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When Lauren was younger and my other half used to cut the grass, she used to try and copy with her toy Dyson, so we decided to but her a pretend one. Initially, I brought a Sizzlin Cool one which I found to be a complete waste of money so I brought this one from ELC. The RRP is £14, it is available on line and in store and also Amazon now sell ELC products and give free p&p which I find quite good if you aren't buying a lot of things. It is available on line and in store, I have also spotted this is available at Amazon for the same price. The lawnmower is available in two different colours, either blue or pink. I choose the pink one. The handle and base is a nice paste pink and the wheels, motor and grass box is a deeper shade of pink. There is a pretend grass box on the rear and it has little green pieces in which blow around to give the effect of grass cuttings, the grass box can also be removed so that Lauren can also pretend to empty the cuttings into the dustbin. ELC say the lawnmower is not suitable for under 36 months due to small parts however we had ours from Lauren being around 30 months and didn't experience any problems, although we did always supervise play. As with most products from ELC, it feels quite well made and sturdy and I am not worried about Lauren 'leaning' too hard on the handle and causing it to snap. Having said this, it is still quite lightweight and Lauren was able to manoeuvre easily around the garden and lift is slightly when she wanted to turn around. The only downside is that the lawnmower doesn't make any noise (but in a way, I am grateful for that, as we have enough noisy toys!). Ours is 2 years old now and apart from wear and tear on the wheels, it is still in excellent condition. I would recommend this product, it has provided hours of fun in the garden. Review may also be on other sites under the same username.
Recently The Early Learning Centre was running a three for two promotion on outdoor garden toys so we managed to get quite a few things for summer for my little girl and boy. One of the items we got her was this lawn mower. My little girl has a fascination about pushing things around, she loved her walkers when she was younger and now she has a little pushchair that she loves pushing her dollies around in but we thought this would be great for in the garden and also she can copy Daddy with his lawn mower too which is also one of her favourite things to do at the moment too. In fact this mower looks a lot like the petrol mower that we have for our garden. It has the lower, big flat base and the handle all the way across that comes up from the base of the lawn mower. You can get this toy in either punk or blue and stereotypically we got the pink version for my little girl although they are both the same, just a different colour. This lawn mover is light pink on the main body and the handle and then the motor unit and the wheels are a darker shade of pink. What I really like about this lawn mower is that it is has grass in it which actually whirrs around when you push the mower. It's not real grass, it's fake grass obviously but it is a really nice touch and design feature and it makes my little girl laugh when she sees it whizzing around and she thinks she is actually cutting the grass just like Daddy which is really cute. The mower is made of quite a light weight plastic so it's easy for my little girl to push and she also finds it quite easy to lift it up too and move it if it gets stuck on something. The handle on this lawn mower actually moves and you can put it down so it makes it a bit easier to store and put away when it's not in use. We keep ours in the garage just like our proper mower and get it out when we go in the garden. The mower costs £14 on its own but less if you can purchase it as part of a deal and is a fun garden toy I recommend.
