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      12.07.2013 20:53
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      These are very good skipping ropes but not for group skipping

      WHAT IS IT? A skipping rope for children. THE DESIGN I like this skipping rope because it looks very traditional and is not very bright coloured like a lot of skipping ropes are.  The handles are wooden and are quite short and fat so that children can hold them properly, they look like they should be able to come apart but they do not and I am happy about that because I would not like for my children to be able to take the skipping rope apart.  The rope is made of nylon that has been twisted into a thick rope, it is white with threads in that are blue and red so there is a little bit of colour.  It is about 1.2 metres long. WHAT I THINK I like this skipping rope very much but because of the handles being so hard and heavy I spoke very stern to my daughters before I let them use their skipping rope to make sure that they knew not to hit with the rope.  I think it would hurt if you got hit on the head with the handle. The rope is heavy and that is good because when my children are skipping the rope flys smooth through the air and that helps for them to skip properly and stops them from getting their feet tangled up when they are jumping over the rope. This skipping rope is not long enough for more than one skipper so it cannot be used with a child at each end and another one jumping, it is better for one child only to use it for solo skipping.  I like that the rope wraps easy around the handles for when my children put their garden toys away, wrapping it up makes it easier to store the skipping rope in their school bags also for play time. I always buy these skipping ropes and I bought them last time 3 months ago.  They are both still looking like they are new and only the white parts of the ropes are a little bit dirty now but you cannot help that when they are being played with outside, it doesn't make them look very old or bad anyway. ANYTHING ELSE I pay £2 or £3 only for my daughters Mookie skipping ropes and that is value because they last for a long time and give them a lot of fun exercise in the garden or the park. 5 Dooyoo Stars.

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        10.05.2012 14:25
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        A fun jump rope for kids

        This was my first skipping rope when I was a young girl and I still have it now, although it lives at my mum's house. It is a really good quality, classic jump rope. As a young girl we used to play with it all the time, singing little jumping rhymes and having fun. Athletes use skipping ropes to train with and especially boxers use them. It is a great cardio work out that that can burn up to 1000 calories and also tones and builds up strength at the same time. It is a great way for kids to get active and I used play with it a lot when I was little. ==Description== The rope is 270 cm long and is made from white rope with specks of blue and red in it. It is about a 1 cm thick and this makes the rope rather durable and it does not sting as much if you catch your ankle with it. The handles are made from wood and come in two pieces that screw together. You can change the length of the rope by unscrewing the two sections of wood and then tying the knot in a different place. To check the rope is the right length then stand on the rope in the middle and pull the handles up to your chest. The rope should come to around 6 inches below your collar bone. The wood handles are comfortable to hold but it hurts if your partner drops the other end and it hits you. I like the classic design of the toy. ==Skipping== To skip singularly, you need to stand with your legs slightly apart and the rope loose on the ground in front of you. Hold a handle in each hand and swing the rope over your head and then jump or skip so the rope can pass under your feet and back around in a circular motion. Your arms should hardly move as all the action comes from the wrist. You can also play with two people by swinging the rope over your head and your partner as they are stood in front of you facing you. Alternatively you can have three people, two holding the rope about a meter apart and swing the rope is large circular motion and have someone in between jumping. There is a lot of scope for playing and having fun and it is certainly not just a one person toy. It was so much fun to play with and so well made that it has lasted 15 years and still going strong. There are all sorts of jump ropes these days, ones that flash, glow in the dark or even make a noise as they are used. However a jump rope made from wood and rope is just as good and you can have just as much fun. ==price and availability== Most toy shops sell this skipping rope and you can buy it for around £2.99. ==Jump rope songs== We used to sing alsorts of songs when we were skipping, here is one of my favourites: "Miss Susie had a baby, She named him Tiny Tim She put him in the bathtub, To see if he could swim He drank up all the water, He ate up all the soap, He tried to eat the bathtub But it wouldn't go down his throat. " As you say each line, someone jumps in and out. Very girlie but very fun!

