“ Brand: Ikea / Age: 3 years+ „
My daughter really enjoys making up little stories and telling them to anyone who will listen - even the cats have to listen to her tales at some stage so when I saw the Titta Sea Creature finger puppets for her in Ikea at the end of last year I purchased them for her, knowing that she would really enjoy playing with them. There are 10 finger puppets in a pack and the selection I went for are the sea creatures but there were others which were: Jungle animals, people or a mixture of everything. They cost £3.99 which I thought was quite a reasonable price and they come packaged in a little plastic bag with the Ikea logo on them. Inside the pack the animals were as they are pictured: starfish, shark, octopus, squid, crab, seahorse, 2x fish, turtle and a whale. All the animals were brightly coloured though did not match what they would be to look like in real life unless there are orange whales about nowadays! The finger puppets are very well made. They have a very soft fabric and also feel a little squishy on the inside where your child puts their finger. The outside is a more coarse fabric and and feels a little rough. A bit similar to what a fuzzy felt would feel like. I was pleased to see that the finger holes were capable of either adult or child use. My daughter likes Mummy and Daddy to get involved so it was great that these fitted us too. They are well stitched and we have had them in our house for just under a year now and they have stood the test of time and are all still in one piece. They are nicely detailed in that each puppet has a little face and the shark has some teeth and looks a little ferocious. They are nice to look at and the detail that has gone into them is very good given the price. They are also lovely and colourful. Like I thought, my daughter loved them. She has created many under the sea stories for us with them after we painted a little cardboard box like the sea and left enough space for my daughter to put her hand in so it was a proper puppet show. A really great product from Ikea which promotes imagination and role play in children. Highly recommended by this household!
With an incredibly diverse selection of sea creatures the Ikea Titta Sea Creature Finger Puppets is a good set for any child, especially one that has a particular interest in fish and the like. I bought this as one of my work tools but as my children love these toys so much I decided to keep them in my handbag instead of my work tools. These are great to keep in a handbag, they don't leak, they aren't sticky, there's nothing that can rip the lining on them and they fit into the smallest corner, taking up practically no room. The set includes a few fish, a couple of octopuses, a turtle, a crab, a shark, and a sea horse. All the creatures are very brightly coloured and appealing to young children. They have a hole at the bottom or the back, depending on the creature which seems to fit any size finger, from a grown man to a tiny tot. There are so many creatures that you're children won't squabble over who's playing with them as there's plenty to go around. My toddler just loves to have them on his fingers and my three year old loves to pretend play with them. We made a little theatre out of an old cardboard cereal box and my son loves to lie in front of it making the sea creatures dance and sing inside it and watching them do it. I've gotten most of my use out of them whilst sitting in hospital waiting rooms for hours at a time, they kept my seventeen month old entertained for at least half an hour which, at his age is a great deal of time, my three year old lasted considerably longer before he started whining. For a cost of about £3.00 these are brilliant value for money and are a must for every parent who has to take their children somewhere boring.
Finger puppets are a classic creative toy, great for getting kids involved in story telling, building confidence and encouraging imaginative play. This is Ikea's typical modern and quirky take on finger puppets. *Contents and packaging* The puppets come squadged together in a little plastic packet with a grey strip across the top with washing instructions and an image of children's hands with finger puppets. As can be seen in the photograph, the Ikea Titta Finger puppet set comes with 10 unique puppet design: green and red striped fish, a blue squid, green octopus, turtle, orange star fish, shark, yellow crab, red sea horse and orange whale. *Look and feel* The puppets look colourful, cute and quirky with a good mix of shapes. The details, such as the shark's felt white teeth, seahorse's mane and whale's red mouth, show some care and craftsmanship, and the puppets feel soft and squishy. The lining is soft and non irritating to the skin. However, the outside of the puppets made from 100% polyester is a bit rough, like felt. The puppets are quite small (the smallest, the starfish, around 5cm tall and the largest, the shark, around 11cm), but the finger holes are a good length and breadth for children (and adults) to get a good grip on them. *Fun factor* These are quite fun to play with, purely because they are puppets, and they make colourful characters in a undersea play. However, their size shape, and material gives them limited movement compared to more upright puppets like human figures with wooden parts and flexible limbs. For the price though these are very satisfactory, kids love animals and the mixture of sea creatures make this a unisex toy. *Price* As is often the case with Ikea products, they take simple designs which are mass made on huge scales, making low prices. These cost £3.99 for 10, good value, and worth getting the other varieties: Titta Jungle Animals (lion, tiger, zebra etc.) Titta Folk (an especially imaginative menagerie of people including a baby, nurse, santa claus and ghost) Titta Djur (mixture of animals including a rabbit, moose, frog, elephant and panda) *Conclusion* A lovely product, with a cute name (Titta means "peep" in Swedish), durable, and quite versatile, especially if bought in combination with other puppets.