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I had a garage previously but the younger children would lean on it and it would bend in ways it shouldn't but the younger children really enjoyed playing with it that's why I decided to but the whizz around garage from elc as it is suitable for children from 12 months (although children who can sit would be able to play with this when supervised) The first thing I noticed about the garage was the bright attractive colours and it's chunky nature (ideal for those little hands) The next thing to catch my eye was the amount of different things there were for the children to do ( I had imagined that because it was suitable for younger children there would be less parts, however this is not the case) The garage was easy to assemble with several chunky parts and the stickers were easy to attach, the whole process didn't take very long at all and the diagram instructions were easy to follow The garage is split across. 2 levels (each with their own colour) There is a helipad at the top A petrol pump on the edge at the front, a barrier to gain entry to the lift/garage A car wash on the ground floor and a working car lift for a mechanic As well as having a p sign over the ramp to exit the garage The garage has provided hours of fun for the children and I have to say it is a very good little garage- the lift makes noises as it goes up and down the garage detects the cars when they reach a certain point on the ramp and make a noise and the traffic light colours in the front light up as well There are 2 volume buttons- quiet and loud or off which is handy as it does sometimes appear to go off if you walk past it etc When the petrol pump buttons are pushed there are realistic petrol sounds etc The garage comes with 2 magnetic cars which are also chunky and brightly coloured, they are easy for all the children to use, lightweight but hard wearing (with children of this age this is definitely a bonus!) There is a ramp from the top level which is quite steep and when the cars go down it they really pick up some speed! As you can imagine this is the best thing ever to the children! Having said this the children squeal with delight as they let the cars go down the more gradual ramp through the levels as the car disappears temporarily and appears at the other side if the garage- they look amazed every time! The garage is a an ideal height and size for several children to be using it at once and even the 7 month old was able to play with it easily. Additional cars can be purchased for between £8 & £10 for three which I think is quite reasonable The garage itself costs £40, however I picked mine up at the Carboot for £10 although having now used the garage I would be happy to pay the £40 should I need yo replace it at any point! There are a couple of bug bearers with this garage though, When it is moved the large lift section come off REALLY easily which is also a little fiddly for the children to get back into place And I have to clean the toys regularly but this toy is really hard to clean- any cloth bits get stuck to it, the edges area. Nightmare and it seems to attract dust and dirt after a day!
Early learning whizz around garage is suitable for children from 12months, I personally bought mine off a friend for £15 but these retail at EARLY LEARNING CENTRE at £35. The garage comes with 2 cars, 3 different sound effects lights and other sounds triggered when you raise the lift. This is a brilliant imagination toy fill up with petrol, go up and down the lift, a car wash, a ramp and my sons favourite thing putting the cars at the top, letting go and watch the cars come whizzing down!! This garage and the cars are nice and chunky, perfect for little hands and isn't too hard for your child to coordinate his way around. Nice bright colours and even better this garage is also available in pinks. The downside of this toy is how eaily it comes apart, my son can pull it all apart with ease which is fun for him but annoying for mum/dad when we have to keep on building it only for him to pull apart over and over again! yikes ....but kudos to elc isnt it all part of the learning development!!! Even though the garage comes apart easily I would still reccomend it but I am glad I didnt buy it for rrp.