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          08.05.2012 09:55
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          Getting fit the skipping way

          Whilst walking through a shopping store last summer I spotted a wooden skipping rope, not quite what I would usually buy but nonetheless I decided to buy it to fit into my new found exercise plan. The skipping rope cost around £4 in price and this I considered a bargain given the hours of exercise it could potentially give me. ==The Product== This skipping rope is in my opinion quite traditional in construction with wooden handles and a long rope which is white in colour with flecks of black and red. This skipping rope is not the prettiest in design, compared to some of its more colourful competitors but nevertheless is fit for purpose. The rope itself is 7 feet long and is very sturdy in feel meaning that I did not think it would be broken easily in my sometimes clumsy hands. The wooden handles make the rope easy to grip and the length more than adequately suited my long frame. I believe that this product is fitted with ball bearings in either handle meaning that movement of the rope is quite fluid wherever it is tossed around and certainly I have had no issues with swinging it. ==Price and Availability== I bought my skipping rope from an odds and sods sort of store and as previously mentioned paid around £4 for it. However it can currently be bought online from Amazon for around £3 - £5 making it a bargain given the hours of amusement it potentially can give. ==Usage== This rope is designed for both outdoor and indoor use however I guess that the usage of the rope completely relies upon the user. I like to use my rope in the traditional way by simply rotating it; throwing it over my head and jumping over the rope. The speed of this activity can be made faster or slower depending on the fitness of the user. However, this rope can also be used for children over the age of three in much the same way, although I think the length of the rope might limit this somewhat. Another way I like to use my skipping rope is to have fun outdoors with my little niece. With two adults holding a wooden handle each my niece can jump over the rope in short little hops, something she finds quite amusing. ==Caring for the Rope== This rope is great as a fitness tool as at the end of the day you simply wrap the rope around the wooden handles making it small to store out of way. I must admit to having previously stored mine in the shed over the winter and as a result it was looking a little dusty and frayed when I took it out over the weekend. I will therefore be storing it indoors in the future. ==Summary and My Opinion== In summary this is a good little exercise tool which also doubles as a toy when my niece comes to visit. It is relatively cheap to purchase and has lasted me for nearly a year now with relatively little fraying. The length of the rope means that it is slightly too long for my niece if she wants to use it unaided however in playing with it between two adults she enjoys hopping around. The construction of this rope is good as it has withstood the occasional trip without any damage to the rope or handles however it is rather boring in looks. I would recommend this product, if not to get fit than to just have some old fashioned fun in the garden. This product scores four stars out of five from me. Thanks for reading! x This review is also posted on Ciao under the same user name.

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          30.04.2012 21:12
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          Would be better available in different sizes

          My eldest daughter was bought these skips last year a as a present when we had our youngests christening which i thought was rather sweet. I always remember playing with skips when I was little and remember having lots of fun with them and playing games with friends at school with them although they are not allowed to take things to school now. The skips have wooden handles which are shaped to make them comfortable to hold and the top of the handle unscrews from the bottom of the handle which I think is good as if the knot comes out inside and the rope happens to come loose from the handle you are able to fix it easily. When my daughter was given the skips the rope was all wound around itself but it was very easy to release, the rope is woven tightly so there isn't much give in it and it is mainly white in colour with flecks of red and blue along it. The rope does get pretty dirty although this could be something to do with the fact my daughter isn't able to skip yet. My daughter wasn't quite sure about the skips when she got them and I had to show her what to do needless to say this wasn't exactly easy as the skips are too small for an adult to use especially since I am tall, my daughter like the idea and of course liked laughing at me. When my daughter tried skipping we found that the skips were too long for her to use very well and she kept getting in a tangle with them. To give you anm idea my daughter is 5 in a couple of weeks and quite tall for her age so I never expected her to have a problem. We fixed the problem by taking the handles off the ends and releasing the rope which she wraps around her hands to get the required length and then she is able to skip a little better although her coordination isn't great so more often than not she missing jumping the rope but she still thinks it's good fun and I think that's what rreally matters. The ropes seem pretty strong, even though we have took the handles off the rope hasn't frayed and I am hoping she will soon be tall enough to put the handles back on. The rope is pretty grubby and I have tried giving it a wipe over but it doesn't do much since it is woven so the dirt is ingrained in the rope. These ropes are great fun and my daughter loves them.

