“ Brand: ELC / Age: 18 months „
The Happy land Church is part of a town set from ELC. The land can be bought in sections which mean you can construct your town to your personal desires. You can add roads and tracks and also a variety of buildings including bakery, farm, fire and police station We purchased the church after the royal wedding second hand for £5 as my son was very into church and weddings so this seemed an ideal role play toy. He would have been four years old when I purchased it. The set contains a church which has a tower which the tower can be removed, a horse and carriage, the bride groom and vicar. The toy is made of strong plastic and is of the high quality I would expect from ELC. The tower removal shows an on off button for the bells. It also makes storage of this item easier. The button to sound the bell is on the top. The first time the button is rang there is a peel of bells then it is followed the second time it is pressed by the wedding march. The church inside is very plain and outside decorated with Ivy and blue gothic style windows. The horses and carriage doe not tend to hold the horse well and they frequently become detached. The carriage has space for two passengers that can be securely pushed into place. Although this is designed for the bride and groom are the figures you would expect to travel in the carriage other happy land figures will also fit into the seats. My son still plays with this set now he is five. He does have his own unique sequence of events which are regularly repeated. He firstly rings the bell then panics that the bride and groom are late for church so races them round the lounge. They go to the wedding; he presses the button for the wedding march. The wedding is very quick then they go to a party and dance obviously racing round the lounge to get to the party. This toy is designed for children 18 months and over and this seems very appropriate. I cannot see much point buying it for a younger child as I am not sure what fun they would have with it. When I bought the toy I wasn't sure if it was a toy that would have very short shelf life due to his age. Although he doesn't play with this toy every week he does regularly play with it and still has fun. I would say this is in his most played with happy land toys he owns. I do think this toy would work equally well for boys and girls. This toy despite been second hand and well played with by my son it still looks like new. Sadly this toy is no longer available from ELC but if you are building up a Happy Land town I would highly recommend that you look out for the ivy church second hand.
This is part of the Happyland play set from ELC. Which is really a whole village of little people, shops, market stalls and cars. This toy is fantastic for make believe and my daughter spends hours playing with village. My daughter is collecting these and she saw the church and she decided that she must have it! So it made a great Christmas present. It consists of a Church that plays the wedding march and also ringing bells. No church is complete without a vicar a Bride and Groom and a pony and carriage. The church does come in 2 parts which I think is so the batteries can be put in and this is where the on/off switch is located as my daughter showed me. This really goes well with the rest of the village and as my daughter discovered you do not just have to put the bride and groom in the horse and carriage and I often find one of happlylands dogs or cats having a ride to church!
We bought this Happyland church for my little girl last year when she had just turned three. She loves playing with Happyland things and we have practically the whole town. The church is pretty good, comes with a wedding family (bride, groom, vicar) and a horse and carriage). The church has a tower which comes off and has two different sound effects, Here comes the Bride and bells ringing. We have had lots of fun playing with this and as ever it is well made and sturdy which is good when you consider how much toys get knocked about at this age! It took me a while to work out why the tower comes apart from the rest of the building but I suppose it is so you can put new batteries in. I would say that the downsides of the building are that the tower doesn't fit snugly so it is liable to fall out, this could have disastrous consequences for the wedding party, also the door comes off too easily. All in all though a good value toy, retailing at around £15 although it is often on special offer in ELC with a couple of pounds knocked off.
I bought this for my youngest daughter recently after she was a flowergirl at our wedding. It was carrying on the wedding theme in the form of a happyland church - not that she understands this though! For some reason I had real trouble finding it on the ELC website but I must have just been typing something in wrong because I emailed them about it and they sent me a link back which was very hepful of them. The price was £15.00 plus £4.95 delivery although I had a 20% off code so the price was £16.95 including delivery. These were going for not far of this price when I looked on Ebay too. In this set you get the Climbing Ivy church, the Bride and Groom, a Vicar and a horse and cart. The cart can fit two of the people into it. All the items are chunky which makes it easy for little ones to grip properly. On the roof of the church is a button which if you press it church bells ring and the second time you press it the wedding march plays, this is my daughters favourite bit! This set is suitable for age 18 months upwards but I did buy it for my daughter at 14 months old. She doesn't really understand the idea of actually playing with it other than pressing the bell but it is nice to sit down and play with it with her.