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ELC Light and Sound Farm Tractor

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Brand: ELC / Age: 12 months / Type: Cars & Vehicles

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      25.02.2013 21:52
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      A fun toy with lights and sounds - would recommend.

      Oscar was bought a Happyland farm for his first birthday, and we bought him a set of extra animals to go with it. He has played with it every day since. His farm had a small tractor with it, but I had been looking out for a bigger tractor to go with it too.

      My in-laws found this in a charity shop for a very low price (I'm not sure how much), and it had 2 vets, a horse and farmer with it. I've just had a look on the Early Learning Centre website, and it costs £16, and comes with a farmer and a cow.

      It is made of chunky plastic, and as with all ELC toys, it is very brightly coloured and hardwearing. The main body of the tractor is blue with black and yellow trim, and the trailer is blue and green. The trailer is large enough to easily fit 4 or 5 animals.

      When you press the farmer down in his seat, the lights at the front of the tractor flash red, and it does two different tractor noises, as well as the phrases "We're off to the fields!" and "It's tractor time!", said in an authentic farmer accent!

      Now that Oscar is almost 2, he has started to act out different scenarios with his tractor, so it is great for imaginative play.

      A great toy, I'm so pleased that we got such a bargain from a charity shop - I would happily have paid the £16!

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      30.06.2012 10:41
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      Farm tractor

      We're off to the fields!!

      My little boy received this tractor as a gift from his grandparents recently. Its probably a bit too old for him but something he can grow into. At the moment my little girl likes to play with it and push it around and show him how to play with it so I guess they are both getting some enjoyment out of it. 

      This tractor is great as its very realistic looking. The cab is quite chunky and has big tractor tyres at the back and smaller ones in the front. The tractor is a bright eye catching red colour and it has a grill in the front which has red lights that flash. In the cab sits a farmer with the obligatory flat cap and beards that all stereotypical farmers seem to have. You can press on him and he will say, "It's tractor time," and, "we're off to the fields," in a very countryish accent which is actually very funny. There is a little button on the side chimney I think it is that will make engine noises when pressed.  

      At the back of the cab there is a trailer which attaches to it with the help of a little hook. This is easy to hook on and off and little kids can do this easily. The trailer features open gates which are orange and the door at the back of it opens up and flips down to allow you to load the little cow figure that comes with the set, on and off the trailer. 

      This is quite a robust toy and as I sit writing this now my six month old is actually banging it across the floor, pushing the buttons etc and it's standing up to this heavy play well. Once he gets a bit older I can see him really enjoying the role play games with this tractor as The Early Learning Centre do recommend its for kids 12 months plus. It takes 2 AA batteries to work the light and sounds. It cost £16 and is a nice toy in my opinion. 

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      08.05.2012 14:33
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      nice tractor toy

      We bought the ELC Light & Sound Farm Tractor for my son for his first birthday. The toy is for children from 12 months of age and makes sounds as well as lights up. The tractor retails at £16.99.

      THE TOY

      The tractor is quite chunky and fairly large in size - dimensions from ELC website are: weight: 0.34 kg, height: 21 cm, width: 30 cm & depth: 13 cm. The toy is made of a sturdy plastic and ours is predominantly purple in colour with a yellow underside (ELC frequently update the colour schemes of their toys and the one on the website currently is red in colour). The trailer is attached to the back of the tractor and this is blue in colour with a bright green fencing around it.

      With the tractor, you also get a lightweight plastic cow and farmer. These can be placed in the trailer and tractor's driving seat respectively. When the farmer is placed in the seat, one of two phrases are emitted from the tractor - 'its tractor time' and 'we're off to the fields'. The chimney at the front of the tractor can also be pushed down to make engine noises, hoot the horn and light the headlights up. The back of the trailer can be lowered to allow the cow to be walked in and the wheels on the tractor and trailer spin round so that it can be pushed along the floor. The toy requires 2 AA batteries, and comes with these too.

