“ Brand: ELC / Type: Childrens Role Play „
My niece has had a few of these over the years and I have also seen them in numerous classrooms and kids clubs as part of the dressing up box. Most young girls love to pretend they are a fairy or princess and of course in order to be a fairy they will need a wand! There are a lot of different fairy dress up outfits available but few of them have a wand or, if they do it is a flimsy one that will not last too long!
This offering from ELC seems to be very popular. It has been available for a long time (at least 10 years) and I dont think that there are ever any drastic changes to design. Currently you can pick the wand up for around £5 which does seem a bit pricey compared to some but do keep an eye out for the numerous 20% off events ELC hold as then you can pick it up for a magical £4!
I have only seen this available in pink and it does have a feminine pattern on the handle, however if this were plain and the wand was a different colour I think that a lot of boys would be more interested in the product too, especially after the phenomenon that is, of course, Harry Potter. I know wands for the Harry Potter range are made that are a bit more true to the books but a wand like this would be perfect for younger wizards!
The wand takes 2 AA batteries which I believe you need to provide yourself. To put these in is easy and they simply go into the handle. You are then ready to begin your magic.
The wand is a really good size and is around 12 inches long, however as it is quite chunky and made of solid plastic it is quite heavy so just beware if there is likely to be a terrible twos tantrum (or if in my nieces case any age 1-8) rearing its head!
The wand is musical and when waved it does provide a sort of sparkly magical tinkle which helps to emphasise the spell or wish that the child is casting. The batteries in this last for ages (as long as it is not used all day every day) and the noise isnt too irritating compared to some childrens toys!
The age range for this wand is recommended for those aged 3+.
This wand is a good addition to any little angels collection. It is one of the better quality wands that I have seen on the market and the addition of sound really makes it appealing to children and adds some excitement to play. If my new niece or nephew is a niece (or a boy who shows an interest in wands) then I am quite sure that either me or a member of my family will buy them one of these because they are excellent quality and we have seen them in use many times over the years and they are always enjoyed.
My niece and nephew were having a witches and wizards birthday party and they were all set with their outfits when, at the last moment, my 2 year old niece decided she absolutely had to go as a fairy instead......and being here fairy godmother, her wish was my command. Therefore, in an effort to get her new dress-up outfit I headed off to my trusty Early Learning Centre to pick up the goodies.
One of her props was a Magical Sparkle Wand from the ELC which I picked up from the ELC for £5.00. For one item of an outfit I did feel this was a little expensive, but I guess it was the most important tool for a would-be fairy! The Magic Sparkle Wand is a pretty pink colour and the overall design is really attractive and I can imagine would be very appealing to almost every little girl. It comprises of a long handle and then at one end is a 5-pointed star which is decorated with red jewels and inlaid with a silver mini-star.
However, what makes this wand so magical is the fact that it lights up and makes magical noises whenever the fairy pushes the magic button. The little silver star in the centre out the wand head will light up and flash - which makes wish-making even more exciting. The flashing doesn't last long and so I think this is why she never seems to get bored of pressing the button to see the star flash. However, on top of that, the wand also makes a sparkle magic sound that accompanies the flashing star - which luckily isn't too loud or too annoying! In order for this to work it obviously needs batteries, but the batteries do last for ages and so that's not a concern. The wand is also robust and stands up to being thrown about and being subjected to the types of stresses that little children like to inflict on their toys!
Overall, I think this is a cute little tool for any budding fairy.
All little princesses need a sparkly fairy wand to complete their look, so you can imagine my daughter's joy when she pulled out a pink sparkly wand from her Christmas stocking last year.
Now this isn't your standard wand that has a thin wand stick and 2d flat star on it's top. This wand stands out as a queen against competitors with it's pretty pastel shades of pink that decorate it's entire body and through to the top. Dots of glitter sparkle through the pink plastic until the star shaped centre can be seen at the top of the wand.
Inside the clear plastic star shaped area is a delight waiting to be seen when the magical button is pressed.
The whole wand measures around twenty centimetres in height and around 3 centimetres in diameter at the base. This appears to be a decent size for small children to grip and hold without it being too heavy. The weight also appears to be evenly spread through the whole toy so if you have a younger child using the wand, then they wont find it awkward to hold or use.
So onto the special parts of the toy, for children anyway. Adults may find this toy annoying after the first five minutes, but fear not there are batteries that will run out eventually, but sadly not an on / off switch that can be found by parents.
Once the small plastic switch is pressed in, the wand makes a lovely magical noise. It only lasts around a second in length which is relief when you have heard it over and over again, but my daughter loves it and it makes such a difference when you're playing at being a fairy godmother. The noise really does help make the spell come true apparently.
Along with the sparkle noise that really isn't offensive as you may be thinking, the middle star area will also light up and flash whilst the noise is exuding from the toy.
Since owning this wand for just over a year now, we have seen it go through some tough times with my daughter. She has managed to drop it, tread on it, hit me in the arm with it, collide with the wall using it and yet still it carries on making it's special noises and flashing happily away at whoever wants to look at it.
For just a fiver, this has been one of the best purchases Santa made I think. Despite it annoying qualities of noise and light, there are many worse toys around for parents to be unfortunate enough to receive, and whilst it takes odd size batteries at requiring two AG13's we haven't had the need to replace them yet, and to be honest when they do eventually wear out then my daughter will just have to play with a silent wand that doesn't flash any more.
This wand is an own brand from Early Learning Centre, but I'm sure there are many similar models around should you want something similar.
Wave the wand and hear magical sounds from this lovely Sparkle Wand.Not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts.Requires 2 x AG13 batteries / Age range: From 3 years. weight: 0.082 kg depth: 15 cm width: 38 cm height: 4 cm