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Jayden loves watching Peppa Pig, as soon as he hears the theme tune he stops what he is doing and will sit and watch the whole episode without moving, because of his love for Peppa Pig he did receive quite a few Peppa Pig related gifts from people. One gift he received from his Godfather was the Jumping in Muddy Puddles Peppa Pig.
Peppa Pig is basically a little pink pig who wears a bright red dress, the Jumping in Muddle Puddles Peppa Pig is basically a soft toy version of this, the toy wears the same bright red dress and her yellow boots which she always wears when jumping in muddy puddles, Peppa is also covered with mud splashes to show that she has been jumping in the mud. All of the eyes, mouth and other features are stitched directly onto the toy so there are no small parts which could be easily pulled off or fall off during play. This toy is described as being suitable for 3 years and older, Jayden is younger than this, however he is not left alone with the toy at any time and is always supervised when he is playing with it.
Jumping in Muddy Puddles Peppa Pig is not just a soft toy, there is a small button located in the chest area, when presses Peppa Pig starts jumping up and down and recites different phrases, some of which are from the episodes of the TV programme. Peppa says phrases such as "I love jumping in muddy puddles" and "Splish, splash spolsh", amongst others including counting from 1 to 10, the phrases are spoken clearly and are easy for a young child to understand.
This toy measures 26cm (H) 22cm (W) and 18cm (D) it takes 3 AA batteries which are not included, these are inserted into a small case in Peppa's back, this screws shut so that your child cannot open it and Peppas dress velcros over the case so that it is not visible, however should the case be exposed you do not have to worry about you child getting to the batteries as the case is secure.
Jumping in Muddy Puddles Peppa Pig is available from Argos and is sold for £19.99, personally I would say this is a fair price as this item is very well made, it is strong and durable and hardwearing. There is not a huge amount to do with the Jumping in muddy Puddles Peppa Pig other than making it bounce and listening to the phrases, it is quite repetitive, however this is what young children like.
Jayden really seems to like his Jumping in muddy Puddles Peppa Pig toy, it is a little too old for him as he does struggle to press the button to make Peppa jump and speak, however we help him with this and he loves listening to the phrases and watching Peppa jump around. I would say that this is sold for a fair price as it is durable as I have mentioned although personally I do think what you can do with the toy is a little limited, however this does not bother Jayden at all and he loves the repetitiveness. There is no real educational value to this toy other than when Peppa counts for 1 to 10, this is more of a fun toy for your child rather than educational. Personally I think this toy is more aimed at girls, Jaydens Godfather bought this purely becuase it was Peppa Pig related and this is why Jayden likes it, however it is probably not something I would buy for a little boy. However despite this I would recommend this toy if your child is a fan of Peppa Pig as Jayden is
My little girl loves Peppa pig so of course when the advert for Peppa jumping in muddy puddles came on Nick Jr over and over again it caught her attention. This was one of the items my daughter had on her Christmas list for Santa. I purchased ours from Tesco direct but it is available in most large toy stores and online for around £20. I was surprised at the size when I picked it up as it was actually larger than I expected. Usually with Peppa pig you pay large amounts of money for small toys as it is such a popular TV show but this seemed a reasonable price for what it is.
Peppa looks exactly like her character on the TV show and of course her voice is the same too. My daughter knew what it was as soon as she opened her present and was very excited that Santa had managed to get her what she wanted. Peppa comes in her familiar red dress and the whole toy feels well made. You can tell that there is a battery compartment inside as it is a little heavier than a teddy, but at the same time the toy is soft enough for little one to cuddle if they wish too.
You do need 3 AA batteries and they are not included so it takes a few minutes to set Peppa up before little one can play. This is when we started noticing the many problems with this toy. To add the batteries you have to pull the material apart at the back of Peppa, and then unscrew the battery compartment. The problem is there is only a tiny hole in the material so it is extremely difficult to even take the back off. After ten minutes of messing we managed to get the batteries in and my daughter was ready to play. You will need a screwdriver to get into the back to add the batteries.
Peppa has flat feet so she can easily be placed on the floor. She has brown patches splashed all over her to show where she has been jumping in muddy puddles which my children thought was hilarious. The puddle marks on Peppa are actually a little scratchy and rougher in consistency than the rest of Peppa which my daughter thought was brilliant, as it means Peppa must have has really been jumping in the puddles to get that difference in texture. You need to press a small button that is located at the top right of her body to activate the interactive features. To be honest we found this hard to find and were pressing her hands, feet and belly with no success. It was only because my little gave Peppa a cuddle that we managed to find the activation button. It is hard to find as it is so small which makes it difficult to press until you have used it a few times.
Once you press Peppa she springs to life instantly. Her little legs start bending and she jumps in the air. She only just leaves the floor and it is not too adventurous, but there is enough to entertain my children. She says a number of phrases from the TV show but to be honest the variation is a bit poor. She introduces herself and invites little one to come and play with her. There are maybe three or four different sayings and then Peppa counts to ten as she jumps. The counting part is the most interactive part of this toy and my children always count along with Peppa. The numbers are clear and anything Peppa says can be clearly heard. The toy is not overly loud, but the mechanical noise when she jumps can be annoying.
Sometimes Peppa will stop half way through counting and jumping for no reason. You have to re press Peppa but often this means it skips straight past the counting and on to some of the shorter phrases. My daughter has to keep pressing the button until the loop continues round to the counting again. Also my little girl likes to try and hold Peppa's hand while she jumps. The thing is because Peppa is a little middle heavy due to the battery compartment the slightest touch sends her off balance and she falls over. Now my daughter luckily thought this was hilarious and just says that Peppa is rolling on the floor snorting in laughter like she does in the TV show, but it can become frustrating if little one is trying to count along.
Other than jumping on the floor Peppa usually gets used for cuddles. She is soft enough that she can provide lovely cuddles for little one and is light enough for them to hold. My little girl does love Peppa but we just find it a little boring. The thing is this is a toy that has barley been looked at since Christmas. At first my little girl would not leave it alone, but because there are so few phrases and Peppa never really does a lot she becomes bored of it. Also Peppa seems to work when she wants too. Sometimes she will really jump up and down and count to ten but others she limply tries to move and just says one phrase and then switches off. If she does receive use it will be at five minutes at a time so it does not really hold children's attention for long periods of time.
As Peppa jumps there is a swirling mechanical noise in the background. It is not so loud that it covers up what Peppa is saying, but it is a constant drone that can become annoying. My little girl does not seem to notice this at all she is just happy to count along with Peppa but over time it can becoming annoying for parents. Also the batteries run out so quickly. We have swapped to rechargeable now as fresh batteries had been worn out with two hours! Age recommendation is three years plus which I think is correct as it can be a pain to activate. My children call all operate it now but at first they found it very difficult.
This toy was well received by my daughter and at first she would not put it down. Peppa can jump on flat surfaces, and she does encourage little one to count with her. The thing is with all the problems that this toy has there is just nothing interesting enough to persuade my daughter to choose this toy to play with. The phrases are simple and repeated over and over again and generally there is not a lot to do. She looks pretty and a Peppa pig fan will be drawn towards her, but once they come across the other problems they seem to lose interest quickly. At £20 it is not overly expensive especially considering its size and features compared to the other Peppa pig range. I am not sure if I would recommend this it did provide some fun for my daughter but it really does only receive a small amount of play. If your child must have it they may enjoy it, but if you think they would become frustrated with the problems I would avoid it.