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Our 8 year old son had loads of toys when he was toddling, too many to count, so we know that our 15 month old second son is going to have no problem using a lot of the hand me downs the poor thing is inevitably going to get. One such toy is this little collection of handy ELC toys. We have a few of them, truth be told, probably 5 or 6 in total, and as you can see they come in packs of 3.
I honestly can't remember how much they cost when we first got them, or even if they were a gift or we bought them ourselves, but one thing I do know is that they have lasted until now and are still very good toys to have. Our youngest first started playing with them a couple of months ago, and he loves the little features they have.
A set comprises three construction vehicles: a skip truck, a cement mixer and pickup truck. Each one has an interactive element to it and is very sturdy. The cement mixer's mixer turns round and round, and although demonstrating to your kid isn't so easy because it's hard to see it moving, once they work it out it provides fun and amusement. When you turn it, it makes a clicking noise, another indicator it's moving. The same goes with the other two. The skip on the back of the truck tilts back, with clicks, and the pickup truck's winch also goes up and down. It's very well designed.
They're also very sturdy as well. The hard plastic nature of them means that you won't get any metal broken bits like you can with car sets, which we still have waiting second hand for when he's a little older. The vehicles roll around the floor just fine, and at each end there is a small connector which is also magnetised. This allows the three of them to link together, and it's so funny watching him slowly put two of them together and try to work out why the front bits of them move without him making them do so. We haven't had any confused noises, but there's a look of confusion and a definite pause every time he tries, as if he's trying to work it out.
The ones we have are so durable they have lasted us longer than nearly all of the other toys our first son had when he was this age. A lot of them got sold a long time ago at a car boot or were too damaged to keep or resell, but of those that have been retained, these are some of only a few. As he got older he took a little more care of things, but even so these were durable enough to withstand being flung across the room occasionally, despite assurances that pickup trucks don't tend to fly and no, cement mixers don't have wings...
I think these, like most ELC toys, are great. They're handy for motor function skills with the deft little fingers needing to work the three interactive elements, and the extra added durability gives a reassurance that they can play with these for a long time quite safely. They currently retail for around the £10 mark but are often on offer as well. Recommended.
My son received the Early Learning Centre garage for his first birthday. This came with one car and one helicopter so he was given this construction vehicle set as well to play with on this. The ELC cars for babies/toddlers are magnetic and have a magnet attached to the front and rear of the vehicle. Therefore they can be placed in line and are held together by these magnets.
The car sets, including this construction set, come in a box of three vehicles for £10. These can often be found at half price in the ELC sales and are a bargain at £5. I have just picked a set of emergency vehicles up for £3.75! The cars are quite chunky, with no small wheels or parts, so fit neatly into a toddlers hand and are safe too. The cars are suitable from 12 months of age.
Our set of vehicles are coloured in yellow and orange but, as with most ELC toys, colours get updated over time and it looks like these now come in orange, yellow, blue and green. The set includes a cement mixer, which can be spun around and a dumper truck. This can be lifted and the load tipped, which makes a 'clicking' noise. There is also a tow truck with a hook that can be moved.
At 12 months my son loved exploring these cars and fiddling with them. It is really only at 18 months that he started to play with them properly and take a real interest in them. He loves lining them up in a line using the magnets and pulling them along the floor. Now, whenever he plays with any form of car he expects that they will do this! He also loves to use them in his garage, where they fit neatly in the lift etc. They roll neatly along the floor and take very little effort to push them a long way. He does play with the pieces on the vehicles occasionally but these do not really hold his interest for long.
I think that, as my son develops further interest in vehicles, he will use these even more for imaginative play. They have been great for developing his manipulative skills as well as just holding his attention. A pretty good purchase (and currntly at half price too!).
Buying for my twin boys first Christmas last year was a slightly daunting experience. They had mountains of toys already however as it was their first Christmas we wanted to spoil them, but buy toys that they would get use from. Mr Lools was keen to buy "proper boys toys" so anything deemed "masculine" was a preference for him. As a result we seemed to buy a lot of cars and vehicles which included the ELC Construction Trio.
