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My first child went through this huge phase of in the night garden and we ended up with a massive collection, downside is he grew out of it and we gifted the items to charity. Now my second child has gone mad on it we are now starting the collection all over again!
My son is a total water baby and knew this was a perfect toy for him to play with whilst in the bath, this toy can be purchased from all major retailers and be found on the internet from ebay, amazon and plenty of other online stores.
Makka pakka will come boxed with his uff uff and funnel, his funnel can be held in his hand ready for playtime and his uff uff is a sqishy squirter toy ideal for squirting mum and dad! Makka pakka also has holes where his ears or whatever they are on his head so you can scoop him up with water and watch it trickle out!
One thing i did find with the uff uff is it is vital to make sure you really clean this out after every use as we noticed little black bits coming out of it on one bath time which im assuming was where we hadn't cleared all water out properly.
This is a fantastic bath toy and would highly recomend this for any in the night garden fan as it gives your child hours of fun! we have had to put more warm water in the bath as he wouldn't come out because he was having so much fun.
Product Dimensions: 19 x 10 x 15.5 cm ; 281 g
Boxed-product Weight: 349 g
Manufacturer recommended age: 18 months and up
My daughter had a huge in the night garden phase, everything to her was in the night garden, she wanted all of the toys, the books the DVDs and if it wasn't on the telly when she wanted it to be, she wasn't happy.
It was coming up to her second Christmas so I was putting a list
together of all of things I wanted to get for her. This list contained a lot of in the night garden toys! In general I don't like these toys much; they all seem so badly made and just look rather tacky. Any way that's what she wanted and they kept her happy and entertained.
I seen the makka pakka bath toy and immediately decided that I wanted this. She loves bath toys so I thought that she would really like this.
When we got it I was rather disappointed. It contains a rather large makka pakka plastic figure which has holes in the bottom and a little one on the top. I think the idea is to fill it with water and then it comes out of the hole like a little sprinkler. My daughter didn't find that rather entertaining though. She uses the makka pakka like it is a little doll and washes it and talks to it etc. She does rather like it.
It also came with a trumpet and makka pakka's uff uff. This fills with water and the idea is to squeeze it out. This is far too difficult for my daughter to squeeze so I have to do that. But she does really enjoy it when we squeeze water at her. As for the trumpet thing, it's rather useless; it doesn't actually work and is tiny. My daughter never showed any interest in this and never actually made it to the bathroom. It has just been sat in the bottom of a toy box somewhere since we got it.
So would I recommend it? It's difficult to say, children do seem to like it but really i think it was a waste of money. I think I would recommend it for those huge in the night garden fans because they tend to love anything from the brand.
It's not that expensive at around £8 but I wouldn't say it was value for money.
Out of my two children, one has outgrown all things "Night Garden" related (thankfully!) but I still have a one year old to whom the attraction of Oopsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and co are irresistable. As part of my plan to treat the kids when feeling flush, I bought the Makka Pakka bath toy from Amazon for £5.99 for my youngest, so here is the review.
What you get is three items - a squeezy set of bellows, a Makka Pakka figure and a megaphone. The bellows are nigh on impossible for a small child to squeeze together with enough conviction to allow them to draw bath water in - definately a job for daddy. The megaphone (my five year old asures me its a trumpet, not a megaphone, silly daddy!) has a hole in it to allow for filling up with water and then watching it trickle out. Is it just me or does the sound of trickling water make anyone else need the toilet?
The centre piece of the three piece set is Makka Pakka himself, a roughly 7 inches high hard plastic hollow figure with holes at the bottom of his feet, and three more holes in his head and ears to allow for the "silly shower" effect as claimed by the manufacturers. So, basically its a toy with holes in to let water drain out. When I was a lad, we used an empty shampoo bottle!
In summary, if your child / children like the Night Garden, you may find it worthwhile buying this toy to make bathtimes more exciting. However, if you haven't got a toddler with the arm strength to operate the bellows or don't have 6 quid lying about, use an empty shampoo bottle instead - its cheaper and easier to use.
Whilst finishing off the Christmas shopping, I spotted this In the Night Garden Makka Pakka bath toy set in Home Bargains for just £4.99 and thought it would be ideal for my two year old's Christmas stocking.
The set consists of a decent sized Makka Pakka, made out of sturdy plastic with a hollowed out centre, alongside a little squeezy Uff Uff and an even smaller trumpet. The Makka Pakka is a good likeness to the popular TV character and is easy for little ones to hold on to, even when wet.
