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Inspiration Works Peppa Pig Fun Phonics
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Inspiration Works Peppa Pig Fun Phonics
Advantages: Different modes, so can be used in different ways, educational
Disadvantages: Stickers peeling off, no lights, some modes too difficult for pre-school children
The Peppa Pig phonics is another one of the many Peppa Pig toys that my daughter received last year, for her 3rd birthday. It is made out of yellow plastic and of an oval shape, with a handle at the bottom for easy carrying (it is also quite light and not too bulky). At the top there is a switch which you turn anti clockwise to select the required mode (there are 8 different modes altogether), or to turn it off.
There are 29 different coloured buttons altogether, 26 of these for each letter of the alphabet, 1 that you can press and Peppa tells you the whole alphabet, 1 that you can press to repeat a question (quite useful in case you missed or didn't hear that question) and 1 that when pressed plays a tune. Each of the 26 buttons that represent a letter has a sticker above it showing the particular letter (both capital and small which I think is quite handy) and also an object that starts with that letter.
The eight modes are as follows:
Mode No 1 - you are told to press a key, and when you do so, the sound for that particular object is made and you are told what the object is (so for example if it's the B/ ball button you will hear a bouncing noise
Mode No 2 - you are told to press a key, than Peppa reads out that particular letter and tells you you what it stands for (the object in the picture)
Mode no 3 - you are asked to find an object, so you have to press the sticker which depicts it
Mode no 4 - you are asked to find the first letter of the word
Mode no 5 - you are asked to find a particular letter
Mode no 6 - you are asked to spell a word, so you have to press each letter that spells it
Mode no 7 - a sound is made and you have to press the object that makes that sound
Mode no 8 - in this mode you are told to just press a key, and the sound for each object is played.
When my daughter first received this at the age of 3, she would just press buttons at random and didn't seem to show much interest in it. I actually had to sit down with her and try to show her what she needed to do. However, her attention span was far too short to actually listen to the instructions and use this toy properly. A year later, she has actually got more patience and will play with it for short bursts of time, but unfortunately she can only use certain modes. For example modes 4, 5 and 6, she cannot use, and I think these are more suitable for slightly older children, who are perhaps in reception and are actually learning the full alphabet. I am not actually sure what ages this toy is aimed at, but it is certainly not for pre-school children!
My daughter has now kind of grown out of Peppa Pig so I think by the time she gets a bit older and can use all the modes of this phonics toy, she will probably no longer be interested in it. I do think this toy is educational and would be suitable for a young child who is very forward (some of the kids in Iona's nursery can actually spell many words), but I think that most children would have probably grown out of Peppa Pig by the time they can use it properly. I have actually seen a Disney Princess phonics tablet and I am considering buying her that instead as I think that it will be a long time before she grows out of the princess phase!
I personally think that a nice touch would have been the addition of some kind of lighting (for example if when you pressed a button the object lit up), as I think little ones do prefer toys that light up. Apart from this, I also think that the stickers are proof of a cheap and quickly thrown together toy. It would have been so much nicer if instead of these, the letters/objects had been painted on, and to say this toy has not been used that much, a couple of the stickers are already peeling off! Overall 3 out 5 doyoo stars from me!
Summary: An ok toy that I am glad I didn't pay for
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