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I bought these when my daughter was 2 1/2 and we were going on a 3 day drive to Switzerland - believe me we needed al lot of distraction toys!
She had already seen Happy Land toys in her nursery although we didn;t have any at home before this.
I don't recall why I bought this particular pack as they come I different 'varieties' or themes too. But they have been a hit from day one and although they have been with us now for 2 years they are still very popular toys for her to play with.
My daughter likes learning about new cultures and the fact we were travelling through 2 countries on holiday made it all very relevant to us.
She liked to discuss what everyone was wearing and liked the stereotypicalness of them which i really don;t thin that is a bad thing. It is great to have a small interactive way of teaching children about different cultures.
The set consists of a French man with onions around his neck, a scotman with bagpipes and a cowboy, Chinese, Indian and Spanish ladies in traditional costumes. I've seen that some people don;t like the idea of the stereotyping of these figures but really i think it has much more to do with the fact that they are wearing traditional style outfits that lead to great discussions about culture and differences and similarities that exist. My daughter certainly never plays with these in any stereotypical way and they all go off to do one thing or another with her in her toy castle altogether, the only time she separates any of them out is if the girls go off to do one thing and the boys another. I'd much rather buy these and have discussions about them than have her think that everyone across the world is the same.
Our daughter originality played with these in the car but now they have come into the house and they still look as good as new and I'm sure once we are ready to part with them they will be on ebay still in great condition.
The only thing i would worry about them is the material they are made from not being suitable for chewing on which , although she his 4 she still likes to do from time to time.
These are a great toy for a creative mind to play with and they beat Disney toys and McDonalds freebies any day!
The Early Learning Centre's Happyland play-people are wonderful.
They are sturdy little people - well able to withstand being thrown about, stood on, chewed and so on.
They are very portable - there is usually a Happyland person or two in my handbag, to be brought out for my children to play with at fraught or bored moments!
They encourage imagination - it is lovely to hear my three year old playing with the HAppyland people - the conversations they have with each other can be very enlightening.
They get used with all sorts of other toys too - Fireman Sam rescues them from the 'burning' doll's house quite a lot.
This particular set consists of six little people. They are from France, Scotland, America, Spain, India, and Japan. I think the children just like the funny costumes, but we have also talked about how people in different countries do things differently, dress differently, eat differently etc.
I brought these figures for my 19 month old son with the intention of adding a range of different cultures to his playtime. I liked the idea of him having characters from around the world to play with and particularly dolls of different ethnic backgrounds. The set consists of an American Cowboy, a Frenchman, a Spanish lady, an Indian Woman wearing a Sari, a Kimono wearing Japanese lady and a bagpipe carrying, kilt wearing Scotsman.
The figures are compatible with the other Happyland figures and playsets (which include a fairground, school, fire station, post office, cottage, vet, airport, farm, train set among others) available from the Early Learning Centre, and currently (October 2008) these are retailing at 20% of the Recommended Retail Price at Early Learning Centre Stores, Early Learning Centre Departments within Mothercare and Online via the Early Learning Website. The RRP for this partcular set is £6.00 so currently it is available for £4.80 (plus and additional £4.95 delivery charge if you order off the website).
My son loves these figures and seems to constantly have one or other in his hand erent matter!). My only concern is the stereotypical image they give of people from other countries. I did cringe when I saw the Frenchman in beret and kilt wearing Scot. However, I do think it is good to introduce a mixture of races into a childs playthings and in this regard the figures are good as there is so little choice of multicultural dolls in standard retail outlets.
Happyland is a collection of toys that your children can collect to build up their own village or town.
With this item the collection of worlds people you get the following ;
and Japaneese lady
It is a great cheap set of characters to help teach your children about the difernt people all around the world. If you have relations from Scotland, Spain, or any of the countries that these characters are from you can name them after them. Then you will find your children want to take them everywhere will them.
They are very well made and wouldbe hard if not impossible for your children to break. As they are made a plastic they wipe clean easily. They are a good idea to take with you when you are out with the kids and want to keep them entertained without taking large items.
£6.00 is the list price at ELC but you will find that they often have offers on happyland. Also if you are a member of the ELC club when it is your childrens birthday or at christmas ELC send you out vouchers to get extra money off.
Other thing is that lots of Happyland items can be found on ebay at all sorts of prices.