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          22.04.2012 01:23
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          A perfect starter skipping rope, a little too long for my four year old but recommended all the same

          Since watching a professional (ahem) 'skipper' in action Hollie has become somewhat obsessed with skipping. She had a sweet, but useless, Hello Kitty musical skipping rope but it was ridiculously long and balanced so that you simply couldn't get a smooth arc - she eventually got so frustrated with it that it was discarded in the grass and not seen again until Mark shredded it with the lawnmower yesterday. Around a month ago however I was standing in a particularly slow moving queue in the Post Office and spotted this Mookie skipping rope - at £2.89 I thought it was a bit of a bargain so picked it up for Hollie. It hasn't been a bad skipping rope, it hasn't lasted for a particularly long period of time but for the price I'm not moaning considering Hollie has used it practically every day since I bought it! The handles are fitted neatly to the rope, these haven't come loose at all and still look in reasonable condition - a bit scratched, with a few dents from being thrown on the floor and dragged around but on the whole they're not looking too bad. It's the rope itself that's failing; while it feels quite sturdy and has a nice weight for twirling, but the part that touches the ground as Hollie skips started fraying within a few days and now is so badly damaged that it's actually catching on the ground and preventing her from skipping properly. The length doesn't help as it's ever so slightly too long for her, the rope is apparently suitable for children aged three and above but I struggle to think of any three year old who would be tall enough to use it - Hollie could only just use it comfortably and I think she'd personally have benefitted from it being a couple of inches shorter. I suppose they can't keep everyone happy length-wise though! I've watched Hollie skipping with this rope so many times, she's mastered a simple forward jumpy-hoppy skip (give her chance, she's only been skipping since March!) and once her arms learned to compensate for the extra length she was twirling the rope smoothly and comfortably. It completes a smooth arc with no kinking or weirdness to the rope, the handles are comfortable to hold while you're skipping with a thin layer of varnish to give them a smooth feel in your hands. Overall I'm happy with the rope, I'll definitely replace this frayed-to-death one with an identical Mookie rope although I'm sure eventually Hollie will want something a little more aesthetically exciting. This makes a nice starter rope though and I don't hesitate to recommend it with the caveat that it hasn't had the longest lifespan I've ever known for a skipping rope. Just watch out for heads being cracked if your child swings the rope around - we had a near miss the other day, luckily it was only Mark's head (ha!) but it could just as easily have been David's so I had to have a few stern words with Hollie about it. After Mark had shouted at her!

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            02.08.2011 08:34
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            A decent buy

            I remember when I was younger that there was much fun to be had with a skipping rope and so last year I invested in a mookie skipping rope for my son which was much the same design as the one I had many years ago. The skipping rope itself is a white rope with a blue and red pattern going all the way along it. The rope has pale coloured wooden handles which are varnished to give them a shiny look. The skipping rope cost me around four pounds from a local independent toy store but having looked online I can advise that you can pick them up from amazon for just short of five pounds. There are many alternatives which look similar and cost a few pounds less so it is worth looking out for those too in my opinion. The skipping rope itself is a decent size meaning that I could show my son how to skip using it however he needed to wrap the rope slightly around the handles to be in with any chance of skipping and not tripping up. It is only this past few months that my son has managed to jump the rope and he did this after a lot of practice of us skipping together with me turning the rope and us both jumping together. He enjoys the activity regardless of the fact that he often miss times his jump and I like the fact that he is being active as well. Before he could skip with the rope my son would use the skipping rope to tie things together such as my washing lines which was rather annoying but he has always had a bit of a thing for tying things! He used it in his imaginative play and as long as he was being supervised I was happy for him to do this. The skipping rope has lasted quite well but we have made sure that we always bring it indoors after play because I remember when I had a skipping rope like this as a child that the handles went a bit green and manky after being left out in the rain over a period of time as they are made of wood. There are a few chips in the wooden handles where my son has dropped the skipping rope on the paved slabs and I would think that given a few more drops the handles will actually split open as they do look like they may do so before too long. Despite this fact the rope has lasted my son over twelve months of occasional play with it coming out more often over the past few months and so for just a few pounds I have to say it is decent value really. When this rope does break I do think I will replace it with one with plastic handles as I think they will probably be more durable in the long run. In summary this is a decent buy I feel and one that will ensure that your child either gets active skipping or has a good go trying and so I think it is well worth just a few pounds! Thank you for reading my review!

