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Manufacturer: ELC / Age: 3 Years+ / Type: Music

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      20.11.2012 15:36
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      Lovely bells

      My daughter loves making noise, be it shouting or banging things against things. Last year I decided to buy her a few toy musical instruments so that she could make as much noise as she wanted without doing something she shouldn't be doing. One thing I purchased was these jingle bells from Early Learning Centre.

      The jingle bells cost £3 from Early Learning Centre so I imagine they will be available to buy from Mothercare and Amazon too. It's worth bearing in mind that Early Learning Centre often have 20% off codes floating about so you could get the bells for £2.40 if you look around.

      The bells are available to buy in a few different colours, red, green and blue. We purchased the green jingle bells. The handle is mainly green with red bits attaching the bells to the handle. The bells are of a nice size and are neither too big nor too small for the handle, they are in perfect proportion. To operate the instrument you simply pick the handle up and shake it around, it doesn't get much easier than that!

      The jingle bells have a recommended age of three years, I'm not really sure why this is as now that we've got it, I didn't know why I didn't purchase them sooner. Under supervision, I don't see any reason why it shouldn't be giving to even younger children. My daughter had hers at around 18 months old and loved the bells from the start. In the beginning she just used to toddle around with the bells in the hand, then soon learnt that shaking them would create a nice tinkling noise and began shaking them more and more. 18 months on, my daughter now shakes the bells in one hand, with her maraca in the other while I have to sing nursery rhymes in time to her ringing. I believe that these bells have definitely helped in terms of teaching my daughter about rhythms.

      The handle of the bells used to get quite grubbing when my daughter was younger but easy to wipe off with a damp cloth or wet wipe. My daughters bells are now around 18 months old and still in a new condition, these will definitely stand the test of time.

      At only £3, or cheaper still if you find a 20% off code, I'd definitely recommend these bells to any child. They are a cheap musical instrument that makes a lovely sound and made to a high quality like most other Early Learning Centre products.

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      09.11.2012 12:13
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      Great for my giggling baby

      When my daughter was born we got the usual free photo vouchers from Pixifoto, when we first took her for her free shoot she was only about 6 weeks old and so it was difficult to get her to look at the camera. The photographer used a couple of different bells to get her attention and she seemed to love them so whilst we were waiting to look at the photos they had taken we had a wander around the Early Learning Centre section and bought these and some hand bells for her.

      The bells cost us £2.50 and now cost £3 so not too bad considering we are talking about 2 years ago, they are only available from the Early Learning Centre although I am sure you would pick up similar from other shops. The bells are supposed to be for ages 3 and up but we used them for our daughter to help progress her tracking and get her attention.

      The bells comes in a variety of colours and we bought a set which has a bright red plastic handle with 3 yellow pieces of plastic at one end each of which is attached to a silver bell like you would get on a cats collar. The bells are on a nice thick handle so it is easy for little hands to grasp and my daughter was able to start shaking this around herself at about 6 months although she was always supervised as it would hurt if she hit her face with it.

      My daughter really loved the bells and once she could laugh she would giggle for ages watching them and listening to them. My eldest daughter had problems with her tracking vision when she was a baby and we used these on our younger daughter to encourage her to follow them with her eyes which she could do without any problems. Now my children are older, 5 and 2, they still play with the bells and the bells are still in one piece with no damage at all, my elder daughter likes to ring the bells and sing her nursery rhymes along to them.

      These are great value bells and are really sturdy and durable, they have provide plenty of play for my girls already and they still love them.

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      27.06.2012 12:13
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      A fabulous toy with not a battery or flashing light in sight!

      ELC have been selling these Jingle Bells for years, I first bought a set around ten years ago for my eldest two children and have added to the original two over the years when Hollie (and now David) decided how much they liked them. The design hasn't changed much over the years, the only difference being that the handles on the Jingle Bells I bought most recently are slightly more streamlined and ergonomically styled.