My daughter took a keen interest in cars and garages at the local play group so for her second birthday last year her nan bought her this whizz around garage from Early Learning Centre. The garage is available in primary colours or pink, my daughter received the pink version. The garage comes packaged nicely in a fairly large cardboard box, upon opening this box you are greeted with a few large pieces of garage that simply slot into place. There is also a sheet of paper holding lots of yellow and blue arrow stickers, these stick onto the garage to show which way the traffic should go. There are lots of different dimensions to this garage. The main shaft on the garage is the lift, there is a barrier at the bottom of the lift that can be lifted up to allow cars to drive onto the lift. To the side of the lift there is a handle where you can make the lift go up, this also makes the lights on the side light up and make a whizzing sound. Once the lift is at the top of the shaft there is an opening on the other side that allows the car to be taken out onto the top of the garage. There are two different ways off the garage, a spiral slope on one side, and a basic ramp on the other. The base of the garage contains lots of other things, a petrol pump which makes noises, a drive through carwash made from dangly pieces of felt and a mechanics car ramp which moves up and down. On top of the lift shaft there is a helipad marked with a big, white H. As the whizz around garage makes sounds and lights up, it of course needs batteries. 3 x AA batteries are required, these are placed inside the helipad by unscrewing one screw. There are two different sound settings, low and loud, I can't really tell the difference between both settings and even on the loud setting, it is of a nice volume. There are two cars contains in the box that go with this garage. Each car has magnets on the front and back allowing them to be stuck together so that they can be pushed around with one another. I've personally gone on to purchase a pack of cars from ELC that are also compatible with this garage. As I said, my daughter received this for her second birthday and she's loved playing with it ever since. Even now, eight months on, it is still a well loved toy. It has the babyish chunky style build quality so I think it would have still been used had she received this when she was a little younger. The cars are chunky to hold and her friend who is a little over one year old can grasp them well. I think an additional set of cars is essential if you have more than one child playing with it, quite often my friends children come to play and before having extra cars, there was often scraps over who was playing with it. Now there is harmony with them each having their own car to play with. It also means when my daughter is playing with the garage on her own, she can stick more cars together with the magnets to have one long train of cars going around. The garage itself is quite heavy, my daughter attempts to pick it up now but can't quite manage it and ends up pulling the lift shaft away from the base, this annoys her to no end! Maybe if it was more secure on the base then it would be a little better, but that really is the only negative I can find with the garage. The whizz around garage from ELC has a retail price of £40, ELC often have 20% off on this toy so it would be worth waiting around to find it on offer. ELC state that the recommended age for this toy is 1-3 years. I'd definitely recommend this ELC whizz around garage to children, it's more suited to the younger of the recommended age but my daughter being 2 years and 8 months still loves playing with this garage, despite being quite babyish.
As my son grows and develops, he requires stimulation in different ways and forms and his taste in toys is gradually changing. His fascination with small, noisy handheld rattles is waning and he is moving on to bigger 'doing' toys. He loves to press buttons and pull levers and learn about actions and consequences. With this in mind, we recently purchased the Whizz Around Garage from the Early Learning Centre, which was on offer at £30. It usually prices at £40. It is designed for babies ages 12 months plus. GETTING STARTED I purchased the garage online and it arrived promptly in it's box. The box features a picture of children playing with the garage. Within the box, the garage is contained in pieces. There is also an instruction sheet detailing how to piece the toy together and a sheet of stickers for attaching to the garage in various places to decorate it once pieced together. As well as the garage, a car and a helicopter are contained for baby to play with with the garage. The garage is made of plastic and comes in fairly large pieces that are very easy to fit together. The instructions are by way of simple diagrams and are very easy to follow. The pieces slot nicely together and feel like they are very stable and hold well. It took me a matter of minutes to build the garage up - and I am by no means an expert in building things! Once built, there are a sheet of yellow sticky arrows that need to be stuck to the garage in various places to show the direction of the traffic. The arrows are marked on the plastic in the required places, so it is simply a task of sticking the stickers over these. The helipad on top needs to unscrewed to insert 3 AA batteries. THE GARAGE The garage consists of a tall red lift shaft, with a yellow helipad on top - with a white 'H' marked on. On the front of this are three lights in a vertical line - blue, green then yellow. At the bottom there is a hole where a car can be driven into the lift. There is a sliding handle on the right hand side that can be pulled up to move the lift up. As the lift is moved up and down, the lights