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              21.05.2011 12:24
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              Decent skipping rope for the price, but will show wear and tear

              I've been doing a lot of exercise recently, whether it be off my own back or as a client for a friend's personal trainer course. One of the things he's had me doing as part of a warm up is skipping, and although at first it was frustrating, it's something that you can pick up and get used to quite quickly. Choosing the right skipping rope isn't something I had considered as being important, but having used a few different ones now, I've realised that it does indeed make a difference. Quite a few sports related skipping ropes these days are all plastic, the 'rope' as well as the handles. Traditionally, though, expect one like this Mookie skipping rope, which has think wooden handles and a real rope. As a man, I found the handles quite small to grip, although they are rather smooth due to the varnished finish. I was worried that as I started to sweat it would get harder to hold on to them, but this wasn't the case at all. The attachment of the handle to the rope is quite flexible and there's plenty of motion, with the connection also allowing the rope to swing smoothly as you skip, preventing any restriction to make you have to swing harder to get the right pace. The quality of the rope, initially at least, is also good, and I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking it looks a bit like the cord for an iron, with its predominantly white colour with a few small coloured marks along its length. I found the rope easy to unwind and to keep straight, something this has as an advantage over most cheap plastic skipping ropes, which tangle up and are a nightmare to get straight. When skipping, there's no real worry, and I spent quite a few occasions really liking how this felt. If anything, I'd have to say that I'd have preferred to have bigger handles, although the rope was plenty long enough for my purposes. You can get different variations in skipping rope length, and this was just about right for me. The problem with this is reflected in the price. You can get hold of it for as little as £2, and once you've used it for quite a long time, then you notice a difference in the quality of the rope. I found that the handles started to warp ever so slightly, particularly if they're left outside for any period of time, and the connection between the handles and the rope started to feel a bit less secure than before. Not only this, but the rope itself soon began to fray. When I skip, the rope often hits the floor at each revolution, something which is rather common with most people, especially once you get a rhythm going and find that groove for minimal jumping. The problem is that the rope frays rather easily, and I've started to worry that it won't last much longer. I've used other ropes, particularly at the gym, which are used on a very regular basis and have been there for ages without showing any signs of wear and tear that affect the performance. I'm not so fussed about how dirty it can get - I don't expect a white rope to stay white if it keeps getting used for skipping when it touches the ground, nor do I expect to be able to clean it very well. What I do expect though is for it to stay strong for a decent amount of time, and it has already started to give less of a smooth skipping experience. It costs £2, and that's exactly what you get - your money's worth. For the price, it does a decent job and doesn't tangle up, giving a smooth skip, but over a period of time, if you're thinking about for a long time, then it may be better spending a bit more and getting something that will last better.

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              20.04.2011 17:53
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              A fantastic skipping rope.

