My granddaughter lives in a flat on the fourth floor - there isn't a lot of room so everything has to be kept tidy and in its place. Since a very early age she has enjoyed cleaning and I remember as soon as she was able to walk confidently she enjoyed picking up her Mum's big sweeping brush, swinging it around and sweeping the floor in her own fashion. Sometimes I had a vision of the brush handle going through the TV or her Dad's Mac falling off the desk on to the floor. These images bothered me so I stepped in and bought her a cleaning set so she could use her own brush and hopefully nothing would get damaged..
The cleaning set cost £10 from Early Learning Centre, packaged in a strong plastic bag and consists of 4 parts; large broom, mop, dustpan and brush. I think the colours of the cleaning set can differ slightly. My granddaughter's mop and broom are the same colour as the ones above in the picture but the small brush is red and the dustpan is yellow.
Why the age group is meant to be for 3 + years, I am not quite sure. I think a child of 18 months+ can easily play happily with this toy set. My granddaughter was only 18 months old when I purchased this set for her. The thing you have to take into consideration here is the height of the child you are buying the set for. My granddaughter is very tall for her age and when I took the broom and mop out of the packaging I was concerned that they would be too small for her and she would be bending over all the time and in the end go back to using her Mum's brush. Fortunately, this hasn't been the case and has used the set often and still uses it 12 months on.
Let's take a look at each part starting with the mop - the handle is made from strong plastic with a little curly bit at the top like a real mop. The mop head is made in the same design as a Vileda super twist string mop except the head isn't detachable. I'm not convinced you can mop any part of a floor with this mop head as it is far too flimsy and flies away all over the place. Also, what is the point of a mop without a bucket? It would have been a good idea to incorporate a small bucket in the set. I am marking the mop down because it is too light and my granddaugter doesn't really use it because of this.
This is a sturdy little brush, colourful and easy for a child aged 18 months and upwards to use. The handle is smooth with no sharp pieces of plastic sticking out and easy to grip. The bristles are two tone; black and white and made from strong nylon. This brush does the job. Not only does my granddaughter use this brush regularly when she copies Mum, I use it to sweep crumbs off the sofa. Full marks for the brush.
Bright yellow in colour, quite lightweight, easy to hold and use. This is very much like a household dustpan and I have used this several times to sweep crumbs off the floor into. If I have any complaints about this little toy it is a bit light and would be better if the plastic material was stronger. There are already signs of the plastic cracking so it isn't very durable.
Durable, good size for a child to hold and sweeps well. Out of the four items in the cleaning set I would say this is the one my granddaugter uses the most. The brush head is the same design as the broom with black and white nylon bristles and the handle of the brush curves around the brush head and is made from a strong but smooth plastic.
This was a good purchase from Early Learning Centre although I think the price of £10 is a little high for what the cleaning set comprises and would have been nice if a bucket had been included and perhaps a container to keep all four parts together as the mop and dustpan tend to go missing. On the other hand my granddaughter has played with the set nearly every day for a year and it has made her happy and realise that crumbs etc have to be swept away and surfaces kept clean. As soon as she sees her Mum cleaning off she goes to find her brush and dustpan. It's really cute how she stands her broom up behind the door next to her mum's broom. Most children like to copy their parents and in this case the set is good for role-play and pretending to clean the house and do what Mum or Dad does. My only worry is that at the age of 2 and a half years my granddaughter is a bit fanatical about cleaning and I'm not sure this is a good thing.
The cleaning set can be purchased from an Early Learning Centre shop or on-line athttp://www.elc.co.uk/on/demandware.store/Sites-ELCENGB-Site/default/Home-Show.
Product number is 128807
My daughter has always loved helping, whether in the house or in the garden. As soon as she sees me cleaning she has to go get herself a cloth and help out, if I put my gardening gloves on she instantly fetches hers. So when my friend asked what to get her for her 2nd birthday I suggested this set. At the time I think it was £8, it is now £10.
