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I love tea and make many many cups each day. It is no wonder that my children always want to help me make it given that they love to imitate adult behaviour. I therefore decided it would be a great idea to buy my son a tea set when he was 2 years old.
There are many different kids tea sets available in the shops but it is a little more difficult to find one which is both good quality and not too girly. This is where the early centre came up trumps.
The tea set costs £10 when not discounted and can be purchased online or in-store. The set includes 4 cups, saucers and spoons plus a teapot, sugar pot and milk jug. The sugar pot has a little lid with a gap for a spoon and the teapot has a lid which fits on securely but not too tight to pull off.
I have been extremely pleased with this purchase. The different coloured cups and saucers help teach colour matching (in the newer version) and the whole set develops hand to eye coordination. Aside from these benefits it is just a lot of fun for the children. My daughter loves to play pretend picnics and sets everything out on the blanket and my sons have both spent hours filling the pot and then the cups with water, pasta or rice and simply transferring the contents from cup to pot to cup again!
The quality of this set is great although the tea pot is not as robust as the other pieces. The size is also perfect for 2-4 year olds although the elc do not recommend for under 36 months due to small parts.
If you are looking to buy a first tea set I would highly recommend spending the extra couple of pounds on this one as it will last you well and get lots of use.
When my sons were aged one and two, I bought them a toy kitchen as a Christmas present to share. I got my mother in law to get them some accessories to go with the set, one of which was this spotty tea set from the Early Learning Centre. The set we have was identical to the one shown in the picture, with a lovely blue finish and spotty design. There were also other accessories like a kettle and toaster you could get that matched. The set also came in pink for little girls. Much as I dislike stereotypical colour options like this, I do like this set as it really caught my children's imagination.
The set is lovely. It comes with 4 cups and saucers, each with a little spoon. There is then a little milk jug, a sugar bowl with a lid, and a teapot with a lid.
The set was ideal at the younger toddler age group, and it is something that my children still get a lot of enjoyment out of now.
At first we played with this pretty much copying what adults would do with a tea set. We would get the set out, and pretend to boil water in the kettle we have, before adding pretend water to the tea pot, then pouring it into the cups, adding a bit of milk and sugar. I could alter the play a little by pretending that different people/toys wanted different drinks ie. oh, two spoons of sugar for Grandad, and mummy just wants a bit of milk. We played for quite a bit with it like this.
The spoons did not last very young when the children were this age. They were only very small, and my youngest in particular used to put them in his mouth and chew them. They bent and ended up being thrown out.
It then languished in the cupboard for a little while before we had the brain wave of taking it into the bath with us one day. Since then it has lived in the bathroom, and they both still play with it. They like doing silly things like filling the tea pot with bubbly water and then blowing through the spout of the water to make the lid shoot off. They also enjoy pouring from the tea pot into the cups because there is now a liquid in there and it is a lot of fun for them.
I also tend to pinch the tea pot when it is time to wash hair. My youngest hates submerging his head completely in the water, so if he is having one of those awkward days where he won't co-operate and lie down, I get him to tip his head back and pour water gently from the spout.
Not all of our use of this set has been conventional, and as a result some of the white spots now look a bit chipped but the tea set itself is still going strongly and I can't see us getting rid of it for a long time yet. I think the cost of this was around £10 when it was bought, and for that price, although you can pick up cheaper sets, I don't think they would be quite as hard wearing as this set. The plastic is of an excellent quality, and even though these have been wet and held in mouths, there have been no cracks or chips to the plastic, and it still looks almost as good as when we got it 3 and a half years ago. Not many toys hold childrens interest for so long, but I think this one has fared well as I let them change the conventional use into a less conventional one.
My eldest daughter is very creative and wasn't really one for imaginative play however my youngest really loves playing mum with her dolls. For Easter most of my family doesn't buy the girls chocolate as they end up with too much and so they get gifts instead one of which was this tea set.
