Product Type: Mookie Toys Outdoor Toy
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Hop, Skip and Jump!
Mookie Toys Wooden Skipping Rope
Member Name: chrisandmark
Mookie Toys Wooden Skipping Rope
Advantages: Good value, comfortable handles and a smooth skipping motion
Disadvantages: Frays very quickly, generally doesn't last as long as other skipping ropes
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!
Summary: A perfect starter skipping rope, a little too long for my four year old but recommended all the same