“ Manufacturer: ELC / Type: Doll House „
After scrutinising the Early Learning Centre Christmas catalogue, my daughters sent Father Christmas a rather specific letter about what they would like for Christmas. One of the things that had definitely caught their eyes was the Woodland Wonders Acorn School which was priced at £30. This is one of a number of themed Woodland Wonder toys (which includes a number of cute woodland creatures) so there is the potential to build up a collection if your children really take to them.
The school is made out of sturdy plastic and is made to look that it is formed out of a tree. The front swings open to reveal three levels of school rooms and school related equipment such as an old fashioned blackboard, desks and counting equipment. It mainly comes as one piece but there are a few extra bits such as a slide, swing and some branches that all clip on pretty easily. Also arriving with the school is Mrs Squirrel, the school teacher, and four little pupil figures. These are all quite small so your children need to be careful not to lose them.
Everything comes in its box but it is one of those where you do need to fight in order to get the pieces out of the packaging. Therefore you should be prepared to be patient and also to find a strong pair of scissors! There is a school bell that will ring and if you apply pressure at certain points you will hear children's laughter. For these to work though you will need batteries though and this fact is definitely not mentioned in the product information on the website. I do seem to remember that it was mentioned in the catalogue though as I had made sure that we had some.
The school does seem very well designed with some nice attention to detail. Also the little figures are very cute and appealing. They are really quite small though, as are some of the schoolroom items, which makes me think that this toy is really not suitable for very young children. ELC suggest that it is suitable for children for three years and over and I would think that this is about right. Certainly my four and six year olds love it and they seem to get hours of imaginative play from it. Also, my youngest daughter has just started school and I notice her using the school to act out many of the things that happen in her own classroom. I think that this helps her to make sense of the new school experience!
On the whole I am really pleased that we bought the acorn school particularly as it really seems to hold my daughters' interests. I love listening to them acting out their schoolroom scenarios as they play together with it.
I can't decide if I think it is worth £30 or not. I was lucky enough to have a 20% off everything voucher and I also went through a cashback site so these two things combined brought it down to a much more manageable price. We bought the Acorn School bus to go with the school and the two items really combine well for children to play schools.
Overall I really recommend the school and I know that my two daughters agree with me!