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Sparkle like a princess
ELC Magical Sparkle Wand
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ELC Magical Sparkle Wand
Advantages: cheap, not too noisy
Disadvantages: batteries last for ages
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.
Summary: a nice addition to the dressing up box.
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