Early Learning Centre 146058 Wooden Teatime Set

Make a lovely cup of tea with this ELC Wooden Teatime Set. Put the tea bag into the pot, give it a good stir then pour the tea. You can add sugar, then dip in a biscuit and sit down for a nice chat. Share tea with a friend or your favourite teddy, or make Mum and Dad a cup. Perfect for pretend play, your child can pretend to be a waiter or have afternoon tea with the Queen. Young children will love to make tea just like grown ups, this wooden set is bright, strong and durable, providing endless hours of play. Includes teapot, cups, sugar pot, tea jar, tea spoons, cookies, tea bag and sugar lumps.

Product Features

  • Wooden tea set for two.
  • Featuring a realistic looking kettle.
  • Suitable from 3 years

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Early Learning Centre Red Lights And Sounds Kettle

Let’s invite all of our friends and favourite teddies over for afternoon tea! Pretend to fill it with water, flick the switch and see it light up with a red glow then wait to hear the water “boil”. When it’s ready you can hear the water pouring as you make a nice cup of tea. This great little play kettle looks just like the real thing.

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  • Let’s invite all of our friends and favourite teddies over for afternoon tea! Pretend to fill it with water, flick the switch and see it light up with a red glow then wait to hear the water “boil”. When it’s ready you can hear the water pouring as you make a nice cup of tea. This great little play kettle looks just like the real thing.
  • Dimensions (HWD): 18.8 x 17.7 x 14cm
  • Weight: 0.248kg
  • Batteries required: 2 x AA (included)
  • Playing with friends boosts communication skills and self esteem

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Early Learning Centre Figurines (Happy land Kettle Cottage)

Go on mini mice adventures in their sardine tin car and magical kettle house. Drive the mice around in their sardine tin car, drop the mice through the spout into their cosy kettle home, sit them down for a meal on the spindle table and button chairs and then put them to sleep in their matchbox beds. Mini mice adventures: Let’s drive the mice in their sardine-tin car. We can hook up the pram to the car and take the baby along for a ride. Mice at home: Let’s drop the mice through the spout into their cosy kettle home. We can sit them down for a meal and take them up the ladder to sleep in their matchbox beds. Includes kettle cottage, spindle table, 2 button chairs, 2 mice, 2 matchbox beds, sardine tin car and baby pram. Great for: Enjoying a lovely animal dolls’ house Bringing the mice to life Encouraging talking and learning new words Creating squeaky conversations Discovering pretend play Developing strength and precision in little fingers.

Product Features

  • Join mr and mrs mouse along with baby mouse on their adventures in their kettle house.
  • Kettle with opening front door and sliding back doors
  • Includes mouse figures and accessories

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Disney Early Learning Rolie Polie Olie

Spot, Rolie Polie Olie’s dog, needs a bath, but he has run off and hidden somewhere. It’s your job to help Rolie find him. Disney Early Learning Rolie Polie Olie CD-ROM is based on Disney’s pre-school show, and is a fun, interactive way to get two to five-year-olds comfortable with a PC.

The package contains four games, each of which can be accessed by visiting a different room. The Canister Can-Can Game is probably one of the highlights of the package–eight kitchen canisters create an octave for budding musicians, while taps, kettles and even a musical toaster add variety. A playback facility also allows youngsters to record their compositions and play them back at the click of a mouse.

Logically, the “Telly Game” takes place in the living room, the “Crayon Criss-Cross Game” in Rolie’s bedroom and the “Can-Can Canister Game” in the kitchen. The Telly Game tests matching, as youngsters have to drag and drop items of furniture into their corresponding shapes. The colouring game promotes hand-to-eye co-ordination and cause-and-effect relationships, as players grab a passing crayon, then fill in the corresponding polka dot. Level one deals with primary colours, while levels two and three develop the idea of mixing two colours to create another–use the blue then the red crayons to colour in the purple one, and so on.

The final game cannot be accessed until the other three have been completed. To play the “Scuba Splash Game” players grab objects as they float around the bath–increasing levels of difficulty mean objects move faster, more bubbles make it harder for Rolie to stay under water, and fish act as obstacles.

The package is aimed at giving children different environments to learn from, rather than the traditional ABC approach to pre-school education. The format is fun and colourful, if unorthodox, and supports basic skills acquisition. The background music is repetitive and unimaginative, and though the graphics are very good, they tend to pixellate a little in places. Occasionally, the use of Flash means the program “sticks” (this was tested on a standard home PC) but generally the movements and screens flow easily.

These minor annoyances aside, this is good, wholesome, if somewhat surreal, family fun, and though two to three-year-olds will definitely need assistance, a competent four or five-year-old will master the tasks on hand. —Lucie Naylor

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