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This was one of the later additions to my eldest's Happyland collection, but one she has loved playing with, especially when she started pre-school. Sunflower School is a bright yellow and orange coloured pre-school where the children of Happyland can go to play and learn. Double blue doors open at the front of the school, while the back is completely open, allowing kids easy access to play. There's a clock above the front doors, the hands of which can be turned round. Inside, there's a set of drawers that are fixed down and don't open. Stuck on the floor are a road track, alphabet in a circle, and a world map. On top of the building are four buttons. One makes a bell ringing sound, one the sound of children giggling, one plays an alphabet song, and the other a counting song. The alphabet song is only slightly less annoying than the counting song. A sandpit turns over to be a table with musical instruments on. There are three chairs for the figures to sit on, a child-sized car for them to sit in, and a double-sided easel. A slide has a little area underneath, accessed via gates on each side, where the child figures can hide or play under. Although the cars and chairs are only small, the larger adult figures also fit into them. A play mat is included which really enhances the set, although it's quite flimsy. The car can be raced around the track on the mat and the children can play hopscotch. A school teacher and two children are also provided. There's enough in this set to stoke a child's imagination and encourage the development of social skills. Children in the recommended age group are likely to be attending nursery / pre-school so can identify with the situation and will enjoy re-enacting things that may have happened during their time at pre-school. The addition of the sounds on the roof adds to the enjoyment and enhances play, whilst also helping to teach them to count and learn the alphabet. Although there are only two children included in the set, if you have other Happyland figures they can come to school too! My daughters particularly enjoyed sending figures down the slide, and having them drive around in the car. The recommended age range is 18 months to 4 years, although there are no small parts included so it's safe for babies younger that that. For sale at Early Learning Centre for £28, it's overpriced like the rest of the Happyland range. Although saying that, it's definitely one of the better sets and has lots to keep kids busy. I'd recommend looking for it in the sales or using a Big Birthday Club 20% off voucher.
After the massive hit the HappyLand vet set was with my daughter I decided to add to her collection at Christmas. There was a special offer on for a free HappyLand school bus with the purchase of the HappyLand Sunflower School set, so I snapped it up. * Whats included? * The sunflower school differs slightly from the picture as some of the parts don't come included anymore, it now contains: * The school building * 3 chairs * A table that can be turned over to reveal a sandpit * Slide * The teacher * 2 school children * An easel * Car * The school * The school building is decorated with bright colours, the majority of the building in yellow. The front of the building includes fantastic attention to detail, it has two large windows and a double opening door. Climbing ivy and a white wooden picket fence are just a couple of the amazing decorations. The top of the school features a bell tower with 4 buttons to trigger to the sounds it makes. These sounds are both educational and fun. One button starts the alphabet song, and another starts the number song (1, 2 buckle my shoe). Those are the two educational songs, the other two noises are excited children shouting (I would say more screaming!) and a bell ringing. The back of the building is the same as most other HappyLand toys with the back 'missing' so it's easy for children to navigate the figures around. The detailing on the inside of the school is just as special as the outside. There are 3 different rugs on the floor, with decorative storage shelves and posters on the walls. I've recently just realised that the school has a volume control (hip hip hurray!!), it's found on the under side of the bell tower. I wish I had noticed this earlier, I don't mind the sounds as much now. * Accessories * The quality of the set is still exceptional with the accessories. One of the school children is wearing a painting tabard and holding a paintbrush, this goes well with the easel which has a cute picture of a house, and a chalkboard on the other side. The three chairs are big enough for each of the figures to fit onto, including the teacher who is slightly bigger than the two children. The accessory I like the most is the slide, all of Kacie's HappyLand figures have a go down it! It also has opening gates underneath the slide so some figures can walk below. It's these small details that make HappyLand a great hit with children and parents alike. Every one of the accessories is made from chunky plastic, making it very child friendly and easy to grip for little hands. * Price * The Sunflower school is currently available for £28 from Early Learning Centre, Mothercare or Boots. There are quite often special offers for the HappyLand collection so if it isn't needed urgently I would keep an eye out and wait for a special offer. * What do we think? * Kacie definitely loves this set, the educational songs are helping her learn whilst giving her hour after hour of super great fun. She enjoys taking the children up the steps of the slide then chucking them down the other side. She seems to like cramming all of the figures she has into the school then pulling them out from the double doors one by one. The thing she does the most with this set, which ultimately drives me crazy, is repeatedly pushing the bell ringing button. Before I found the volume control I think I was on the verge of going insane, now it's quieter it isn't as bad, but still irritating all the same. As I said in a previous review, she loves carting the school children to school with the vets van from another HappyLand set she has. The versatility of HappyLand is fantastic, no child's collection could be too big or too small. With being in the 2nd half of the year now I've started thinking about birthday and Christmas presents and another HappyLand set is definitely a must. I would definitely recommend this Sunflower school for a starter to a HappyLand collection or as an addition. If you do take the plunge and purchase it I'd recommend you turn the volume down before giving it to children or it's likely you will be driven up the wall!
