are made of a tough plastic, they are depicted as a little greengrocer with an apron on and a woman with brightly coloured clothers and a flowery hat.
The fact that it has two characters was a big draw for me, as there is nothing worse than getting a role play item, like this, but only having one
character, with two characters i loved watching my daughters getting the man and woman to have a conversation in their EXTRA high voices.
Sets like this get two thimbs up from me.
This little set is part of the Early Learning Centre's 'Happyland' range, which comprises of buildings, vehicles and people which together make up a storybook style town. The beauty of this is that you can pick and choose the bits that you want (or that happen to be on promotion at the time!) and the bits that you think will particularly interest your child.
The market set is one of the smaller 'buildings' in the range, and works well alongside some of the larger shops, although depending on how interested your child is in playing with these sort of toys, it could be used on it's own.
What do you get?
This comes in an attractive but slightly oversized box with the usual assortment of Krypton Factor wires and tapes holding it all together for display purposes. Once you've finally managed to get all the bits and pieces out, you have:
2 market stalls (which are not joined together despite the picture)
1 little truck with space for a driver and one box of fruit/flowers at the back
1 greengrocer figure (stereotypical old bloke. Which is good, I like stereotypes. They're stereotypes for a reason!!)
1 lady who can be either a shopper or the florist. Nice pink dress and hat!
3 crates of fruit/veg which fit on the slots on the greengrocery stall
3 pots of flowers/plants which fit in the slots on the flower stall.
All of these are made of sturdy plastic with lots of bright colors. The fruit boxes have a slightly squidgier texture than many other similar ranges, therefore slightly gentler on the gums should your little one decide to take a bite!
The amount of fun your child will get out of this depends very much on the individual child, their age and level of concentration. My 2yr old son enjoys putting the man in the truck which he then crashes into the Market stall/furniture/cat with great hilarity. He likes pointing to the fruit and veg that he recognises and telling me the names and colours, and loading these onto the back of the truck. We also have a bakery store and the fruit boxes and cake boxes are interchangeable, which makes it even more interesting for him.
To be honest, the market-stalls and people are probably the pieces that get the least attention from my son, he'd rather play with the vehicle and boxes. Perhaps that's a 'boy' thing. Overall, it's definitely not one of his favourite toys, and he probably wouldn't notice if it disappeared but as part of the larger Happyland set it's a nice addition and something that he does enjoy playing with.
Parental annoyance factor
I think a lot of the benefit kids get from toys depends on how much the parents themselves like the toys and therefore actually play with them (or even get them out - we've got so many things hidden in cupboards because they're just too much hassle! Bad mother.)
This toy, alongside most other pieces of Happyland that we have, scores quite well: it doesn't need any assembly, it doesn't take up much room to store, there's no mess to tidy up afterwards, it doesn't continually break or need re-assembled during play, it doesn't need batteries or make annoying noises (although other items in the set do) and it's pretty safe to leave unattended with kids in the recommended agegroup (which I think is 18mths+). However it's not something that's going to keep a 2yr old engaged in lone play for hours on end, there simply isn't enough of it to do that, so be prepared for lots of parental involvement and to have to invent little scenarios to engage your child's imagination. Which we should be doing anyway really!
Value for money
I got this toy as part of a larger set which included several other larger buildings, but I think the individual price is £10 (although there are often ELC discounts available - just read in another review that you can join their birthday club for 20% off). I wouldn't say this is outstanding value as it works out at about a quid per piece that you're getting, but that's not the worst in the world and it is very durable and would easily last it's way through countless children as a hand-me-down or for a bit of re-sale cash on Ebay.
All in, it's a bit of plastic that your kids may or may not take a liking to. Perhaps slightly more appropriate for girls if your child conforms to traditional preferences, but definitely suitable for both. Worth a tenner if you've got the patience to play with it alongside your toddler, otherwise likely to be another bit of plastic that doesn't get much attention. 4* from me as it IS a nice toy, but perhaps could have a little bit more interactivity.
This is my first review in absolutely ages...thanks for reading!
Happyland is a large collection of role play toys aimed at small children. All sets are avaible to buy seperately with prices ranging from £9.99-£34.99.
A lovely addition to my daughters happy land village sets are these cute little toy market stalls. One is for fruit and vegetables and the other is for flowers. 2 Figures are included as well as a delivery car with space for the driver and also one item of fruit and veg or flowers.
Each stall has 3/4 removable items which are very chunky great for little hands. I was concerned the canopy over the stalls was rather flimsy but this has not been the case at all they're very well built.
