Whilst on maternity leave, I started to take my daughter swimming during the week but once I returned to work, this moved to the weekend and over a period of time, the visits became less frequent so I decided to enrol her in swimming lessons at my local leisure centre.
For the first few months, Lauren didn't seem to like going so to try and encourage her; we gave her an incentive of some new Sylvanians, which seemed to do the trick. A few weeks later, I brought her this set as I thought it would also help me during play to talk about why swimming is important, safety awareness etc.
===Price & availability===
The set retails for around £10, which is about what I paid when I brought from Amazon. The set is also available from larger toy stores such as Toys R Us, The Entertainer etc.
The set consists of two dogs, Bella and Bertie Patch who are brother and sister, Bella has a purple little tutu style swimming costume on and Bertie has a pair of blue and white striped Bermuda shorts. What we really like is that both items of clothing are removable which means Lauren can swap and change with her collection (the problem I do find with this is that we end up misplacing the clothing and we have quite a lot of naked figures). The arms and legs move easily which means we can practise front and back crawl when playing with them.
The dogs are identical, cream in colour with a grey patch over one eye, grey ears and a fluffy white tail which is bendable.
As well as the figures, the set also includes coloured flip flops, goggles and two towels for Bella and Bertie. There is also a stopwatch and a gold and silver medal (just like the real Olympics). If there was one downside to the product, it would be the two little books that are included in the set, they are just made from paper and don't add any real value to the set and these got lost almost instantly.
Lauren loves playing with her Sylvanians, and really helped me when explaining to her that everyone needs to know how to swim and why it is really important. This set especially came to light when the Olympics were on a couple of years ago, Lauren spent time mimicking the swimming, she loved giving the medals at the end of a race and even got some of her other figures involved. It was wonderful to watch her remember all the ceremonies and pretending they were all in a race and it really set her imagination alight.
Overall, I would recommend the set and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading.
At a Glance Bertie and Bella Patches are ready for the swimming event. Each is dressed in their swimwear ready to dive in the pool Features and benefits for Sylvanian Families Swimming Set Bertie and Bella Patches are ready for the swimming event. Each is dressed in their swimwear ready to dive in the pool.Includes a swimming training manual and pretend stop watch.Warning: Not suitable for children under 36 months. What's in the box: 2 x Figures and accessories