Product Type: Fisher Price baby toys
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Fisher Price World Of Little People Neighbourhood Vehicles Play Set
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Fisher Price World Of Little People Neighbourhood Vehicles Play Set
Advantages: A well made toy which encourages learning through play.
Disadvantages: Absolutely nothing.
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.
Summary: It seems like a just play toy but teaches a lot more that you'd think.
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