      PLAY TIME

      The tractor allows my son to explore different functions and learn about cause and consequence. He loves to push the tractor around the room (it moves equally well on hard flooring and carpet which is a neat feature as often toys like this become stuck on carpets and require more force to move them). This encourages him to crawl and move around the room. He particularly likes pushing buttons on the toy and is pleased with himself when this leads to the noises and lights going off.

      My son loves the little characters contained in the toy - especially the cow. They are suitable chunky for him to hold in his hand but small enough for him to move them around. He also explores these with his mouth, biting on them. This has led to no damage to the colours etc and they wipe clean really easily as they are very smooth to the touch. He also loves to pull the flap down on the trailer and repeat the action of opening and closing this.

      MY OPINION

      I love this toy and the enjoyment that it gives my son. It is well made and has a suitable amount of things for him to explore and do to keep him occupied. I find the phrases that the tractor makes when the farmer is placed in rather annoying. They are said in a very stereotypically broad country accent and get very repetitive - it could do with a few more noises or phrases to reduce the annoyance factor for parents!

      I think that they toy will last us well as, not only is it well made, there are features that will appeal to different ages. At the moment, my son loves the characters and pushing this along - this is helping him to develop manipulative skills and his co-ordination. It is also allowing him to strengthen his hand and fingers and learn more what he can do with them. He also loves pushing the chimney down - again strengthening his fingers and aiding his co-ordination. As he gets older, I envisage that he will still enjoy pushing this around as a lot of children enjoy playing with vehicle toys like this for many years. I also hope that he will be able to use this to develop him imagination and use for imaginative play. It will also be helpful for him to learn about animals (well, cows!) and the noise they make - although we can also load the trailer with other small animal toys as there is room for more than just the cow in there.

      The toy is brightly coloured and attractive to look at and will always be one of the first toys that catches my son's attention when removed from the toybox.

      For me, the most annoying thing with the toy is that there is no off switch. Sometimes, it would be nice to play without the sounds (or even switch off to put away as the noises frequently go off in the toy box!). However, that aside, I am really pleased with the toy and the use that my son has already had from it. I think £16.99 seems a little steep for such a basic toy but I can't really argue with the price too much because of the use that we have had out of it. However, ELC frequently have discounts on their stock so it is well worth purchasing when such events are on. I would definitely recommend - for boys and girls alike.

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        30.10.2011 22:48
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        A great toy that grows with your child

        My daughter was given this for her first birthday. She is now 3 and a half and it has been a recurring favourite since she received it, and much to her annoyance she now has to share it with her one year old brother who has also taken a fancy to it!

        The tractor and trailer is nice and chunky and feels very robust. The trailer hooks onto the tractor by hooking a hole over the tow bar on the tractor. Although this is also nice and chunky it is still a little too fiddly for little ones to do, my son tends to just play with the tractor, but my daughter loves hooking the trailer up and transporting the animals around in it. The door of the trailer can be lowered to create a ramp for the animals to walk up. I have to admit that I am not 100% sure what animals came with it anymore! We have various farm animal sets and they have become interchangable! I think it was a sheep and a horse...if I am right, these too are well made and match the quality of the tractor and trailer.

        The tractor makes a total of four noises. There is a small yellow button on the exhaust of the tractor which makes the sound of an engine starting when pressed. It is this tiny yellow button that my son is obsessed with at the moment! The ELC website states that you 'put the driver in' to hear the other noises. Our driver doesn't come out! BUT, when you press him down you hear one of three phrases/sounds: "It's tractor time"; "We're off to the fields" or the sound of a horn. When a sound is activated the red headlights also flash.

        The farmer is very friendly and traditional looking! He is winking and has a fantasticly bushy moustache, rolled up sleeves, tank top and a flat cap! I think it is a good thing that he can't come out as this means he can't go missing!