              One thing that my daughter has always played with is a skipping rope, not just any old skipping rope (though she has had an assortment over the years), but one that purchased for her a good few years ago, and has enjoyed many hours of use. My daughters skipping rope is a bog standard design, long thick corded rope, a good metre and a half in length, with sturdy wooden varnished handles on the ends, so sturdy that this particular rope has lasted her a good few years, since her first year in school, (she is now 9 and ¾'s, the ¾ is very important!). The rope did start off as a white/red and blue colour, with all the colours threaded together, though has over the years become a much grubbier grey colour, but the handles have stayed reasonably good looking, with only a little damage caused by my kids playing "Britain's got talent" last summer, and my son used it as a tightrope, and tripped over it! To use you obviously hold a handle in each hand, and jump flipping the rope either forwards or backwards over the head, with the rope never getting twisted up as the handles let the rope fully rotate with the head of the handle. The rope is long enough to simply skip either alone or as a pair (I love doing the double friend jump as a child, me and my friend could get to 50 without getting caught up), and is long enough to perform any other tricks you like, the cross over arm jump was also a speciality of mine, and though the rope is still actually long enough for me to still have a go with it, I am afraid since growing boobs this option has been taken away from me (I can't skip and hold my chest at the same time, I am good but not that good!). Price wise these are very cost effective, retailing at around the £4.00 mark, and available from www.amazon.co.uk. This is a cheap and effective toy to encourage exercise and outdoor playing, so a big thumbs up from me! Thanks for reading x

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                04.04.2011 15:40
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                Not bad if you look after it

                Mookie skipping ropes were especially popular in the 1990s, and certainly when I was in primary school they could be found in pretty much any discount store in our local area. These days I believe that schools are much more strict about what you can (or should that be can't) play with in the playground, but skipping ropes were a popular choice with us. This brand of skipping rope is extremely cheap and can be bought for under £2 online, or less if you look in discount high street stores like Poundland or Quality Save/Home Bargains. Because they are so cheap, they aren't the best quality. If you're rough with them, they will split and break, so I'd recommend keeping them away from boisterous kids and pets if you want them to last. The Mookie rope has traditional wooden handles, which are the right size for kids to use, and also for women and the smaller-handed men amongst us. You can obviously still use it if you have big hands - just expect to get grooves in them! The rope itself reminds me of an iron's electrical cord as it has a dotted pattern running through it, and feels like it's made of artificial material. It's white and not the easiest to clean if you get it muddy, and it does look a bit cheap and artificial which is a shame because the wooden handles are traditional and you don't see many skipping ropes with wooden handles these days. I've seen Mookie ropes with different coloured 'blobs' on the design, but not different coloured ropes themselves, so you are quite limited in choice but then again if you're buying for kids it's likely to prevent arguments over colours. I quite enjoy skipping as it doesn't take up much space, there are no ongoing costs and it's a good workout. Unfortunately this Mookie skipping rope is for outside use only for me because my ceilings are too low. You'll need well over 6 foot clearance to use this rope indoors. However, the advantage is that the skipping rope is a good length and can be used by taller adults without too much trouble. Kids may also use it for 'multiplayer' games with two people swinging the handles and a third (and even fourth) jumping over. As I don't use this rope every day and store it in a drawer, it's lasted very well with no visible marks. However, I do find that it's not the best skipping rope in the world for exercise - and I wouldn't expect it to be as it's so cheap - so I'm currently looking at buying a skipping rope with a built-in counter. However, these skipping ropes have plenty of other uses and would be good for a sports day, party bags, party games, holidays and various other things. As they're so cheap it's not really a problem if they get lost, broken or dirty. I don't really think there are any real disadvantages to Mookie skipping ropes, other than the fact that they are basic; you can't easily adjust the length of them, and there are no bells and whistles like jump counters or calorie counters - but I wouldn't expect that for the price. The biggest issue you're likely to experience is finding decent weather to skip in - but that's an issue for all outdoor games in the UK!

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                  18.03.2011 12:37
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                  Save your money for a more robust product.

