“ Brand: Early Learning Centre / Age: 3-8 Years / Encourages use of child's imagination „
When my daughter was born we received lots of jewellery as gifts, quite a few silver d is for diamonds bracelets to name a few. My daughter who is now 6 years old has a fair bit of jewellery now from birthdays and Christmas presents over the years. My daughter loves my jewellery box and I often find her rummaging through it trying on my necklesses and rings.
I decided it was about time she had her own jewellery box as it might keep her out of mine. I hunted high and low to find a childs jewellery box and found that they were all very flimsy and babyish. On the of chance I went to my local early learning centre to buy a birthday present for my niece and came across a perfect jewellery box for my daughter.
The keepsake drawers had a price tag of £12 on it but they did not have one boxed so they gave me it at a discounted price. I got it for £8, which I was extremely happy about. Early learning centre have a fantastic website but I prefer to go to the shop to see what the items actually look like and hate paying for expensive delivery.
The Keepsake box is made from wood, and has 1 large main drawer and 4 smaller drawers. The drawers are deep enough to fill full of little treasures and jewellery. The drawers have flower shaped handles and are nicely painted in lilac's and pink's. The handles are easy for children to grip and open the drawers. The drawers slide out with ease and are really well made and finished. The box is mainly white but has gorgeous flower details painted on and butterflys . In pretty girly colours. The jewellery box has a shelf on top that my daughter sits her tinkerbell perfume bottle on top of.
As I have said its been very well made from good quality wood, it has been finished to a good standard as well. All the corners are rounded off and smooth lines, no chance of getting a splinter from the wood. I usually dust it with a damp cloth and it has not caused any damage to the wood or paint. My daughter has had it for over a year now and its been dropped a few times and no damage has been done.
My daughter absolutely loves her jewellery box, shes loves showing it and her jewellery off to friends and family. It is more grown up looking compared with other jewellery boxes I have seen aimed for her age group, It will last her a good few years still before I need to buy a more grown up version. I am very happy to recommend this to others and the early learning centre as well.
Last year, for her birthday, my daughter received a rather lovely silver ladybird necklace. This was her first piece of real jewellery, with anything else she had before having been child's plastic dress up stuff . We did realise though that, if she was to start having nicer jewellery, she really needed somewhere to keep it safe from damage or being lost - we certainly didn't want it shoved to the bottom of her toybox.
Whilst looking around in the Early Learning Centre, we came across the perfect solution - this lovely looking set of Keepsake Drawers, which cost £12 . There are four small and one large drawer in the set, and the main body of the drawers is white, with some lovely lilac and pink detailing of butterflies and flowers. Each drawer has a fairly large flower shaped handle, and at the top the sides and back are a little higher, giving a lovely little shelf to display knick knacks .
The unit is solidly constructed with forest friendly wood, and it seems really well constructed. It certainly wouldn't get damaged easily. The paint is beautifully applied, and even after months of use has shown no signs of chipping, fading, or discolouration . Make up has been spilt on it, but has been easy to clean off with a wet wipe, although I suspect if dark make up were left to sit there for a while it might stain . The drawers slide in and out easily, and the unit overall is a nice size, at around 9 inches tall by six or seven inches wide . My daughter keeps hers on her dressing table, but this would be a nice size for narrower ledges such as windowsills of on a bookshelf.
I really think the design is lovely , and more importantly my daughter does too - it's pretty and feminine without being overwhelmingly pink and girly, and I see no reason why this wouldn't last her a good long time, both because of it's sturdy construction , and because the design isn't too babyish.
This is the perfect place for my girl to keep her growing jewellery collection organised. I love it, and she loves it - 5 stars .
My daughter recently got her ears pierced and was forever losing the studs that people had bought for her at christmas. As she hasn't had them pierced long enough to change them I wanted somewhere she could keep them safe.
The keepsake drawers are perfect. They cost £12.00 from the Early Learning Centre and are just right for a little girl.
It is 5 drawers, 4 of them are small and one is large. The small drawers are half the size of the bigger one and there is a shelf at the top of the drawers for placing things on. There is not a lot of space in the drawers for many items and although my daughter has a lot of play jewellry she only keeps her best bits in this.
