“ Brand: Fisher Price / Age: 12 months / Type: Playsets „
Among the many, many, many toys that my one year old daughter received for Christmas was the Fisher Price World of Little People Neighbourhood Vehicles Play Set. The World of Little People is a range of plastic figurines, vehicles and buildings that connect together to make scenes that children may see in everyday life. This helps toddlers to act out things they see when they are out and about every day and learn through the world of play.
The Neighbourhood Vehicles Play Set includes a summer house with opening doors, a segment of fence, a bench with a rubbish bin connected (this has a open slot which pretend rubbish could be put in to and a hole in the bottom so nothing gets stuck) and swing with a floral arch which moves and has a hole in which to put the base of one of the people. These all connect to each other in whatever order the child wants to put them in using a small plastic pop on clip and can easily be pulled apart (great for helping early motor skills to develop). The summer house has 2 floors and is incredibly well detailed. Downstairs has a clear walk way through the middle and either side has a different setting, on one side is a dressing table with hats, shoes, clothes and jewellery and on the other side is a small baby changing area with a changing table and toys. Neither of these is interactable as they are part of the actual moulding but do add a little something to the toy and are a nice surprise when the doors are opened. Upstairs is not very big and wouldn't house any of the parts that come with the set but again has toys moulded in to it and a wood look floor engraved. Along with these parts there is a picnic set which includes a table which has a teapot, cups and saucers attached to it and 2 chairs which the little people can sit on, a school bus which has a door that opens and closes and has a sunken part inside for one of the little people to stand in. There is also an ice cream van which has a yellow button on top, when pressed this plays a tune similar to that of an everyday ice cream van (this needs 3x button cell (LR44) batteries, which are included) and there is an ice cream man which sits inside and can be removed. The tune is about 10 seconds long and only plays once every time the button is pressed. There is a trike with a boy holding a frog driving it which can also be removed, a pram which can be pushed around and 3 female characters that are also included. The majority of pieces that are included in the set the child is able to interact with such as the 3 vehicles all have wheels so the can easily be moved around. The Toys R Us website claims that the trike has a removable trailer attached to it but this was not included in the box when we got it and there is no place within the plastic moulding that all the pieces came in.
The set is recommended for children 1-5 years, my daughter is 15 months and although she doesn't yet play with it the way it's probably intended she does have a lot of fun wheeling the vehicles around and seeing how many people she can cram in to the bus. Another of her favourite things to do is play peek-a-boo with the summer house by opening the doors to reveal her face to me. It's also a great toy for us to play together with. All of the pieces are small and light enough for her to hold and she regularly carries the little people around with her but they are not small enough to swallow. We have a 5 year old niece and whenever she comes round she enjoys playing with it as well and setting it out in different ways.
Everything within the set is made of strong, bright plastic and seems very durable, it has to endure a lot of bashing about but it is so far still in tact and I expect it to stay this way for a long time to come. I am a huge fan of all toys made by fisher price, they are always the ones that seem to capture my daughter's attention most and none of them have been cast aside and forgotten about. They also seem to be the most damage proof toys out of all that I purchase.
There are a lot of items in the World of Little People range including a farm, a funfair, a fire station, a car park and many more. These sets all connect together in the same way to make up a big town and give more opportunity for children to recreate the world around them. The Neighbourhood Vehicles Play Set is a great place to start collecting the set though due the amount of pieces you get and the large number of ways it can be set up. It is however possibly more female orientated compared to other sets such as the car park or fire station as it has the pink pram and the picnic table but would fit in perfectly with any of the sets. I hope to buy more of this range as my daughter gets older, it is constantly played with in our house and I know that it would definitely be worth the money. I have another baby on the way and regardless of what sex it is I know that they will have great fun playing together with the little world that they will be able to create.
This set is currently selling for £19.99 in Toys R Us which to me seems like a bargain. It is one of the cheapest sets in the range but when put with the other parts of the town it will probably be used to connect the different, larger pieces that can be bought together. It is great to play with on its own but would most likely get swallowed up and become unnoticeable if you had the whole range as it is a lot smaller than most of the other town pieces.
I have absolutely no negatives to say about this toy and for anyone who is struggling to find something to buy a toddler, be it male or female then I highly recommend The World of Little People range. Prices range from about £5.99 for a single vehicle and person (great for topping up an existing collection) all the way up to £29.99 for various larger pieces. They are guaranteed to get a lot of use out of it and have a lot of fun playing whilst subtly learning at the same time.
When we started looking around for toys last christmas, myself and my wife were torn; should we go with the Early Learning Centre's Happy Land Range or Fisher Price's Little People? Realistically I suppose we could have mixed and matched as they are both some-and-some and very similar in size to each other but, in the end, we decided to go with the Little People as we liked their range ever so slightly better. My wife was able to get a play-mat and extra Little People from someone on Ebay, we already had a Little People's cottage that comes complete with a telephone that rings and a noisy toilet that flushes (don't ask!), so we inevitably decided this set would make a great addition to little Emilie's toy-box!