***ELC Construction Trio***
The ELC Construction Trio is a set of three construction vehicles that can be linked together by magnetic connectors. Each of the three vehicles is around 7cm long and about 5cm high. The three vehicles are in the shape of a cement mixer, a crane and a tipper truck. All three of the vehicles are made from hard durable rounded plastic and are bright yellow and orange with friendly faces on the front.
ELC state that the Construction Trio is suitable for children from aged 1-3 years.
The ELC Construction Trio Vehicles are available from ELC and Mothercare stores and are available online from both of these sites. The RRP for these toys is £10.00 however the ELC Construction Trio is regularly included in the 50% off offer that ELC run so is regularly priced at £5.00 which is the price we paid.
Like most ELC toys the Construction Trio Vehicles come firmly secured into the packaging with lots of ties around each of the vehicles. As a result I spent over 5 minutes trying to release all of the vehicles and it is best to do this away from small children because of the metal ties and because children simply want to just get on with playing with the toy once they see you unwrapping the packaging.
These were a Christmas present so when my boys first received the ELC Construction Trio Vehicles they were 11 months old. At 11 months old they were slightly younger than the recommended age however the vehicles are rounded and have no small parts therefore I deemed the toys "safe". My boys were playing with similar sized cars from around 9 months old once they were able to sit up unaided and I would have felt confident giving them the Construction Trio Vehicles from this age too.
The ELC Construction Trio Vehicles consist of a tipper, a crane and a cement mixer. The toys are made mainly from bright yellow and orange plastic with small black wheels. As vehicles they are very rounded and quite basic looking, which I do feel makes them slightly babyish. ELC state the toys are suitable up to 3 years and although I feel a 3 year old would happily play with these vehicles they would prefer more realistic looking construction vehicles if there was a choice. My boys still play with these vehicles regularly at 22 months but as they are getting older are starting to take more of an interest in vehicle toys which have more features or have more detailing to them.
On the front and back of each of the construction vehicles is a magnetic connector so all of the vehicles can connect to each other in a line (like train carriages). There is no particular way to connect the vehicles and this also means the ELC Construction Trio Vehicles is compatible to connect with any other of the vehicles from the ELC Vehicle "Trio" sets (there are about 5 different sets in the range). My only real criticism of the ELC Construction Trio Vehicles and the other ELC vehicle trios are that the magnetic connectors come detached quite easily. When three or more vehicles are attached together as a child starts moving the vehicles around on the floor the magnetic connectors do not hold and vehicles end up coming detached. The only way to keep three or more vehicles attached for longer periods is to move them very slowly around the floor which for a young child especially is not really fun. On the plus side they are very easy for a young child to connect on their own and my boys were able to do this from around 14 months old. The vehicles do stay connected however when there are two vehicles only attached to the other one.
From being 11 months old my boys have been entertained pushing the ELC Construction Trio Vehicles around the floor and playing with them alongside their other vehicle toys. Even from being very young toddlers they would babble and giggle as they pushed the cars around the floor and played very imaginatively. They now like to line up all of their vehicles and shout "beep beep" as they push them around the floor and with their other vehicle toys. The vehicles are a great size for little hands to hold which I feel for younger toddlers encourages their physical development and motor skills. The size of the vehicles are large enough for young babies to play with but compact enough to use alongside other toys. For example we have a Fisher Price garage which only came with two vehicles. The ELC Construction Trio Vehicles can be used with this garage and fit on the ramps and lifts so are a good staple toy to have in a toy box. The ELC Construction Trio Vehicles also can be used with the ELC Whizz Around garage and a Chad Valley garage.
Durability wise the ELC Construction Trio Vehicles are very well made like most ELC toys. My boys have played with these cars in a rough manner and the vehicles have all been thrown from highchairs onto a tiled floor and thrown from the sofa onto a wooden floor without suffering any damage. The cars are made entirely from a hard durable plastic which can easily be washed and wiped down. Because there is not a lot of intricate detailing on the vehicles dirt does not get stuck in parts of the vehicles that can't be reached so it is very easy to keep these toys clean even when you have two toddlers playing with them.
