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My old little girl
My daughter used to be a big fan of In The Night Garden when she was smaller. Now, at 3, she has moved on to much more grown up TV programmes such as Peppa Pig but at the time she was really taken by all the weird and wonderful characters.
For those of you who are lucky enough never to have seen the programme, it is a show on the BBC children's channel CBeebies and revolves around a few odd characters that inhabit the Night Garden. It is quite a surreal programme in the style of Teletubbies, that seems extra-weird when you first watch it, but somehow appeals to very young babies and children. The characters are all brightly coloured and unusual and speak in their own strange way, and have their own signature song.
And as with all successful children's TV programmes there is a ton of spin-off merchandise to buy!
This little plastic toy features Upsy-Daisy, one of the main characters on the show who is often running round after her bed, and has funny little twists of hair and a skirt that flies up at the pull of a cord! This was bought for my daughter by her granny when she was around 1.
This toy features Upsy Daisy half submerged in her bed which, like on the TV show, is on wheels. It is quite a chunky toy with no loose bits of edges or anything that could harm a little one, so it's suitable from an early age. It is the right size for small hands to grip and wheel around. The toy is quite brightly coloured - although the bed itself is mainly a beige colour with a pale blue blanket, Upsy Daisy herself is the familiar shades of orange and pink. However it isn't the brightest or most colourful of toys.
What does it do? Errr....
My daughter liked this as soon as she received it as she recognised the character straight away. However, she soon got frustrated with it as she couldn't take Upsy Daisy out of her bed! She quite liked wheeling the little bed around but tired of doing this quite quickly which left her with very little to do with this toy! Other than the wheels there is literally nothing to do here - and disappointingly it isn't even that brightly coloured or appealing looking really.
My daughter is now three and every now and then since she has had this she has picked it up and I have even let her take it in the bath with her a few times just so we feel as if we're getting some use from it! But really it is a very boring little toy. It has some wheels but that really is about it and, in all honesty, there are much nicer - and cheaper - toys with wheels out there that you could buy. This now sits on her chest of drawers alongside her Ninky Nonk toy (also from In The Night Garden - and also fairly useless!) but although it looks okay there is really nothing else to it.
If you are looking for something nice for a Night Garden fan I wouldn't recommend this. It doesn't do anything and certainly didn't grab my daughter's attention for very long at all. It is a sort of pointless toy that serves no real purpose - I really can't imagine any little one would get much use out of this!
This costs £8.49 from amazon, which is a bit much I think for something that doesn't really do anything!
For those who aren't familiar with In The Night Garden, I will start with a very brief description of the show that Push and Play Upsy Daisy is from.
In The Night Garden is a show on CBeebies which is based in a magical garden halfway between dreamland and awake. It is a colourful land with many different characters and each 30minute show has its own different story. The story is narrated by a man and the characters communicate with eachother and the audience in their own different ways.
There are a few main characters in the show and the story usually revolves around one of them.
*Iggle Piggle is the main character, A tall blue, teddy who doesn't talk only squeaks. He is always bouncing around the Night Garden and often gets suprised and just falls over! He carries around his red comfort blanket.
*Upsy Daisy is Iggle Piggle's best friend, she is a beautiful and colourful doll with wild, multi-coloured dreadlocked type hair and stripy clothes and a puffy skirt. Upsy Daisy is usually accompanied by her bed-on-wheels (which she is very protective of) or her megaphone, she loves nothing better than to sing and dance.
*Makka Pakka is a small brown teddy who seems to be like the baby of the group, he is usually seen speeding around on his Og-Pog Scooter or with his sponge trying to wash some of the other characters faces! Makka Pakka sleeps in a cave with a stone bed and very colourfil blanket, he is well known for the phrase ''Makka Pakka Akka Wakka, Mikka Makka Moo''.
*There are three Tombliboos - Unn, Ooo and Eee, all with stripy tops and spotty pants on, each a different colour, one brown and pink, one red and green and one pink and yellow. The Tombliboos live in a bush and often have musical instruments, usually a piano or drums as their accompanying objects.
*There are also two families of characters that live in houses at the bottom of a tree there are 10 in each family, The Wottingers are the blue family and the Pontipines are the red family.
*There is also a Pinky Ponk which looks like a barrage balloon is mainly turquoise with pink spots and other various coloured details. The Pinky Ponk floats around the garden taking the characters on journeys, crashing into trees along the way and making farting noises!!!
*The Ninky Nonk is a strange sort of train with five different coloured and different shaped characters which travels around the Night Garden at breakneck speeds usually with some of the characters in it.
*The Hahoos are big pillow like objects, different shapes and colours who just float around the garden at their leisure.
Back to Upsy Daisy.........
I purchaced the toy for my Daughter Hallie who is 20months from a local car boot sale, she seen it and being the BIGGEST In The Night Garden fan, she just would not let up until she had it! Luckily for me it only cost me 50p although I know that brand new they can be priced around £5.00 on websites such as www.amazon.co.uk.
