I love ELC – The Early learning Centre, the vast range of toys is brilliant but I also love that there is a very strong brand of creative and toys that involve the child’s imagination. For me its the go-to toy shop whether I am buying for my child, or toys as present for my friends children. So as 2013 draws to a close, I thought I would pick out my top picks of toys with the ELC. You never know, if you still need to pick up that last present, or once wrapping realised you have something essential missing, this may be just what you have been looking for.
With four fun rides, three vehicles and seven people, the HappyLand Ready to Play Funfair is fantastic value and great fun for your toddler.
•HappyLand Ready to Play Funfair Set
•3 rides: carousel, rocket, pirate ride
•2 vehicles: Train, fun bus
•7 people, including a clown
Currently amazing value for money as it has been reduced from £60 to £20.
Wooden Diner Kitchen
I love this funky wooden kitchen. It is expensive at £150 but you are sure to get years and years of play with it. We have one very similar, with some play pots and pans and food. We also collect empty packets that we use, to add to it for role play.
•The Wooden Diner Kitchen is great for boys and girls
•Good-looking, well-designed wooden kitchen
•Play kitchen with hob, oven, microwave and sink
•Chalkboard, chopping board and work surface
•Great storage for play kitchen kit (available separately)
LeapFrog has a new version of its LeapPad Explorer tablet for children, the LeapPad Ultra. Unfortunately ELC have currently sold old though. The new-look LeapFrog LeadPad Ultra costs £119.99 and features a child-safe web browser, wi-fi, 7-inch touchscreen, rechargeable battery, and 8GB of internal storage. We are reviewing one of these at the moment (full review to follow) so far we are really impressed.
The LeapPad looks like your tablet but it’s kid-tough with an ultra-tough frame and friendly controls. They can write, draw, take photos, make videos and have access to 500+ games, eBooks and music which have all be approved by LeapFrog learning experts. The browsing option even has parental settings. Child safe LeapPad Ultra offers extra parental settings and tools that allow parents to easily control exactly what experiences their child has access to.
LeapPad Ultra comes with 11 custom apps including: photo fun ultra, art studio ultra, pet pad party, utility suite, pet chat and LeapFrog learning songs. Features rechargeable lithium ion battery, Wi-Fi, peer-to-peer play, front and back camera/video recorders and MP3 player
LeapPad Ultra works with LeapFrogs award-winning library of hundreds of educator-approved apps, games, eBooks, videos, music and more
And finally but not least :
Big City Wooden Train Table
I was lucky enough to give one of these away this month, and I know it was a top seller this Christmas. A fantastic toy that include everything for an adventure.
-Wooden table with storage drawer
-Table top features colourful road artwork
-Includes over 100 accessories including trains, bridge, station and diversion turntable
-Connect the trains and wagons with the magnetic couplings
Well that concludes my top toys from ELC, happy playing!
-Turn the play mat over to reveal a road for die-cast cars (cars available separately)