“ Brand: ELC „
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My 4.5year old went through a short dinosaur phase, and after browsing the net for the perfect 4th birthday present last march I found this half price. It seemed ideal as it was half price and the phase started all of a sudden because of another little boy at nursery, so didn't want to spend too much in case the phases ended as quick as it started. This seemed perfect because it seemed to have a lot of play value....a bag and a playmat, all rolled into one which meant it covered every need we had.
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The playmat is by ELC so ive only seen it available on ELC & Mothercare reduced from £20 to £10. Its age recommendation is age 3 years.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ What Is It? ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
It is a 2 in 1 carry bag and playmat. With the great idea of 4 zips (1 in each corner) this toy transforms from a playmat into a carry bag and back again in a matter of seconds. Simply unfasten the zips to open the carry case into a playmat, then when your ready to move on simply close the zips which transforms the playmat into a carrycase complete with lid.
The playmat is aprox 45x41cm when opened. And 23x18cm when turned into a storage bag with it being 12cm high.
The carrybag/playmat has beautiful designs of dinosaur scenery both on the outside and inside. It has 4 zips in the corners so easy transforms back and forth and has carry handles to make it easy to carry.
The bag comes with 2 tiny dinosaurs, more are available from ELC (a large tub for £10).
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ What Did Harvey Think? ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
My little boy loves this bag and its brilliant for keeping all of his dinosaurs together, but he gets frustrated with a few things:
*The lid doesn't fix on (just sits on top), it isnt a problem it just bugs him because as soon as you lift the handles the lid pops off so then he has to readjust it, it cold be easily solved with poppers.
*Once opened, the playmat tends to bend inwards (due to being in the carrycase position) so the dinosaurs have real difficulty standing up as the playmat wont lie completely flat. The 2 dinosaurs that it comes with are tiny!! So there isnt much balance or stability so the dinosaurs keep falling over. Obviously when buying more dinosaurs for this set you can choose the slightly bigger ones tho.
*It comes with 2 dinosaurs, i find that pretty cheeky when at full price they are charging £20 for what is just a small playmat and carry bag.
*The dinosaurs are tiny......oh did i mention how tiny they are, i mean 1 inch high, just seems pointless, especially to a 3 year old, i find that at aged 3 years (this toys age recommendation) that they can sometimes struggle with grasping objects, so something a little bigger would be easier to play with.
Ho does however sit and play with this for ages.....with the bigger dinosaurs we purchased separately might i add. Making up stories and moving the dinosaurs across the playmat with ease, taking them on treks through the mountains to the water holes.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Our Thoughts ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
The bag is obviously going to be loved by any dinosaur fan, you can keep dinosaurs together, It has a fun look to attract little kids and being able to transform from a playmat to carry bag in seconds is a massive hit.
It feels waterproof so very easy to wipe over and keep clean, its good quality strong material and very durable. I feel it will last, as my little boy tends to put anything and everything in it. The handles also feel very strong and durable and wont easily snap.
When in bag mode we had aprox 20 small dinosaurs and 8 largish schleich dinosaurs so my little boy had a lot to keep him entertained. I was pleased with how much the bag held.
I was very disappointed to receive only 2 tiny dinosaurs, they are VERY small, and therefor not ideal for chunky little hands so feel the age recommendation of age 3+ is too low. My 4.5 year old struggles with getting the dinosaurs to stand because of how small and fiddly they are. I then had the additional cost of having to buy more dinosaurs
Still a lovely item, lots of detail and handy keeping the dinosaurs together and getting them to and from nannys house, or even keeping them together while in his bedroom. But I certainly wouldn't buy it again at that price, with the problem of the playmat bending meaning the small dinosaurs that come with it cannot stand up on it, and having to buy more and bigger dinosaurs it works out quite costly.
At a Glance A portable fold out playmat for dino adventures on the go - and a practical storage case too. Includes 2 mini dinosaurs. Features and benefits for ELC Mini Dino Storage A portable fold out playmat for dino adventures on the go - and a practical storage case too. Includes 2 mini dinosaurs.Playmat size: L45xW41cm approx.Not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts.