“ Brand: ELC / Age: 3 Years+ „
I bought the Early Learning Centre Adventure kit for my sons third birthday. He had seen it in the catalogue and was insistent that he needed knockers! I thought the case was a little expensive at £15 as it only contained a compass, a lantern, some binoculars and a magnifying glass. I had received a 20% off birthday club voucher so decided that as it was the only thing he'd actually asked for I would get it. I was a little disappointed with it and once you remove all the packing the items are a bit lost inside the huge case. My son seems to like it and does play with it although he does favour the binoculars and the lantern. I'm not sure he knows what to do with the other items. I have read other reviews on this case and I think in the past it contained more items. Despite my initial disappointment with this toy it is of the standard you would expect from ELC. The case is very sturdy and well made and the clasps and hinges are quite robust. The items inside are also quite chunky and can easily be held and manipulated by little hands. I see no reason why this toy won't last and hope that my younger child will grow into it and also enjoy it.
My daughter was brought an Early Learning Centre 'Young Explorer Adventure Kit' for her birthday, and absolutely loves it. I had seen it before when we visited a friend, whose child had one. My daughter was very taken with it, and therefore was delighted when a week later she had one of her own. It has a lot of interesting toys in it, which would appeal to a wide range of ages. There is a set of binoculars. A watch with a compass in it. A survival belt, onto which you fit a cup, a pan, a water bottle and a torch. A lantern, which really works, a whistle and a 'multi survival tool', (a plastic Swiss army knife). In fact all a child needs to for a day's exploring in the garden, (or bedroom when it's raining!). As with most Early Learning Centre's toys, all the parts are well made, and they fit into a sturdy plastic box for easy storage. The age range on this is 3 years +. My daughter is only 2 years old, but with some help she is able to use all of the pieces with ease. My only note of caution with this kit, is with the binoculars. They have quite a long neck strap. I was playing with my daughter when she put it around her neck and twisted. If she had been alone, it could have been nasty. I have removed the strap, and would recommend that anyone else who has this kit does the same. This can be done very simply. If you pull the strap very hard, the clips at each end come away. When I did this it didn't break the strap, so when she is older, I can reattach it. Apart from that, this is a well thought out kit, which is good value for money. Another friend's little boy who is 3 ½ came over the other day to play, and was very interested in the kit, so guess what he getting for Christmas!