“ Brand: John Lewis / Type: Girls' dress up - Accessories „
Hollie has loved dressing up as a princess from a young age, she also loves wands and plastic play jewellery so when I spotted a pretty wand and tiara set in John Lewis priced at just £5 I decided to treat her despite the fact she already has plenty dotted around the house. It was nicely, if basically, packaged in a thick plastic bag with good quality card 'frame' around the bag to form more of a box shape - its definitely a set you could give as a gift without embarrassment as it looks good and makes the most of the pieces visually. The wand is around eight inches long and made of a shiny silver plastic; the butterfly shape on the end of the wand is made of the same plastic and features two small metal malleable antenna, both of which snapped within two weeks of Hollie beginning to play with the wand. The pink feathered centrepiece and all four sequins did too, unfortunately leaving messy glued up portions on the plastic butterfly shape. Luckily the butterfly has been well thought out and looks good even without these embellishments, it's a lovely noticeable shape and the plastic is dimpled for effect. I've noticed on Dooyoo's piccie above that this dimpling runs down the length of the wand, but this isn't the case on Hollie's and I'm glad as I really like the effect of the smooth plastic on the handle of the wand compared to the textured finish of the butterfly. The wand seems to be surprisingly durable; Hollie has used it to play in the house and garden regularly since I bought it for her, as well as taking it to two fancy dress occasions at school, and apart from some very minor chipping of the silver on the pointed tips of the butterfly's wings (and the obvious loss of feathers and sequins) the wand looks in fabulous condition. She particularly loved 'Book Day' a few weeks ago as she was the only princess with a wand that was shaped like anything other than a star and apparently all her little princessey friends were highly jealous, luckily by this point it still had its feathers and (most of the) sequins so looked ace! The handle is very thin, I suspect it'll be this that fails in the end as I've heard a faint creak a few times recently when Hollie throws it down - I think maybe the butterfly will snap off as the join isn't feeling too strong at the moment, but we'll have to wait and see! It's obviously going to be a role play toy unless, like my friends little girl, your child just likes to sit holding the wand. Hollie has an amazing imagination and plays proper fairy games with it, she was going to use it with her witches costume for Halloween but we've decided it's far too pretty to be used by an ugly old witch! Personally I love listening to her reenacting Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom with her toddler brother, of course Hollie takes the role of Princess Holly with poor David standing around like a mute little elf looking very bored at being continually changed into a rabbit, frog or ladybird! I'm happy with the wand for the price I paid, it's very much a throwaway plastic toy despite the John Lewis branding but ours is lasting nicely so far despite pretty heavy use. When it breaks I won't make a point of visiting John Lewis to replace it but Hollie is happy with it and for me that's all that matters - the matching tiara is also fabulous and far more durable in terms of the feathers and jewels not falling off!
I am a part time child minder and look after my niece and nephew, while their mum goes out to work three days a week and it's good to keep something in the house for them to play with as they are over around at mine so much. I bought the John Lewis Butterfly Wand for my little niece a few Halloweens ago, she was dressing up as a fairy princess and of course every fairly princess needs her very own wand. The wand is really quite lovely, it is pink in colour and on the end had a butterfly and is really sparkly and pretty looking, there are some feathers on the end of the wand on the butterfly, though they didn't really last more than a week as my niece had them pulled off. She loved the wand and did her little magic tricks as a fairy princess, singing bippidy boppidy boo and waving it around, it was really quite a novelty for her. One thing that you must be careful with is that this wand is only plastic and it bends quite easily, I would guess that it would be very easily broken, though thank goodness ours has lasted the test of time, it isn't quite as pretty as when it was bought to begin with, but my niece only really plays with it when she is playing dress up in one of her little costumes. This wand toy is suitable for children aged 3 and up. I bought this wand for £2 in my local toy store, which wasn't that bad of a price for a gimicy little toy that my niece has enjoyed and got some use out of. Overall I would recommend this little wand to anyone who has a daughter who loves to play dress up, though do keep in mind that it is quite flimsy, as most wands around this price are. It was a great buy to match in along with her fairy dress up costume and doesn't really have much more use than that. *also on ciao under lorrainek90