flash and a 'whizzing' noise is made. The bulbs in the lights are red, so although the plastic outer is coloured, the three lights all flash red. In front of the lift is a small barrier that can be pulled up and down to raise and lower to let cars into the lift. There is also a drive through car wash, which is a blue plastic arch with green felt hanging down to form the 'flaps' through which the car can be driven. There are also air and petrol pumps which have push buttons on the front. When pushed, the noises of a petrol pump or air noises are made and the lights flash. There is also an orange inspection ramp which raises slightly. The garage feature a blue and green spiral ramp that cars can be pushed down. As the cars reach a certain point on the ramp, the lights begin flashing and a 'neow' sound is made. There is also an orange slide from the top deck that the cars can be pushed down. There is an on/off switch on the side of the lift with two volume settings that can be selected. With the garage, you also receive two of the Early Learning Centre's magnetic vehicles - a yellow car and a helicopter. These have a magnet on their front and back so that they can connect together and be pulled along in a chain. The garage is compatible with all of the Early Learning Centre's magnetic vehicle sets and these can be purchased as additions to your garage. They come in packs of three and cost £10. CHILDSPLAY The garage is a nice height for my son to sit at and play. At 10 months, most parts are within his reach easily. The only section he has to make a little effort with is the helipad, which is still within reach. He loves to watch the cars zoom down the ramp, with the flashing lights and noises adding to his enjoyment. He doesn't yet possess the co-ordination skills to manage this by himself just yet but it's fun to play together with and provides an opportunity to talk about what we are doing - hopefully helping him to gain an understanding of basic words such as 'car' and 'fast'. The cars are a lovely size and weight for young toddlers to play with. They are a nice chunky handful and the plastic is smooth to the touch. The wheels can be spun easily but they are safe and there is no room for little fingers to get trapped. The helicopter rotary blades can also be spun easily. My son loves to push the buttons on the air and petrol pumps and giggles happily as the lights flash and the noises are made. The sliding handle that operates the lift is a little stiff for him to get the hang of yet and the noise that this makes as the lift moves seems a little loud for him too as he is quite unsure of this. Obviously, at 10 months, my son is not old enough yet to fully appreciate or get full value from the toy. He does not yet understand cars and movement and lacks the co-ordination to use many of the features. I am sure that, as he grows and develops, he will get even more use from the garage and learn to drive the cars around. I think that this means that we will get great value from the toy as the benefits that he is getting now - sound and light stimulation and learning to push and pull buttons and levers - differ from the imaginative play he will use it for as he ages. PARENTS VIEW Watching my son moving around the garage to touch different features, it is obvious that this is aiding his mobility and helping to increase his body strength. The attempts that he is making to copy my example and drive the cars around the garage also show to me that he is showing good understanding and his motor skills are being practised and developed. He is also learning about actions and consequences by realising that if he presses a button, there will be lights and sounds. I would consider £30 (and even more so, the £40 RRP) quite expensive for a baby toy and, as such, I would expect a lot from it. This garage certainly lives up to the price tag and I really don't mind paying it. This is for several reasons - the garage is well made and durable. It is also incredibly stimulating for my son - the plastics are bright colours, there are lights and sounds, the movement of the cars down the ramps and the various buttons and levers he can experiment with and learn from. There is also the fact that this toy will develop with him - it will be a great platform for imaginative play as he gets older and learns about cars. He will be able to drive the cars around and make 'vroom vroom' noises as well as use the car wash and service ramp as he gains the manipulative skills to do so. It is also a lovely sized toy to have two toddlers sitting around so he can learn to play with others - to share and interact - with this toy too. The garage is well made, as I said, but there is one part that my son is consistently pulling off (and so I can see us losing it eventually...). That is the gate that lifts to let cars into the lift. This is attached at the hinged part onto the plastic by simply pushing on, so can be removed if he gets a little vigorous with his lifting actions. This part aside, the garage holds together well. The stickers have also , so far, resisted any peeling and stayed in place well. Whether they will last as he gets older remains to be seen, but, even if they are removed I don't think this will impact the look or use of the toy too much. OVERALL A well made toy that can be enjoyed by both boys and girls alike (it is also available in pink but this is, in my opinion, unnecessary as I'm sure girls would love this version anyway). It is a great learning and developing aid that is fun to play with and will last from older baby to toddler. The cars to go on the garage are also fantastic - with a novel magnetic attachment to boot. Very baby friendly but yet not too 'babyish' for a toddler to enjoy. A worthwhile purchase and definitely recommended.