      They are an extremely simple concept; three largish tinkly silver bells attached to a thick plastic handle, to 'work' them you simply pick them up and give them a shake. It's as easy as that - no batteries required and not a flashing light or robotic sound in sight, just a lovely creative little toy that has provided my kids with a surprising number of years entertainment.

      The shape of the handle is perfect; ELC state the minimum recommended age for the Jingle Bells as three years, but that's madness in my opinion. Three of my four children have played with these from under twelve months old, to create such a stimulating toy like this and then give it such a high recommended age is bizarre - they're without exception made to such a high quality that not so much as a chip of plastic has ever come away from one of ours, even the older ones are still in amazingly one piece. The bells aren't big enough that if your toddler puts one in their mouth it's going to have a cue ball effect, I just can't understand why these shouldn't be suitable for younger babies. There's one thing I suppose, the obvious eventuality that one day your baby is going to bash themselves with the bells - umm, that's not going to kill them but maybe ELC are covering themselves in case of freak accidents?!

      I love the sound of these. They tinkle and sound beautifully musical even when they're being slung around by a miserable seventeen month old, David actually isn't as enamoured with them as his sisters were but then he's 'one of those' kids who would rather crash a saucepan onto the tiled floor than do something that's actually aurally pleasing. At five (and being a real girly poser) Hollie likes to prance around the house and garden shaking them gently, it can be much more relaxing than you'd think due to the high quality and generally 'nice' sound of the bells - you can tell ELC haven't palmed the little people off with cheap and nasty bells. Much nicer than listening to Hollie on the recorder <shudder> anyway...

      The simplicity of this toy is fantastic, it's a hark back to the days when you didn't need a degree to get a toy working and is so basic that it didn't even come with an instruction sticker let alone a sheet! £3 each (I'd recommend buying two) means it's reasonably pricey for what it is, but for me that fact that it IS what it is makes the Jingle Bells worth every penny. I'd say ours are played with three times a week on average by one of the kids, I suspect they'd be used more often if they didn't slide to the bottom of the toybox so easily as sometimes it seems that they're only played with when Hollie happens to come across them underneath mounds of Peppa Pig and Disney Princess toys!

      I recommend them 100%. They encourage the kids to be creative (to a point, it's only bell shaking!), will stimulate younger babies even if they're not big enough to hold the bells themselves and have so far lasted brilliantly! The decade old Jingle Bells are visibly older in condition, the plastic has faded slightly on the handles but in a patchy manner which is very aging. They're still as sturdy and tight as the newer ones and sound just as Christmassy and fabulous!

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        24.03.2012 19:58
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        Recommended with other instruments.

        My little munchkin, who is now three years old, is at that stage where he's wanting to express himself as loudly as possible. We bought him a number of musical instruments (the toy kind!) so that he could express himself in that way rather than screaming around the house.....and while I think he's benefitted from having the instruments, he hasn't stopped screaming around the house. So now we have his voice as well as his melodic musical tones!

        Among the instruments we bought him were two ELC jungle bells which cost me £3.00 each. I didn't feel that £3.00 was a bad price, especially as the ELC tend to make really high quality products, but it was probably slightly more than I would usually have guessed from the ELC. They come in a variety of colours, and we have a blue and a red one which were the colours that he opted for. They essentially are three bells (bigger versions of the kind of bells you see on a cat collar) that are then attached to a handle and so you shake them and they make a jungle sound.

        The handle is made of plastic and is bulky enough and lightweight enough for a small child to grip onto. It doesn't take a lot of dexterity to be able to hold onto the handle and shake it about and so I would imagine that most children would deal with this, although the recommendation is to not give this to kids under 36 months (although supervised I couldn't see a problem). The bells are well attached and no matter how much abuse that is inflicted upon the instrument they always seem to stay in one piece. There are no sharp bits not the Jingle Bells and so unless they hit each other with them I can't see how they could inflict any damage!