I tend to find that most bath toys are the squeeze and squirt variety so finding Makka Pakka to be a hard plastic figure made a nice change. Basically, Makka Pakka can be filled with water in the bath and then tipped upside down where water will pour out of the three holes in his head. The advantage of this type of toy is not only the novelty value but, from a practical point of view, it is much easier to rinse clean after use and won't attract the nasty black mildew that tends to build up inside squeezy bath toys.
Now there is a lot of In the Night Garden merchandise available but Makka Pakka is actually a pretty appropriate choice for a bath toy. In the CBeebies TV programme, Makka Pakka is the character who loves washing everything in sight. This could be good for any reluctant bathers or toddlers who don't like the sensation of having their face or hair washed, if they can be convinced that Makka Pakka wants to give them a wash! Sadly, although my two year old enjoys playing with his new bath toy and takes great pleasure in tipping the water out of the different holes, he is still no keener on the whole washing scene. Perhaps that strategy might be more effective with a slightly older child?
Although Makka Pakka is a hit, the Uff Uff is less popular. It is quite a small little squirter and my kids already have quite a selection of various bath toys of this nature, so it doesn't really offer anything out of the ordinary. Likewise, the tiny plastic trumpet is a pretty ineffectual bath toy. This again is hard, rather than squeezy plastic but the small size means that it doesn't really offer much in the way of play value in the bath as it can only hold a tiny amount of water.
For a fiver, I'm fairly pleased with this bath toy. It is a nice little addition to the In the Night Garden range of toys and merchandise. Had I paid much more than this, I might be somewhat disappointed, particularly if I'd forked out the full RRP of £14.99, which would make this totally overpriced. As it is, Makka Pakka has amused my little one, if not quite cured his aversion to being scrubbed and shampooed every night.
I wouldn't usually spend over £10 on a bath toy for my granddaughter when really a cup and old shampoo bottle will keep her entertained in the bath for hours. However, when I saw this Makka Pakka Bath Toy on Amazon I decided to treat her as In The Night Garden seems to be making a bit of a comeback after she got bored of it recently.
As soon as the parcel arrived I had a niggling feeling it was going to be a disappointment, however I didn't realise this toy was going to be as appallingly bad as it actually is.
I had been expecting a soft rubber type toy but Makka Pakka is actually made of a very hard hollow plastic that you fill with water. Then instead of squeezing the water out as is the focus of most bath toys you have to tip Makka Pakka upside down so that the water sprays out of his 'horns' (are they horns? Protruberances?) to give your child what the manufacturer describes as a 'silly shower'. Well, not very silly in my house when my granddaughter tipped it over her head and then made herself cry because she doesn't like the water going on her face!
The problem with this is that the holes just aren't cut sharply enough so the water doesn't come out in a nice flow but all over the place and in all different directions. Because the toy is so rigid you can't squeeze it to get a more direct shower of water either and that frustrated my granddaughter to the point of her throwing it out of the bath in temper.
Makka Pakka comes with an Uff Uff (the aqua, purple and orange thing you can see in the photograph) and a funnel. The funnel is simply used to scoop up water and my granddaughter was bored of this after two scoops because it just doesn't hold enough water to make it worthwhile for her to give up the basic plastic cup that she usually plays with in the bath.
The Uff Uff is slightly more fun as it's just a normal bath squirter. You have to push it under the water to fill it up and then squeeze the sides to squirt the water out. This works far better than the actual Makka Pakka toy although is rather smaller than the bath squirter my granddaughter already has so I doubt this will get very much more use once she realises she can get more water into Pooh Bear!
Makka Pakka looks reasonably like his character on television. Hasbro haven't really thought the design out too well I don't think though as his shape seems a little 'wrong', it's like he is taller than he should be and this means he doesn't look as rotund as he does on the television. Well, they do say that being on television adds 10lbs to your frame but I didn't expect that to extend to imaginary characters!
Joking aside, I am disgusted with Hasbro. I have bought lots of their In The Night Garden products for my granddaughter and although most of them are excellent, some of them are of absolutely appalling quality. This Makka Pakka is, frankly, a pathetic attempt at a bath toy from a company that certainly knows better. I believe in my heart that Hasbro are doing the dirty work of milking a successful children's television programme and charging extortionate prices for shoddy merchandise. And yes, I know that many companies do the same but that doesn't make me any less irritated and angry with Hasbro.
An absolute zero star product. No stars at all from me I'm afraid.
