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Brand: ELC / Age: 3 Years+

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      22.11.2012 12:35
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      5 stars

      In my daughters attempt to duplicate all the household items that mummy uses, she has all kinds in her bedroom that replicate items from the kitchen, etc. She loves to pretend play at being mummy, and complete with ironing board, airing tree and pegs, the washing machine is an essential item in her bedroom for washing dolly's clothes.

      We have had this washing machine for years. Ever since my eldest daughter was a toddler and showed an unhealthy interest in my washing machine. Now, it is in my youngest daughters room and she still plays with it now at 4. She absolutely loves it and loves role playing with it.

      Complete with a soap dispenser drawer, hinged see through door (made from plastic so no safety issues to worry about if it breaks), the beauty about this washing machine is that it actually turns on and works. Now obviously, it doesn't wash clothes or have water in (I did once catch my daughter attempting to pour water into the drawer!) but it makes washing machine sounds. Taking 3 AA batteries, it doesn't ever seem to run out despite endless amounts of use, so it doesn't drain the batteries.

      Perfect for role play and enhancing a child's imaginative play, as they attempt to clean their teddies and dollies clothes. You can use this washing machine alongside other items from ELC, such as the airer and the ironing board and this will keep them occupied for hours. For much younger children, it also helps with fine motor skills as it helps children to press buttons and use the drawer to wash clothes just like mummy (or daddy - I don't want to stereotype!). The drum is very small, enough for only one or two teddy outfits but this isn't a problem for us.

      The machine is well made and despite endless amounts of use over many years, it hasn't broken or come lose in any way. At one point we had two washing machines, this one and another cheaper one which broke after only a month or two's use, so this one is definitely well made from a trusted company, the Early Learning Centre.

      When we bought it, I remember reading on the ELC website that lots of people had problems with the door falling off, and feeling rather flimsy, but we haven't ever had this problem, and I'm sure when an adult isn't in the room, my daughter has been less than gentle with it.

      For £15, this is a great value and much loved toy that your child will get lots of use out of.

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        05.01.2011 16:58
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        Not a bad idea but ours drives us mad!

        I had seen this washing machine when my kids were round at their friends houses and always thought it looked really cute and fun. It is basically a tiny wee washing machine that is about 10 inches high and about 7 inches wide. It comes in pink (for girls I presume) and blue and has a few buttons on the front and a little drawer that pulls out (like the one you put your powder in). The door opens to allow you to put things inside the washing machine and has water in the glass (although its really plastic) of it so it looks like the machine is full of water which is particularly cool when you switch it on as the drum then goes round. I wished I had one of these when I was little!

        My 2 two year old got some gift vouchers for his birthday for Early Learning Centre so we went in for a look at what he could get. As soon as he saw the washing machine that was it - nothing else would do and as he had played with it at his friends houses and it was a reasonable £15 he got it.

        I still think it is very cute and clever and does quite a bit for your £15. The drum goes round when you hit the right button and it makes washing machine noises which is all great but our door keeps falling off, it doesn't shut properly when it is attached and even if that is all fixed you have to hit the right buttons in the right order to make it work! The on/off button is right next to the one which makes it go round and as there is no light to tell you if the thing is on or off you spend ages hitting that and the spin button to make it work. Add on to this that if the door isnt shur properly it just wont waork no matter what button you press. It is hugely frustrating and drives my wee one to distraction. You know that thing kids do - they love the idea of a toy but get so wound up by it tears happen after about 2 minutes! Well that's how it is with this toy in our house. Once he has managed to get the door attached and shut he can never get the drum to go round!

        So overall I think this is a great idea and not a bad toy if you are sitting playing too and watch what buttons get pressed but not so good to leave a 2 year old to play with themselves.

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          03.07.2010 01:28
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          Recommended, but there are some frustrations with toy.

          My son is at the age where he's all about make-believe and in particular loves role play when he gets to play "house". He has an oven he cooks on, a shopping trolley that he shops with....and yes, a washing machine where he likes to pile dirty laundry into. If only little boys stayed this helpful and domesticated when they grew up!!

          I bought this product from the Early Learning Centre in Cheltenham. I'm a big fan of the ELC for finding suitable toys and equipment for young children as all of their products appear to be well designed, well thought out - and reliable. If possible, I tend to buy all of my sons toys and games from the ELC because it is simply somewhere I trust. The washing machine cost me £15 in store. 

          The ELC shop had a pink and a blue version of the washing machine which are identical except for the colour. I assume it's meant to be blue for a boy and pink for a girl, and so predictably I opted for the blue version for my son. 

          The dimensions of the washing machine are 27 cm x 25 cm x 17 cm and so its fairly small and will sit happily in a play area without taking up too much room. My son has like a little home area where he likes to place house, and this is where his washing machine is kept.   

          The washing machine is constructed from sturdy plastic and has no small loose bits that a child can easily loose. There is a door in the centre of the object which reveals a life-like drum where children can put clothes in in order to wash them. We tend to used the clothes from soft toys - like his Winnie the Pooh toy where he strips off the red t-shirt and sticks it in the washer. You can get a couple of items in at the same time. When the door is closed, there is water visible on the front of the drum so it looks like the clothes are really being washed.......much to my sons delight!

