Product Type: ELC baby toys
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ELC HappyLand Police Station
Member Name: tobymummy
ELC HappyLand Police Station
Advantages: Great addition to Happyland collection, strong, hardwearing,
Disadvantages: Not as good as other Happy land sets.
When Toby turned 1 last April, he received the HappyLand Police Station, to go with the Fire Station and PostOffice (see previous reviews,) Although the catalogue price is £15.00, we are members of the Early Learning Centre, Big Birthday Club, so therefore able to save 20% on purchases, which can help a great deal on purchases of this amount.
Happy Land is the name collectively given to a lager selection of toys from Early Learning Centre, which encourages children to learn through play. Prices range from £6 up to £35. You will find that some sets are discontinued and they bring out other sets. If you can't find something you are looking for, try Ebay, there always seem to be lots of HappyLand sets for sale there.
What did we get for our money this time?
In the Police Station set you will get:
Police station - looks just like the PostOffice, except for the colour fascias are blue instead of red. The building is the same shape and style. With the doormat making a ringing sound, and the telephone rings when you press the button.
Police Car - this is exactly the same style car you get in the Fire Station set, obviously, this one is white, and has police written down the side.
Police Bike - This bike is white with a side car, it holds 2 people
2 Police Officers - These 3inch high characters are dressed in full Police uniform, one of them is female, the other is male.
Other bits - a dog and a couple of road signs, one being a road closed sign, the other is a traffic light
Toby's and My opinion
Although I think that having the Police station as part of the HappyLand collection is a great addition, (showing you have a police presence in any town or village is always good,) but it's not the best set you can buy. Compared with the fire station and post office, where extra bits are easy to include, you are fairly limited to what could be included with the police station, I am glad that there are no guns or weapons around. There main aim is obviously to help in the town directing traffic, as the Policeman is standing in a traffic guidance pose!
Toby loves all his Happyland toys, but doesn't tend to play with this set as much as the bits in the other sets he has, the characters tend to be played with all over the place, compared to the firefighters, who always travel in the fire engine. I'm sure with time he will recognise who each character is and use them in their own building/vehicle.
Overall I think that this will be played with more in time, but for the moment the other sets are more favourable. We'll have to keep an eye out for police cars and police people in town, then talk about them at home, so Toby starts to associate his toys with real life. This may take a while though as we don't see many police walking the streets nowadays!!
There are many other benefits from having these toys to play with, and these include fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination: all needed to develop their hands and fingers for early writing. Lots of language can be introduced into their vocabulary, while role playing. Whilst in the car I talk to Toby about traffic lights, saying what we do at each colour, i.e. red = stop, green = go etc, last week we approached a red light he said 'oh no.' when at home he found the traffic lights and pointed to the red circle and said 'oh no' again. So he has already started to match objects, and is developing his early maths skills, as well as life skills: learning that we stop at red etc.
Thank you for reading my review, more HappyLand product reviews coming soon!
Summary: A Police station to keep HappyLand happy!!
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