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My little girl adores Peppa Pig. Our house is drowning in Peppa Pig toys and games. For Christmas 2012 every other one of her presents contained the face of Peppa Pig much to her delight! One of the gifts was this giant snakes and ladders game.
This game is just like snakes and ladders but happens to have a few Peppa Pig characters around to make it a bit more exciting for modern day children who seem to need to have characters on everything to be at all interested. The idea is that players compete to get to the end of the board first by rolling a dice and moving across the board that number of the dice. However, it's not as easy as that! If they land on a snake they have to move down the snake all the way to the end and if they land on a ladder they can climb it higher so they may over take over players. It's a relatively simple game so ideal for children of the age of Peppa Pig fans.
Peppa Pig variation
Peppa Pig doesn't really make this game any different at all, you still use the traditional rules it just so happens that the counters are of each family member and that there are squares on the board with the characters' faces on. This does make the game look more exciting and appeals more to children because they recognise these friendly faces.
The board is a plastic foldable material which isn't great, I would prefer cardboard as this doesn't lie completely flat, it often has creases in it which may make a counter slip off a space and into another which will cause upset! This is a little annoying. The 'board' is large too about 60cm x 60cm and the counters are large- about 10cm in diameter. They are each a different colour and have one character on each one- it always seems to be an argument who gets Peppa! The dice is a big red foam one with black dots on which stand out.
When playing this the first argument we have is who will have which counter and often compromises have to be made which is a good in a learning way I guess. Playing the game is quite fun as it's easy for children to understand they don't need to have to listen to complicated instructions or struggle to understand what they have to do as it's very straight forward. A game doesn't normally last all that long, usually 5-10 minutes depending upon which squares people fall on. Little B really enjoys playing it and seems to have fun when doing so.
Playing any game is educational and this one has several educational elements. Our children are learning to take it in turns to roll the dice which is teaching them patience. They are also learning to count as they roll the dice and then count the amount of spaces their character can move. They also learn about moving the counter carefully so that they are aware of other counters that they may knock.
This is a fun game which everyone can understand and play. I have a few criticisms one of which is because the board is so big it's hard to reach so players have to lean over and often it means you will knock a counter aside. It also doesn't lie completely flat which isn't great. Apart from that we enjoy playing this game and it's nice that it is helping to entertain as well as educate too.
When my daughter (then 4) received this as a present, I was slightly underwhelmed (while still grateful!), as I wasn't sure that this would be any better than the smaller version. However, I was proved wrong as my 3 kids all love it! They are now 6, 4 and 2, and they enjoy playing with it together (although the youngest doesn't quite get it!).
The playing board is a fold-out plastic mat with a snakes and ladders board printed onto it, featuring the characters from Peppa Pig. It is a good size (80cm x 80cm), and I think that's why my kids love it - it is very engaging and easy to see.
There are 4 playing pieces in different colours, featuring the characters of Peppa, George, Daddy Pig and Mummy Pig. They are big, round and easy to hold for little ones - my 2 year old loves "collecting" (stealing) them from the game area and carrying it around as they have pictures of her favourite characters on.
For the game itself there is not much to say - it is classic snakes and ladders and is still fun and appealing to play. We all know what kids are like with character products - they always seem to pick the books and toys that are based around TV characters even if we try to steer them towards ones that we consider to be better. Thus this game is great, as it gives a fresh appeal to young children to play a classic game.
As for value, I believe the RRP is £9.99, although ours was a gift. I think this is a bit steep to be honest, it would be OK if on offer. The quality is OK but at the end of the day it is a plasticky toy and there isn't much to it for the money. I would think at £5 it would be great value, or £7 would be reasonable / good value.
My only slight criticisms of the toy are that the box is a little bit bulky for storage, and that the plastic mat gets creases in that mean it doesn't lie perfectly flat. Despite this, it is an appealing game for children of about Reception / Year 1 / Year 2 age, and kids younger than this will enjoy the pieces and look of it without playing it properly. From an educational point of view, it has the bonus of using numeracy skills in moving a certain number of squares on each turn, so a thumbs up for added value as well as the fun. Recommended.
I bought this for the grandchildren to play. They all love Peppa Pig so I thought a game which involved Peppa and George would be fun for them to play. I used to love Snakes and Ladders when I was a child and thought combining the two would be a good idea.
The board is a huge plastic sheet which you lay down on the floor. In the various squares there are pictures of Peppa Pig characters and of course there are snakes and ladders too! The counters are large flat plastic discs each with a different Peppa Pig character on. There are four in total and the plastic is different colours so they're easy to spot.
The game is easy- you roll the dice and then move your counter however many the dice tells you. If you land on a snake you follow it down, if you land on a ladder you climb it. The winner is whoever gets to the end fastest.
My grandchildren enjoy playing this game and think it's fun. I would say it's suitable from 3 up although my granddaughter who is nearly 4 hasn't really got the concentration for it and doesn't quite understand what she's doing, she just wants to keep rolling the dice! I think you et a better game out of this with 4-5 year olds really but it is perfectly friendly for younger children, just be wary of the dice being small.
It's bright and colourful and it's fun to play. I like board games, i like how they teach children about turn taking and winning and losing. It's nice that it has Peppa Pig on too as that is what attract them to the actual game!
It's good quality and the plastic folds away easily to put back.