I am not sure how much this set cost as like I say it was a present for my daughter however it is an Early learning Set which you can buy in their own stores, in Mothercare and in Boots.
The set came packaged in a cardboard bow with a see through front so you can see what is inside, the contents are a teapot with lid, a milk jug, a sugar bowl with lid, four cups, four saucers and four little spoons. The cups are about 2 inches across and the teapot which is the biggest item is about 4 inches across so the pieces are not huge although the shapes of them makes it a little difficult to find a way to store them.
Each item in the set is coloured blue and has darker blue, white and red spots on it, I quite like the look of this set as usually you find most of them are pink and this one is more unusual in my opinion.
The set is supposed to be for ages 3 and up however my one year old daughter loves playing with this and apart from her putting the spoons in her mouth and walking around the room there has been no issues with her playing with this set.
My two girls play really well together with this set and my youngest also play with it herself, she likes to pretend she is feeding her baby with the cup and the spoon which I find really cute.
The pieces of the set are pretty string plastic and there has been no damage caused to any of the set so far and it has been getting played with for a good couple of months now.
I think this set is great value and my daughter gets a lot of play out of it just god help me when she is big enough to want to actually put liquids in the tea pot like I did when I was little with one very similar.
My daughter had this for a birthday present for her second birthday from her grandparents. They asked what she wanted and as she had played with it at a local toddler group and really seemed to enjoy it, I thought it would be a great set to have at home.
It was from the Early Learning Centre and consisted of 4 cups, 4 saucers, 4 teaspoons, 1 sugar bowl with a lid, 1 teapot and a small milk jug. It is pale pink with polka dots on. This is a well made teaset, all made out of strong durable plastic, with no sharp edges . The set is also dishwasher proof so great for keeping it all clean.
This has been such a popular toy, my daughter and her friends all have little tea parties and love taking turns in pouring the tea from the teapot. This has been played with so much, left outside in the garden, dropped on the floor etc and still it remains in great condition, the colour of the plastic hasn't faded or split. My daughter uses it in the bath sometimes too.
This product has since been discontinued but I see they do sell a similar set just with a different pattern on it. At the time this set was also available in blue polka dot plastic. The cardboard box it is originally packed in is sturdy enough for it to be packed away in when it has been played with.
It was £10 and well worth every penny, highly recommended.
My son loves role play so when Christmas was coming up and everybody was asking me what they could get him I gave suggestions such as kitchen utensils and tea sets. My mum bought him this tea set from Early Learning Centre.
The tea set is a gorgeous blue colour with white and red spots on, and comprises a tea pot, four cups and saucers with four tea spoons, a milk jug and a sugar jug with a lid.
The tea set was £10 and made from very firm plastic. In comparison to other tea sets with the same price point I would say it is very very well made and has lasted fantastically. It has been left out in the sun numerous times and hasn't faded which shows the quality of the plastic and paint and doesn't scratch easily no matter how much my children throw it around.
It was probably one of the best presents ever bought for him! Not a day has gone by when he hasn't offered me a cup of tea. The items are just the right size for them to use, the cups just the right size for that pretend cup of tea. The sugar bowl is a fantastic thought and my son loves pretending to add sugars to my cup of tea or coffee.
I really can't fault this gorgeous little tea set and would recommend it to anybody.
The ELC spotted tea set (pink) was brought for my daughter at Christmas time by her Nanny to stop her trying to utilise our china cups at home for her tea parties. Like all ELC products you pay a tiny bit more, £8-10, but the item is of better design, durability and strength than supermarket compariables.
The tea set comes in two colours - blue or pink, with coordinating spots on all of the items except the tea spoons, which are coloured the same colour as the spots themselves.
The set is packaged in a sturdy box which can be reused to pack away the set once play has finished. The contents are clearly shown on the back of the box along with the colour tea set you are purchasing.