          On the front panel of the washing machine is a series of five buttons which can be pressed. When pressed, the buttons make various noises, such as spin cycle and water swooshing. The drum can also be rotated when pressing the buttons. Like all children, my sons loves anything that makes a noise and this is no exception. There is also a soap dispenser drawer which he can pull out and push in at will.    

          The washing machine isn't perfect however and there are a couple of frustrations associated with this toy. One of the things is that sometimes the drum doesn't turn - and this seems to happen for no reason whatsoever. With a bit of patience the drum does start working again, but I don't know many toddlers who excel at being patient! 

          The other thing was that the door could be a little stiff to open and so several times a day I'm summoned by my son to open the door. This doesn't seem to bother him, but it does seem strange that a toy designed for children seems so hard for them to open!

          The washing machine does take batteries, but these last well and I've only had to replace them once in six months.....and like I said, he does play with this every day. 

          I think this product is a good addition to any toddlers home corner. It has kept my sons attention and it is helping him develop through role-playing, which is something I want to encourage. There are some frustrations with this product, as discussed, but I don't think my son seems too bothered by these design faults - and he's the most important critic. S

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            25.01.2009 21:58
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            Not the best ELC toy

            We bought this toy as we already had the ELC microwave which was a great hit. At £12.50 it looked like it would be a great addition to our existing role play toys. I am afraid to report that this toy was probably one of the few toys ever to be a disappointment that we have bought from ELC.

            The washing machine is made of a sturdy and durable plastic and has five buttons and a soap dispenser. Due to over zealous packaging we didn't actually work out that the soap dispenser opened for a long while - it was secured by a small screw for non obvious reasons.

            The door opens to reveal a drum, just like real life washing machines, and the buttons can be pressed to make the drum spin and make the various noises of rinse and spin quite convincingly. The door has an inlay with water in it so it looks like the clothes are being washed.

            So why would I rate it quite low?

            Firstly the door - this is virtually impossible for a toddler to open and close easily. Anyone who has spent any time around small children will know that frustrating toy = not good. Worse still the door came off its hinges regularly and could be put back on by brute force. I don't believe this was just my toy as friends had the same problem. This meant much of the playing with this toy involved me having to put the door back on repeatedly, not much fun.

            Secondly the drum didn't seem to take much weight - if you put in dolly's baby gro or more than a small sock it didn't seem to turn properly.

            The toy wasn't too greedy with C batteries (good) but due to the aforementionned problems it didn't real hold my children's attention for long (bad) and therefore ended up taking up an inordinate amount of space in the toy cupboard.

            I was really disappointed as the mircowave was such an excellent toy, as are most of the other role play toys that ELC produce. I think this one needs a bit of a rethink and I wouldn't necessarily recommend anyone to purchase one.

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              20.10.2008 17:07
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              Dont buy this model

              My daughter had this brought for her for her 3rd birthday. It cam with an iron and ironing board with the washing machine as a set. Lets start with the washing machine, it makes great sounds but she constantly pulls the door off due to its bad design. There is a handle winder on the back to make the drum go round. The handle is also very easy to pull off. If you are buying the set the ironing board comes apart and you will be asked every five minutes to put if back together by you child which becomes very annoying. To be honest children do love these items because they can mimic there parents but there must be better ones out there. My suggestion don't put this on the Christmas list as you might end up having to take it back find a wooden alternative. Suitable for 3 years and over.

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              20.10.2008 13:58
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              Great Value toy

              My oldest son really wanted this toy washing machine when he was 1 and a half. He went on about it for ages, being a boy mummy tried to change his mind but no he wanted it.

              I must admit I did give in and buy it for him. He kept saying just like mummy. It is a great little toy we brought it from the early learning centre. It does take 3 x C batteries to make it work. It is made of a blue sturdy plastic with red buttons and a green door. Once the toy is switched on there are a number of different buttons on the front of the machine to start different cycles. There is a small draw in which you can pretend to put the soap powder. Once you close the door on the machine and press the button it makes a sound like it is filling up with water and the door looks like there is water in there. You can choose to put the machine on a number of different cycles just like a real machine.

              My son really loved playing with this and he has just given it to his younger brother who is 14 months and he loves it too. Money well spent.

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              16.10.2008 10:15
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              Buy this you will get your money worth out of it, top toy

              This toy washing machine looked great in the shop and my kids both love playing with it. Its has a on / off button and various other buttons that make noises such as water entering the machine and then spinning just like a reali washing maching programe. Inside you get a card board cut out of clother that if left in when spinning the machine can be seen moving around.
              The buttons do not say what they do but by pressing them you soon get to see what they do.
              It is very entertaining for both adults and the kids sat there watching it as most kids like sitting watching washing machines and trying to help load them.
              Over time the door on mine has dropped slightly on the hinge and does not align with the latch on the body. This makes it hard to close fully shut.
              Overall though it has had plenty of play time out of it and has stood the test of time. Very good toy for the child that likes to be the little helper when you are loading a washing machine. Very good value for money at £12.50

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              Appears to fill with water and 'wash' clothes. H27cm x W24.5cm x D17cm. Requires 3 x C batteries.