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My grandchildren adore this toy from Happy Land. It was bought over a year ago for £30 from The Early Learning Centre and they play with it regularly. It is very well designed, good quality and very sweet. Happy Land is a set of make believe toys that The Early Learning Centre have. They are various different plastic sets which can be played with together or on their own. This one is a windmill farm. It comes with many items which makes it very good value for money. It is made from a robust plastic which is easy to wipe clean and also very toddler tough. My little grandchildren like to try and chew on some of the parts and it has withstood this over the last year, I cannot fault the quality. It is a big windmill with various rooms, an outside staircase, a balcony and more. This gives children lots of little detail to play with. It comes with a variety of items; table and chair all nicely laid with cakes and tea, a carriage which gets pulled by a pony, several people and various other animals. It plays music when you turn the windmill, this music is actually quite annoying and isn't really needed. I would prefer it if it didn't have this element as it doesn't really add anything to the toy. My grandchildren love playing with this. They use their imaginations to create stories between the people and animals and love putting people in the carriage for the horse to pull along. They can play with this for hours and never seem to get bored, the various other sets they have add to it and they just love it. After having this for about 18 months I'm still amazed by how much excitement they get from it. They have played with it regularly and enjoy doing so. It remains in fantastic condition and is very robust. I think that it is very well designed. It probably is more geared towards girls as it is rather sweet and pink but this hasn't stopped by grandson playing with it too!
My daughter has a lot of Happyland people from The Early Learning Centre but she doesn't have many big play houses so we were really excited when her Grandparents bought her the windmill farm recently for her birthday. As the name would suggest the farm has a big windmill as its main feature. There are some big plastic yellow sails that turn around when you move them which are attached to a big dome building. This looks very authentic and just like the old buildings where they milled the corn. The sails play a tune when you turn them around and for this you need 2 AAA batteries. There is a downstairs part of the windmill too which has some stairs on the outside allowing the figures to get up and down to the different levels. The back of the building is completely open so this allows you to play with it how you wish and make up your on games and stories. There is no built in furniture but there are some nice touches that make it look more homely such as a horse painting on the wall. The farm building has two stable doors that open where you can house the horse and cart that come with this set. The cart attaches to the horse by some reigns and is not the most secure fit and I do find I have to put them back together quite a bit. The windmill also comes with a cow and sheep, two people and furniture such as two beds and two chairs. If you have some other sets you will note that the chairs are exactly the same, as are the beds but I like this fact because you can mix and match and use these with other sets too. The windmill farm cost £38 from The Early Learning Centre.
Early Learning Centre have designed a range of play sets aimed at toddlers, this range is called Happyland. There are lots of different play sets from cottages to moon houses and rocket ships, so of course they appeal to both girls and boys. The chunky, robust figurines with a soft touch make them perfect for younger children, even younger than their recommended age of 18 months. I'll be reviewing the Happyland Windmill farm. ----- What is included? ----- This set doesn't just contain the main windmill building, it comes with a range of figures and accessories. So it is a fantastic starter Happyland set or fantastic to add to an already growing collection. There are two lady figures, one is a farm hand and the other is the farm lady. Both are decorated to an excellent standard with the farm hand wearing an apron and carrying a tin of milk and the farm lady holding some flowers, no detail has been spared. They stand around 2 inches tall, ideal for little hands to hold. There are four animals included in this set, a cow, a sheep, a horse and a pink pony. Again, with these animals no detail has been spared. Although I'm not sure a pink pony is very realistic! A cart for the horse is also included, it fits on by being put over the top of the horses back. It has two wheels so when the horse is being moved along the cart will follow. The set also contains a crate of apples which slot into a hole in the cart. A table and two chairs and two beds are included too. I love the table as it has two cups and two cake details on the top, just like if I had a friend round here for tea! ----- The windmill ----- The main building of this play set is the windmill farm. It combines a windmill home, and a farm. With two storeys to the windmill it is quite a nice size set at around 45cm tall. To get to the second storey of the house there is a set of stairs to the left of the front door, I think this is quite a good feature as many toys today forget about the stairs and characters have to 'fly' up to the next level. The detail in and around the house is excellent, with flowers and climbing ivy decorating the outside and rugs on the inside, nothing has been forgotten about. There are three doors to the windmill farm, one main door for the house, and two stable doors for the farm. All three doors are easy to open, and haven't fallen off like some other Happyland sets. This set also makes music, once the windmill arms have been turned a little jingle will play, it only plays for 30 seconds tops so not too annoying unless your child spins it over and over again like mine likes to do! The windmill requires 2xAAA batteries for this. There are two sound settings, low and high, even on the highest setting it isn't too loud to deafen you which is quite nice. ----- Our opinions ----- My daughter, who is now two years old, has always loved playing with the two Happyland sets she previously had up until her birthday and Christmas when she received a couple more of the play sets to add to her collection. This one has now become her most loved play set and it gets more use than the others she has. With the back of the windmill farm completely open my daughter finds it very easy to get the figures and accessories in there to play and there is ample room to get the table and chairs in the bottom floor with figures sitting on the chairs too. The windmill farm isn't too wide so when playing from the back it is still easy to reach in and let the figures in through the three doors of the windmill. The first floor isn't very big and once the two beds are in side by side there isn't any room left, so the figures kind of jump from the stairs into the bed! The horse and cart is a little tricky for my daughter to operate. Once the cart is balanced on top of the horses back, she likes to whizz the horse around forgetting that the cart falls off the back of the horse easily. Maybe if there was some kind of clip on the horse to keep the cart in place it may be easier to play with. The cart generally spends its days outside of the farm doing nothing. The thing we both love about the Happyland range is how versatile it is. Although this set includes two figures already, my daughter loves playing with her whole range of Happyland toys at the same time, so often we will bring her school children to the windmill farm, and include more of the animal figures she already has. It's hard to keep my daughter occupied for more than 10-15 minutes at a time with most of her toys, but this can't be said for her Happyland toys. We can both spend a good 45 minutes playing with her collection. This set currently retails for £38, but if you are looking to buy it I would wait as ELC often have offers on the Happyland range. I think I paid around £23 for our set. At full price it is expensive for what it is, but the amount of play we have had out of it so far it is definitely worth it (and more).