“ Manufacturer: ELC / Type: Doll Accessories „
I really wanted to get my daughter the ELC Rosebud House but it was deemed too big and too expensive so I decided to just get her some of the dolls and then the furniture sets instead that could be stored in a box as needed. She later got a much smaller dolls house so is now able to play with her dolls in her house. I saw this set on sale second-hand for £1 and couldn't resist buying it for my daughter. She got his set when she was 26 months.
---About the range:
The Early Learning Centre Rosebud House Pet Set is part of the Rosebud range available from ELC. All of the range are in the main colours of pink and white making them more suitab le for girls. The range includes the actual Rosebud dolls house, furniture sets for different rooms, dolls families, pet sets and smaller dolls sets.
---About the set:
The set I have is slightly older than the one pictured but contians mainly the same things. It contains a cat with a small basket, a dog with a kennel and a rabbit with a hutch with a door that can be opened. There are also two bowls, one of which is a double bowl for the rabbit. My set does not have the bone I see in the picture. Everything in the newest set matches the other furniture sets and the Rosebud doll's house which can also be purchased. It is all made of wood except the animal ears which feel like felt and their string legs/tails.
My daughter has really enjoyed her dolls house and recognises the items for it so was excited when she got this one. I gave them to her when we were out one day so she played with them without the rest of the house and loved them. She looked up at me and asked 'For Me?' and when I told her they were her smile was massive and a big 'Thank you Mummy!'. She started playing with them immediately and recognised the animals straight away. She had great fun putting the animals into the houses for each of them and pretending to feed them using the bowls. In fact she did put some drink in one of them so it wasn't just pretend...
When we got home, she played with these with her existing toys and had lots of fun adding different animals to the houses and also putting the animals onto chairs and beds etc within the house. She has played with this set so many times in the last month and seems to enjoy them a lot. The fact she can put animals in the houses has given a lot more fun than just having the animals themselves.
I really love this range of toys and if I had the money and the space I would probably buy an awful lot of it. Some of them seem quite poor value for money but at £8 I would probably rate this as a very good set to buy and can be played with independently of any other sets or the dolls house. It fits nicely into our much smaller house and has a lot of items to encourage imaginative play. There is a lot of play to be had with this toy and my daughter has definitely enjoyed playing with it. She has been able to use this with other little animal toys she has and has used the animals in other areas of the house too. My daughter has been able to develop her imagination and storytelling with this set and having seen these animals in real life, she knows what they can do in her stories. It is good that they have used common pets even though we don't avtually own any of these!
As with the whole range, this is a very girly set with the colours and my daughter really enjoys playing with it. I would definitely recommend this set as I think it has a good value for money as you get a lot of items in the set. It costs £8 for this set and as you get 3 separate animals and houses for them you can get a lot of play. This set is fine for my 2 year old daughter, even though the age range is for 3+ as none of the pieces are that small and I'm happy to let my daughter play with it. I think this set will give her a lot of joy for many years.
We picked up our daughter a dolls house in the asda sale when they had them reduced down to £30 and thought we'd grabbed outselves a bargain til we realised there was no furniture with it and the matching set is a bit useless with no colours and only the bare minimum. I then went on a hunt to find some pretty things to match that my daughter would appreciate a bit more and came across the Rosebud range in ELC (supposed to go with the Rosebud Dolls House but at £100 it's a bit steep!) We have quite a few of the sets but I think the pet one has to be the one my daughter has enjoyed the most.
~~ What's in the box ~~
The pet set consists of three pets - cat, dog, rabbit (though my daughter changes this to a hamster, guinea pig or gerbil depending on her mood!) It also comes with a rabbit hutch, cat basket, cat bowl, dog bone, dog bowl, kennel and even a dog lead for walking the little dog!
Each of the animals is made from a light wood and has ears made from felt with the rabbit having a wooden tail and the cat and dog having rope tails to make it a bit more realistic. The dog also have legs made from rope with wooden stumps as feet. They have faces marked on in a darker wood.