I would definitely recommend the ELC Construction Trio and feel for £5.00 they are an excellent purchase as are the other vehicle trio sets from ELC. Each of the three vehicles is brightly coloured and fun looking and made from very durable plastic which looks as new despite almost a year of rough play.
The Construction Trio toys are great to play with as individual vehicles but also to join up using the magnetic connectors. I do think the magnets could be stronger as when you join all three vehicles up, or join up with other vehicles from the ELC trio sets the magnets do not hold very well especially with more frantic pushing movements.
The toys state from 1 year old however because of the rounded plastic and no small parts I would be confident giving these to a child from around 9 months old once they can sit unaided and reach out for the vehicles. My boys have been playing with these toys since 11 months and at 22 months I feel they will still get a lot of use from these construction vehicles as they are great for children that like cars and are compatible to use with the ELC garage and Fisher prices garages.
A great present that won't break the bank!
I bought my daughter the ELC Whizz around garage for her first birthday. At the same time I found this construction trio of cars in a charity shop and decided to get them to go with it.
The Early Learning Centre Construction Vehicle Trio contains 3 magnetic, plastic vehicles. The packet states that they are a tipper, a cement mixer and a crane, but I was convinced the last was a tow truck! They are made of colourful durable plastic and are mainly yellow, orange, blue and green. They each have magnets on them so they can be attached together. There are other sets that can be bought as well so they can all be attached together and played with.
The vehicles are excellent for using on the Whizz Around Garage as they are just the right size for it. They can easily be played with on their own as well as they move well on most surfaces. The tipper truck has a section that can be lifted up and then automaticlaly goes back down. The cement mixer has a green mixer on the back of it that turns round and clicks as it moves. The crane has a section on the back that rises and automatically falls back down. These allow children to develop fine motor skills and they enjoy the noises they make. The actual vehicles are quite chunky which makes them excellent for small hands to pick up.
My daughter got these for her first birthday and actually enjoyed playing more with them on their own than with the garage. She was fascinated by the fact they could attach together and I used to hang them from the frame of her metal bed which she thought was really funny as well. She liked the noises the vehicles made when I moved the different parts on them but she hasn't worked out how to do it herself yet. They can be quite useful to take out with us as they fit easily into a small bag and my daughter loves playing with them on tables.
These cost £10 for the set of 3 which I think is a bit expensive. If you have the garage to use them on, I would recommend buying them, but on their own I'm sure you could find cheaper cars to play with. They are aimed at 12 months to 3 years and I think that is suitable although my daughter would probably have been happy to play with them from around 10 months.
My daughter loves cars and well, anything with wheels that she can push around on the floor. Seen as though she never had many we went out to mothercare to see what we could find. That's when we came across a twirling car track thing (I'm not too sure what it is) in the ELC section of mothercare. With it came two cars, wanting more than that we also purchased the construction vehicle trio which are designed to be used with the car garage thing.
The trio cost £10.00 which is a little expensive since we got the garage and two cars for only £45.00. The vehicles consist of one tipper truck, one mixer and one tow truck. The colours are orange, yellow, blue and green. This was an important factor for me as I wanted to find something unisex as most car related toys are designed specifically for boys.
The 3 vehicles are designed to fit with the garage; however they can just be used on their own. They all have magnets on the front and the back allowing them to connect together to form one long vehicle.
They are not huge vehicles; however they are nice and chunky making them easy for little hands to move around. They are designed for children aged one to three which I think is a reasonable age as my daughter does not play with them as much now she is almost three. And there are no small parts for little ones to be able to fit into their mouth.