My sister-in-law asked me what my daughter would like for her birthday. She was short of bath toys and was a huge 'In The Night Garden' fan at the time so I suggested a Makka Pakka bath toy which I had seen around in a number of different stores such as Mothercare, Tesco, Boots and Toys R Us.
The Makka Pakka bath toy varies in price but is generally between £9.99 - £12.99, and comes packaged in an open fronted carboard box.
There are 3 toys included - a Makka Pakka, an uff-uff and trumpet.
The Makka Pakka toy looks just like the real character and is about 6 inches high and 3 or 4 inches wide. One of his hands is cupped which allows you to fit his trumpet into it. It is made soley of plastic and is hollow. His feet have 2 holes in the bottom and the 3 'things' which are on his head spirt water out of the ends. When you fill him up and tip him upside down, the water spirts out in 3 directions.
The uff-uff is Makka Pakkas hand dryer in the programme (if you are unaware of what Makka Pakka actually does - he goes around The Night Garden and cleans everything and everyone with his soap and sponge, and then dries them with his uff-uff). The uff-uff toy is made of a tough rubber material. It acts like a water pistol and when filled up with water and squeezed the water shoots out. It takes quite a lot of effort for little people to squeeze but can be done. The water shoots out fast and really far, this might destroy your bathroom floor but will have your little one in histerics.
The trumpet is a small orange plastic toy which has a funnel one end and a small opening at the other. It also has a handle which sits in Makka Pakkas hand. The toy can be used for funneling water into empty bottles and such. It is pretty basic and doesn't really do much more than that. Oh but my daughter really enjoys putting it upto her mouth and doing the 'do do do' noise into it that Makka Pakka does when he blows into his trumpet.
None of the toys have small parts and all seem very safe. The age recommendation is 18 months plus. The Makka Pakka bath toy is also unisex.
Sinse my daughter received the Makka Pakka bath toy she has lost interest in 'In The Night Garden' a little bit (she's onto bigger and better things such as Dora!) but she still enjoys playing with the bath toy every bath time.
Children that like the programme will like this toy but even if they don't they should still enjoy the toy.
I also find it helps to use Makka Pakka to wash hair. It's not a miracle but it certainly helps. "oohh here comes Makka Pakka and he wants to wash your hair!".
Overall this is a nice little bath toy set and is good for pre-schoolers (particularly those who enjoy In The Night Garden). However it may just be a little too basic for some and somewhat overpriced aswell.
Makka Pakka (from In The Night Garden) Bath Toy.....
This was a birthday present for Jack from one of his uncles and at the time I thought it pretty rubbish but now it is an essential bath time toy. The Makka Pakka bath toy is basically a hollow Makka Pakka around 15 inches tall with holes in the top of his head, ears and the soles of his feet. Along with the Makka Pakka figure you also get Makka Pakka's Uff Puff and his trumpet.
For those who do not know Makka Pakka is a character from the popular children television show In The Night Garden. Makka Pakka loves to wash faces so really he is the perfect character to make into a bath toy.
I have seen this after Jack received it for his birthday and it retails for about £10 a price that it think quite reasonable. Compared to most of the bath toys that we have (a lot) this one is probably the one that gets the most use and for that price I would say it has been well worth the money paid for it.
The Uff Puff is a separate part of this toy and can be used as a water squirter. It take a small amount of water in and shoots it out at an alarming rate but his really does make Jack giggle when I squirt him. The trumpet is just a trumpet shaped bit of plastic but it acts like quite a good water funnel so when you fill it up the water will slowly drain out of the small holed end. It doesn't make any noises like a trumpet but as an accessory I think it is quite good. Both the Makka Pakka figure itself and the two accessories look just as they do in the children programme and are easily recognisable.
Makka Pakka can easily be filled up with water through the bottom of his feet and the water slowly spills out in three different directions from both his ears and the top of his head. This is good fun and Jack loves to drain the water through repeatedly. Also when the Makka Pakka figure is empty blowing into the small holes in the ears or top of the head makes some great echo type noises. Jack loves to do this too.
All in all considering at first Jack wasn't really interested in the toy he has taken quite a shin to it and uses it is a lot of different ways. It may just seem like a cheap plastic hollow toy but really a lot of fun can be had when playing with it. I think a four star rating and a RECOMMENDATION is fitting for this product. I would think if a child is really fond of In the Night Garden then it would make it a really great purchase but even if they are not hooked on the show it can still be a lot of fun.
I hope this has been of some help. Thanks for taking the time to read.
Great Makka Pakka bathtime fun. Let Makka Pakka wash your face too! Available with Uff Uff and Funnel.