When i first bought the happyland sunflower school for my children I was a little dissapointed as there didn't seem to be a lot to it for the money - but I have since been proved wrong as both my children (age 3 & 5) love it and have spent many a happy hour playing with it. The school building is robust and well built as you would expect with ELC toys, the front of the building has 2 opening doors and the back is open to allow easy play. The school building takes 2 AA batteries and then features 4 sounds, a school bell, playground noise, and 2 songs. Included with the set are a playground mat with markings, an easel, a slide, 3 children, a teacher, 3 chairs, a sandpit/music box and 2 mini cars which the happyland children fit in. The set costs £35 from ELC but there are often 20% deals and the birthday club also offers 20% off which makes it a lot more reasonable. The age range is 18 months - 4 years but my eldest is 5 and still gets a lot of enjoyment out of playing with the happyland range so it has proved really good value for money.
This is one of the newer additions to the happyland colelction, a very sweet pre-school. You get lots of accesories included, including a lovely slide for the students to have lots of fun on! The play mat you get included has child games such as hop scotch printed on, the little chairs and table you get are just the right size and great for a picnic. A sweet little car is included as is a little red easel. The school has a clock tower with different buttons on, and when pressed sing the most adorable songs ever including a lovely numbers song which really is educational. The doors open up and are very sturdy as are the rest of the pieces that are included. I bought this for my 3 year old for christmas as she starts pre school soon and I thought seeing this would help make her think that going is actually a good idea and great fun! Happyland is great especially when you have a decent collection built up, however as stated in one of my other happyland reviews, as much fun as it is it really can be quite a chore having to set it all up once you have a lot of the collection it is more of a chore to put it all away again but none the less great fun all round. You buy happyland from elc stores and it works out great value if you join their big birthday club which send you a 20% off voucher close to your childs birthday. Happyland also has a great re-sale value which gives you reassurance that if your child isnt so keen you can recoup most of the money you paid buy selling via a very popular auction site. Our happyland collection is a firm favourite with our child and her friends alike and is standing the test of time, I imagine it will be around for a fair few years yet.
This is one of a series of Happyland playsets available from the Early Learning Centre, from Early Learning Centre departments within Mothercare, online via either store and second hand from Ebay. The playset series includes a post office, farm, cottage and airport, police station and fire station, all of which have electronic sound effects. There is also a storage box available which folds out into a playmat on which to site the playsets during make-believe-play. Plus smaller sets of extra people are availabe, including a world people set and the Happyland family. The school is a lovely cheerful orange in colour, making it a great unisex playset (I have this for my 19 month old son). The set consists of an open-backed building housing just one room in which there are moulded drawers and book shelves as well as various printed features such as an alphabet mat. The school has double opening doors at the front and four sound-effect buttons on the bell towers; the sound of cheering children, a school bell, the alphabet song and 123 knock on the door song. Along with the building comes three chairs, two sit-n-ride cars, a double-sided easel/chalk board, a double-sided sandpit/musical instrument box and a slide for the three toy figure children (one white skipping girl, a white boy holding a musical triangle and a black boy holding a paintbrush). A female bell-holding teacher is also included in the set. My 19 month old son loves this playset. The people fit nicely into his hands. They have no sharp edges and are single moulded (no movable bits) so no small pieces to worry about. He likes to make the children chatter, probably because I do voices for them when we play together. Watching him wiggle the children in 'conversation' and narrate their play is very cute! He also enjoys walking them up the steps (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, ready, steady, goooooooo) and dropping them down the slide. I like this set because he is learning cause and effect (pressing each button causes a different sound), counting (steps on the slide), sharing (ten year old sister and nine year old brother love playing with this set too!) and roles (teacher/pupil). Some of the contents are familiar to him (from nursery) and other aspects can be used to prepare him for proper school. I also like the multi-cultural element as, in my opinion, there are too few non-white european dolls on the market. Plus the whole Happyland concept is good for learning about the local environment, industry and society. The school costs £30 but is currently available from the Early Learning Centre for 20% off at £24 or can be purchased as part of the 2 for 3 Mix and Match Promotion at Boots online store.
HappyLand is complete with its own little village school, with classroom, table and chairs, slide, sandpit, easel, teacher and of course, lots of happy children. Includes fun sounds and songs too.