The construction vehicles don't really do much, the wheels move around when pushed and the tipper truck tips up when pulled to do so. For younger children any moving object is fun, but if buying for 2 years + they may not be as enjoyable. My daughter prefers to play with hers on the garage and has lots of fun linking the 3 cars up and having a pile up at the end of the garage. I have rarely seen her play with them without her garage though.
All of the trucks are made from plastic and are very easy to clean and maintain. They are very durable, which is good as toy cars seem to get thrown and bashed around a lot. Our's don't have a scratch on them and we have had them for almost two years now.
These toys would be a lot better if used with a garage ( any that fits) or a car mat or something like that as they are just not so fun on their own. I would recommend them but wouldn't advise buying them alone.
I have been sorting out my 2 year old twins toys recently and have come across so many that they havn't played with in ages.
I can remember buying them a garage from ELC last year which they loved, they loved it even more though as I bought them vehicles to go with it just to complete the set.
Early Learning Centre were selling vehicle trios to go with this particular garage, different trios though including emergency vehicles and the construction trio as pictured above.
This trio of construction vehicles are small, dumpy plastic vehicles. A light and colourful plastic yet fairly strong and durable at the same time. They are chunky cars, a perfect size for small hands to get a firm grip of. Each vehicle has a 'pole' link either side each with a magnet attached. Despite the links poking out of the cars they don't stick out like a sore thumb.
They are colourful plastic to blend in with the rest of the vehicle. These magnetic poles allow your child to link up the cars to pull them along together. Although they have these links to attach to each other, if you do buy any other vehicle sets from ELC they can ALL attach to one another via these magnetic poles.
This set of vehicles actually includes a cement mix, a crane and a tipper.
The crane is a dinky yellow 'car' with a blue crane attached to the back of it. I say attached, but it's not something you can remove and replace to the vehicle itself. The crane part of the vehicle lifts up and down.
The dumper truck is another chunky yellow truck, with a blue tipper section at the back which yes you've guessed it, actually tips.
Last but not least the cement mixer which is in fact an orange coloured truck, has a green cement mixer on the back which turns the way a cement mixer would.
Despite these vehicles being quite a light plastic they are surprisingly durable, including the moving parts. The parts that move reward your child with 'clicking' noises, almost trying to resemble the noises these noisy contruction vehicles would actually make.
These are a brilliant set of vehicles, they encourage a lot of independant and imaginative play. They can be played by one or more child also thanks to the fact these is 3 vehicles in a set. The attaching of the magnets is a little confusing at first for a younger child but this all involves problem solving for a child. They are cute enough, durable enough and safe enough for younger children to get used to other variations of vehicles instead of plain old cars safely and happily. The colours and the noises are appealing and they are the perfect size and weight for a younger child.
They are suitable for children aged 1-3 year which I'd say is a perfect age range.
You can buy this set, and the others for roughly £10 in ELC and even Mothercare.
I bought my son the construction Trio from the ELC when I had a discount voucher and they were also on offer this was about a year and a half ago.
What are they?
They are three construction toys a dumper truck, cement mixer and a crane. They are all brightly coloured using primary colours and they have a magnet at the front and back so they can stick together. They all have eyes which make them seem friendly. These toys are designed for children one to three years old.
The Dumper truck is mainly yellow with a blue bucket on the back. This tilts up making a clicking sound.This does not remain upright and immediately clicks back flat
The cement mixer is mainly orange with a green tumbler this also clicks. It has no opening where the cement would be put in and emptied but for the age it is designed for simply means it won't get filled with unwanted food and little fingers won't get trapped.
The yellow crane has a blue hook and does have a hook but this is smooth and not likely to catch anyone's eye. The hook does move once again with a clicking sound. I do think due to the small arm the crane actually looks more like a tow truck.
My son was one year old when he owned these toys and loved them from the minute he owned them. At first he played with all the vehicles individually but as he has got older he has learnt to stick them together. Initially he had difficulty partly as he had to figure out they would need to go in a different direction.
