Product Type: ELC baby toys
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Happy home for the fairies!
ELC Happyland Toadstool
Member Name: Bunnyhop2
ELC Happyland Toadstool
Advantages: Great introduction to imaginative play
Disadvantages: 2 out of 3 sounds no longer work
My daughters were bought this Early Learning Centre (ELC) Happyland Fairy Toadstool Cottage as a 1st birthday present, as they were younger than the recommended 18 months from age I put it away until they were a bit older. They were about 15 months when I got it out for them as I really liked the look of it. I hadn't come across Happyland toys before but when they received this one I had a look on the ELC website and found that it was one of a huge range of lovely looking toys. The range is aimed at girls and boys and has collections within it such as fairies, space and village. It also does special occasion sets such as the Jubilee collection and sporty athletes.
The Toadstool Cottage
The red and white spotted toadstool has an opening door and windows on the front and back. The door was the first thing that grabbed my little ones attention and they soon worked out that it easily detached, from that moment on the cottage was destined to not have a door on it's hinges as they would remove it as quickly as I could replace it until I gave up bothering! The rest of the set is sturdy though, as you would expect from ELC and is showing and has no scratches or marks on it after 6 months of play.
There is a flower coming out the roof like a chimney pot and a small toadstool next to it which would be ideal for a pet if the fairies had one. I think a small animal like the pet in one of the other sets we have would have been a great addition to this set so that this small toadstool could be made use of without the need to buy anything else.
On top of the toadstool is a carry handle to allow your little one to carry this around if they wish. My toddlers haven't taken any notice of this yet but it makes it easy for me to move it around.
Opening the Toadstool Cottage
There is a small orange worm which you press to open up the cottage and once inside there is a dresser and 2 mats decorating it. Included in the set for little ones to play with are 2 fairies, a bed and a table. These all fit into the cottage easily and there is an upstairs to the cottage where one fairy can have a snooze upstairs whilst the other one is downstairs having tea at the table. My toddlers enjoy moving the fairies about and although they still rely on me to be making up the stories I feel that they are learning lots about imagination play from this toy.
When we first got this toy it played a short magical sound when opening the door, opening the cottage using the worm and when the flower doorbell was pressed. The only one still working after 6 months of play is the flower doorbell which I think is a shame as my little ones enjoy making the toy play music.
Price and Availability
As mentioned before we received this as a gift but the ELC website price is currently £20 with free delivery, the Happyland range is often on offer though and so it is worth waiting to get it cheaper or shopping around. It is also currently available from ELC seller Amazon where it is only £16.19.
Would I recommend?
Yes, although I don't think it is worth the full price of £20. Despite some of the sound effects no longer working it is still popular with my toddlers and I think they will be playing with it for a good while yet.
Summary: A lovely Happyland set for the collection
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