Product Type: ELC baby toys
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A mini playground just for toys
ELC Rosebud Village Playground
Member Name: bush1
ELC Rosebud Village Playground
Advantages: Lots of play potential, helps with imaginative play and co-ordination
Disadvantages: Quite expensive
---About the range:
The Early Learning Centre Rosebud Village Playground Set is part of the Rosebud range available from ELC. All of the range are in the main colours of pink and white making them more suitable for girls. The range includes the actual Rosebud dolls house, furniture sets for different rooms, dolls families, pet sets and newer sets like the playground, florist, cafe and school.
---About the set:
The Rosebud Village Playground set comes with two dolls, a playground base, a swing, a see-saw, roundabout, a water fountain, small fence and a tree. The base is made of thin wood and folds in half as it is in two sections and sealed with strong tape. It is decorated to look like a playground with green areas to look like grass, a yellow pathway, a small pink section on the side, some grey rocks, some pink flowers and a hopscotch layout. The small pink fence is made of wood and is designed to sit on the pink line on the base. It doesn't fix to it at all, and easily moves off the designated area for it. The tree is made from wood and is green with small pink blossoms on it. There is a small blue and cream bench which the two dolls can sit on together and a natural wooden water fountain (although I thought it was a bird bath when I first saw it!).
There are three pieces of play equipment included in the set. There is a seesaw which is wooden and is cream and pink. It comes in two pieces with the base and then the seat sections which rest on the base. The seats allow one of the dolls to sit at either end. The swing is blue, pink and cream wood with string to hold the seat in the frame. The seat has a back to it so the dolls don't fall off too easily. The last piece is the roundabout which has a small hole in the bottom of it which slips on to a section on the board.
My daughter already had a couple of sets from this range so recognised the box when we opened it and wanted to open it straight away. The box is shaped like a house with a handle which is great for carrying it around. It has a picture of the item being used and a list of the items as well. The items all came out easily and it was simple to put it together. I opened out the base board and put the roundabout on the board. I added the pink fence onto the pink mark on the side and then put all the other items on the board. All the items were recognisable to my daughter (except the water fountain which we both think is a bird bath) so she was able to play with them and develop her imaginative play with little encouragement.
My daughter finds it quite hard to use the Rosebud dolls with this set as it is quite tricky to get them to sit on the swing and stay there or get them to go underneath the ropes on the roundabout. Instead she uses her Peppa Pig figures, which she also got for her birthday, on the equipment as they are smaller and easier for her to handle. She has lots of fun with the playground and because it can be played with on its own, she is able to take it to her grandparents house to play with there as well.
She has had the set for a few months now and really enjoys playing with it. Like all of her Rosebud dolls and toys, she plays with them a lot and goes back to them time and time again. She mixes the set with other sets and is able to use other dolls with the set and adds the swing to her house or uses the bench there instead.
I really love this range of toys and if I had the money and the space I would probably buy an awful lot more of it. The colours are lovely for my little girl and the quality is excellent although after about 6 months of rigourous use some of her other sets are starting to have paint chipping off them. I would probably rate this as a very good set to buy because it comes with two dolls and can therefore be played with even if you don't own any of the other sets. It is quite versatile and can be used to help develop imaginative play and co-ordination. My daughter does find it quite hard still to manipulate the dolls to get them to stand or change position, but she is learning this and is getting more adept at it. The only part of the set I find a bit silly is the little pink fencing as it doesn't stay on the board properly and often falls off and doesn't really add anything to the overall enjoyment of the set. It would probably be better without it as I can see it getting lost at some point!
This is a very girly set with the colours and my daughter really enjoys playing with it. I would recommend this set although I do feel it is quite expensive. It costs £20 for this set although I managed to get it with 20% off with their Big Birthday Club offers and I feel that it is probably not the best value for money unless you get it with a discount. This set is fine for my 3 year old daughter and there are no pieces that I am worried about her having at this age. Overall, I think this set will give her a lot of joy for many years.
Summary: Great playground set for little dolls but with a slightly high price tag
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