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My youngest daughter is already the proud owner of the Caring Corners Mrs Goodbee interactive dolls house and this has brought her hours upon hours of enjoyment. Therefore, when it was recently her fifth birthday, I was on the lookout for some other items in the same range. I was really pleased to spot the Daisy Greenway interactive camper as I felt sure that she would love this too - and I was right!
This very attractive van fits in completely with the doll's house which means that all the dolls and pieces of furniture that she uses in that can also be used in the camper van which is ideal! Also like the house, the van has the same smiling face on its front as you find on the house's front door.
One of the great things about this camper van is that it has lots of exciting and hidden features in the same way you would find them on a real one. These include things like a foldaway TV screen, a toilet with a door that opens and closes, a hidden recycling bin, and a fold down barbeque grill that is attached to the outside of the van. When my daughter first started playing with the camper van she got very excited discovering all of these little extras! One side of the van swings open so that it is possible to play with what is inside. One slight criticism though, and I'm not sure if it is because my daughters are particularly heavy handed, but it seems that this becomes unattached from its plastic hinge far too easily. I seem to be forever having to fix it back in place because my five year old can't manage it.
There is an on/off switch underneath the van and when this is on, you are supposed to be able to hear over 100 words, songs and sounds. I have to say that these are really a little bit disappointing compared to the noises in the dolls house and it took us a while that you only ever get any sound by honking the camper van's horn. (In the dolls house there are lots of different places where appropriate sounds emanate from) As it is, you have to honk the horn and then you get a certain amount of random words and sound often delivered in an annoying female high pitched American accent. It doesn't do anything for me but my daughter does seem to like it and I guess her opinion is more important!
This is a good toy for encouraging interactive play and I love listening to my daughters as they make up lots of adventures whilst playing with it. It also is good as they use all their caring corner dolls and bits and pieces and they love the fact that they can all go together. There are also a lot of stickers with which they can decorate the van which they love. Also, a lot of these are based on eco friendly behaviour and can provide good reminders to young children.
Overall then this is a pretty decent and well thought out toy. I don't think that it is without its flaws but these are not too terrible and my daughters do really enjoy playing with it. They do tend to go through phases with toys but I have noticed that this is one toy that is often out so it must be popular with them!
It is not particularly cheap either. Amazon normally sell it for £39.99 but I have noticed that it is currently reduced to £28.39 (March 2010) which I think makes it a much more realistic price for what you get.