The little characters are very sweet, a greengrocer and a florist. The stalls aren't attached like the picture may imply but separate so you can play with either or.
On its own doesn't make for great play but added along with some of the other happyland play sets its just great fun, my daughter is 3 years old and still loves her happyland items.
You can buy happyland from all elc stores and when a few sets are put together they make up a village which is great for role play and hours of fun for young and old.
Happyland works out great value especially if you are a member of the big birthday club, which is free to join and sends you a 20% off voucher near to your child's birthday.
Happyland has lots of great little people sets and the market stalls are one of them. You can buy this set from Early Learning Centre for £10.00 but they are reduced quite often, the ones my girls got were reduced to £5.00. The market stalls are suitable for children aged 18 months- 4 years.
The market stalls comes complete with two friendly looking characters. Ones called Mr Leek who runs the groceries stall and the other Petula who sells the flower bouquet. Both characters look friendly and have their aprons on ready to serve their customers. You also get two market stands one for each characters. Each stand is nice and bright and has three 3 different trays in whether their fruit and vegetables or the flowers. Each tray can be removed or moved around so you can choose where each tray goes as they're all different. The set also comes complete with a little delivery van/car which your character can sit in the front of and there is a gap on the back of the van to put the tray on for when they want to pretend to deliver them.
The set is quite basic but your child will have great fun moving the characters around and pretending to sell the vegetables/flowers. My daughters love the set they have great fun pushing the car/van around pretending to deliver it to some of the other happyland sets they have. They also enjoy learning all the different names of the vegetables. I have two daughters so they took it in turns in being the characters behind the stalls so it has been improving there imaginative play.
I think the good thing about happyland sets is that each set can be played with individually or together. So if your child collects them then in the end they can have a whole village with different shops and things to do. Some of the other sets you can get include: Post office, police station, vets and lots more. Or if you prefer you can buy the village set already to play with for £60.00.
So overall a great set your child will enjoy playing with.
Early Learning Centre's Happy Land is aimed at stimulating a child's imagination by letting the child participate in an imaginary world that in many ways reflects the real world.
The package includes two brightly coloured market stalls: a florist and a greengrocer, a truck for delivering the goods and two figures comprising a market stall holder in the form of an old man and a younger female shopper in a silly hat. Each of the market stalls has items for sale. The florist has three plants and the greengrocers has three trays of fruit and vegetables which can only be placed into their corresponding stalls. The goods from the stalls can also easily be removed and placed into the back of the truck, although there is only room for one piece in the truck at a time. The market stall holder can also be placed in the truck as the driver. The individual pieces seem sturdy enough and should last well. Although the idea of Happy Land is to buy a range of items that you can add together and build into a little world, I do feel that the Happy Land Happy Market is sufficient by itself to give to a child as a present and should provide hours of enjoyment.
The one thing I don't like about the product, nor for the at matter all the other products in the range, is that they all seem to be made of a kind of cheap tacky plastic and made in China - difficult to avoid I know, but that doesn't mean we should stop complaining about it. There is also a lot of unnecessary packaging including pieces of wire and small bits of plastic that are a nuisance to unravel. If you buy this toy for a young child (it is recommended for kids between 18 months and 4 years) be sure to remove all the packaging before wrapping it up.
The Happy Land Happy Market is one of the cheaper and smaller packages in the range that you can buy. It is currently on sale at ELC for a reduced price of £8 (down from £10).
You have to eat, no matter where you are. So if you are building up your collection, a must have is the Happy Land Market.
In this set you get:
Delivery car - which 1 character can sit in. the space on the back is suitable for the fruit/veg or flowers to sit in, enabling you to deliver goods around the town.
2 people - one being an older man, with an apron tied around his waist; he looks like your typical old style shopkeeper. The other, - Petula; a young lady with a flowery dress and hat who runs the flower stall.
2 Market stalls - 1 for the fruit and veg, the other for flowers, each of these stalls have 3 spaces, where the produce sits. The fruit/veg crates contain a selection of different produce, including bananas, apples, grapes, onion, leek, carrots, tomatoes, peppers etc. The flowers are displayed in pots, and include roses, sunflowers and cacti.
To buy this set, it will cost you £10. You could get it cheaper if you join the ELC Big Birthday Club. Alternatively have a look at Ebay where several Happy Land sets are for sale.
£10 is quite expensive for what you get, but this set is a great learning toy for many reasons.
What can a child get from it?