                  This wooden skipping rope from Mookie is something my sister used to own and play with on a regular basis. I guess girls are more 'into' skipping than boys - I were more interested in ball games and cars! If you were looking for a more modern and better designed skipping rope then you would be looking at paying upwards of £5. As you can buy the Mookie wooden skipping rope for around the £2-3 mark I can see why some people do buy them, although they don't seem anywhere near as popular now. The problem with this wooden skipping rope is that although it is intended for children, it can (and does) break quite easily. You see, children's' toys are prone to getting dropped, stood on - general abuse. Adults may be more careful with such a product, but for children it needs to be able to stand up to the daily wear and tear that kids will inevitably give it. The problem was with the wooden handles of the skipping rope. Although the rope did become a little tatty and frayed (from being left outside in the cold and damp weather) one of the wooden handles split down the middle. The rope then detached itself from the handle and what was left was one handle with a length of rope attached. I do think that this was due to being left outside in the wet and probably what happened was damp made the wood expand and split. The wooden handles are finished in varnish to prevent splinters. I think that the overall product isn't very well thought out. I can't see why wooden handles are better than plastic, and plastic handles would be more robust and give a better surface to grip if they had a rubber grip strip on them. Those £5+ gym skipping ropes are looking more and more tempting by the sentence, don't you think? For what is the difference between a few pounds i would definitely say save your money and go for a proper gym skipping rope. The overall quality can easily be described as poor, but as it is so cheap I will give it two stars as it does fall within the pocket money category for kids.

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                  03.09.2010 11:52
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                  A Wicked Skipping Rope That Is Just As Good As A More Expensive Exercise Rope!

                  I've got a proper exercise skipping rope but I couldn't find it, I'm not very organised when it comes to putting stuff away and because my skipping rope is black and gray it's obviously blended in somewhere and I just can't see it! I brought this Mookie skipping rope because it was only £1.50 and I didn't want to fork out on a new exercise skipping rope because I KNEW as soon as I did I'd find mine! This one has been brilliant though, I can see why it's so expensive in some shops and think I had a bargain because I've seen this exact skipping rope for £5.00. When you buy it the rope will be all twisted up like you can see in the photo Dooyoo have got up, when you unwind it it will be a bit kinked up but I just sprayed it with water and hung it over the line for the kinks to drop out. The handles are made of real wood and they feel proper sturdy and nice to hold. My sister had a skipping rope recently that looked like it had wooden handles but they was really plastic and the end piece snapped off after a bit. These ones are so smooth that they feel lovely and comfortable in my hands, also the shape of them makes it easy for the handles to move around as you spin the rope round. The rope is strong and it's quite heavy so it actually flies through the air a lot smoother than the other rope I usually use. One thing though is if you're using this for exercise instead of playing then you probably won't be able to get your speed up as good because this rope is so chunky that it's hard to get it spinning very fast. I'm surprised that the rope isn't FILTHY by now because of it being white but it actually looks in brill condition considering it's been used at least 2 times a day by me.... plus both my sisters have used it too, and that includes my 3 year old sister dragging it round the garden with an cuddly dog tied to the end! So it's been used AND abused and there isn't any problems at all with it. None of the threads in the rope have frayed or anything like that and the handles are still solid. I'll definately carry on using it even when I find my proper skipping rope, I'm not bothered about speed when I'm skipping so this is fine for me. The only weird thing is that on the packet it says the skipping rope is suitable for kids from 3 years and over but that's not right. My sister is 3 and the long 2 metre rope is miles too big for her, she can't spin the rope and even if she does manage it then she just gets all tangled up in it. That's a bit dangerous actually, I never thought before because if it flicked round her neck when nobody was about then she could have a serious accident. Recommended..... but not for 3 year olds, it's dangerous and they won't be able to use it properly anyway!!!

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                    GOOD PRICE FOR AN ADEQUATE SKIPPING ROPE.