By this point she was already trying to sweep up with our big kitchen brush and 'helping' when we mopped the kitchen floor. She would insist on helping push the mop around which was no easy feat for either of us, so when I saw this set I knew instantly that we would all love it!
The set comprises of a dustpan and brush, a long handled brush and a mop. All the perfect size/length for little ones to use. It originally only came in pale blue, but it is now available in pink (which bizarrely seems comes with a blue brush for the dustpan) or blue with a red/yellow dustpan set. Not being a 'pink' person I was perfectly happy with pale blue!
The long handled brush and mop have red plastic hanging loops on the top and the dustpan and brush have a hole in the handle for hooking up, just like grown up ones! The set doesn't come with a stand like some cleaning sets, but we just put hooks up in the cupboard where we keep our cleaning tools and they all hook on without any problems!
We have not used this as a playset! It has been used to help clean the kitchen just like real cleaning tools! And before you call social services, my daughter does this out of choice! Now when I mop my daughter gets her mop out and mops with me! I wouldn't say it is a particularly effective mop for removing dirt and grime, but it is a very effective way of occupying her whilst I mop! Similarly the long handled brush and dustpan and brush are used regularly for sweeping up after tea. My daughter really enjoys helping out and it's nice having something that is so easy for her to use, adult sized tools are far too cumbersome for her to use easily.
We have now had this set for around 18 months and it is still in full working order and fab, if a little dirty, condition. It is sold as from age 3, but my daughter has been using it since her second birthday.
From the minute she could walk and talk, my daughter has always wanted to know what I am doing, and to get involved with it . Especially when I am cleaning the house - despite needing constant nagging to keep her won room tidy, if I'm dusting, hoovering, or sweeping she wants to be involved . This has ended up with her having toy versions of almost everything I use - a hoover, an iron and ironing board, a washing machine - she's all set to move out on her own!
One of the items I got for her some time ago is the Early Learning Centre cleaning set, Costing £10, this set consists of a mop, a long handled sweeping brush, and a dustpan and brush. It is available in pink and blue - I opted for the blue for my daughter, as she has quite enough pink stuff already .
I have to say, the set is pretty realistic - in fact, as far as I'm concerned it is the real thing, just scaled down to a more manageable size for little people . My daughter follows me round the kitchen copying what I do - if I sweep, she sweeps, and if I mop, she mops .
Speaking of mops, I do have one gripe with the set . The mop (which is an incredibly realistic copy of one of those with the thin paper cloth heads) doesn't come with a mop bucket . Now, I'm certainly not going to let my daughter actually mop with this toy, because then I'd have a toy mop with a dirty damp stinky head, but I do think that having a mop bucket to dip the mop into, even without water, would add to the realism of the toy . I ended up picking my daughter up a mop bucket from the £1 shop, but it really is too big for the scaled down toy mop, and despite being in the same shade of blue, clearly stands out as not a toy.
These do seem quite sturdily made - the handle of the brush has been stood on and tripped over any number of times, and has not broken . These are easy to keep clean too - the handles can be wiped down with a wet cloth, and the bristles simply rinsed off under a tap and left standing up to dry.
My daughter really enjoys using these, she really feels like she is helping out, and I'm certainly not going to discourage any interest in helping with cleaning, although I'm sure once she starts doing chores for real she will soon lose interest .
4 stars - one off for not including a mop bucket!
Late last year my little girl developed a love of cleaning! This must have come from my mum as she is a real clean freak (- think Monica from Friends!!) and while I was at work quite often my daughter would pitch in and "help" my mum with her cleaning. As I knew she was to be receiving a kitchen for Christmas I thought a cleaning set would be great to go with it, and one afternoon I saw the perfect set in the Early Learning Centre.
The ELC Cleaning set consists of a mop, long brush and a dustpan and brush, and it comes in blue. I was surprised that it only comes in blue as ELC usually seem to sell everything in a choice of pink or blue, but it is a pastel blue so it isn't too boyish really. Personally I would have preferred it in pink but for £8.00 I couldn't really complain. The set comes tied together so it is easy to carry it, but as soon as that tie is broken there is no way of storing them all together unless you have something at home that is suitable to hold them in - my daughter just puts hers in her toy box.