The set comprises of:-
1no teapot with removable lid
4no tea cups
1no sugar bowl with removable lid
1no milk jug
Our set has been dropped, washed, filled with milk and tea and used for numerous tea parties since Christmas and it is still in prestine condition. There are no signs of colour or spots fading, items splitting or roughed up edges. It is a great toy for helping use imagination in role play and for improving co-ordination and social skills.
Would recommend this to any tea party participants!
I bought this tea set for my daughter as a replacement for a ceramic one that she had for her Birthday as I was concerned after she broke one of the items and cut her finger! As she absolutely loves playing with the tea set I though that I should get her a more suitable set.
The Early Learning Spotty Tea Set is has 15 pieces including:
4 cups & saucers
1 Teapot with lid
1 Milk jug
1 Sugar bowl with lid
Age: The tea set is actually sold with an age of 3+ but my daughter was only 18 months when she got this. I feel that it is suitable for much younger as all of the pieces are quite large and I cannot see any danger for my daughter playing with this set. The cups are a good size for my daughter to play with and the tea pot is easy for her to pour everyone a drink.
Social skills: I have great fun with my daughter playing with this set, she constantly pours you a "tea" and has great fun sipping from the cups. I occasionally find her pouring her juice from her cup into the cups and she is developing her social skills really well!
Unisex: I would not say that this is just for girls, my frind has a similar set for her little boy who also really loves it!
Price: I got this set from Boots for £10 which I feel is quite high but you are paying for the quality with ELC so it is a fair price really.
Positives: great for developing motor skills as the pour and stir the drinks and it also encourages creativity. My daughter is constantly chatting as she plays with this set.
Negatives: The price as I previously mentioned and the fact that it is quite easy to loose track of some of the cups as my daughter carries them al over the house offering you a "tea".
Overall: A great item that offers hours of playing fun. It keeps my daughter amused every morning while she is waiting for her breakfast!
For my sons last Christmas he received this early learning centre spotty tea set from a family member and he loved it. As he is always playing with his kitchen and likes pretending he is making mummy and daddy cups of tea and hot chocolate. As it was a gift I am unsure what exact price was payed for it but it usually costs only £8.
The set comes in either blue or pink with spots and we have the blue set. The age suitability is for 2-8 years due to some of the smaller parts such as the spoons. The set comes with a tea pot which has a lid and also a milk jug and sugar bowl which has a lid. There is also 4 cups and saucers which are all of a good size for young children to hold as the handles are well proportioned for young fingers to hold onto. The four tea spoons are quite small but are all a good size for the cups and sugar bowl.
To make it seem more real that my son is making us tea or something we put a small bit of clean water into the tea pot for him to pour into our cups and mix around with the spoons which he loves doing. The tea set is made from plastic so is long lasting and easy to clean which is always a good thing for when kids are involved. Overall I think this is a lovely realistic tea set which provides great fun for young children and encourages them to use there imagination. 10 out of 10.
I have just drunk my 12th cup of coffee this morning before you think wow what a lot of time she must have and cringe at all that caffeine the Coffee's I have consumed have all been made by my two year old!
I am sure all parents out there who have a toy tea set can identify with me on the drinking specially made cups of tea yet I defiantly seem to get bored way before either of my daughters!
We have the Early learning centre spotty tea set in Pink which contains 4 cups, saucers, spoons as well as a sugar bowl, milk jug and a teapot.
Stockists and Cost.
As this is an Early Learning centre product it is available direct from their stores a list can be obtained from www.elc.co.uk you can also purchase direct from the website but unless you spend over £100 it will cost you £4.95 for postage. You can also buy this from Mothercare and Boots stores as well.
The Tea set cast £10.00 when I purchased this for my daughter which is quite expensive but it has lasted well and it has proved far more durable than other cheaper tea sets. I have also just looked and it is only £8
My Children love playing with this Tea set and indeed will play with this constantly they love making drinks for everyone and it is a very social toy always makes me laugh when playing with my friends daughter she will ask shall we have a piece of cake with that to which the reply is "we really shouldn't but oh lets" always has us in stitches and makes us realise how much they take in!
