“ Manufacturer: ELC / Type: Accessories „
My 2 and 3 year old boys both enjoy this hat, but especially the 2 year old. I got it just as a cheap extra little present to add to his birthday things (2nd birthday) but he really took a liking to it and seems to play with it every day or nearly every day.
It is quite a strong sturdy hat and can take being handled roughly by boisterous children, or thrown around. However the plastic inner band actually came out from ours fairly early on (after maybe 6 weeks) due to the boys kept fiddling around with it and it came out, and would not seem to go back so we have discarded it. Now it is a bit big for them but they still really enjoy it so does not seem to matter too much.
I found the hat to be a great start to dressing up items, and would definitely recommend it for younger children, who may not be able to get themselves dressed and undressed into whole costumes independently but can easily put a hat onto their head to get into character. My boys also like to put things into it such as small trains or matchbox cars, and carry them round the house in the hat, so it is multipurpose for them. They also find it hilarious to put the hat onto other people's heads, like my head or each others. I've found it sparks their imagination, as it is a simple toy that does not "do" anything, but just helps as a prop for them to get a bit more creative. It's lovely to see when they start doing imaginative play, so I would recommend for any young boys (or girls too if they like!)
==Fireman's Helmet From the Early Learning Centre==
I did suggest this product and add the right picture but it seems as if dooyoo have uploaded the other fire fighters helmet from the ELC which is a cheaper version by a good few pounds but check out the ELC or Mothercare website to see the higher priced helmet which I am reviewing.........
Jack adores to play dress up and he has such a wild imagination which I really do love to encourage. Part of his wild imagination is grown because of the amount of dress up clothes he has and one of his favourite dress up hats has got to be this Fireman's Helmet. We have other hats such as a policeman's helmet, cowboy hat and an army man helmet but this helmet probably cost the most but has had the most use.
The helmet itself is for sale in the Early Learning Centre but can also be purchased at Mothercare where the ELC toys are stocked. The price in each shop is the same at £8 exactly. This is probably a little bit more than I would like to pay for an item such as this especially when the other dress up items he has are relative cheap by comparison. The army man hat only cost a little over £2 as did the cowboy hat. However these hats are not as sturdy or realistic as this ELC Fireman's helmet is.
The age range for this Fireman's Helmet is from 3 years to 6 years old and there is a insert inside the helmet which allows for the size to be altered for larger or smaller heads. Jack has had this item for quite a while now and because of this changeable insert the helmet still fitted on his head from around 2 years old which was good.
The helmet itself does indeed look rather like a real fireman's helmet and is a wonderfully bright yellow in colour. The bright coloured plastic is rather tough and has taken a fair bit of bettering but still looks as good as the day we first bought it. The plastic although hard wearing is not in the least bit heavy which means Jack finds it easy to put on and take off and can wear it for a good amount of time.
The features on this fireman's helmet which make it look more true to life are the plastic visor, the neck protector and the chin strap. The plastic visor has got to be the best part of the whole hat and because of the fact that it is moveable and can be pulled down over the face for protection or pushed up out of the way when a job has been done it makes for great realistic type play which really does get Jack believing the game. The movable visor is made again from the tough wearing plastic and is see through clear. This does get mucky quite often with sticky hands forever touching it but it is simple to clean with a damp cloth and does come up nice and clean.
The neck protector which is at the back of the helmet is held in place well and as yet has not come loose or threatened to be torn off no matter how much Jack mistreats it. You can really tell that this item is a good quality item which will last a very good amount of time. The neck protector is made from a black mesh type material which is probably why it is so heard wearing.
The chin strap is another piece of black mesh type material. This again is made of good stuff which is easy to clean and does the job it needs to do and does it well. The strap is another part of the helmet that is changeable and can be made bigger or smaller to fit different sized heads. It keeps the hat on Jacks head well and even with his sensitive skin hasn't seemed to cause any irritation whatsoever.
The overall look of the helmet is a good one and there are sections that have been shaped especially to make the item look more realistic which when combined with the visor, neck protector and chin strap make up for a really good little item that both Jack and myself are pleased with.
A lot of fun can be had when playing with this item especially if, like Jack, the child loves playing dress up and adores fire fighters! The fact that we have had it well over a year and Jack plays with it so regularly but it is still in great condition speaks volumes for the type of quality you are getting when purchasing this item and it really cannot be faulted!
All in all it has got to get a top score of 5 out of 5 stars from us and a very high recommendation!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.