        The sound is okay.....not too irritating and not to loud, but loud enough to make a child feel heard. They are also good just for encouraging musicality and teaching a child about rhythm and different sounds. I do recommend them but I think they need to be bought in conjunction with some other instruments. It's a shame that the ELC hasn't done a musical instrument pack where you could buy several instruments that complement each other at a reduced price.

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        12.12.2011 22:49
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        ELC jingle bells

        My little girl and I go to a few different music classes and during these there is always an instrument section where the teacher gets out the instruments for all the kids to play with. These usually include little drums, shakers and the jingle bells. As such we have played quite a few different types of jingle bells and these are some of our favourites. 

        So what exactly is a jingle bell? According to an article I read, a jingle bell (or sleigh bell) is a type of bell which produces a distinctive 'jingle' sound, especially in large numbers. The simplest jingle bells are produced from a single piece of sheet metal bent into a roughlyspherical shape to contain a small ball bearing or short piece of metal rod. This method of production results in the classic two- or four-leaved shape.

        So there you have it, now we know how they are produced. The Early Learning Centre jingle bells have three bells grouped together at the end of a handle. With three it makes a fairly loud sound without being too deafening and annoying when your child is shaking them right next to your ear!! I actually prefer the jingle bells that you find on a rounded handle that you can grip as I think you can hold onto them better this way but I guess this is the more traditional way to have jingle bells, on the end of a long stick.

        The Early Learning Centre bells come on either a green, red or blue handle and cost £3 per bundle which is a cheap price for a fun instrument to start your kids love of music early. I also find they make nice little gifts at a kids party as well as one of my friends did the other year, not too costly and a nice gift to receive. 

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        08.08.2011 17:04

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        Loved them!!!!

        Loved them!! Loved them!!! I thought that the Early Learning Centre Jiggle Bells were the best little rattle I have ever bought, they were defently worth there wait in gold!!

        Neither of my children have been easy! My daughter is 1 and has always been very fussy!! We tryed everything to keep her interested but nothing seemed to keep her happy for longer than 10 mins. So one day my Husband and I were on the hunt for new things to keep her ocuppied! We went into the Early Learning Centre and found there selection of musical instruments. We came across a few things we liked and bought the lot. We got the bells that rapped around the wrist or ancle but she didn't like them! Then we tryed her on the hand held ones and she loved them!! ( They even kept her amused!!)

        The Jingle Bells where easy to hold, I loved the bright colours, The bells were securally fixed on,so no chance of choking!! The bells haven't rusted in anyway. There the perfect size to carry around with you or to pop in the nappy bag.

        My husband and I even pretend its santas raindeers on the morning of christmas!! My little boy bought it hook line and sinker!!

        I thought the price was a little steep at £3 but i think you can pick them up from ebay for 99p now. I know a few mums that have bought these for there Babys/Children and I have only heard good things about them!!

        I would like to see some kind of gift set with other things like this as I would concider getting it as a Birthday/Christmas present for other children I know.

        I would defently buy or recommed this product to a friend!!

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        09.03.2011 21:12
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        A great little musical instrument for younger children.

        These fab little jingle bells retail at £3 usually in the Early learning centre but I was lucky enough to be able to pick 3 up at half price in one of their sales a few years ago so watch out for reductions. And what a great little addition to any childrens toy collection they are. Brightly coloured, easy grip handles for little hands and a really effective jingle sound. Comprising of the handle and three stems each with a bell attached these really are as simple as it comes. Shake to activate. They really feel substantial as well for what they are, not like something that is going to break within a few uses.

        These are recommended for 3 years + and my 3.5 year old loves them as part of his musical instrument collection. He will happily dance around to his music shaking one in each hand to his hearts content. When his friends come round to play and the music box comes out these (as well as the drums!) are always first to be grabbed. Easy to wipe clean with a baby wipe after sticky fingers have been all over them. Despite the age recommendation my daughter (6 months) absolutely loves shaking them as well and is fascinated by the sound they make. Always supervised of course with younger children as the first place she attempts to put them is in her mouth and with the small parts inside the bell the age recommendation is there for a reason!