My son, who is two years old, has an ELC lawn mower which he's had now for about 3 months. It was something he picked out himself when we were in the ELC store in Cheltenham - and I do generally think he is the best judge about what he is going to play with! I remember having something similar when I was little and loved playing with it......I'm not sure why it is that I really hate mowing the lawn now! ELC do recommend that this lawn mower is for children between 3 - 8 years but from my experience with my children, I do think that this is probably off by quite a few years for the average child. I would personally put this toy as suitable for children between 18 months and 5 years - and certainly after 5 years I don't think that many children would be opting to play with this for very long. I bought the lawn mower for £12.99 at the ELC store in Cheltenham - which, like most ELC products, seems like a good price. The lawn mower comes in two colours - namely pink and blue (typical stereotypes for a girl and a boy!) and typically, my son choose the blue one. It's made almost entirely of plastic and there are a few bits that need to be clipped together when you get it in the box, but for the main part it is all put together. This was a relief because I'm tired of having to spend hours putting toys together....I am not terribly practical! Once it is all put together, the lawn mower feels sturdy and not at all flimsy, but it is still light and easy enough for a toddler to move. I like the fact that the lawn mower can be folded (as in the handle can be folded down) so that it makes it storing it easy. The lawn mower is principally blue. It has a two-tone blue body, with a lime green handle and four black wheels, and a grass clippings container at the back of the main body. The idea is that they push it around the lawn mower around the lawn and then "grass container" at the back of the lawn mower spins and you can see the grass clippings (which are of course fake!) around. It looks like an old style lawn mower. There is a switch on the handle for my son to turn the lawn mower on and off - and also the grass container can be removed so that he can pretend empty it. He feels the need to pretend empty the container every few minutes and as he isn't able to get this back on by himself, this can get a little tiresome! However, he's happy pushing this around and will play with it for about 30 minutes at a time - which for a 2 year old is pretty good going! This toy is totally non-electrical and so it is really great to not to have to keep on top of batteries etc. but having said that, I think he would like it even more if the lawn mower made some lawn mower type noises! As this toy is made almost entirely of plastic, it can be kept in the garden for the most part - although as it can be folded down it doesn't take up that much room if you want to store it in the garage or in the house. It can also be rinsed off with the hose when needed. Overall, I really recommend this lawn mower toy. My son really gets a lot of fun out of it.
We went into Early Learning Centre to buy my daughter an outside toy and were told they were on a 3 for 2 offer. My husband decided we could buy her 2 more toys so we chose to buy her this lawnmower as one of the other toys. Everytime we went into ELC, she has tried to play with it so we thought it would be good for her to have one of her own. She was 20 months when we bought this for her. ---About the product: The Early Learning centre Lawnmower is a plastic representation of an actual lawnmower. It comes in either blue with a green handle or pink with more pink and my daughter in a very girly moment decided she wanted the pink one (maybe it's just easier to say...). Both of them have a plastic handle in matching colours which can be folded down or clicked back into position so it can be pushed around easily. The mower itself has a raised section which represents the motor; this is in a slightly darker pink than the rest of the mower. The 4 wheels are also in this darker colour. At the back of the mower is a see through plastic box to represent the grass ollection box on real lawnmowers. Inside this are lots of little green beads to represent the grass and as it is pushed along, the 'grass' flies around and makes noise inside the box. ---Our experiences: My daughter kept playing with this product every time we went into the shop but when we played with it there, the handle was always folded down and at the time we didn't realise that it could be clicked into place. Therefore we thought there was something a bit strange about it as she had to push it in a weird way for it to move. Once we realised you could click it into place, it made pushing the mower a whole lot easier for her! I find it quite hard to click into place, but at least that means it is hard to undo as well and is not going to fold up while she is playing with it. She really loves pushing this around and as soon as we'd bought it she was pushing it out of the shop. It is supposed to be for children aged 3 and over but my daughter has no problem pushing it around at nearly 2. She is fascinated by the pretend grass flying around in the back of it and tries to watch it whilst pushing which can be quite entertaining! It does need to be moving quite a bit before the grass flies around, so she needs to get a good go with it. It runs best on a solid surface (paving or indoors) but will run okay on short grass as well. The good thing about this product is that my daughter can copy us in the garden which she loves to do. She always wants to be like her parents or help us in the garden so when Daddy is mowing the lawn, she can feel like she is helping him. It's also been good to get her used to the mower as she's not been very good with things that make loud noises (we had the same problem with the vacuum...) so by letting her use this, she can get used to the idea of the lawnmower. ---And finally: At £14 for a piece of plastic, I do find this quite expensive. i have seen other cheaper brands available and I think I would have looked at these more closely if I was buying one again. Because of the 3 for 2 offer, it did make it worthwhile for us, but I would recommend looking at others as well. It seems to be quite sturdy and has taken the abuse of an exuberent toddler well for the last month. The product says for 3 years and over, but I think it is fine for a confident walker from 18months or 2 years. The only issue is if they are tall enough to push it properly. Overall, another fun product from the ELC which I'm sure will provide hours of fun to come.
