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My 21 month old granddaughter has recently started enjoying the Bob The Builder television programme, which surprised me a little as she is very much a girly girl but I'm kind of glad she is now taking an interest in programmes other than In The Night Garden and Peppa Pig. I remember my middle granddaughter who is ten loving Bob too when she was a baby and was glad to see there is a much better selection of clothes and toys featuring the little builder now, in fact I remember the heart ache my daughter went through trying to find a pink Bob The Builder outfit when my granddaughter was a toddler as the very few clothing items were definitely geared towards boys.
I was delighted to find a soft Bob The Builder toy in amongst some children's items my neighbour had passed on to me for my granddaughter, he was actually new as she bought him for her friends grandson and for one reason or another never got around to giving it to him. She was as pleased as I was that the toy would be going to a good home with my granddaughter.
Unfortunately this toy didn't get the warm reception I had been expecting and this is for the basic reason that he doesn't really do anything, in fact he doesn't do anything at all!
He looks just like Bob does on the tele and even has a little handyman's belt around his waist which contains a hammer and screwdriver. The toy is wonderfully made, suitable from six months there is absolutely nothing that could hurt your baby or be pulled away from the toy itself to cause a choking hazard. Everything is securely stitched and even when I got his head jammed in the car door (please, don't ask!) there was no ripping or tearing of any kind to the toy and all I needed to do was give him a wipe to get the black marks from round his neck. Which caused some amusement to everyone else!
The problem is that my granddaughter finds this toy boring. Yes, she loves to toddle around with him and make sure everyone is aware that she knows he is called BOB but as soon as something a little more interesting catches her eye then she unceremoniously dumps Bob on the floor and heads off. She doesn't seem to love him like she loves her other toys and this is one she never asks to take to bed wither her, if she's in a temper then passing her one of her favourite toys can usually calm her down mid tantrum but if you dare to pass her Bob when she's in the middle of a paddy then she'll throw him down or even try to bite him.
I think part of it is the fact that she finds it frustrating that she cannot take the tools off Bob's belt, they have been made in a lovely silver colour which is obviously appealing to young children but this appeal means that the child will undoubtedly want to remove the tools and play with them which isn't possible!
Also Bob doesn't speak or make any kind of noise at all, he is quite simply a soft toy which in this day and age is a rarity so I found my granddaughter wasn't really able to create any play time with him. I know, I know, I know. All the bells and whistles toys that I buy my granddaughter have spoiled her to the extent that she doesn't want anything boringly silent now, but I can honestly see the educational value of battery powered toys when compared to this dull soft toy which just happens to be in the shape of one of her favourite television characters.
I was astounded when I looked at the price of this toy, it's made by Born To Play so I was expecting it to be rather expensive but let me tell you the disgusting £19.99 price tag of this does not tally up to me considering it's just material and stuffing! I am certainly not a cheapskate when it comes to buying for the girls' but this is just extortionate, I wouldn't pay twenty quid for a bloomin' teddy bear so why do they think it's a reasonable price just because Bob has a television programme. It's marketing gone mad and I urge all but the die hard Bob fans to avoid this toy as I guarantee he will not hold the interest of any live wire baby or toddler for long.
If you still want one then www.mailorderexpress.com is the place to visit, I wouldn't bother and if you really feel the need to spend £19.99 on Bob The Builder merchandise then a DVD and one of the machine playsets would hold much better play value.
Can we fix it - my little one couldn't
My little boy will be shortly turning two he has been mad on bob the builder for as long as I can remember and I had decided that I had to get him a large bob the builder teddy. I had never seen one around so didn't know if they existed after trawling through numerous internet pages I found one and was so excited I knew that he would love it.
Who Is Bob The Builder
Bob is a children's television character (whose voice is that of Neil Morrissey) Bob is a construction worker who owns his own business Each episode you have bob and the gang helping out with repairs, Construction and renovations around bobs Ville and sun valley, The show is meant to show and emphasize conflict resolution, co-operation, socialization and other important learning skills for little ones.
Bob The Builder Soft Toy
The toy is a very good resemblance of the on screen character, he has his yellow hat, blue dungarees and his brown boots, he has his tool belt around his waste with tools stitched on.
My son loved this as soon as he saw it, but this soon changed, He wanted to take the tools out of the belt which wasn't possible, he expected it do make some kind of noise which the toy doesn't. he has got a couple of cuddly toy that he loves but unfortunately this is just not one of them at the minute. It is great for a cuddly toy and I would recommend it but would find that it is for a child that understands the difference between a cuddly toy and a play toy.
A 14 tall bob the builder soft toy.