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A Tidy Product for Tiny Tots
ELC Cleaning Set
Member Name: Praskipark
ELC Cleaning Set
Date: 05/11/11, updated on 05/11/11 (55 review reads)
Advantages: Colourful, easy to use, keeps child occupied while Mum is cleaning
Disadvantages: Mop is too lightweight, dustpan could be stronger
My granddaughter lives in a flat on the fourth floor - there isn't a lot of room so everything has to be kept tidy and in its place. Since a very early age she has enjoyed cleaning and I remember as soon as she was able to walk confidently she enjoyed picking up her Mum's big sweeping brush, swinging it around and sweeping the floor in her own fashion. Sometimes I had a vision of the brush handle going through the TV or her Dad's Mac falling off the desk on to the floor. These images bothered me so I stepped in and bought her a cleaning set so she could use her own brush and hopefully nothing would get damaged..
The cleaning set cost £10 from Early Learning Centre, packaged in a strong plastic bag and consists of 4 parts; large broom, mop, dustpan and brush. I think the colours of the cleaning set can differ slightly. My granddaughter's mop and broom are the same colour as the ones above in the picture but the small brush is red and the dustpan is yellow.
Why the age group is meant to be for 3 + years, I am not quite sure. I think a child of 18 months+ can easily play happily with this toy set. My granddaughter was only 18 months old when I purchased this set for her. The thing you have to take into consideration here is the height of the child you are buying the set for. My granddaughter is very tall for her age and when I took the broom and mop out of the packaging I was concerned that they would be too small for her and she would be bending over all the time and in the end go back to using her Mum's brush. Fortunately, this hasn't been the case and has used the set often and still uses it 12 months on.
Let's take a look at each part starting with the mop - the handle is made from strong plastic with a little curly bit at the top like a real mop. The mop head is made in the same design as a Vileda super twist string mop except the head isn't detachable. I'm not convinced you can mop any part of a floor with this mop head as it is far too flimsy and flies away all over the place. Also, what is the point of a mop without a bucket? It would have been a good idea to incorporate a small bucket in the set. I am marking the mop down because it is too light and my granddaugter doesn't really use it because of this.
This is a sturdy little brush, colourful and easy for a child aged 18 months and upwards to use. The handle is smooth with no sharp pieces of plastic sticking out and easy to grip. The bristles are two tone; black and white and made from strong nylon. This brush does the job. Not only does my granddaughter use this brush regularly when she copies Mum, I use it to sweep crumbs off the sofa. Full marks for the brush.
Bright yellow in colour, quite lightweight, easy to hold and use. This is very much like a household dustpan and I have used this several times to sweep crumbs off the floor into. If I have any complaints about this little toy it is a bit light and would be better if the plastic material was stronger. There are already signs of the plastic cracking so it isn't very durable.
Durable, good size for a child to hold and sweeps well. Out of the four items in the cleaning set I would say this is the one my granddaugter uses the most. The brush head is the same design as the broom with black and white nylon bristles and the handle of the brush curves around the brush head and is made from a strong but smooth plastic.
This was a good purchase from Early Learning Centre although I think the price of £10 is a little high for what the cleaning set comprises and would have been nice if a bucket had been included and perhaps a container to keep all four parts together as the mop and dustpan tend to go missing. On the other hand my granddaughter has played with the set nearly every day for a year and it has made her happy and realise that crumbs etc have to be swept away and surfaces kept clean. As soon as she sees her Mum cleaning off she goes to find her brush and dustpan. It's really cute how she stands her broom up behind the door next to her mum's broom. Most children like to copy their parents and in this case the set is good for role-play and pretending to clean the house and do what Mum or Dad does. My only worry is that at the age of 2 and a half years my granddaughter is a bit fanatical about cleaning and I'm not sure this is a good thing.
The cleaning set can be purchased from an Early Learning Centre shop or on-line athttp://www.elc.co.uk/on/demandware.store/Sites-E LCENGB-Site/default/Home-Show.
Product number is 128807
Summary: Good toy set for pretend play