This toy is also great in that not only does it encourage interaction but also gives children confidence in their ability in the kitchen my daughter loves making a real coffee for Daddy she likes pouring the milk and as she says I can do this as it is like my tea set then she stirs the coffee and of course I add the hot water but her sense of achievement is great.
My niece has just been visiting and this has been the toy of choice two hours of great entertainment
A Brilliant must have toy for both boys and girls in either pink or blue with funky spots think Emma Bridgewater only plastic!
I first came across this tea set when my eldest daughter was very young. She must have only been about 18 months when we visited a friends house who had this little plastic ELC Tea Set. My daughter was completely entranced by it and spend ages playing with the little cups and saucers. She seemed much to young to really get what the toy was about but nevertheless, she had lots and lots of fun with it and it kept her completely entertained for ages.
This was the stage when I was completely spoiling her rotten, the tantrums had yet to start, so the very next time I visited the Early Learning Centre, I picked her up a tea set of her very own. The tea set cost a reasonable £8 and consisted of 15 pieces: 4 cups, 4 saucers, 4 teaspoons, sugar bowl, milk jug and teapot. The tea set was made from durable blue plastic and covered in spots. I believe it is also avaible in pink.
The teaset is packaged in a cardboard box, but sadly there is no permanant storage for the teaset included. We used the cardboard box until it got too battered and have since found a little bag to store the set in. I have found this a bit of a downside with the set. I really try and encourage my girls to look after their toys and tidy up after they have finished playing with them. This is a bit tricky with this toys and plenty of times I have found bits of the tea set scattered all over the house.
My eldest daughter is now nearly 5 and still plays with this tea set regularly. It has been integrated into the little kitchen she has and she often disappears off to make me a meal and a cup of tea. There are not many toys that have stood the test of time in our house. They seem to get broken or the girls just lose interest but this is played with over and over. We may have lost a couple of the teaspoons over the years but apart from that this toy remains as it was when I first purchase it.. big thumbs up!
The Early Learning Spotty Tea Set is a 15 piece set and consists of 4 cups, 4 saucers, 4 spoons, teapot, milk jug and sugar bowl.
There are 2 versions of this set - a blue spotty set and a pink spotty set.
We have the blue spotty set (I didn't see the pink spotty set when I brought this for my daughter) which is attractive aswell as unisex. The spots are quite large (not polka dots) and multicoloured.
All the pieces are quite chunky and easy for little ones to get their hands around. The handles on the cups, teapot and jug are just the right size for little fingers.
We have had the set for a couple of years now and it's still in good condition - no missing pieces or broken bits, no chips or scratches - which is totally unheard of in my house! The cups, saucers, teapot, milk jug and sugar bowl are made from thick, solid plastic and are very durable. This set has outlasted a couple of my daughters other tea sets (brought as presents).
The age recommendation is 3 years onwards, however my daughter has been enjoying the set (under supervision) since she was 1 or 2 years old. There doesn't appear to be any potential hazards or small parts - except for maybe the spoons?
The educational aspects of this tea set are that it can encourage imaginative play and hand-eye coordination. It can also help to build social skills.
-Price and Availability-
We brought the tea set from The Early Learning Centre for £8.00, which is a very reasonable price in my opinion. It is also available from Mothercare and Boots for £10.00.
Well I think this is a great little tea set. My daughter loves her spotty tea set and has got so much use out of it. She loves pretending to make tea for everybody (and even coffee if we're lucky!). She keeps her tea set in her very own kitchen and loves getting stuck in there with the spoons! I adore watching her play with it.
The only downside I can think of is that it doesn't come with any storage - a bag or box would have been handy. It comes packaged in a cardboard box but that soon wore out and fell apart.
Overall this is an attractive, fun and durable toy that is reasonably priced. I totally recommend.