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ELC Washing Machine
Member Name: hot_orange
ELC Washing Machine
Advantages: Loads of features and functions to play with
Disadvantages: The door and the spin button cause too much frustration
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.
Summary: Not a bad idea but ours drives us mad!