The sizes of the drawers are Depth 10 cm x Width 16 cm x Height 21 cm.
It is a lovely size and although the drawers aren't very deep, they are more than adequate for storing small items like earrings, hair clips and rings. The drawers easily slide in and out although the drawers will come out fully if you pull them out too far.
The design is beautiful. It is made of wood ( forest friendly like most ELC products) and is lovely and smooth. It has been painted a glossy white colour and there are butterflies and flowers adorning the drawers and shelf. There are pink flowers instead of handles. The flowers are a good size for gripping and they are fastened tightly on the drawers.
It is for children aged between 3 and 8 and my daughter loves it. It is very girly and she loves hiding all her trinkets inside. It is well made and the wood is a good quality.
I would recommend this keepsake box as it is a lovely gift for someone.
One of the more useful and practical gifts my four year old daughter received this Christmas was a set of Early Learning Centre "Keepsake Drawers". She is now at an age where she has a burgeoning collection of dress-up jewellery (such as beads, necklaces and the like) and her long hair has fostered an ever-proliferating number of hair bands, elastics, clips and other accessories. Having one place to put them all has certainly helped keep things organised and tidy.
WHAT IS IT?
The product is essentially a white mini chest of five drawers, decorated in a girly pink butterfly and flower motif. There is one large drawer at the top and four smaller ones, each with a pretty flower-shaped handle, which appear to be glued, rather than screwed, on. The sides and back of the chest extend above the top surface, giving an additional shelf area for little items. The unit is approximately nine inches tall, six and a half inches wide and four and a half inches deep and is made of solid, forest-friendly wood which is finished with thick white paint.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
Despite the fact that it is manufactured in China, the first thing that strikes you about the chest is its weight and obvious build quality - a by-product of using solid wood throughout the construction. Having generally lost faith with the durability and design of kids toys, I was pleasantly surprised to see a product from the Far East that was well built with decent materials - this unit could so easily have been made with laminate covered chipboard.
The joins - on the main unit and in the drawers themselves are practically seamless. Without testing it to destruction, it's hard to tell how they are put together, but I suspect they are glued together rather than "joined" in the carpentry sense of the term. There are no screws, bolts or other bits evident in the construction.
The overall finish is first class - there are no sharp edges - each of the drawer corners are rounded, as are the base and handles. Not only does this ensure the chest looks more "soft" and feminine, but it certainly helps from the safety perspective as well. The matte white paint is very hard-wearing and resistant to chipping and scratching and even the flower and butterfly decorations are cleanly and evenly applied with consistent colouring throughout.
The drawers themselves slot into the chest easily and smoothly, with enough give to ensure they can easily slide out, but not so much to make them too loose. However, they do not have any stoppers, so they come right out - as such, if the chest falls over, it will spill its contents. That said, given its weight and stability, it's not going to fall over unless encouraged to do so by mischief-minded little hands.
PRICE & AVAILABILITY
This product is exclusive to the Early Learning Centre and can only be bought in their high street shops or through their web-site at www.elc.co.uk. It is currently being sold for £12.00, which represents excellent value - however, their on-line store charges a flat £4.95 for delivery, so you may wish to combine this with other purchases to justify the extra cost.
When I first opened the box I was prepared to be disappointed, but despite my best efforts to find fault with the product, there is precious little wrong with it. If I were nitpicking, the only improvements I would make to the design would be to add discreet rubber feet to stop it slipping off of smooth surfaces, and perhaps a system to stop the drawers from coming out all the way - or at least without some effort.
That said, my daughter finds it helpful that the drawers come all the way out as she can take things in and out much more easily given the size of the drawers and unit, so what to me looks like a niggle is actually an upside for her.
This is a very well built and hard-wearing jewellery and accessories box. Also, in keeping with ELC's ethos, this unit - which is advertised as suitable from ages three to eight - also encourages imaginative play and organisational skills. Although we received ours as a gift, I would have had no hesitation buying this for my daughter at its excellent value for money price. Highly recommended for little ladies and princesses everywhere.
© Hishyeness 2010