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My daughter really enjoys Peppa Pig and also enjoys playing games, especially ones that she can play with us as well. I always keep an eye open for new things for her and found this in a local charity shop recently. My daughter was 3 and a half when she recieved this.
---About Peppa Pig
Peppa Pig is a character from the TV shows of the same name. The show follows her life with her little brother George, her Mummy and Daddy, and all of her friends. The character is suitable for young children up to age 5-6 years and my daughter who is 3 loves it. Peppa gets up to all kinds of mischief like my daughter, but she generally learns something by the end of the episode.
---About the product:
The Peppa Pig Jumbolino game comes in a cardboard box decorated with images of the game and Peppa and her brother George. The front of the box also has the Peppa Pig logo, tells us it is made by Jumbo and that it is suitable for ages 3+. The back of the box again shows the game and gives a small summary of the rules of the game as well. Inside the box are 6 playing 'cards' each with 6 pieces that fit inside like a jigsaw puzzle. There are also 2 dice and a set of instructions. The basic idea of the game is to throw a die and whatever number it lands on corresponds to one of the jigsaw pieces that fits into the Peppa outline card. If you need the piece you can pick it up and add it to your card. If you already have that piece, it is the next players' turn. The first person to fill their card is the winner.
The rules that come with the game are a lot more complex than this and involve you having to throw the numbers in the correct order; using 2 dice to be able to take 2 different pieces or add the numbers together to get the number you need; and being able to steal unfinished cards from other players when the others have run out.
As soon as I read the instructions I recognised the game as we'd had a version of it called 'Flounder' when I was younger. The main difference was the number of full characters that could be made. With only 6 cards to fill, this game doesn't allow for many players if you are trying to get the most cards. 3 would probably be the limit. Also the instructions are incredibly complicated, for adults let alone children, and they would be quite hard to explain to a 3 year old. The way we play it is a very simplified version as stated at the beginning and my daughter is capable of understading this and playing along with it. It is helping her to learn about rules and the concepts of game play like turn-taking and winning and losing!
The other issues we have had with this game is the smallness of some of the pieces and how complicated it is to fit them together. You have 6 pieces to fit into Peppa's body: head, body 2 arms and 2 legs. Each one has a small picture of a dice number on it so you know which one to take and each of the dice pictures is a particular colour to match with the colour of the hat Peppa is wearing on the card. You have to make sure that you fit the right pieces together and in the right places otherwise they don't fit and you have to try and force them back out again. They are also quite fiddly as the pieces are very small and would easily be lost behind furniture or into the vacuum.
We have enjoyed playing this game together and my daughter has been able to recognise the dice numbers on her own and fit the pieces in place in the game - not always quite in the right places! As long as you don't try to follow the complicated rules in the box, you can still come up with your own ways of playing this game effectively. The pieces are quite flimsy and I can't see this lasting for a very long time; I'm sure some of them will get lost too. It has been a good game to add to our collection and we will enjoy playing it but I can see a lot of flaws in it. It is good that it is a Peppa Pig game as it means the character is recognisable but might be nicer to use different characters for each of the boards as it would be easier to put the right pieces in each board then. It costs £7.99 to buy new which I don't think is really worth it as the game has a lot of problems with it. If you can find it a half price or second hand, it makes a nice addition to a game collection.
My mother in law recently visited. As they live a long distance away and only see my kids every couple of months, she is in the habit of picking up a little bit of something to do with the kids while she is with them. She left the receipt in the bag, so i know it cost her £5.99 from WH Smiths.
She knows they are into peppa pig, and my oldest is nearly 4 so is of an age where this type of thing is suitable for him. The trouble in our house is when the 2 year old spots the game, wants to join in, and then half the bits go missing, or get chewed and broken.
This is a fairly easy game for a 3 year old to understand and play. There are 6 game cards, each featuring a picture of Peppa Pig wearing a different coloured outfit. The picture of Peppa is actually a 6 piece jigsaw with each piece having a number on it shown as a picture on a dice.
Each player selects a card, and removes the pieces. We then take it in turns to roll the dice, and then add a piece when we roll that number. If we roll a number we've already had then we miss a turn. The rules that come with the game were more complicated than that, but we have simplified it to work for us.
My kids both like this game. I am less fond of it. The pieces are really quite small, and easily get misplaced if they get the game out when i am not looking. I've had to search down the side of the settee and pull out my furniture a few times to find them all again. More housework. Great.
The next problem i have is one the kids share with me. The arm and leg pieces are actually only meant to go in one position on the jigsaw, which is fine when you are big enough to work it out, but when you are 3, the small hints given by the picture are not enough, so there is a lot of frustration trying to force the pieces in.
The last problem i have had with the game is that some of the gamecards have bent a little. I find them a little too flimsy really as they are made from card and it is not that thick. Now the jigsaw pieces don't fit in as well, so they are more likely to get lost. You see my frustration?
I think it is an ok idea for a game for little people, but the design of the cards makes it less suitable. Also, it is a bit boring. I am not sure why there are 6 pictures of Peppa. It could have been Peppa, George, Mummy, Daddy and grandparents, or Peppa and friends. There are so many familiar characters in the series this might have made it more interesting for me.
If you have ever played a board, or any other game, with a three year old you will know that when things go wrong they can be prone to throwing various bits around and/or breaking down in uncontrollable sobbing when they lose. If you play a game and feel like joining in with this behaviour it is probably a very bad sign. I am afraid this Peppa Pig Jumbolino has lead to me nearly throwing it out of the window on many an occassion, it is a very frustrating game for all concerned.