        My mother fosters a two year old who is blind and hard of hearing and he had two of these as part of his xmas present from us. As someone who relies heavily on the little hearing he has he is very particular about the toys that make him smile and these were a winner straight away! Overall I'd definately recommend for younger children.

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        30.08.2010 17:20
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        When I took my daughter to the ELC she came across these Jingle Bells and asked if she could have them so that she could make sleigh noises at Christmas (it was coming up to Christmastime) and a £3.00 for a set I thought they were fairly priced so I got them for her though if I knew how much noise they could potentially make I probably would have swayed her towards something else!

        The ELC states that not only will the jingle bells enable your child to express themselves artistically, it will encourage their senses and their imaginations too. The imagination part was already working before we had even got them to the till!

        There are 3 different Jingle Bells available - one which is pink, one is blue and one is green. My daughter chose the pink one. The handle is made out of very solid plastic and it is a nice size for children to hold on to. There are 3 silver bells attached to the end which jingle at the slightest movement. For some reason the overall shape of the Jingle Bells reminds me of the foot of a frog. I don't know why it just does!

        My daughter started playing with these as soon as we got in the car and did not stop for a few days with each jingle being a sign that "Santa was closer"! The bells are not offensively loud or anything. It isn't a loud ringing noise but more of a tinkling type of noise. It is a pretty little noise but after a good half an eye of it being constantly done it does take you to breaking point!

        My daughter and I have made up many games using these bells and not just as an instrument - we have made up Santa games with the bells being sleigh bells and also hide and seek where you tinkle the bells whilst hiding and my daughter would have to listen carefully to hear where I was and vice versa. This is always a good game to play.

        A really good item from the ELC which I highly recommend.

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        16.07.2010 11:01
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        Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle All The Way!!!!!

        We've got 4 of these Jingle Bells in our house, 3 of them are about 9 years old and the other one is quite new. When my 11 year old sister was little she loved them because she's always been musical and now our 3 year old sister plays with them all the time because she loves the tinkly noise of the bells.

        They look exactly like the ones in the photo Dooyoo have got up and I think they are the only colours they are available in now but before you could get them in different colours as well. We've got red, pink, blue and purple Jingle Bells and they all look wicked with their bright colours and shiney silver bells.

        The handle of the Jingle Bells is just right for kids to hold, it's made of the same bulky plastic that most ELC toys are made out of and doesn't slip out of my sisters hand even when she's giving it a proper good shake. The handle is quite slim so that little kids can get a good grip on it, my sister's favourite way to play is to hold a Jingle Bells in each hand and shake them like mad to get a proper sweet tinkly sound.

        All 3 bells on the Jingle Bells make EXACTLY the same noise so it's not worth buying more than one in the hope that you're going to be able to play a tune, it's not like that but the bells have got such a lovely sound that you can liven up a song...... if your child is the sort who likes singing to you like my sister!

        The bells are attacted well to the handle, even after all these years none of the bells have come off or been damaged or anything like that. The age to use the Jingle Bells is 3 years and that's a safety thing in case any of the bells were to come off because little kids could choke on them. I don't think that's likely to happen though because the instruments are too well made, it's a bit of a shame as well because the handle would be PERFECT for a teething baby!!!

        I deffo recommend these Jingle Bells, it teaches little children about playing music and is loads of fun. The noise can be annoying sometimes but most of the time it's just a dead sweet jingly sound and it's not very often that they get on my nerves....... it does happen though!!!

        These cost about £5.00 to buy and I know that sounds expensive but they're worth it because both of my sisters have had loads of fun with the Jingle Bells over the years and I reckon we'll keep them for another few years yet.

        Recommended!!!

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          14.07.2010 21:00
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          A great way to get your child making music

          My daughter was bought the blue jingle bells as a gift about 4 years ago when she was a baby.

          The bells are attached to a long piece of plastic which splits into 3 at the end. The product is about 6 inches long and about 3 inches wide at the end with the bells.
          The area that you hold on to is about 3/4 of an inch in diameter, so perfect for chubby little hands to get a grip on.

