“ Brand: ELC / Age: 18 months / Type: Play Mats & Gyms „
== ELC Roaming Rose Caravan with Horse ==
The Roaming Rose Caravan is part of the Happyland range that's made by the Early Learning Centre. You can buy their products at their stores, online and from various other outlets now like Mothercare and Boots.
The full price was £20 but they are often on offer with 20% off.
The Happyland range is fantastic for toddlers and has an age range from 12-18 months my daughter has had this since she was about 2 1/2.
== The Caravan ==
Like all Happyland the caravan is made from good quality tough plastic. It measures 23 cm long, 20 cm high and has a width of 11 cm.
The back of the caravan has steps to enter, this is a separate piece that clips on . The double doors that open at the top of the stairs are also clip on pieces.
The front is where you attach the harness for the horse , the harness clips onto the caravan and placed over the horse.
The side of the caravan opens up by pulling a small section of the roof up and then bringing the wall down.
Inside are lots of lovely details, at one end a set of bunk beds, and along the wall there are a cooker and cupboards with pots and pans and a tea pot .
All are firmly fixed and can not be moved and made of the same chunky plastic as the outside.
The caravan is very visually appealing , its very pretty and cute to look at, lots of lovely colours and details, the flowers in the window boxes are really lovely.
== Figures ==
With the caravan come a horse and 2 girl figures, all of which are lovely. The horse is very handsome chap and looks like a shire horse. He measures 10 cm The 2 girls are the typical Happyland figures and are 7 cm high. They are completely safe for toddlers as all the details are moulded into one piece so nothing to break off and no sharp edges to worry about if they put them in their mouths.
== In Play ==
As soon as I saw this I knew my daughter would love it and I wasn't wrong, she was already a Happyland fan and this fitted in nicely with her other toys of that range, she loved puling the caravan along by the horse all over the living room the wheels move freely whether on carpet or hard floors. The steps fold up for travel and then can be pulled down to allow the figures to walk up them.
The figures fit well inside and can lie down on the beds.
Now my daughter is 6 years old and she's not quite ready to give up her caravan yet as now she uses it with her Lalaloopsy mini dolls and her Littlest Pet Shop pets. Both fit just as well as the original figures so for us its extended the play and there's no reason it can't be used for other small toys.
== Thoughts ==
I am a massive fan of Happyland we have some that is 11 years old and still going strong you really can't fault the quality and the caravan is no exception. Ours is heading into the 4th year of play and whilst it might not be something my daughter plays with everyday its certainly been an every week kind of toy and apart from a little dust there has been no damage or broken pieces.
I'm pretty sure I paid about £15 for this and have had my monies worth 10 times over.
5 out of 5
The Roaming Rose Caravan has quickly become one of my cousins favourite toys, she recieved this for her second birthday at the start of September, and although she has lots of toys her caravan always seems to be out.
Price: Roaming Rose Caravan is available at Early Learning Centre and costs £15, I think it's reasonably priced for what you get although it is only a simple set. However, you can recieve the Caravan free when buying the HappyLand Windmill for £35, this is a much more complex set and worth the money, especially considering the free gift, all the different HappyLand toys go together well and are suitable from 18 months to 4 years.
What's included: 2 characters (both girls), 1 horse, 1 caravan, 1 set of horse straps and 1 set of steps. (All internal pieces are 'built in'.
Externally the caravan is very striking, with bold yet simple colourings which really draw the eye. The caravan is an old fashioned trailer type with a lime green roof and pink underneath, along with pink windows with pretty flower boxes underneath on one side. At the back of the caravan there are a set of folding steps and small double doors which open but also half of the roof folds down to allow easy access whilst playing inside. There is also a seating area for the two characters to sit just behind the horse which pulls the caravan. The wheels on the caravan means it is easily moveable.
As I mentioned before inside the caravan all the pieces are built in, although this means that different pieces can't be moved around it does mean that small pieces can be swallowed or lost, which is always a good thing! Inside there is a kitchen, including an oven, pots, containers and a cupboard, along with an oddly placed bunkbed.
Everything which can detach from this set is a good size and won't be easily lost, however I have noticed that the steps which flip up and down often come off, they are easy to put back on but I feel they could be a little better attached. Also the horse in it's reins come away from the gypsy easily especially when wheeling the caravan around.
