Product Type: ELC Doll
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ELC Cherry Lane Cottage
Member Name: sassypat456
ELC Cherry Lane Cottage
Advantages: Chunky, well-made, non-noisy!
Disadvantages: Some fiddly bits
My daughter was around 14-months when she started getting really interested in items from the Happyland range, so around this time we decided to invest in this cute little doll's house to fire her imagination.
The Happyland collection at ELC is extensive and includes a whole range of houses, buildings, vehicles and people, as well as storage boxes and playmats so its entirely possible to build up to a whole Happyland village, with each item being great for role play and imagination building.
Being an early years toy, the Cherry Lane Cottage is chunky, bright and made from durable, tough plastic. It is great as it can withstand a lot of wear and tear, and although ours was an Ebay purchase previously used by two other children, it is in excellent condition which is testament to its quality.
The characters that accompany the house are also chunky and perfect for little hands to hold. The house comes complete with two little girls, a rabbit, a cat and a squirrel. The only one I was concerned about was the rabbit as it's the smallest, but my daughter never put it in her mouth or had any problem with any of the characters.
It is decorated on the outside with vines and a treehouse, and on the inside it has a number of finishing touches which make it realistic and much like the picture perfect country cottage image we can all imagine. As well as coming complete with room appropriate furniture, each room also has decoration on the walls, and the detailing is great. There is a lot of attention to detail which makes this house fasinating for young children.
The house opens up on a hinge to reveal a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and dining room, and the furniture includes beds, tables and chairs and a dressing table. The treehouse outside incorporates a balcony, and the little front door opens and closes.
While the characters fit nicely onto the furniture, they can be fiddly for children to position and my daughter often gets frustrated if she can't to it herself, but this is a minor problem, and probably not one which can be solved. The green treehouse top balances precariously on its trunk and always falls off. Again this is a minor annoyance which does not detract from the enjoyment this house brings.
My little girl is now two and plays with this house regularly. She would love a large, traditional dolls house, but this one is perfect to practice with first while she is still so young.
Priced at £30 this cute cottage is good value, and although it is girly in its design it is well played with by both boys and girls who visit our house, and children from one to seven have been fascinated with it. All in all it's a winning formula as it looks great, is sturdy and helps to develop hand eye co-ordination and good role-play skills.
Summary: A great junior dolls house.
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