I bought this toy to cheer my little boy up when he was poorly. We'd been cooped up indoors for a week, after which I decided that he was well enough to stroll round Early Learning Centre. His little face lit up when he saw the Whizz Around Garage on display. Anything car related is always a winner, and it's bright attractive colours drew us in for a little play. Half an hour later, we owned one and it was a welcome addition to our home! The garage consists of a lift tower with three traffic lights on which light up as 'going up' type sounds play when the handle is pulled up and down. You can move your little cars between levels this way. It has a spiral ramp and a second ramp which is more like a wavy slide. The petrol and air pumps have big colourful buttons on them, which make appropriate noises and there's a car wash area with felt hangy down bits (don't know what to call them!). There's a helicopter landing pad at the top of the toy (which of course makes you feel obliged to run back to the shop and buy a separate helicopter!). The garage comes with three chunky cars which connect together magnetically. You can also buy other similar vehicles from ELC which can be used with the garage too. **What we like** It was very easy to put together- the pieces just slot into each other so that playtime can begin a few minutes after opening the box. We enjoyed putting the stickers onto the ramp ourselves. (Well, ok- I did.) Volume control means that the sounds aren't too loud if mummy's trying to watch TV... My son can use most of his own cars on it (of which he has hundreds!) Out of all of his toys- this one is the 'staple' toy which gets played with almost every day. It's a sociable toy- his friends love to share playing time too. His cousin is 6 and enjoys it as much as he does at two. It's stimulates imagination, and I often find him having a chat with it...it provides adaptable play for all ages (lights, sounds and colours for a baby- crashing, tumbling elaborate dramas for older kids!) It would be appropriate for many children with special needs too as it's features provide stimulation and a simple, bright and bold play base. We purchased this well over a year ago when he was just one- he's now two and a half and is still not bored of it. It's hard wearing and sturdy-it's been bashed, crashed and dribbled on and it still looks as new. It's by far the most attractive, chunky and sturdy garage on the market as far as I'm aware- some of the others look like they'd collapse if you sneezed near them. It's easy to clean with a damp cloth. It's a popular toy, meaning that you can pick it up second hand cheaper, and you can also sell it on when your child has tired of it (when he's 23). **What we don't like as much** A bit pricey at £40. We happened to have a £30 ELC voucher which we'd been saving for a rainy day, so putting another ten pounds towards it didn't seem too painful- but otherwise a 'cheering up' gift would usually cost less in my world. However it would be ideal as a Christmas or birthday present (or ask the grandparents for it as their gift!). Well worth the money though as it's had lots of milage so far! My son likes to balance on it as part of his collection of daring stunts! But that said- it's not the garage's fault! It's still in one piece though! This toy won't disappoint and is well worth the investment- providing hours of fun for your child and hours of peace for yourself (priceless!).
I was lucky enough to inherit the whizz around garage when my friend's little boy finally grew out of it at around the age of 6 (he'd had it since he was 2). I have 3 kids, girls aged 3 and 4 and a boy aged 18 months and all of them love to play with this toy. It is built from the typical sturdy click-together plastic that you would expect from ELC. The standard garage is made up of yellow, green, red and orange plastic pieces - although you can now purchase one in pink if you live in an all girl environment! The garage is made up of a vertical tower which houses the lift - operated by a chunky plastic leaver at the side. The lift takes one car easily and in my house it has also been known to take a barbie! When cars reach the top of the lift they exit onto a large circular platform, which has 2 exit ramps. One of the ramps is a steep slide which takes cars straight off the garage. The other exit takes them down a spiral slide and sends cars shooting out from underneath the garage. Underneath the red slide there is also a small passageway incorporating a car wash (hanging strips of material). The top of the vertical tower is set up as a helipad. The garage comes supplied with 3 chunky cars. More can be bought from elc (usually in packs of 3) This toy takes 3 AA batteries, which power a number of sounds and flashing lights - when operating the lift and also when pressing either of 2 buttons to the left of the lift. This toy retails at around £40 which I do think is pricey. However, having tried a few garages I can honestly say that this is absolutely the best and if you have young children, you will get years of service from it. Our garage is now 4 years old and still going stronge. It is one of the few toys we have which is played with on a daily basis by at least one, if not all of our children. Overall this is a well designed , quality toy.
Having bought a cheaper garage for my son, & it turning out to be a bit 'boring' in my eyes, I then went on to buy the Early Learning Centre Whizz around garage. At £40 it seemed a bit expensive, but then again most toys do seem to be quite pricy for what they are these days. The garage is quite a large size, compared to similar toys, but all the parts are really chunky which is great for little hands & all the pieces are nice & smooth & rounded, which means that even with moving parts, the toy is really safe to use & sturdy. The colours are great too - lots of bright primary colours & a lovely shiny finish. The garage includes 3 small cars, which are magnetic, so can be stuck together & pulled around at the same time. Or they can be used individually, meaning the toy is also good for sharing. The cars ca be pushed around the multi-level garage, where they can whizz down the ramp, activating lights & sounds as they go. Or push them up & down in the lift (which is much easier for small hands to operate than other similar models). Girls & boys alike will love this toy & it will last for years, thanks to the excellent build quality (my boy frequently tests this out by sitting on it!) & fun activities.