I am actually surprised when I sit and think how he uses these toys in comparison to his Bob the builder vehicles that he has never tried putting things in the back of the dumper truck or attach anything back of the crane. He does have a toy town and will regularly drive the convoy around the town. Despite been three years old and they do look a little babyish compared to his other vehicles he still plays with them regularly and so are still remain in our ever expanding vehicle collection.
I think these have helped my son with his fine motor skills, He has had to learn to manipulate the toys to attach them to each other and then drive them around. They are very useful for stimulating the imagination and will make up all kinds of stories about where they are going. They have helped develop his problem solving skills.
Like most ELC toys these are very tough and durable; despite these toys been about two years old and been treated very roughly they have no signs of any damage.
These toys are usually £10 but are currently on offer for £5. If you have a young child who loves vehicles then I strongly recommend these.
I bought the construction trio for my son for Christmas when he was almost two years old.
I had bought the ELC car Transporter which comes with two magnetic cars. I decided to buy these to complement the transporter, but was a little disappointed. When we put these three trucks with the two magnetic cars we found that they don't line up facing the same way as the cars that got with the transporter.
This is a shame, as it confuses my little boy when he is stringing the cars together. This is the only problem that we have had, as otherwise they are a great toy to play with.
My three year old daughter also likes to play with them, and they have great fun sticking them all together and sending them down the slopes in their toy garage.
These are quite expensive at £10, but we bought them at Christmas time from the Boots website, when they were 3 for 2. this made them a bit more reasonable, and they are also on offer on the ELC website at certain times of the year.
The vehicles are brightly coloured, and sturdy. I would recommend these for small children, as they have been a great hit here.
My son has so many toys with flashing lights and noises that he doesn't know which to play with and some of them can have a very short shelf life. However, he is now 2 years old and still gets great use out of these three plastic, magnetic construction vehicles from the Early Learning Centre. It's amazing how much enjoyment you can get from a simple idea. At £10 they are a bit expensive perhaps for what they are but I am amazed by how much use they have had.
They are very durable and long lasting and it's worth the money as they seem to be very well made.
Each of the vehicles is compact but not small enough for a baby to swallow and are brightly coloured plastic. There is a cement mixer with a rotating green mixer on the back, a pick up truck and a tip-up truck with a tip that tips up so you can put things in it.
The moving parts make sounds as they click into place and the vehicles have eyes that move as the trucks move along.
The great thing is that they are magnetic and fit together perfectly so you wheel them along in a big line. My son endlessly wheels these along the floors and carries them around with him.
The colours keep him interested and so do the moving parts so he doesn't get bored and can interact with them. So if you want a toy that isn't noisy but simple enough to keep them interested from 6 months onwards then look no further than these great little moving vehicles.
These three plastic construction vehicles are from Early Learning Centre, but came to me in a big box of hand-me-downs from a friend.
There were quite a lot of Early Learning Centre toys in there which goes to show how well made and long lasting they are.
The first vehicle is a cement mixing truck with a turning mixer, there is a dumper truck with a tippable back and lastly, a crane which lifts up and down.
Each of the vehicles is brightly coloured durable plastic. The moveable parts are well made and will last through lots of play, they click as they move to make "engine" sounds. The vehicles all have googly eyes which move as they travel.
The best bit of these vehicles is that they are magnetic and will click into a line and travel along together.
**The Play Value
The vehicles encourage imaginative play and role play, they also develop hand eye co-ordination and problem solving by working out which ends of the magnets connect together.
My son likes anything on wheels which he can whizz along the floor. The age range suggested by ELC is 1-3 years, but as with most of the ELC toys I have given them to my baby sooner.
Another great thing about these vehicles is the size. They are just the right size and shape for a little child to hold in one hand
**The Price and Availability.
The set is £10, but currently at ELC there is a Buy One get One Free on vehicle trios. (There is also a space set at half price). ELC have standalone shops, concessions in Mothercare and can be bought online at www.elc.co.uk.
I beleive they can be used with the ELC Whizz Around Garage, this is quite expensive at £40 though.
Set of three dinky construction vehicles that link together by their magnetic buffers.