I look back on my childhood with nostalgia, the days when we would sit and play board games with our parents, siblings and friends, before the advent of computerised gadgets, nice simple family fun.
Last year I was looking for a nice little game that my daughter and I could play with on her 3rd birthday, yes truth be told I was having a nostalgic moment. I decided to look for snakes and ladders, as I thought it would be a great game that would help with her counting. My daughter is a massive fan of Peppa Pig, as I am sure most kids are at that age, and when I saw the 'Peppa Pig Giant Snakes and Ladders Floor Game', I knew this would be perfect for her.
== The Game ==
Snakes and ladders is a simple game of 2-4 players, each player takes a turn to roll the dice and move the corresponding number of spaces on the board, until the first person to reach the 'end square' wins. It isn't so easy however, in numerous places around the board there are snakes and there are ladders (the clue's in the name of the game). When a players counter lands on a ladder, the player can move his/her counter up the ladder, taking a shortcut to the 'end square', when a player lands on a snake, the player has to move down the snake, hence taking longer to reach the 'end square'.
== The Product ==
The product consists of a plastic 80cm x 80cm sheet with the board printed on it, numbered from 1 to Finish (which is basically square 49), the idea seems to be to get from the start square to Peppa Pigs house. Each square has a different character out of Peppa, George, Daddy Pig and Mummy Pig, with various other squares with a muddy puddle picture with the word "Oink" written on it, my daughter and I snort like pigs everytime someone lands on this square, adding another fun dimension to the game. There are six random ladders and six random snakes positioned over the board, all of different lengths, so some taking you 30 spaces further ahead or further back and some only moving you 9 spaces ahead or back. Another piece of detail on the board is that the square at the top of a snake shows a character standing and at the bottom of the snake you see the same character fallen down, or in George's case, is standing there crying.
There are four chunky playing counters, each labelled with a picture of a member of Peppa's household and they are all different colours also pink, blue, yellow and red. The counters are made of plastic and are hollow, but robust enough in the hands of a three year old.
The dice is made of a spongy type material and again is quite chunky and not too light so that it will be launched to the other side of the room when your child rolls it and not too heavy that it will break stuff if it were to be launched at speed at something (as you well know, a child needs to be taught how to "roll" a dice properly and having used smaller dice with her before I think I much prefer this nice chunky one included with this game).
== Price ==
I purchased this for £8.97 including delivery, which isn't too bad, although most of the what you are paying for, as with most Peppa Pig toys, is the name. My daughter gets plenty of use out of it and I think that it will probably be in our household for a while, so for something that costs less than £10, that is great in my opinion.
== Verdict ==
My daughter loves this game, we have played it a few times since her birthday in December and it was a big hit with people on her birthday, when we had little prizes for the winner. Because the pieces are a nice big size there is no way they will get lost and in the hands of a three year old, they are easy for your child to hold and manoeuvre around the board. You need quite a big space on your floor for the puzzle, as explained above, it is 80cm x 80cm. The downside to the plastic puzzle mat, is that it doesn't sit totally flat due to the creases in it from folding it to fit into the box, especially after it has been used a number of times.
My daughter really likes Peppa Pig and also enjoys playing games with us. She likes to have games that can be played as a family and we need simple ones for her as she is still quite young. We were lucky that she was given this Peppa Pig Snakes and Ladders game for Christmas last year. She was 2 and a half when she received 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 2 1/2 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 snakes and ladders game comes in a cardboard box with a picture of the game on the side of it and images from the cartoon of Peppa and George. The design of the box is very similar to other Peppa Pig products so it is recognisable as being from the same range. The box also has an age range of 3+ written onto it.
Once you open the box, there are 4 round disks of different colours that have a picture of a member of Peppa's family on them. One with Peppa, one with George, one with Mummy Pig and one with Daddy Pig. There is also a large foam die and the plastic mat which is the game board. The plastic mat is 80 x 80cm so is only suitable for a large playing space. Once we unfolded the mat, you can see that the board has 49 squares which are labelled with the numbers including the square that says 'finish'. Each square has a picture of one of Peppa's family or it says 'oink'. There are also 5 snakes and 5 ladders on the board. All the squares are brightly coloured and the characters are very recognisable from the show.
As soon as my daughter saw the box she was excited as she loves Peppa Pig so we had to get it out for her. It was quite hard to teach her the concept of taking turns, but she grasped the idea of going up ladders and down snakes very easily. The counters were easy for her to hold and having the Peppa pictures on them made it more fun for her to join in. The die is nice and light so it is easy for her to pick up - unfortunately is also easy for her to throws which she likes to do over-arm and quite hard so we do spend a bit of time chasing after the die!
The game is helping her with counting as we try to count the numbers on the die as well as counting how many squares we are moving. It also helps teaching her about taking turns and about winning and losing as we always play it properly and she really doesn't care who wins which is great. You do need to be careful if the mat gets left out at all as it is very slippery on a carpet and you need to make sure you don't stand on it.
The game costs £9.99 regularly but I have seen it for much less. I think the game is worth paying money for as it appeals to young children to like Peppa Pig and encourages them to join in playing games. Although the age range states 3+, I think it is suiatble for slightly younger as well as they can start to appreciate the subtleties of game play. It is good for helping them with counting and is a fun way to include family times together.