Product Type: Disney Outdoor Toy
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Disney Princess Skipping Rope Fun Set
Member Name: Rhiana
Disney Princess Skipping Rope Fun Set
Date: 12/04/11, updated on 12/04/11 (42 review reads)
Advantages: pretty, lasted longer than I expected, provided lots of fun
Disadvantages: the bat broke immediatly, although was still useful
Last year my daughter was extremely proud of herself when she learned to skip with a rope and was in fact very proficient. Knowing this my Mum bought her the above set which at the time was being sold in our local Morrisons and is now available at Amazon as well as other toy retailers for around the £5 mark. Also being a huge Disney Princess fan it seemed an ideal gift and one she would get a lot of pleasure from.
The set consists of a child's skipping rope, a bat with small bouncy ball attached with elastic and a yo-yo. It comes on a card backing covered with plastic, which does make the toy look a little cheap and tacky but serves it's purpose I suppose. Of course my daughter was only interested in the goodies inside after being seduced by pictures of her favourite princess and the pretty pastel colours and ripped it open straight away.
The Yo-Yo was the first to be put through it's paces. It's actually much better quality than it appeared from the outside, once the nasty packaging had been removed. It's sturdy and robust, and has withstood quite a few clatters against concrete but is still going quite a few months on. While this was the first thing my daughter grabbed to play with, she did find it frustrating because of how difficult yo-yoing is generally for a small child. So it was me who got to play with this the most, until she got bored of watching me. It has come out the drawer a few times since and she's just discovered the knack herself. The yo-yo itself works very well and is nice and smooth, so we've only had a couple of knots to untangle and it's pretty much as good as new still.
The bat and ball set was definitely the most disappointing toy as the elastic snapped off the bat on the first use! Luckily my resourceful little girl still found use for it, in fact I think she preferred the bouncy ball alone than the idea of the bat and ball joined. While I was disappointed (I'd been looking forward to this toy most of all) she enjoyed playing with the ball and coming up with other games like bouncing the ball of the ground with the bat or throwing it to me and then me batting it back (or slightly to the side accidentally on purpose as the ball is small but quite solid!)
As expected though the skipping rope was the most used item from this set and for the entire summer holidays my daughter was rarely seen without it in her hand. Even on a short walk to the local shop she would be skipping along happily. This rope was an ideal size for my daughter (aged 6) as it's shorter than a lot of other skipping ropes available to buy separately. For an older child it would perhaps seem on the mean side, but it suited her perfectly. The rope is also quite thin and light and with lightweight plastic handles she found it easy to control. It did fray quite easily, which didn't really effect the play but did make it look tatty very quickly. The skipping rope was used constantly over two months and I suspect would have still being going strong if my daughter hadn't left it on the drive. Unfortunately being driven over by a car was a little too much for the skipping rope to bare and both handles were shattered.
For just under £5 I think this was quite a fun and useful set. My daughter certainly had her money's worth from it and it provided a lot of joy. The bat was disappointing but even that got played with, with a little imagination. I'd recommend this as a small party gift or a pocket money treat and would certainly buy one again in the future.
Summary: A nice little set for a sunny afternoon.