Good things first:
Based on the traditional Beetle game and featuring the ever popular Peppa Pig this board game is compact and the right size for taking in a suitcase on holiday, being about 18cm by 14cm (measured with my daughter's Peppa Pig ruler natch), and 5cm deep. It was a cheap game, around £3 from Sainsbury's, it is also available from Amazon.
There are 6 boards featuring Peppa in a bobbly hat, all nicely printed and the cardboard is good quality and thick. There are two die and also 6 body pieces for each Peppa, more of which later, and also the rules.
Where it all goes wrong:
This game is allegedly for the 3 and up market. The boards with the bits of Peppa to fit in are a nice idea but for a start they must have been made by someone who hadn't actually played a board game with a child ever, or had very strangely patient children.
The pieces are fiddly, apart from a very big head,Peppa has two teeny boot-clad feet and tiddly arms. Admittedly these are true to the illustrations from the TV programme but they are too small for a 3 year old to manipulate and don't fit into the board with ease. A six year old might manage but by that age they are unlikely to be huge Peppa fans in my experience. Being so small the pieces are easily lost too.
The rules have not been adapted for younger children. You have to throw a "1" to get started, and slot in the body. This takes a while, thereby stretching the preschooler's patience, and also has no educational value - they could have printed numbers on the body parts, but no, there are teeny incy-wincey pictures of the dice instead that you would practically need a magnifying glass to see.
So - so far, badly designed and rules quite annoying. It gets worse.
Now excuse me for not having mathematical geniuses for children but there being 2 die you are supposed to throw them and use the sum of the die any way you want to get the body parts - confused? Let me quote from the rules "for a left arm you must either throw one 4, or 1 and 3, or double 2. If your throw is of no use to you, you are not allowed an extra turn". Still confused? My children were pretty confused too funnily enough, if throwing two die were not challenge enough they were actually supposed to add up the dots in their head and then possibly divide them? It wasn't going to happen, neither was them grasping the idea from elsewhere in the rules that they could start off more than one body and grab someone else's if they threw a double six - were the game's manufacturer trying to encourage sibling war with this one?
If you haven't guessed already we find this a frustrating and annoying game. We have tried to adapt the rules to make it less of a pointless challenge, we love Peppa Pig and the youngest does ask to play this game, but it is freecycle bound soon I am afraid as being far too frustrating for us.
We do have Peekabo Peppa which is another game in this range, purchased by granny and that is much, much better.
Nice as the idea is of playing beetle in a Peppa fashion this game is badly executed and disappointing in the extreme, I cannot in all good faith, suggest that anyone purchase it, if you wanted to play "Beetle" a dice, some paper and pens would provide for a cheaper and less annoying way of passing some time. Maybe 3 year olds just aren't supposed to play Beetle.
When my five year old daughter was about three she was a huge fan of Peppa Pig, with this in mind we bought her the Peppa Pig jumbolino game for Christmas.
I had searched on www.amazon.co.uk under Peppa Pig and a wide variety of toys, DVD's and books and come up. I like to get my children a game for Christmas and there were a couple of Peppa Pig games available. I had no idea what the Jumbolino game was and had never heard of it but the other games available were some that we already had such as snakes and ladders.
Jumbolino is a numbers game that involves you trying to build a Peppa Pig by collecting numbered body parts by rolling a dice. You have an outline board, a head, torso, two arms and two legs to collect. You have two normal dice and both are thrown on each turn. I have lost the instructions now but I think you have to roll a double six to get a board so that you can start the game. If you roll another double six you can get another board and start another Peppa Pig or you can steal a body part from another player. You either take the number from each dice individually or add them together to get as many pieces as possible. For example if you rolled a 1 and a 2 you could select a head and torso or you could combine your score and choose an arm. Each of the body parts has a small dice on them showing their value and the six boards show Peppa dressed in different coloured outfits. At the start of the game all the pieces and boards are placed face up in the centre and each player takes turns to try and throw a double six to start the game. The winner is the person who has the most completed Peppa Pigs.
The game is aimed at children aged 3 and over and I think this is right for the Peppa Pig theme as this has quite a young audience. The pieces of the game fit together like a jigsaw and the pieces are quite small and fiddly which could be a problem for younger children. Also if you are playing the game on carpet they do move about quite a bit and you have to keep replacing the pieces. I think the counting aspect of the game is good to encourage numeracy but some three year olds may struggle with this, it all depends on the child's level of understanding.
I have played this game many times with my daughter who is now five and my three and a half year old son. My daughter has always enjoyed the game and often asks to play but both children have had problems with the fiddly pieces. Although they enjoy the game it can be quite a long game and if you are getting near the end you do have quite a few turns when you already have the pieces and are just waiting for a two or something. My children soon get bored and start turning the dice to the number they want. They are also frustrated because the puzzles do come apart easily and it causes arguments about who knocked who and who broke the puzzle. We have a Chad valley game called Build a Beetle which is the same concept as this game except that you have to build a 3 dimensional beetle from various body parts. My children enjoy this game much more because once you have fitted the pieces together they tend to stay put plus the beetle theme is more universal.
The boards and body parts are on quite thick cardboard and the game is very nicely presented but it's just not a very exciting game. I would say that the game may be too advanced for some three year olds and the Peppa Pig theme does limit the life of this game.
I would recommend the game to anyone who has a Peppa Pig fan in the house as it does appeal to boys and girls alike and it is a bit different to snap or snakes and ladders or other more common games.
Based on the traditional game of 'Beetle' players need to throw a dice a collect various parts of Peppa Pig. Start with her body and add arms, legs and head. The player who completes the most Peppa Pigs by the end of the game is the winner.