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I'm reviewing Peppa Pig's Picnic Set .
I was initially horrified to hear that this cost £14 (from Santa ) , but on reflection it was worth it due to the use we have made of it.
***WHAT YOU GET***
We got three cups.
One teapot with lid.
One milk jug(no lid).
One sugar bowl with lid.
One picnic mat.
All contained in a bright pink picnic basket which looks like wicker but is actually plastic .
First off ours is NOT as depicted above regarding colours. Ours is pink and purple and much more tasteful than the yellow & blue one I think.(sticks nose in the air haughtily)
It is made from plastic of course, and each item has Peppa or her brother George depicted on it.
Holly (the little girl I child-mind) is fond of Peppa pig. Not as obsessed as she once was, but clearly still retains a liking for all things Peppa, and when looking for a tea set from Santa Holly's mum settled for this to balance out other different 'character' play items Santa was leaving, rather than have everything based round her latest fad character.
But tea sets need people to share with. Dollies are fine to a degree , but can't interact with the hostess in the way humans do,and Holly's mum was always too busy working and catching up at home for lengthy messy play. Now that Holly spends lots of time at my house daily the picnic set has come into it's own and gets played with daily. She really REALLY enjoys it. Generally I will produce a pouch of capri-sun juice, a tiny packet of milk chocolate buttons ,slice up a Milky Way and split a satsuma into segments and voila! ....Holly is hosting a picnic with 'cookies' and cake and slices of fruit and she and her brother enjoy setting everything out and organising games round the picnic scenario .It usually lasts at least half an hour before ending when brother gets bored. Then Holly takes over clearing up or playing making meals with it.
So the set gets really well used and all it takes is a little imagination and encouragement .
Another issue it helps with is responsibility. Holly knows it is HER job to take the used dishes out to the bathroom and wash them ,dry them and pack them away for next time and she even has her own little tea towel for this. Plus they learn that gobbling everything up in one fell swoop is greedy and brings the fun to an abrupt end.....hence her stringing it out with games of 'hide the bangle' ,where her brother can only have a treat from the plates if he finds the bangle hidden in the room.She is also fastidious in supplying napkins (kitchen roll) and ensuring both she and her little brother wash their hands before and after the picnic.All good.
The set is sturdy and has taken a fair bit of abuse and is still going strong 5 months on with only minor signs of wear and tear.
The 'basket' still has a working catch ,which surprised me ,because I thought it would not last long. The mat has been lost at some point,but that isn't the fault of the set(more like a careless mummy) and I replaced it with a hemmed piece of thin bright fabric,so no big deal.
One annoyance is needing to use the saucers as plates. I think three plates should have been included in the set.
***MY THOUGHTS ON IT***
Children need stimulation regarding some play items. There is no point in shoving toys like this at them and trotting off leaving them to it every single time. I understand not everyone has time for joining in play time,but if you can spare some time for interaction to get their imaginations fired then this little set is great. Even on days when I leave them to their own devices I hear Holly using phrases I would use when joining in ....monkey see,monkey do.....so this has come into it's own and has offered lots of fun to Holly and her little brother. And me.
Like I say,I thought £14 a bit steep for a basic plastic tea set/picnic set,but it has lasted well and given us all lots of fun and I expect it to continue being useful when the rain finally decides to stop and we can use the garden.
Would I recommend ? Yes I would. But I'm removing one star because everyone knows that picnics need plates.
Thank you for reading and I hope this was useful~~~myloh.
My daughter is a big Peppa pig fan and so our house is fast been taken over by all things Peppa and amazingly enough there is a great deal of peppa merchandise!
My daughter loves picnics and was very excited to receive the Peppa Pig picnic tea set and of course promptly held a picnic!
What is it?
This is a tea set made from plastic which contains a table cloth printed with peppa pictures! It also contains a tea pot, sugar bowl and milk jug as well as 4 cups and saucers all is contained in a "wicker picnic basket" which is more like a small case designed to look like wicker.
Cost and Stockist
I got this in B&M Bargains for the bargain price of £7.99 normally this should be between £13.00 to £15.00 so head for B&M bargains.
This is great for imaginative play, it is a big hit for peppa fans and of course all the pieces gave a lovely box to store them in!
