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A royal treat!
ELC HappyLand Fairy Castle
Member Name: karalouk
ELC HappyLand Fairy Castle
Advantages: Looks lovely, Good size, Closes up, Sturdy, Has handle, Includes good figures and furniture
Disadvantages: Doors fall off easily, Not very spacious interior floors, Can be awkward to close
My daughter received the HappyLand Palace Castle for Christmas last year. We were a little worried that she wouldn't be very interested in the set and it may be a bit 'babyish' for her - the age recommendation was 18 months to 4 years, and she was 4 years old at the time. However we had nothing to worry about as she loved it and still plays with it regularly almost a year on! Don't pay too much attention to the age recommendation, I think children up to around 6 years of age would enjoy it.
The Happyland Palace Castle is from The Early Learning Centre and costs £30.00. It comes packaged in a large sized attractive cardboard box. My daughter was thrilled when she tore the wrapping paper off! The set includes a castle, 4 plastic figures (king, queen, princess and jester), a bed and 2 thrones.
The castle is quite a large size and looks lovely - all different shades of pink, with pink window displays and doors. It has a pointy roof with golden balls on top and even a balcony. There are plants either side of the front door and flowers running up the castle. It looks and feels like good quality too - very solid. Although the castle is quite big, it's also quite lightweight, although slightly awkward for little ones to hold and move around. Thankfully the castle has a plastic handle on the top - this is a great feature as my daughter is always carrying it around with her.
You can keep the castle closed when not in use and open it up to play with. My daughter can do this independently. There is enough room for 2 children to happily play with the castle. You can play at either side of the castle (the inside or outside), although I would say that the most fun side is the inside of the castle. There are 2 levels inside the castle. The floors are purple and pink and there is a little staircase. The only downside of the interior is that the floors are quite small and there isn't much room for playing. You can squeeze the figures and furniture in, but there isn't much space for them to move about. Although I have to admit, this doesn't really bother my daughter at all - she usually just makes up her own fun and is happy to use the empty space in front of the castle (the floor or table) if she needs more room.
The figures are all cute looking. You can tell who each figure is supposed to be. They're all very chunky (so safe) and are good for little ones to get their hands around. They seem quite robust too. The bed and thrones seem like good quality too. My daughter enjoys putting the king and queen in their thrones, putting the princess to bed and being silly with the jester! She quite often gets her other toys to join in too. There are other Happyland figures available (people and animals), although my daughter seems to enjoy using the toys she already has.
There are a couple of things which I'm not too keen on. The first thing is that the 2 doors are quite flimsy and fall off quite often. The second thing is that it can be awkward to close the castle with the figures and furniture inside.
The educational aspects of this set are that it's very good for imaginative play and it's also good for social play (playing with others).
Overall the ELC Happyland Palace Castle isn't perfect but I'm certain it would please any little girl.
Summary: A nice little castle set from the Early Learning Centre.
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