Thursday, 2 September 2010

Peppa Pig Tumble and Spin Game

The Tot Testers have been taking full advantage of the rainy weather to try out the Peppa Pig Tumble and Spin game. So, did it leave them happy?

Being 2 and 3, it sometimes takes the Tots a while to work out games, as they're more comfortable with imaginative play than following instructions (some days even no is hard for Little Tot to understand!), so it was with an open mind that we put the Peppa Pig game together.

It does require adult assembly, and there are quite a few cards which need to be arranged. Of course with Toddlers and toys which have accessories, there is always the chance that they will lose bits and pieces, and usually a toy with as many cards as this has would be something I wouldn't buy.

After setting it up, I gave it a trial run, and it immediately sparked Big Tots attention due to the music and Peppa Pig's voice being used. It says things like "faster faster" as the child needs to spin Peppa on her special stand as part of the game. But this in itself frustrated Big Tot as it didn't constantly say the phrase and she thought she wasn't spinning it fast enough, meaning at times she got a little too heavy handed with it!

There is the option of up to 4 people playing, so you can play as a family, which is nice as there seems to be less and less opportunities for the old fashioned family play at the table of my child hood with gaming really leaping from the board to the PC or console.

Educationally, it boosts memory as the child has to look for a pair of matching cards, and it does encourage, like any game, competitive play.

From Little Tots point of view, it was much less a game, than a Peppa Pig to gnaw on (as he has his back teeth cutting in), and the figure did take this abuse well! He also had much more fun picking up the cards and throwing them everywhere!
A game I would recommend to parents of older children, perhaps age 5-7.

The Peppa Pig Tumble and Spin Game is available from Toys R Us for £9.99

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