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This Happyland Wheel was the very first Happyland toy purchase I made and is what started my addiction! Happyland is a toy range from ELC and is aimed at children from 18 months to encourage imaginative play.
It was purchased for around £15 from the Early Learning Centre for my 18 month old boy. As with all Happyland toys it is made from bright chunky plastic and is very sturdy and this particular one is unisex as the main colours are orange, yellow and blue. In the box you get your Ferris wheel with a girl figure and a boy figure and you also get a ice cream man and his ice cream cart.
The wheel contains four chairs to sit your figures in, this chairs swing to and fro but have a good design to keep the figures from falling out. The wheel is turned by a handle attached the wheel, though my boys just spin the wheel as fast as the possibly can! This is what starts the fairground music which can get a little repetitive. For this reason the toy requires 2 AA batteries.
The figures are nice and chunky for little hands to hold and there are no small parts so although it says 18 months plus I would say it's suitable from 9 months plus as it provides lovely entertainment. It is very durable and has withstood a lot of bashing from my boisterous boys. The details on the figures have also withstood a good chewing and bashing. Although I think all of Happyland toys are very well made. As everything in this set is made of plastic it is very easy to keep clean with a simple wipe down using a damp cloth.
A very good starter toy to encourage imaginative play as well as motor skills and hand eye coordination.
Another winner from the Happyland small-world collection - an interactive Ferris Wheel, for your child to role-play the fun of a fair!
With this ferris wheel, comes a ice-cream cart with seller man, and 2 children figures. The ferris wheel itself is fully rotational by the small handle on the side, and plays a simple music tune as it goes around. Unlike some Happyland too, this musical element has an on/off switch underneath and 2 volume settings (low/high, although high isn't that much louder!).
This was a firm favourite in our house and played with for a long time. It can be used alongside other items from the Happyland range, including the circus set.
Developmentally, this is a highly stimulating toy, which provides a sensory experience for your child as well as developing role-play and imagination skills, whilst providing opportunities for new language too. Fine motor development will occur too, when using the handle to begin rotating the wheel, independently. This toy is recommended for the age range of 18months to 4years - this is quite a range, and will depend on your individual child and their development needs.
At a rrp of £22, this is rather an expensive toy for what it is - however ELC often have price-cuts and offers across the Happyland range, so it is worthwhile keeping a check on these!
My twin boys have a lot of toys from ELC in fact I would say well over half of their huge collection of toys comes from there. A clear favourite range from ELC is the HappyLand range which are various "make believe" sets. Because my boys enjoy the HappyLand sets so much we did buy a lot of these sets for the boys for Christmas 2011. We had purchased the large fairground set but noticed the HappyLand Musical Ferris Wheel and bought this to go alongside the larger set.
***HappyLand Musical Ferris Wheel***
The HappyLand range from ELC is aimed at toddlers and within the collection are various sets to make up an imaginary town, consisting of different buildings, vehicles and characters to help children explore their imagination.
ELC describe the HappyLand Musical Ferris Wheel as "A bright, cheery HappyLand Musical Ferris Wheel means your child can enjoy fairground fun every day"
The toy consists of a turning Ferris wheel made mainly from brightly coloured yellow, blue and orange plastic. The Ferris Wheel is around 25cm high and 20cm wide and has four carriages to put the HappyLand characters in. The wheel has a handle so a child can turn the Ferris Wheel and make it move. There is also an on/off switch as the wheel has 3 different musical sounds and plays fairground music.
The Ferris Wheel comes with three different characters; two children and an ice cream seller. The wheel also comes with a small plastic ice cream cart.
The toy requires 2 AA size batteries.
ELC state that the HappyLand Musical Ferris Wheel is suitable for children aged 18 months and over.
The HappyLand Musical Ferris Wheel is available from ELC and Mothercare stores and also online from both of these stores websites. The Musical Ferris Wheel has an RRP of £22.00. I do think that this is actually quite expensive however ELC very regularly have toy sales on their HappyLand range. The Ferris Wheel is usually included in this and is usually reduced to around £16.00 in fact this is how much I paid for the toy in November 2011 from ELC. As much as I like this toy and think it is a great looking, well-made toy I would say it is not worth paying over £20 for.
The HappyLand Musical Ferris Wheel comes in the usual style ELC packaging which means as a parent you will have a battle with large amounts of cardboard and plastic ties holding the toy into the packaging before your child can play with the toy.
As soon as I removed the toy from the packaging I could tell that my boys were going to love the HappyLand Musical Ferris Wheel and as a parent I felt this was a really nice looking toy that also felt very easy for a toddler to play with but also durable enough to withstand rough toddler play.
I had also bought the larger HappyLand Fairground set for my boys for Christmas so I felt the HappyLand Musical Ferris Wheel went really well with this other HappyLand set however I do also feel that even if you just buy the Ferris Wheel toy it is a fun toy for a toddler to play with individually or alongside other HappyLand toy sets. I do however feel because the toy essentially is just the Ferris Wheel it is not the best of toys to encourage sharing between children and for my boys I find they do fight over who is turning the wheel. Although I try to encourage one of them to turn the Ferris Wheel and the other to push around the ice cream seller cart I personally do not feel on its own this is a toy for more than one child unless they are playing with it alongside other HappyLand toys
The HappyLand Musical Ferris Wheel has an on/ off switch on the base. The centre position is the off setting and if you move the button to the left it will set the toy to full volume and if you move the button to the right the music plays on half volume I think this is really advantageous as a parent as the half volume function is loud enough for a child to hear but not so it causes annoyance to a parent. A child can also play with the toy without turning it on; the wheel just rotates without playing the fairground music.