My boys love playing in the garden, weather permitting, so we have acquired a number of outdoor toys over the years including this fun plastic lawnmower from the Early Learning Centre. This was originally purchased for my oldest son when he was around two years old and has survived long enough to be passed down to his younger brother. Our little lawnmower is a good child-sized replica of a real lawnmower and both of my boys have enjoyed mimicking their Dad as he mows the lawn. Ours is the original green colour which I feel is a logical colour for a toy lawnmower as well as being a suitably unisex design. For some reason, however, over recent years the Early Learning Centre has seen fit to produce the majority of its range in gender specific designs and now this mower comes in either pink or blue. I really don't understand the reasoning behind this trend at all! Designed as a push along toy, the main attraction for little ones is the pretend 'grass box' which contains a bundle of green plastic pellets, designed to represent the cut grass. As the mower is pushed along, there is a clever mechanism which causes the pellets to get blown about inside the box. The clicking noise this produces as well as the appearance is a pretty good likeness and certainly effective enough to convince my boys that they were also doing their bit to help with the gardening. The boys also enjoyed pretending to 'empty' the grass box although, for obvious safety reasons, nothing actually comes out as the box is securely sealed. The design is pretty simple but effective with no extra gimmicks or unnecessary additions, making this is a simple and fun child's toy. For added realism, the mower just has a switch at the side which can be moved up and down. As you'd expect, no batteries are needed making this a fully practical design as a toy that can be left outside in all weathers. This toy is relatively inexpensive at just £14 and is suitably robust for the purposes it is designed for, as an aid to imaginative outdoor role play. The ELC recommend this for children aged three years and over but I feel that this is overly cautious and likely to limit the period of use for this toy. Both of my boys started to play with their mower when they were around two years old. At this age, they were both confident walkers and were able to manoeuvre the mower around easily. The handle is at an appropriate height for a child of around two-four years old and is sturdy enough to offer some resistance against falling. I wouldn't recommend trying to use this for a newly walking toddler, however, as it is more lightweight than a proper baby walker and is likely to run away with them - particularly if your lawn is sloped or uneven as ours is. This is a fun toy for little ones initially but I did find that the novelty value of 'mowing' the lawn wears off fairly quickly and the boys soon grew out of playing with this toy and following their Dad around by the age of around three. My sons are ever resourceful, however, and have misappropriated this toy to turn it into a form of ride on toy - with one boy sitting on the base, perched on the pretend motor and the other pushing it- to create some kind of rather unsteady go-kart. Durable and robust as all ELC toys are, I can confirm that if used in this manner, this little mower will indeed...crack and break! Our mower is now certainly worse for wear and definitely won't be in a fit condition to be passed down to my youngest son! If used purely for its intended purpose and not abused, this should last at least two or more children, particularly if its lifespan is limited as children lose interest in its rather simple design. At £14, it's still an inexpensive purchase that will delight toddlers who long to help their parents in the garden.
My mum got my daughter a gift voucher for the early learning centre for her 3rd birthday last summer. My said she struggled to buy her a gift as she has so many toys already. I am a big fan of the early learning centre as their toys are such good quality and reasonable y priced. I took my daughter to the shop to see what took her fancy, she picked the lawnmower as it was pink. She was pushing it up and down the shop and I knew it was a good choice as it was summer and she could play out in the garden with it. It cost £14 in the shop and is still available on-line for the same price at present. Visit www.elc.co.uk if you are interested in buying it. Postage will be £4.95 and they are also doing a 3 for 2 offer on outdoor toy just now. It comes in two colours, blue/green or pink/light pink. My daughter picked the pink one of course, Its mainly light pink all over with dark pink wheels and on off switch. It has a clear plastic grass collecting box on it, it also swirls around pretend grass when the lawnmower is being pushed along. The lawnmower makes a chopping noise when being pushed along. The recommended age limit is 3 years and over but I feel a two year old would manage it just as well as a 3 year old. Its made of strong robust plastic, it will last years and I can pass it on to friends children when my daughter is out grown it. I store it in my garden shed over winter as the plastic material from what its made from tends to discolour and fade in harsh weather. Like our shoot did this winter! I got it out the shed this week and washed it down with soapy water to freshen it up again and my daughter has already pretended to cut the grass for me. My daughter loves her lawnmower and has played with it non stop last summer and I suspect she will have just as much fun with it this summer. It is well made and built to last even if you have kids that play rough with their toys. My daughter pushed it up and down the garden believing she was cutting the grass and helping mummy. She really had a lot of fun with this toy and kept her active and out door enjoying the fresh air as she played. It was a perfect height for her and still is, I have nothing bad to say about the lawnmower it is perfect for kids and encourages them to use their imagination.