The items are very well made and are very sturdy, great quality as expected from ELC. The mop has a real mop head on so it can be used for actual mopping!! I love this as many of the household toys are just pretend. The mop and brush are around 50cm long which is a great height for toddlers and the handles have a small grip on them which makes it easier for the children to hold them.
The recommended age for the cleaning set is age three + but my daughter had just turned two when she received them and she has been fine playing and cleaning with them. It does help that she is very tall for her age, as if she was smaller she may have struggled a little with the brush and mop.
I think this has been a great buy, it keeps my daughter occupied for long periods of time and she just loves sweeping up - especially now we have a kitten and she sees me sweeping up the cat litter that Cleo scatters all over!! It is funny when she has mopped the floor and gets cross if I walk across it meaning she has to do it all over again! I love how this cleaning set encourages children to clean up and is just fantastic for role play - my daughter turns into a real little housewife once she gets going!! I can't recommend this enough, it has been fantastic, and now coming up to a year down the line the items are still in great condition. The only downside to this is that they don't come with anything to store them in, that would be the only improvement with the set.
Thank you for reading my review :)
My daughter loves a spot of cleaning. There is nothing more she enjoys that grabbing a cloth and helping me clean all day. I know this is not something which will last forever so feeling that I should take advantage of her helpfulness now I purchased her the ELC cleaning set.
It can be ordered from the website or it can be purchased in store and it cost £8.00. It consists of a broom, a mop and a dust pan and brush. Sadly it only comes in blue. I think my daughter would have preferred it in pink but it just wasn't an option. It isn't a boyish blue it is more of a cleaning blue if that makes sense? It is suitable for ages 3 and up which I think is about the right age for this set of toys.
All of the cleaning impliments are well made and sturdy for use and each item can actually be used for cleaning. They are made of plastic. The mop is perfectly fine to be dipped into water and give the floor a little wash with with my daughter does frequently. And she has been known to whip out the dust pan and brush when I have lost mine or if we are doing the big dining room floor and she will start on one side of the room and I will start on the other. The broom and the brush from the dust pan both have proper bristles.
All of the products are a good size for children and easy to hold on to. The dustpan and brush have a little grip on the handle so that they don't slip when they are being used.
My daughter absolutely loves this little set and she enjoys being Mummy's helper. She looks all proud at the floors she has cleaner and Daddy gets a severe telling off if he steps foot on her clean floor! It is a great toy in that it also teaches your child to clean up after themselves and tidy - I have noticed a huge leap in my daughter tidying her toys away after she has finished with them without anyone even asking her to.
My children love helping me round the house, I always let them do the dusting and they help me make the beds but sometimes they hinder more than help and they certainly make the chores a lot longer than they should be!
I ordered the ELC Cleaning Set for my daughter who was 4 at the time, to keep her occupied whilst I got my stuff done. It only comes in blue which was a shame as she would have prefered another colour but for £8.00 I couldn't grumble.
It contains 4 cleaning tools- a broom, dustpan, brush and a mop but unfortunately it doesn't come with anything to store them or even clip them together which would have been handy.
Each item is well made and made of sturdy plastic, the mop can actually be used for mopping and I have been known to quickly use her dustpan and brush when I can't find mine!
The length of the broom and the mop is around 50cm so it is perfect for little hands, and the dustpan and brush have little grips on them to prevent slipping. It is for 3 years and up which I think is the right age grouping,if used by children who are younger the broom and mop could be too big to be handled safely.
The cleaning set keeps my daughter occupied for ages, she loves pretending to be mummy and can get quite bossy if someone walks on her clean floor! I tend to wrap some cleaning wipes around the mop instead of using water as that can get a bit too messy, and this way she can still see the wetness on the floor.
The set encourages her to tidy up after herself and also is great for role play.
As I said earlier a rack to hold the items together would have been useful and maybe a duster in the pack but for £8.00 I can't complain, it certainly has made it's money back.