“ Brand: ELC / Type: Childrens Role Play „
Ironing is not my favourite task but my little girl loves to watch me iron my husbands work shirts, so much so that she always wanted to help me but of course I didn't really want her getting near the iron as I felt it was quite dangerous for her to be near wires and hot irons etc. I swore I would never buy my daughter an ironing board as I didn't want her to get a toy that was stereotypically a woman's job but hey we gave in and bought her one so she could iron with me and guess what, she absolutely loves it. She "helps mummy" with the ironing all the time and has no idea that Daddy thinks its really sweet that she does the same job as her stay at home mummy!!
This ironing set is from The Early Learning Centre and is very well made. Its a wooden ironing board so it is quite sturdy and very well made. I love wooden toys as I think they look much nicer than most cheap and nasty plastic toys. This will last a long time, much longer than the time she will probably play with it but that neither here nor there. The iron is a fold up and away iron so it actually goes up and down like a regular iron. I always put this up myself and secure it as little fingers could quite easily get caught if they try to put it up themselves but once its up its very sturdy and will stay in that position. The ironing board is just at my little girls level too so she can stand at it and its the perfect height at which she can play with.
The iron is very cute looking in my opinion. It has a little section at the side where you can place the iron when its not in use and then it has a pink gingham cloth just like a regular iron too. This is cute and makes it quite girly in my opinion. The set also comes with a wooden iron which is in the shape of irons of old. It sort of reminds me of one of those heavy cast iron irons that they had in olden days that you used to warm up in a fire and then use the heat from them to press clothes with. Its very cute looking but not like an iron we use nowadays so I find that a bit of a disadvantage with this toy although we have a plastic one that makes steam noises and the like that my little girl likes to play with too so she sometimes uses this to iron with.
The Early Learning Centre say this iron is for kids 36 months and onwards but I am happy to let my 2 and a half year old play with it and feel she is definitely old enough for the role play. The set costs £25 which is a little expensive but well made and a toy my little girl really enjoys.
Fold away wooden ironing set. Great for ironing dolls' clothes.Not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts / Age range: From 3 years.