This was a toy we bought our son last year I had taken him into our local Mothercare that has an Early Learning Centre section to buy a present for my niece's birthday and he had so loved pushing this around in store that I gave in and bought him it in a moment of mummy weakness. He was 2 and a half at the time and this product is for children over 3 years but I personally couldn't see a problem with it being used if it was supervised. What is it? ********* This is a plastic lawnmower toy ours is the blue version but it is also available in pink. The toy we have has a dark blue plastic main body with a lighter blue plastic bit that is moulded to look like an engine. The wheels are in black plastic and the handle to push this is in green. On the handle section there is a black lever that goes up and down for the child to press to pretend to turn the lawn mower on and off. To the rear of the lawn mower there is a clear plastic and black box that fits into the rear of the lawn mower to be a grass clippings box. Contained in the box are a lot of green bits of plastic designed to look like grass clippings there is a small wheel mechanism that means these are tumbled in the sir in the box as the lawn mower is pushed to show the green plastic bits in the air as if they are bits of grass. Our experience *************** My son loved this in store and seemed to really enjoy pushing it around and watching the play grass float around in the box so I was hopeful we would be onto a winner and I have to say overall we have. The lawn mower has been used by my son both indoors to mow the carpet and outside on the grass in the garden and he seems to have had as much pleasure from both. The box with the play grass is easy to take out and he has been able to pretend to empty the box since he was 2 and a half but he still struggles at times to get the box into the rear of the lawn mower correctly and though it sits in place it often needs a small tweak from myself to get the cog wheels lined up correctly for the grass to spin around. The other small criticism I have of the box is that it isn't a tightly sealed box and whilst we haven't had any grass escape, the times this has been left out over night condensation and water on occasions has often built up inside. This does dry out easily but until it does the plastic bits of grass just stick together rather than going around. The pretend on off button though being pressed and moved is still not really used as a correct on and off switch in his imaginative play as yet despite him being over 3 years old now. That said he loves switching it up and down. The handle for pushing the lawn mower locks easily into place and stays there for all the time he pushes it around the garden it can be unlocked by pushing it in the opposite direction and then it does fold easily down on top of the body of the lawn mower making it easier to store. There are two bits of stickers on this toy and even when they have been subject to the elements of rain they have remained in place without coming off or curling at the edges. The sun however has faded the plastic of the lawn mower in the summer and this year it doesn't look as bright and cheerful as it did last year. This toy is great for imaginative play and my son thinks it is a great toy he was often playing with it last summer and autumn and he has restarted playing with it again this spring now we are out in the garden. He uses when my husband or I are cutting the lawn to mow alongside us or if we are doing other jobs in the garden and he gets bored with helping he will often go and cut the grass with this toy for us. He has used it occasionally in the house last year and he would pretend it was a vacuum cleaner then and change the noises he would make to a more vacuuming noise rather than a low brum noise for the lawn mower. This toy has no bright lights or noises at all and the whole of the action of these toy movements of the grass are done by push power and wheels. This means there is no fiddly changing of batteries or replacement cost either. The lack of noises or lights on this toy has not dimmed his enthusiasm for the toy and I think it actually is better with out them as this leaves him the opportunity to be creative with his voice if he wants it to make some noise like our lawn mower. Overall and recommendation ************************** This is a great toy for the garden and for imaginative play and it has certainly caught my son's imagination. Though designed for children over 3, younger children will still get some enjoyment from it. The grass box is a bit tricky to line up for the under 3's and the over threes however and often needs an adult to line the cogs to make the grass turn. The plastic does fade in the sun and the box does taken on water if left out overnight or in the rain. However despite these faults I am still going to give it 4 stars as my son just enjoys cutting our lawn with it and it has provided hours of amusement for its price. It costs £14 from the ELC website or store but can often be bought for less with discounts as we did.