        My only criticism of this toy is that the door of the trailer comes off very easily. It is very easy for an adult to fix, but it means that my daughter is constantly having to come and ask me to fix it. I suspect the fixing used was chosen to ensure that excessive force did not break the door or trailer, but meant that it came off in a way that allowed it to be fixed. This has obviously worked as nothing is broken! But I would not say my daughter ever uses excessive force! She simply opens and closes it with the clumsiness of a child! This is something I am sure ELC could overcome, hence the 4 stars.

        This toy is recommended for children aged 12 months+. My son has enjoyed playing with this since he was around 9 months. He loves all things wheeled and enjoys pushing the tractor around, he is not interested in the trailer yet. He has recently worked out how to trigger the noises and spends a lot of time just sitting and pressing the yellow button repeatedly. Fortunately this is one of the less annoying sound toys we own, each individual sound is nice and short - there is nothing worse than a toy that is still making a noise 5 minutes after the child has activated it, got bored and moved on to something else! I am sure, that like his sister, he will enjoy this toy for many years to come. The toy grows with them. Whilst all my son is interested in is activating the sounds and pushing the tractor around, my daughter now loves using it as part of her small world role play.

        We have had this toy for almost 3 years now and it still looks like new. As I said it has been a recurring favourite since we had it, and certainly over the past 3 months the sound element has been in almost constant use - yet we have not had to change the batteries yet!

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        01.01.2010 18:40
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        Great toy for young children

        My son who is now nearly 2 years of age go this light and sound farm tractor for Christmas and really loves it. It is suitable for 12 months to 3 years and I would recommend it judging by the fun he has had with it already

        The pack contains a bright blue tractor and a trailer, plus comes complete with a sheep and a farmer. The sheep can be placed in the trailer at the back which can be detached from the main tractor. Plus on the back of the trailer you can off load the sheep by opening up the back of the trailer.

        When you press the yellow button on the chimney part at the front of the tractor the lights come on and the tractor makes engine sounds. If you place the farmer into his seat in the tractor then again you get sounds and the farmer starts to talk.

        All in all there are four different sounds that you can hear. My son loves this toy as he can learn co-ordination by pressing the button and placing the farmer character into his seat. In addtion he loves the flashing lights and pushing the tractor and trailer around the room. These toys are simple enough but great fun for young children and they are kept interested by the lights and sounds. Would recommend this toy as great present.

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        31.05.2009 21:53
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        another great toy from the ELC

        This was a birthday present for my 1 year old son in January this year. He opened it at his birthday party and all the other children wanted to have a go to.

        Who is it for-
        children 1 to 3 years old

        Where from-
        The Early Learning Centre both in shop and online for £15 batteries are included in it

        What is it

        This is a blue tractor with yellow orange and black wheel. it has flashing lights at the front of the tractor that light up when a button or the farmer is pressed. There is a black exhaust on the tractor with a yellow button to be pressed for giving tractor noises. There is a cab area for the farmer to sit in. The farmer is also included in the set. He has a friendly face and wears a cap. Also included is a trailer for the tractor in blue and green with two animals. A horse and a cow. The back of the trailer drops down for the animals to walk up and down.

        The tractor and farmer make several noises and sayings. These are: "were off to the fields" and "Its tractor time" there are also two different tractor noises

        Our experience

        My son loves playing with this toy he often pushes it along on the floor siting the farmer in and out of the tractor. The trailer bit gets a bit of rough and tumble and the ramp/ back part of the trailer often falls off. The tractor is a good size for little ones and is very sturdy and we have had no problems with any parts falling off or breaking. As we live in a rural area the toy also helps him recognise tractors when we are out and about and no doubt one of his words soon will be tractor.As far as noisy toys goes this is one of the better ones my son has and I find the phrases less annoying than many of them. That said there is no off button so you need to take care when putting it in your toy box to make sure nothing can set it off accidentally. The two animals also often make their way from the tractor on to and into other toys he has and I think he will also play with these animals when we bring out his Noah's ark so they are double the value.


        Overall I think this is a great toy and think it represent good value for money.

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      Put in a driver to hear phrases and press the button for engine noises. Load up the trailer with the animals and drive them round the farm.