This is one of the best things I have ever bought for my son and I cannot recommend it enough. It is quite expensive and I think it usually costs £40 but I bought it on offer for £32 and at both prices I think it is definately worth the money. I really like the colours of this as it bold colours of yellow, blue, red and green. I have this one but it also comes in a girly pink version which I think is a nice touch. My little boy loves playing with this and it is something he plays with for a lot of the day and even though he has lots of toys he always plays with this. This comes with three little cars which are magnetic so you can join them together to run down the ramp and you can also buy a set of three extra cars that are the same range which we also have. This garage is loads of fun and makes noise when you use the lift and when the cars go down the ramp. The cars that come with it are the perfect size for little hands and it is really easy to use and has been a firm favourite since we got it for his 1st birthday. The only fault I can find with this garage though is that it comes apart really easily and the lift part comes off and the red ramp and so I am forever putting it back together when my son takes it apart which is a little annoying but apart from that I cannot fault it. It gives my son hours of fun and feels very sturdy and good quality and nothing has broken on it even though my son sits and stands on it and is generally very rough with it.
my daughter was given this whizz around garage for her first birthday and has really enjoyed playing with it. As you can see from the picture it is very bright and colourful and what's more important it isn't fiddly and can be easily used by little not so co ordinated hands! It makes noises when the cars whizz down the ramp and also when you press the petrol pumps. Lights flash on the side of the tower too and these are great little extras on the garage to entertain little children. It comes with 3 vehicles that have the added bonus of being able to attach to each other with magnets- which has certainly been of interest to my curious daughter. You can also buy an emergency vehicle set in the same style from ELC so these are good added extras to the garage. It is well made, strong and durable and has even withstood being sat on in our house. Although there are a few parts that you have to 'click' together when building it- they are a good fit and do not annoyingly come apart during play like with some toys. My daughter is now nearly two and still plays with the garage- although I do think she will outgrow it before too long. ELC's recommended age group is 18 months to 3 years, however if your child is much over 2 then I would consider buying a more 'mature' garage set as it is a little bit limiting for older children and is only appropriate for a couple of vehicles. If your child is under 18 months then I would still consider this, as my daughter enjoyed it from 12 months.
We bought this whizz around garage for my son's first birthday. I had taken my children into Early Learning Centre one day to get them a treat for being so good whilst mummy carted them around all the shops one saturday afternoon. My youngest son absolutely adored this and would not look at anything else in the shop. As it was a little pricey (£40.00)I decided to buy him some crayons and chalks and sent the boys outside with daddy while I bought it to put away for his 1st birthday. My partner was not at all amused that I had spent so much on one toy and even my friends were shocked at the price when I told them but I can honestly say it was well worth the money. My little boy is now nearly 2 and a half and still plays with his garage every day. I have a strict rule that all toys must be in the toy box at the end of the day and that anything that does not fit in there should go upstairs in their own bedrooms but I have had to make an exception with this as both he and his older brother who is 5 years old play with it a lot! This is a chunky garage that is made up of lovely bright colours. There is a helicopter pad, 2 ramps and a car wash and there are flashing lights and whizzing sounds too. You get 2 magnetic cars with the garage and can also use other cars with it. I find the garage very easy to clean too, All toys from Early Learning Centre are made specially to help children develop certain learning skills. The garage helps develop fine motor skills which is helping them to use their hands for precise movements. The garage requires 3 X AA batteries. May seem a bit pricey but well worth the money. Would definately recommend
I bought this for my daughter's first birthday and have been really pleased with it. She likes to climb everything so I'm glad it is reasonably sturdy as she keeps sitting on it and climbing up the ramp. The lights and sounds are good fun especially now she's worked out how to control the lift. She enjoys piling all the cars into the lift and then trying to work out how to get the lift to move again. She hasn't managed to get a car down the ramp the right way yet, but she loves it when I send them down the ramp for her. I can see this toy lasting her for a good amount of time and I am pleased with the quality of it. My daughter enjoys playing with the cars on their own as well especially as they attach together with the magnets. I didn't purchase this at full price but I think it would be worth it for the amount of play my daughter gets out of it.