At £15.00 this is a complete rip off and even at £7.99 I feel that you are paying for the privilege of having peppa pig stuck on a tea set. However my daughter has played with this almost daily since the beginning of November and that is what is important not what mummy thinks!
I have to admit it is cute however I would get a indulgent relative to purchase this as I for one cannot get over the fact that I am being conned for more money because my child loves a large snorting pig!
I had collected quite a bit of commission on my catalogue and was looking to treat the children with it when I spotted this lovely picnic set and although it says for age three and over new my 2 year old daughter would love it as she loves pretend play and peppa pig.
I do think it was rather over priced for what it is but then isn't everything that comes from a catalogue or has the pepper pig brand.
The picnic basket in the picture looks like it is wicker so I was a bit worried that my two year old would pick it to pieces in no time as she had done to my washing basket so was really happy to find when it arrived that it wasn't wicker at all but plastic moulded to look like wicker, this has also made it easy to clean too as a quick wipe and its like new.
Along with the basket you get a tea pot, milk jug, sugar bowl, three cups, saucers and spoons as well as a picnic mat so it is quite a squeeze to fit it all back in the basket and my two year old cant do this alone so a little help is required but my 8 year old has no trouble organising it to fit back in.
My three daughters have had hours of fun playing with this so was well worth the money, it is durable so has lasted really well and still looks brand new despite a lot of use. I love the fact it can all be packed away in the basket to store it so you don't loose the pieces and am easy to clean if they have been playing out side with it. It is a great way to encourage pretend play.
My daughter is peppa pig mad and so when I came across this picnic set I knew she would love it we paid around £8 for it from our local b&m which is a bargain as these sets usually retail at around £15. It can be brought from Amazon, supermarkets and lots of other toy retailers I would look for it on offer.
What is it?
It is a picnic set which includes a tea pot, sugar bowl, milk jug, picnic mat, 3 cups, saucers and tea spoons. It all comes in a lovely box although it is described as a wicker box it is actually made of solid plastic and just designed to look like a real wicker box this is not a bad things means it is easy to keep clean and well made. It can be a little hard to get all the pieces back in as they have to sit right for it to close but after a while you get used to the way it needs pack.
Each piece of the set is made of plastic and so is very durable can be wiped clean. The tea pot and sugar pot both had lids that are easy to remove and put back on and all work perfectly when my daughter uses water for them. They are small but not too small and all the handles are a perfect size for little ones hands meaning they can hold and use them perfectly.
How to play
Simply lay the mat on the floor remove all the pieces from the basket and let little ones imagination run wild. She likes to add water to her teapot and pour it into the cups where she kindly asks mummy or daddy to taste it.
She likes to sit and try and have her lunch on the plates but as they are only tea cup size this can be difficult but my daughter does not seem to mind. Afterwards she likes to do the washing up to make all her set clean again but as it is just stickers that are added to each item rather than printed pictures this can be a disaster as they just crumble off. It does not affect game play but it does make them look rather tatty until the whole sticker is removed.
How well does it last?
Most of the set lasts really well although there are a few negatives the main structure of the toy and the whole play set work really well. The plastic can be wiped down which is great as that makes the set look brand new again and the box is great for keeping everything together. We have had this for 13 months now and it is still in perfect working order no scratches or any other marks although the Peppa pig stickers have come off so other than the picture on the inside of the basket you cannot tell it is a peppa pig toy.
There are a few negatives about this product one of them is you have to add the stickers yourself. Although this is not a huge problem or time consuming I find they tend to peel off a lot quicker when they are not added by the company. It is easy to do but within the first month of use they began to peel and now only a couple of the stickers remain.
Also the picnic mat that came is a flimsy piece of paper that was ruined the first time my daughter spilled a little 'tea' on it we had to chuck it away as it simply ripped. Although saying that my daughter does not mind that she just uses her peppa pig blankets to sit on.
It is a lovely toy that has received a year's worth of play and although a little tatty all round it works well. There are all the items you need for a tea party and a lovely story box to keep all the pieces together I do not think the fact it is peppa pig really matters although this is a major bonus for my Peppa pig mad daughter.
It is recommended from 3 plus but my daughter received this when she was 2 and as there are no small pieces she got on just fine with it. I would recommend this set it has its downfalls but the advantages outweigh them and it is a well loved toy.