Product Type: ELC Outdoor Toy
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Member Name: cornishchic
Advantages: Good quality
We are extremely lucky to live in Cornwall, we are close to the south coast but not that far away from the north coast either. With the recent nice weather we've spent a lot of time at various different beaches. The boot of my car is quickly becoming a dumping ground for various beach related items, mainly sand toys. One of the spades we have is from Early Learning Centre.
The ELC spade is, of course, available to purchase from ELC either in store or online and can sometimes be found on sale from Mothercare and Amazon too. It has a full price of £3 but I picked ours up for half price.
As far as the design of the spade goes, it is pretty much the same as every other spade available to purchase. It has a handle at one end and the actual spade at the other. The handle is a nice length, between each end it's around 30 centimetres long. It's the perfect size for my three and a half year old to use. There was only one colour available to purchase, red. The quality of this spade is as you would imagine being an Early Learning Centre product. It is made from plastic but it isn't flimsy like a lot of other spades, it can be put through its paces without showing any signs of giving way and snapping. I've used this on wet sand and again, it withstands to pressure without bending.
All of our beach type toys get put through their paces with both my three and a half year old and my boyfriend's five year old daughter. By the end of the day everything is covered in sand but the sand washes off quickly after a quick rub over in the sand then it is left as good as new again.
Early Learning Centre state that this spade is recommended for children over the age of two years but I see no reasons why younger children can't use this, it may be a little tricky for younger ones to use due to the size but I don't see any hazards that it could pose.
The full price is quite expensive for an average spade but the quality of the plastic used means it represents good value for money and for that reason I would definitely recommend it.
Summary: A good basic spade
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