Push and Play Upsy Daisy is a model of Upsy Daisy lying in her bed, underneath there are wheels for you to push her along. The wheels glide along lino and laminate flooring but on carpet it is a bit of a challenge, it usually ends up on its side after Hallie has tried to push as she is rather heavy handed and it just topples due to the friction.
On first looking at the toy, you notice the bright colours that are associated with Upsy Daisy. The colours on this were very bright as it had hardly been played with but after a week of Hallie playing with it non stop, to the extent of taking it to bed with her, you can notice the difference in patched where it is starting to fade!
Upsy Daisy is made of strong plastic and has been dropped a fair few times with no signs of damage!! Very durable and cosidering the paint fades, I have seen no chips from it colliding with whatever surface Hallie is aiming at. (She tends to just drop whatever she has where she stands when she gets bored of them!).
To be honest, that is about it, that is all that Upsy Daisy does, exactly as the name suggests - Push and Play. This is rather disappointing in my opinion because even though I only paid 50p, there will be other people who have paid more and their children will get bored of it easily as I know that Hallie will soon. All the joy and excitement that the In The Night Garden TV show gives them is NOT reflected in this toy! No matter how wild and extensive a childs imagination is, there is only so far that it will go.
If I hadn't of bought this where I did, I probably wouldn't have purchaced it. I would rate this product as Average and wold recommend it if you just wanted to build up a collection of the items from the show but not for much more than that purpose!
My three year old granddaughter has always been a huge In the Night Garden fan, to the extent that the majority of toys she received for both her first and second birthdays were themed characters from the show. I find In the Night Garden toys to be rather hit and miss, they are all overpriced in my opinion but it is only when you come across a dull toy such as this that the extreme price tags become obvious.
To be fair, this is one of the cheaper toys in the range and at the time cost roughly £6.50 - although it can now be found for £4.99 on Amazon and other online stores. Frankly, however, I think even this is rather expensive considering the toy does nothing other than allow a child to push Upsy Daisy around in her bed.
It's a very rigid plastic toy, not overly heavy but I know from experience that it can leave a nasty bruise when thrown at you! The edges are all smooth so there is little chance of actually breaking the skin, but it is such a hard and unweildy toy that should a toddler fall onto it then I believe it could cause an injury.
There are no sound effects to this Upsy Daisy toy, other than the whispery buzz of the wheels as you push it along. You see, that is all this Push 'n' Play toy actually does. I personally feel it's more of a toy car than a bonefide In the Night Garden toy, admittedly it features the colourful Upsy Daisy but she hasn't been rendered in any great detail - and actually looks like a rather cheap version of any other Upsy Daisy toys which my granddaughter owns.
The wheels do move smoothly and as yet we've had no problems with them sticking. The only real issue I have with the wheels is that the bottom of the bed extends somewhat lower than is sensible so if your little one is trying to push it along a heavy carpet it will become a little stuck around the bed. This is also a problem when using the toy outside on grass, as I discovered when my almost two year old great-nephew visited yesterday. Oh, the tantrum!
The recommended minimum age for this Push 'n' Play Upsy Daisy is eighteen months; I agree with this to a point because as far as safety is concerned the toy is fine, however it can be very frustrating for very young children so for this reason I would suggest keeping hold of the idea until your little one is at least two years old.
The paintwork on the toy isn't terribly impressive. Despite the fact that my granddaughter is surprisingly careful with her toys, there are several large chips out of the paint and I've noticed the colour is actually wearing off Upsy Daisy's hair somewhat revealing a dull beige colour underneath. This isn't hugely important in the grand scheme of things, but it is something you don't see so often with modern toys and makes Upsy Daisy look like a throwback to the toys my own daughters could be found playing with some thirty years ago.
I recommend this as a toy, but do bear in mind that your child may not use it as much as other, more exciting, toys. In fact, my granddaughter barely glances at it these days and on the odd occasion it comes out of the toy box it will either be to make up the numbers or perhaps if she needs a car to complete a game she is playing.
Push and Play Daisy
From the Night Garden comes yet another overly expensive toy which we were luckily given as someone had two of them so didn't pay the £6.00 it was originally priced at (you can now find it for around £2.00 less on Amazon). £6.00 doesn't sound a lot especially these days though in my opinion it is a something and nothing toy which I would rather put the money towards a much better and more educational toy. I suppose, though, you could say the same with toy cars which in effect this is - a simple bed which you push around.
The toy itself is well made and perfectly durable to young hands though occasionally the wheels get stuck. This doesn't worry our little ones though it does make an annoying sound as it rubs against the floor!
The appearance is as you would expect and exactly like that seen on CBeebies Night Garden programme. Its bright colours are attractive to the child and although I didn't think much of it my little one took to it immediately as she was a great fan of the programme.
In effect all this toy does is sit still until pushed by the child. I personally think it is a waste of money in many aspects though it is well loved by my little ones and so would say that from a childs point of view this toy is perhaps a good one. From my point of view not so much!