Overall: This is a good toy and fairly priced for what you get, it is good for children playing on their own but isn't really suitable for more than two children to play with at anyone time. The bright, eye catching design makes it easily recognisable and sure to capture any childs imagination, as you can see from the picture it is mainly pink but I'm sure boys wouldn't mind playing with it too! A little bit flimsy in places but overall a good buy.
A few weeks ago my son brought this caravan home after visiting one of his cousins who had sorted out her toys and had declared that she was much to old for this caravan.
The caravan is made out of a strong plastic it has so much detail, the top half is a very bright lime green whilst the bottom is a lovely pink which also has some pretty white flowers. On one side of the caravan are two bright pink windows below them there is a flower box. In the front of the caravan is a seating area for the characters to sit, the harness and horse also go at the front.
Round the back are a set of folding steps and two pink doors which open up, I had a peek inside when I opened the doors and it looks so cosy!
The whole of the roof folds open to reveal the inside of the caravan, there is a bunk bed, stove, pots, pan, a teapot and cupboard. Everything is fitted inside the caravan which my son is not impressed with as he likes to move things around.
There are 4 pink and grey wheels which like the rest of the caravan are really detailed, my son can quite easily push this toy across the room.
I love the details on the two girls and the horse that come with this set, the girls are wearing some colourful clothes whilst the horse is a light brown and white, the harness is the same pink as the caravan and all you have to do is place the harness over the horse for it to stay in place and then attach it to the caravan.
When my husband first seen this toy the first thing he pointed out was the colour and declared that the toy is for a girl!
I disagree I think this is a suitable toy for a boy or a girl regardless of the colour. My son uses a lot of imagination when he plays with the caravan and he loves using his little Peppa Pig or Bob the Builder figures inside the caravan. He loves to make up stories which usually result in either Postman Pat or Fireman Sam saving the day by rescuing the caravan from some sort of disaster!
The two girls and the horse are very chunky which is perfect for toddlers as they can easily grasp them but they are also suitable for a child who is 4 or 5 as well.
There are two problems with this set and that is the harness and steps just come out of their little slots and no matter how much we have tried to get them to stay in place the just come off again though this does not really bother my son too much.
The Roaming Rose Caravan is part of the ELC HappyLand series.
For Ages 18 months - 4 years
My daughter received this last christmas as part of her present from her grandparents. They actually purchased the ELC Happyland Rose Cottage and at the time there was a special promotion where the Roaming Rose Cottage came free! They paid £34.99 so I think this is excellent value for both toys!
The toy consists of a traditional gypsy caravan, 2 girls, a horse and harness. The caravan itself has a large door on the side which folds downs and then a smaller door on the roof which folds out to gain easier access. Inside the caravan there are two bunkbeds and a little kitchen containing an oven and pots and pans. One good thing about the caravan is that all of the furniture inside the caravan is fixed down so therefore nothing gets lost! There are double doors on the back of the caravan and folding steps. On the front of the caravan is a little seat for the two little girls to sit in and the harness for the horse fits directly underneath. The horse just sits underneath the harness so it is easy for small children to remove the horse if they want to.
This is a lovely attractive toy and my daughter plays with it almost every day. The only negative point about this toy is that the horse's harness and the fold up steps are constantly falling off as they just slot on so I find that I am constantly having to put them back on for my little girl as she is too small to do it herself. She has also managed to break off both of the doors a couple of times too but I think that is just because she was playing a little too rough with it as they do feel quite secure and were a little trickier to put back in place. The two little girls and horse included with the toy are lovely little chunky figures, perfect for small hands, with no small parts and very colourful.
Overall, I think that this is a lovely toy and a lovely addition to my little girls ELC Happyland Village (there are many other different buildings and vehicles that you can buy as part of the village and also a storage box that folds out into a village playmat). I would definitely recommend keeping an eye out for special offers in ELC as I have seen the caravan free with other toys a couple of times over the past year (I think it retails at £14.99 when not on offer so a great bargain if you can get it free!
Pretty traditional gypsy caravan with fold-up steps, opening roof, bunk beds and lots of detail inside. Simply pop the horse into its harness to head for pastures new.