                    I have been frustrated recently with the lack of quality in skipping ropes. My daughter loves to take a skipping rope to school. We have gone through on average one every couple of weeks. They have either snapped, come apart, or been far too flimsy to be of any use. Granted, I do not pay much for these skipping ropes, but I have been known to fork out over £6 for a branded skipping rope that plays music and counts. (which turned out to be more rubbish than all the others put together.) I saw this wooden skipping rope advertised on Amazon. As I had some vouchers to spend. I decided to add this to my shopping list. The skipping rope appeared to be more sturdy in design than others. I immediatley liked this rope as it had a much more traditional appearance. Which reminded me of the skipping rope I used to have. What was even more attractive, was the £1.70 price tag. When the mookie toys wooden skipping rope arrived. I was most pleased with it's quality. I wasn't holding out much hope as it had such a cheap price tag. It had two wooden handles which were smooth and shiny. They seemed to be perfect in size for my daughter to grip. On first use, my daughter commented that the handles were light and felt comfortable and secure. The rope in the middle, again appeared to be of a very good quality. It was not only strong but also seemed to have a good width. Neither too thin or thick. The rope was white with red and navy flecks. I was rather disappointed with this colour though as I was sure the rope would look dirty and shabby. The rope had an adequate length to it. Im sure my daughter would have preferred the rope to have been slightly longer. As she complained that she struggled to play step up skipping with this rope. But In all fairness, I wasn't expecting an olympic team of Double Dutch skippers to be born from purchasing this rope. The rope did last a lot longer than others I had bought. It was stronger and much more durable. However there were many flaws which let this rope down. Firstly the handles, which at first looked so attractive, were prone to scratches and when they hit the floor they would chip, with great white chunks appearing where the smart varnished wood had been. Another thing that let the skipping rope down was when the actual rope got wet it became heavy and dirty. Within a short while the rope began to fray, making it look grubby and cheap. For the price I payed for this skipping rope, I feel it provided a good job. I wasn't expecting a high quality skipping rope, which is just as well because I didn't get one. What I did get though, was a rope that lasted for a good deal longer than other skipping ropes on the cheaper end of the market. Which in turn, makes me feel that this rope was indeed well worth it's bargain price tag.

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                    21.07.2010 12:12
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                    We bought a Mookie Toys Wooden Skipping Rope from a local shop that sells low cost and often bargain items, similar to those found in Pound Land. The rope was purchased because we had received a letter home about a special skipping demo that was taking place that week at school. All the kids wanted to get in a bit of practice as they were told there would be a chance to join in and learn some skipping tricks at the end of the demonstration. The demo was set up via the school, who wanted to promote active play during break time and lunch time periods. ********************************************************** The Wooden Skipping Rope came in a simple clear plastic pack with a cardboard panel at the top. It was adequate for keeping the Mookie Toys Wooden Skipping Rope protected before purchase and was also easy to open. We paid just £1.49 for the rope, which we felt was about the right price for it at the time and still do, as the quality of the product is average and so its purchase price should and did reflect that. So we felt we got value for money. The rope handles are a smooth to the touch light coloured wood. They have been slightly coated with a clear coat, to protect them and enhance their look and feel. Having handled them I can say that they are smooth enough to rule out the possibility of small hands getting any splinters when using the rope to play with. They look rather like a small set of mini maracas with their longer handles and slightly bulbous top section. They can be unscrewed between the handle and the top section. This is useful if you need to reach the ends of the jump rope that are enclosed within. Our rope was an off white colour and had small blue and red highlights along the length of it. I must say that after even just a short use the centre of the rope did quite quickly become a washed out grey colour at the point where it made contact with the ground. I feel this is to be expected due to the pale coloured rope. It may have looked more attractive for a longer time if a brighter, stronger more vivid colour had been used. ********************************************************** The skipping rope went off happily to the skills demonstration but came back feeling rather sorry for itself. The group who visited had special skill ropes that were very light and durable, made with slim easy grip plastic handles and slim plastic coated flex instead of the thicker rope that the Mookie rope had. The demonstrators at the event told the children that if they wanted to be able to do some of the tricks they had seen, then they would all need to purchase one of the jump ropes that they were promoting. Of course all the children were blown away by the tricks they saw used and all wanted to be able to copy them. Most of the parents fell for their childrens pleading that the fancy ropes were 100% vital to getting the best out of the skipping tricks. So we duly had to fork out for one of these so called professional type ropes as an encouragement to carry on skipping during school breaks and lunch time play. ********************************************************** On reflection the sales talk given out to us proved quite accurate. The Mookie Toys Skipping Rope did not perform as well as the lighter more modern rope. The Mookie rope seemed to return too slowly after a trick and was easily tangled and wrapped across the body and was only really useful for very basic skipping. It could not live up to the requirements needed to be able to do swift action skipping tricks and is best suited to very simple skipping only. Considering the price of the item, I feel this was perhaps to be expected. ********************************************************** On the whole you do get what you pay for with this product. Its part of a traditional style value range and offers some playability which is best suited to basic skipping moves. However its isn't suitable for completing more complex slipping tricks and is very basic when compared to the semi professional type ropes. With all this in mind, my rating for the rope for both value and quality is an average 3 star rate.