Physically, a child will develop their hand-eye co-ordination and fine motor kills, whilst putting the fruit/veg and flowers on the right stall, and moving them to the delivery truck. The little people are a great size for little hands and it takes some control to put them in the driving seat of the delivery truck and ensuring they are the right way up. Although Toby thinks it very funny when they do go in head first, I think he does it deliberately!
The truck moves easily, but a child can learn to control it around a roadway, or whizz it across the floor.
New words can be introduced to a child's vocabulary by naming the produce, and when matching with real food you can talk about tastes, colours, shapes etc. Not only will you aid and encourage their language development, but their early maths skills too.
When Toby first got the market stalls we took the smaller parts away, so he didn't try and eat them, or swallow them. The set is suitable for children 18 months up, and he wasn't quite there. Since reintroducing these bits he loves taking the pots and crates out, moving them around and re-positioning them.
Toby also spends ages taking the fruit/veg ones to the kitchen and holding them up to the fruit bowl, especially the bananas and apples, (matching.) Whilst out shopping he points to food down the fresh produce aisles, I tell him what they are, then when we are back at home I ask him where something is, and at least 8 times out of 10, he will point out the correct item.
Although most children nowadays only go to a supermarket with their parents, to buy all their food or have it delivered, they tend to only see packs of stuff, rather than individual items where you can pick and choose. Children don't see the old traditional market stalls anymore, and so may not understand what they may be, if they were to have this set, and then go to a market, they would then become familiar. So many children don't even know where some foods come from, and how it's grown. I don't want to sound like Jamie Oliver, but I do feel that we should spend time playing with and educating our children with the process of food, and if this set encourages the younger generation them it's money well spent!
This toy is made from plastic, it is strong, well designed and made, colourful and great fun to play with. Children from 18 months or even earlier; with the small pieces removed and close adult supervision, will get lots of enjoyment from this set if incorporated with other Happy Land sets. Older children can use it to play pretend shopping, with money - (real or pretend) learning about pricing up products and asking how much something costs, and how much money you would need for a group of different items.
I wouldn't buy this as a toy on its own, but with any of the other Happy Land sets, it's a great addition.
Thank you for reading
Children love to play and make-believe play is, in my opinion, a very important part of growing up. Toys that encourage pretend play need to have an element of realism and need to be flexible enough to allow the child to dictate the play rather than it being directed by the toy.
Early Learning Centre's Happy Land range has proven to be excellent at allowing child-directed play. The range consists of a number of items that go together to make a town/village and includes buildings, people and vehicles.
The Happy Market is one of the more simple items in the range. It consists of two market stalls, a florist and a greengrocer, a shop keeper to tend the two and a female shopper. There's also a delivery vehicle. Each of the stalls has produce which is removeable - the florist has three plants which afix to the base of the stall by round pegs (rather like the tops of a lego brick) and the greengrocers has three trays of fruit and veg which fit into square holes. Both the trays and the plants will fit into a special space at the back of the delivery vehicle so that they can be driven around the town.
The joy of this toy is its simplicity. There are no batteries and no moving parts. My son has fun "smelling" the flowers and identifying the fruit and vegetables that make up the trays. He's not yet old enough to understand the concept of "selling" but he does drive the vegetables to other buildings that he has, often using the customer as the driver. Even at 18 months his pretend play is developing. He has a concept of people interacting even if it's not quite realistic.
I like the fact that the flowers only fit on the florist's stall and the fruit/veg trays on the greengrocer's stall. It makes it much easier for young children to get the right items in the right place and encourages linking similar items.
The toy is made from brightly coloured plastic and is very sturdy. This gives me confidence that it will last (and, in fact, we've picked up several items in the range second hand and all have been intact and in excellent condition). I can see this being a toy that will have a long life, adapting at the child's whim as the child's play progresses.
The Happy Market is currently available from ELC at £10 - one of the cheaper items in the range. Whilst it sounds expensive for what is, essentially a function free piece of plastic I think that it's fair value for a well-constructed toy that should give years of enjoyment (assuming, of course, that the child doesn't lose all interest). It's not, however, an item that I would buy independently of the rest of the range as it really requires some other parts of the villiage (or similar toys) to really allow creative play. As an additional item to supplement a village I'd say it would enhance the play.
I'd say it was most suited to children aged 18 months to 4 (indeed this is what ELC recommend) and, if I'm honest, the further through the age range you go the more likely it is to suit girls over boys. Having said that my son loves it!
Market shopping for fruit 'n' veg and some fresh flowers.