          There are 3 bells and each one is about the size of a large marble, so just under an inch in diameter. The bells are silver in colour and have little slits in them to allow the sound to come out properly. They make a very satisfying jingling sound when shaken.

          These bells are specified as being for age 3 plus. Although my daughter was given hers as a baby, I would not let her play with them without supervision as she would always put them straight to her mouth. I am confident that the bells are well attached - they seem sturdy enough, however they are a very chokable size, so to me it was just not worth the risk. I would hold her hand and help her shake them and she was happy enough doing that.

          Now my daughter is older she has quite a collection of ELC instruments - shakers, drums, rattling things and she will still play with the bells alongside these other instruments.

          My 2 younger children also get plenty of use out of them, so they are proving to be very robust, having taken years of full-on rough use.

          The bells usually cost £2.99 in ELC which is a bargain price. If you have young children you are sure to get years of use from these bells

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          14.07.2010 11:05
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          5 stars

          These jingle bells have been in my house for many years now, my children played with them and now the children that I look after play with them, we have certainly had our moneys worth!

          The jingle bells come in a set of 3, each a different colour- red blue and green. They are made out of a solid plastic and the handle is a good size for little hands to wrap round. They have 3 metal bells attached firmly to the end and these bells move slightly to help make the noise.

          The bells themselves make a tinkling noise when shaken, it doesn't take a lot of movement to make the noise and it is a quiet sound, not a loud ringing which I think would drive me mad! The bells are more of an accompanying instrument than one which would be played a lot on its own.

          The jingle bells encourage children to use their senses. We have played games whereas I will hide in a room and use the bells to help the children find me. They really have to concentrate to figure out where I am. We have also used these bells to stimulate their imagination. We have been a marching band using these and other instruments.

          These jingle bells are for children 3 years and up due to the small parts and cost £3. They haven't been the most exciting toy in the toybox but have certainly been a reliable old favourite! I would definately recommend!

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          06.05.2010 22:50
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          A FAB WAY TO INTRODUCE YOUR CHILDREN TO MUSIC.

          I must admit, when I caught a glimse of these delightful children's instruments on doyoo. I was immediatley transported back a couple of years to when my children were very little. I remember going to the early learning centre and being captivated by these cute bells which could be jinggled by holding the handle and gently shaking.

          The handles are fairly thick and made from very durable plastic. They come in a variety of bright colours. I believe that I bought a pink one for my daughter and a blue one for my son. (how predictable!!)

          Although they were very reasonably priced at under a fiver. They are really well made. The instrument is sturdy and can withstand a good bashing which is vital when considering the age group that are using this. The sound of the bells is also very impressive. The bells are clear and fairly loud. They certainly hold their own when being used in conjunction with other instruments.

          Not only did I use these shakers in the house when singing songs. I also remember these bells being used by the children in the local playgroup. At the end of each session there would be song time and the children would pick out an instrument from the music box. These bells were so very popular, with a mass of children scrapping for them. Which always ended in tears and tantrums.(and that was from the mums!!)

          All the children would love to shake these bells. I think because they are very easy to get a sound of. I think the children are impressed with the concept that the harder you shake the bells the louder the noise.

          One last thing that I have to say regarding these bells. Is that they are perfect for adding extra magic to Christmas. After putting the children to bed of Christmas eve I let them settle and then go out the back garden and start shaking the bells. I know that they have thought this magical and believed that it is santa on his sleigh. I know this as my daughter who is too old to believe now has told me. When she heard the bells she would be beside herself with excitement.

          So in conclusion these jingle bells are fantastic. They are suprisinglt versatile in what they can be used for. Firstly it allows the children to establish the concept of music and beat. Secondly it encourages hand eye co ordination. Also it encourages children to share and take turns if waiting for a turn of these bells. But lastly they are fun and delightful and a perfect addition to any toybox.

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