For years I was looking for a nice looking sturdy garage for my son (after two girls, i was sick of the sight of pink girly toys) and my mum found this on ebay and I remember just looking at the little picture and saying, "oooh that looks good". lol, thats all the encouragement my mum needed and she bidded like a mad woman and got it in the end - at a very good price i might add I have to say, I thnk I was more excited than my son when it turned up. Even though it was secondhand and didn't come with any instructions, it was VERY easy to fit together. Its like the base, the tall lift unit that clips into the base, then everything else just kind of fits in around it, you have the rounded slope, the little car wash looking part, the car slide on the side, a little pertrol pump part at the front , a stop gate that lifts up and down and a up and over sign that clips in halfway down the spiral slope. The various parts are brightly coloured, all nice and smooth surfaces which makes it easy to wipe down in case of accidents. The lift is operated by a little handle type bit that is on the outside of the mlift and its basically for the child to pull it up and back down again, great for hand eye co-ordination. The package contains three different shaped cars that have magnets on the front and back so you can manouvre them on their own or altogether like a train. The unit makes several different "garage like sounds" The up and down of the lift, the car wash activates sounds, as does cars coming down the spiral ramp etc etc. My son has had years of play out of this toy, as have his sisters who prefer this to their dolls. Soon to be passed on as he id now 5 and has more interest in the DS's and WII's of the world! Its a nice sized toy, well made and stocky and chunky. Just the thought of thing a boys toy should be.
I bought this garage for my son a few months back and he loves it as he's really into cars and planes at the moment so this is one of those covered! It is made by the Early Learning Centre who I have always found, like VTech to be reliable and worth the money. Having said that this is not that cheap at around £40 but I'm hoping he will make use out of it and my other son when he's older. The garage itself when you get it out of the box is pretty easy to assemble which is very handy as it won't take your forever like some things. This way your child can enjoy it very soon. The main part of it is already put together, you just have to add a few bits so is quite simple. You can also put a few stickers on the ramp etc. to spice it up a bit. What I first liked when looking at the garage was that it is very interactive with it's bright colours and sounds it makes. My son loves to press the buttons and the pumps that make a realistic sound as if you were filling up a real car. Add to that the lights and this is bound to keep a child of up to three years occupied for a while. The set comes with three cars which are magnetic and can be put together. They are sturdy and not easily breakable, as believe me, my son has tried and can quite often take them out of the garage and throw them. Above, all the garage is sturdy and durable which is what you want and I think it will keep attention spans for some time although some people may be put off by the price tag.
Reccomended for ages 18- months to 3 years, but I think this has much wider appeal. We bought it for my sons first birthday and he adored it straight away. The 5 year old also has fun with it. I wouldnt buy it for a child over 4, but have seen many much older children have fun with it. Its very well built and sturdy, my son often sits on it and its had hours of playtime. It does come apart often but is easy to put back together. It has a few battery sounds and lights but could easily be played without batteries and the batteries that came with it still work, so it doesnt go through them quickly. Like most elc toys, i think the batteries are just extras, its mainly an imagination powered toy. The magnetic cars are a real plus, the younger boy enjoys sticking and unsticking them, or letting them all go down ramps together. If you have a couple of large magnets though, older children can "drive the cars" by pushing them with magnetic repulsion.
I have read the other reveiws and it seems mine will be quite different, I baught this at Christmas for my daughter who liked cars ect and thought she would love it but unfortunatly she isn't that interested in it we do play with it sometimes and she enjoyed the brightness and the cars wizzing down the ramp so it does get some use. My main problem with this toy is the fact you can't move it without it falling apart, we like to be able to put toys away in a cupboard but every time you try and pick the garage up it falls apart completly and though it doesn't take long to put together it is frustrating. Brightly coloured toy but not well made. Would I buy again? No I wouldn't I think I would look for one that was more interesting and that could be moved around.
18 months - 3 years. This chunky garage is ideal for little hands to get to grips with. Includes an exciting spiral descent and ramps, 3 cars and 6 sounds. This fun toy will help your child develop their manual dexterity and provide hours of imaginative play.