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                      12.07.2010 19:42
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                      A Boring Design Maybe But It Does What You Need It To Do.

                      When I started the Slimfast diet about 6 weeks ago I decided there was no point in watching what I ate unless I was going to start exercising as well so I tried to think of ways I could exercise which are also quite fun and alternate those with things like running and classes at the gym. I only came up with two things and they were swimming and skipping. Id read somewhere once that if you sit down to watch TV and skip using a proper skipping rope for the length of each advert you will tone up in no time so I bought this "Mookie Wooden Skipping Rope for exactly that purpose. It says that this skipping rope will set you back around £3 on amazon but I found mine in Poundland (I dont know whether the Mookie name i very good as Ive never had any items from it before) for shock horror £1 so if you keep your eyes open you can definately get a bargain here. Now for £1 your not going to get a top of the range, brightly coloured best ever skipping rope you are going to get something very basic like this. This is simply a white rope with stripes on and two wooden handles at either end - nothing special about the design but I didnt but it for that reason so it didnt bother me. If you are buying this for a chile though I think they would prefer something a bit more colourful and funky - I would have when I was younger anyway. As I just said nothing special about the design but it does everything I wanted it to. The rope is long enough and skinny enough for me to jump easily without being so big it knocks things over - as I am using this in the house and it isnt so big a child wont be able to use it either. The handles are quite large and chunky making them easy to grip and they wont go flying out of your hands again good for me as Im using this in the house. If nothing else you'll never have any accidents with this. Ive been using this skipping rope now nearly everyday for about a month and so far Ive lost half a stone now obviously Im not just using this alone but Id like to think it has definately helped as my legs especially are now much more toned than they used to be so they certainly fit their purpose for me. Also kids love them as my cousins go for the rope constantly when they come over and it keeps them entertained for hours so that just shows it doesnt need to be super-duper it just does what is says on the tin really and Ive got no complaints. I highly recommend these are both a great toy for keeping kids occupied and a great way of getting back into shape and toned up! Thanks For Reading x0 Salz 0x

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                        12.07.2010 14:24
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                        Kept the children amused :)

                        Mookie - Wooden skipping rope We have recently moved home, from a flat in the city to a lovely house in the country and finally having a garden I have been buying some outdoor toys to keep friends and families children amused when they come round to visit. It really has been a lovely summer so far so outdoor toys were my first thoughts. When I was younger my granda used to make me and my friends all our skipping ropes. Sadly, I cannot do the same and I have had to buy some instead. Searching on Amazon I decided to give Mookie's wooden handle skipping rope a try, so I bought two. At a recent BBQ these skipping ropes went down a treat. Skipping ropes are really a simple toy but a classic, I remember playing with and loving mine as does my mum and as does my granny. It's lovely watching children play with these and how simple rhymes , that change so much through the years are incorporated into the fun. I've now bought two of these from Amazon, they are currently selling for £2.45. For just under a fiver I had amused children all afternoon, which meant that the grownups were free to enjoy some lovely pimms cocktails and food. These aren't fancy skipping ropes but they are functional and they are long enough for some of the adults to join in on the kids fun. Overall, if you are looking for some outdoor toys this simple yet classic skipping ropes that really makes for a fun toy. After the children had finished skipping they used the ropes as part of other fun made up games. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these to anyone looking for something like this. They aren't the best quality skipping rope out there but then they aren't all that expensive. I am going to give these a good but pretty average three out of three. These did entertain the children all afternoon but they are cheap and as such if I need to purchase other ones in the future I might pay a bit more and get a slightly better quality skipping rope.

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