Newest Review: ... have had this space hopper for my children for 4 years and it has been played with a lot by all of my children. My middle daugh... more
Bouncing Around With Pat and Jess!
Postman Pat Space Hopper
Member Name: angelboouk
Postman Pat Space Hopper
Advantages: fun to play with, quality, price, design
Disadvantages: different to traditional space hoppers, availability
~Postman Pat Space Hopper~
This is a character version of classic toy. For those who do not know what a space hopper is, it is a big rubber ball with handles. The idea is that you sit on it, hold on tight and bounce around.
This particular space hopper is suitable for children over the age of three. It arrives with you in a colourful cardboard box and needs to be inflated either with a pump or by mouth. This space hopper measures 45cm in diameter and can be used inside or outside. It is red and features a large illustration of Pat himself and Jess the Cat with the slogan 'Let's Go Deliver'!.
~Price and Availability~
At present, I can only find this space hopper on Amazon UK. It is priced at £7.75 with £2.78 postage.
My fiance is a postman and our four year son adores Postman Pat - you can understand the connection. Anyway, for my sons fourth birthday last May, he received some lovely presents. A few people were thinking alike as he received two space hoppers - a regular one and a Postman Pat one. One may question why anyone really needs two space hoppers but they have came in handy for weekly visits from my sister and nephew (also four) - now they can have space hopper races!
This particular space hopper was a big hit with Boo. My sister chose this for him after he fell in love with the space hoppers at the local play area. Our space hoppers are mainly played with indoors as we do not have a garden but we have taken then out with us to play with elsewhere. To be honest, with my son taking after me with his clumsy nature, I feel safer with him playing on grass or padded carpet than on pavements or near stones.
In the box, the space hopper was deflated. We don't own a pump of any kind so it was left to my sister to blow this up at the birthday party. This space hopper has a long, plastic valve which is very secure when in place. The hopper is fairly easy and quick to blow up but you need to be quick to slot the valve in or the air starts flowing out rather quickly. Once the valve in slotted in, the space hopper is ready to use.
In terms of quality, this space hopper is really good. It is made from good quality rubber and is a good size but not quite as large as our 'regular' space hopper. It is bright and colourful which makes it appealing to young children. The lllustration on the front is cool and Boo really likes it. This is an official Postman Pat product so the characters do look exactly as they would in the show. With nearly a years worth of regular use, the illustration has started to fade in parts but this doesn't make the hopper any less appealing to my son.
The difference between this and a regular space hopper is the handle. Most space hoppers have two little handles but this version has one big, complete handle. I was worried at first that perhaps my son wouldn't be able to 'work' the space hopper. At first, he was a little unsure of the handle design but he soon got used to it. He has grown quite a bit since his last birthday but can still comfortably bounce around with this space hopper. It works best on flat surfaces and with a little help from Boo, it bounces off the ground - not too high but you can see your childs feet lifting off the ground. It is a very fun toy to play with an uses up some extra energy which can always be a positive thing with children!
My son is now very confident when playing with his space hopper though he does prefer his two handled space hopper which is more traditional in design. He can hold on perfectly well and always enjoys the bounce that this hopper offers. He has toppled off it a few times if he has simply bounced too much and got a bit tired but hasn't ever hurt himself. It isn't a practical toy to transport when fully inflated but easily deflates and flattens for to take to his grandparents house. When used outside, this toy is even more fun as there is more space to bounce around. Unfortuantely, Mummy is too big to play with this toy..so not fair!
It is important to supervise your child whilst playing with a space hopper. Whilst the rubber is thick, really sharp objects are likely to cause damage to the space hopper so care must be taken. Boo has bounced onto twigs before and these haven't caused any damage to the space hopper. This space hopper is easy to wipe over with a baby wipe if it becomes dirty in anyway. Boo has gotten a lot of use from this space hopper over the past 10 months. I have had to blow it up a little perhaps three times over the course of this time so it is an easy to keep toy. We just leave ours inflated in the toy room.
Boo has asked me to recommend this space hopper. He loves it mainly because it is Postman Pat but also because it is very fun to play with. It would get five stars if it had the classic two handle design as the one handle design is a little more difficult to get used to at first. It is a well price, durable toy and one which I think every child should own as it is a classic. I can't see it lasting much longer as my son is growing very quickly and looks very big on it but we will pass it on for another child to play with.
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: boing boing!
- Micro Sprite Scooter
- Tesco 8Ft Quick Up Paddling Pool
- Chad Valley Ball Pitt
- Chad Valley 100 Plastic Play Balls
- ELC Ditsy Dots Toddler Skates
- Airflow Bouncy Castle
- Melissa & Doug Happy Giddy Net
- Fireman Sam Rescue Light and Sound Tri Scooter
- Grossman Ozbozz My First Scooter for Boys
- Worlds Apart Minnie Mouse Boutique Tent