The HappyLand Musical Ferris Wheel was bought for my boys for Christmas 2011 when they were 23 months old. At this age they were more than capable of turning the handle of the Ferris Wheel, placing the characters in and out of the ice cream seller cart and also in and out of the Ferris Wheel carriages. My boys have been playing with HappyLand toys and sets since they were around 15 months old and I do feel now at 2 years old they play a lot more imaginatively with the sets and figures and they are entertained for longer by these sets as they chat away and interact with each other. However I do feel for younger children and toddlers the HappyLand Musical Ferris Wheel is actually a very good HappyLand toy and personally feel children of under 18 months would enjoy this toy. With many HappyLand toys I do feel that although they are "safe" for a younger child to play with because of the "imaginative" aspects a younger child would probably not really benefit from them. With the HappyLand Musical Ferris Wheel I feel that not only is the toy safe for a child from 12 months old they would benefit from playing with it and get a lot of enjoyment from it because of the music and turning the handle to rotate the wheel is entertaining.
For older toddlers and children I think that the HappyLand Musical Ferris Wheel is still very entertaining especially for those that enjoy imaginative play and "make believe". For older toddlers their interest in this toy will be very much dependent on their personal play preferences so will vary between children but I do think that the HappyLand Musical Ferris Wheel would interest children up to the age of around 3 and a half.
Developmentally I think that the HappyLand Musical Ferris Wheel has a lot of benefits and probably has slightly more developmental benefits than some of the other Happyland sets. The toy encourages creativity and a child's imagination as they play out various funfair scenarios which can help with speech development. There are also a lot of motor skills benefits and a child needs to turn the handle to make the wheel rotate and the toy figures that come with this toy require placing in and out of the Ferris Wheel carriages.
Durability wise the HappyLand Musical Ferris Wheel has proven to be a well made toy and has withstood over 3 months of regular rough play by my twin boys. The plastic wheel is regularly knocked over by my boys and on one occasion has been thrown with force off the sofa onto the wooden flooring without suffering any damage both to the plastic and also the internal workings so the music still plays. The three figures that come with the toy are also well made and the detailing has not scratched off despite my boys regularly chewing on these figures and putting them in their mouths. Because all parts of the HappyLand Musical Ferris Wheel and the ice cream cart that comes with the toy are made from a hard smooth plastic it is very easy to wipe over and keep clean.
Like many other HappyLand toys the HappyLand Musical Ferris Wheel does not come with a storage case so as a parent you may find that keeping all parts of this set together is difficult. However I tend to keep all of our HappyLand sets in one (very very large) toy box in order to keep some order to these sets.
I would definitely recommend the HappyLand Musical Ferris Wheel as it has proven to be one of my boy's favourite HappyLand toys. The Ferris Wheel is brightly coloured and made from hard durable plastic which withstands very rough play. For children this is a really fun toy as they can put the HappyLand figures in and out of the carriages and then make the wheel rotate by turning a handle. The wheel also plays music as it turns which adds to the enjoyment and as a parent this music does not get too annoying because there is the option to have it on a lower volume setting.
Although a toy I would definitely recommend I do feel that the £22 price tag is a little expensive . However it is definitely worth purchasing in toy sales when ELC reduce to under 20
A great toy that is wheel-y great !
All the fun of the fair comes to life with this lovely Happyland Musical Ferris Wheel.
Happyland is a magical land brought to you by those clever people at Early Learning Centre. They describe Happyland as, "A place where children's imagination can run wild. ELC offer a range of fabulous buildings, characters, animals and vehicles from this great range. With HappyLand toys children can build a collection that can be added to over time to create an imaginary town and learn about all walks of life."
The Happyland characters are all made of tough plastic so stand up to a lot of rough play. They are bigger than say Sylvanian Families characters as in my opinion these characters are aimed as a younger age group. I would say that Happyland are perfect for children aged 1 and above. They are bright and colourful and have a wide range of ethnicities, looks and accessories to add to the role play function.
One of the great sets we received for Christmas is the Musical Ferris Wheel. As you would expect this is a big plastic wheel like the ones you find at the fair. The wheel is a bright yellow colour and is supported by a blue stand. On the blue stand there is a happy face with a sun on it which makes this wheel nice and sunny. Underneath it it has a set of orange steps that allow the characters to get onto the seats. I like their attention to detail on this point. They didn't really have to add the stairs but they make this wheel look really authentic and that I really like. There is a handle on one side of the wheel that you turn in order to hear the fairground music. It really does sound like the music you would find at the fair, fun and makes you want to ride the wheel.
There are four seats on the wheel which are four different colours, blue, green, orange and red, a great fun way of teaching colours. The seats are attached with just one screw and so they spin around on their axis which makes them look just like real ferris wheel seats, again a nice touch by the makers.
The Happy land people fit in these sits so if you have characters from another seat they will all fit in this ferris wheel. The wheel itself though came with a number of characters. Firstly my favourite was the ice cream vendor, a must have for a fun fair. He looks just like your old time ice cream seller and I think he is a fun character. What's even better is that he comes with a ice cream car/bike that has a revolving ice cream wheel on it showing you the different pictures of all the ice creams you can purchase. Then there are two other characters that come with this set, a little girl who is eating an ice cream and a boy in a backwards baseball cap who is also eating a lolly and has a teddy bear in his other hand.
I think this is a wonderfully cute little set and if you have other Happyland sets this fits in perfectly, great fun to role play with and make up fun stories with your little ones. This set normally costs £20 but is now in the sale for £16.