The set cost us around £20, give or take a couple of quid, from Toys R Us and included five Little People; a bus, tricycle and musical ice cream van; a summer-house with swing, bench and green picket fence; a few pieces of picnic furniture that includes two chairs and a table and an ickle baby sitting in a pram. My daughter's favourites in the set are the ice cream van (and the tune it plays is almost as annoying as that bloody toilet in her cottage!) and the swing. She absolutely loves putting Little People in the swing and pushing it so violently that the poor figures fall out; it is a trick she never gets bored off and which has her in fits of giggles each and every time!
Our daughter was 15 months old when we bought this for her though the box gives an age-range of 1-5 years old. As an accompanient to any of the other Little People range, this fits in rather nicely but I don't think it would be worth buying on it's own. The toys are just small enough to fit in the hand but too big to be easily swallowed and so are perfectly safe for play. They are also made of durable plastic and very hard-wearing so can take a lot of abuse which is always good in our house as when Emilie has had enough, there is a tendency for you to believe a Little Person can fly! And I suggest you are good at ducking as they can hurt on impact!! LOL!
Fisher Price are quickly proving themselves to be a popular favourite in our house. We have a number of their toys both educational and fun and if you can't afford to buy them new, someone always has them on Ebay for sale! These Little People are especially good and help to stimulate your little child's mind and imagination! And they are a good toy for them to play with on their own too!
The range of different sets is quite numerous and includes a farm, zoo and even a Noah's Ark set, the latter of which I have reviewed seperately. As far as value for money goes, I don't believe you can do a lot better and I am sure my daughter will be playing with these for a long time to come!
The Little People Neighbourhood Vehicles Play Set is a must buy for anyone who's got some of the Fisher Price Little People sets. It includes a host of accessories that can add a good deal of role play variety to a little one's playtime.
This set is available from Toys R Us for £19.99 which isn't a bad price for this, though I wouldn't say it's the bargain of the century either. I think I'd be happier if I paid around the £15 mark for this set. Fortunately, when we got this for our grandson, it was picked up secondhand for much less.
Included in the set is the summer house with a little swing for starters. It looks really small in the picture, but it's actually bigger than it looks when you see it for real. The opening doors are really great for little girls who want to play house or for little boys who want to pretend it's a garage and drive their cars through!
All the little pieces of fencing and seating snap together easily and are great for early learners who're perfecting their motor skills. There's also a little table and chairs for the Little People to have their dinner on and a great assortment of vehicles. The mummy and buggy didn't get used really by the grandson but the other vehicles were a big hit with him, especially the trike with the trailor on the back.
This is quite pricey for what's included really, but I think it's worth it if you need some accessories to go with your exising Little People sets. It's a good starter set for a slightly older child who is being introduced to the range for the first time too.
We bought this for our eldest daughter when she was about 18 months old, after we realised that her toy box consisted of baby toys (rattles etc), teddies or learning toys. What mean parents we were! She didn't really have any toys that were just intended for imaginative play, if you see what I mean.
So we went out with the intention of buying her something that she could role play with and make up games etc and this is what we came home with.
The set consists of a yellow bus, an icecream van (which plays a little tune if you press the button on the roof), and tricycle, table & chairs, baby pram, summer house (with opening doors), swing and a couple of fences etc which attach to the swing and house to form a little community I suppose. You also get 4 little people with this set and they either sit in the vehicles or in the house or on the swing, or on the chairs.
The reason we decided on this set was because all the items were pretty small (the biggest item being the summer house which stands approx 6 inches high) so she would be able to handle them all with ease, and there was quite a variety in the pack so she would be able to do lots of different things with it.
As soon as we got it home we unpacked it for her and she immediately began playing, loving the icecream van the best because of the little tune it plays. I did wonder whether it was new toy syndrome and she would soon tire of it after a couple of days, but she didn't and it has proved to be a valuable addition to her toybox.
She loves putting the little people in and out of the vehicles and taking people for a ride in the bus. She also mastered getting the little people to sit on the swing, which is quite diffifcult for a young child. The house proved a big hit too as she likes to open and close the doors and take the little people in and out. The house does not have a back to it which makes it easy for a child to play with the characters inside the house. She also sits the little people in the chairs around the table and they have some dinner.
All the items within the set are really well made, I always find Fisher Price stuff to be good quality, but these are lovely. It's not the tacky plastic that I'm used to from my youth, it really is quite chunky & robust and feels nice to touch, no sharp edges.
We've had this set for about 8 months now and it's not showing any signs of wear and tear, no chips or scratches so far, so it must be pretty durable. Especially since it's just stored in her toy box along with all her other 'Little People' toy she acquired at Christmas!
It's a great little starter set to get your child's imagination going.
This Neighbourhood playset comes with a summer house with picnic set and lots of vehicles to help children act out real-life experiences they see in their own neighbourhoods every day.