The cat basket is made from material but all of the other accessories are made from wood and are decorated in a little girls favourite white and pink.
~~ We love it! ~~
My daughter is now 3 and continues to play with this little set every day in her cheap old dolls house. It's strong, durable and a very cute little toy for any little girl. This toy really sets off her imagination and I overheard her telling her pets she was sorry she was late for taking them for a walk but she needed to have her food first! She's asked us for pet food for them too and our hands seem to be full of imaginative food and they're certainly well fed little animals.
We don't always use this with the dolls house either as she likes to take it to her table where she can play with them in the open so I'd still recommend this to someone that doesn't have one. We don't use the one that should come with the set but it doesn't mean she enjoys it any less.
This set was priced at £8 and it's been one of the best £8 I've ever spent. It may be more expensive than our cheapo £12 set for an entire dolls house worth in asda but it's certainly made better, looks cuter and has been played with more.
The Rosebud Pet Set can be found in the Early Learning Centre and Mothercare and is made to go with the ELC Rosebud Dolls House.
The Rosebud Pet Set consists of a dog, cat, rabbit, dog bone, dog leash, dog house, cat bowl, cat bed, rabbit bowl and rabbit hutch.
The dog is made from a light wood, has brown felt-like ears and a wooden stump tail. He has rope-like legs with wooden stumps on the end for feet. He can easily be stood up and his legs are slightly bendable. The dog is the biggest pet in the set and is around 3 inches long and 4 inches tall. The cat is also made from a light wood and has brown felt-like ears but unlike the dog has a brown string-like tail and no legs (to appear as though it's sitting down). The cat is about 2 inches long and 2 inches tall. The rabbit is made from light wood, has a wooden stump tail, no legs (to also appear as though it's sitting down) and has brown felt-like ears similar to the cat and dog but longer. The rabbit is the smallest in the set and is around 1.5 inches long and 1 inch tall.
The dog house looks very cute and is big enough to sit the dog inside. It is white, with a pink roof and is about 5 inches tall. The dog leash is quite basic and doesn't look much more than a small piece of brown string. The leash is generally quite easy to fasten and unfasten around the dogs neck. The dog bone is also very basic - small (about 2cm long), wooden and bone shaped. The cat bowl is blue and around 3cm in diameter. The cat bed is made of blue fabric and is patterned on the outside. The cat fits snuggly inside the bed. The rabbit bowl is pink and has 2 holes in it to appear as a food and water bowl. The rabbit hutch has white bars (which means you can see the rabbit inside) and a pink door.
The Rosebud Pet Set is really cute and beautifully made. It is good quality and all of the bits appear to be quite sturdy and durable. The colours all match (light wood, white, pink and baby blue) and also match the ELC Rosebud House and other sets from the Rosebud House.
I particularly like the little details such as the dog bone and the pets ears. It seems like a lot of thought went into making this little set.
The majority of the set is made from a smooth wood and seems very safe. However the recommended age is over 3 years, I assume this is because of the small parts - there are lots of small parts (if you have babies in the house, I would keep this set out of reach). This also means that you might lose a couple of bits if you're not careful!
The set can be used on any level in the Rosebud house and can be moved around accordingly. My daughter tends to use hers outside of the Rosebud House (in the 'garden') or on the first floor. There is also a small dog house and bowl attached to the side of the Rosebud House which comes in handy when using the Pet Set. The set can be set up in lots of different ways, there isn't a particular way that it should look.
I would say that the Rosebud Pet Set is a great addition to the Rosebud Dolls House but would also suit many other dolls houses too. Infact I think many children would like this set regardless of if they had a dolls house or not!
My daughter has had hours of fun playing with her set - putting her pets to bed, taking them for walks and feeding them etc. It really encourages imaginative play and can even help to build social skills.
It comes in a nicely decorated cardboard box with a full list and photo of contents.
The set costs £8.00, which in my opinion is good value for money.
I recommend this cute little set to all.