Product Type: ELC baby toys
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ELC Happyland Sunflower School
Member Name: HonestBob
ELC Happyland Sunflower School
Advantages: Lots of learning opportunities, role play and creativity.
Disadvantages: Expensive if you intend to collect all the Happyland playsets
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.
Summary: A fun unisex toy which can stand alone or be part of the Happyland series.