Product Type: Inspiration Works toys
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Hmmm not good quality!!
Peppa Pig Guess with Peppa
Member Name: pinkprincess24
Peppa Pig Guess with Peppa
Disadvantages: No real educational value, bad packaging
Having a Peppa Pig obsessed three year old daughter, I knew that most of her birthday and christmas (as they are only a few weeks apart) presents would be Peppa related and I picked up "Peppa Pig - Guess With Peppa" in my local Tesco especially, priced £14.99. This seems to be a fairly standard price, though the closer you buy to Christmas, the more expensive you may find it! (Don't you just love it when they hike up the prices late November, then in January they announce a 'half price' sale, despite the fact that the 'half price' is the price the toy actually is for 11 months out of the year!!)
Guess With Peppa is made by Inspiration Works, a well known educational toy brand. It comes in a simple box with plastic packaging which is relatively easy to remove, although it did require scissors (why do they package toys so much when they know how keen kids are to open them?!). The toy itself is yellow with a blue base. The base is a blue ring which folds for easy storage but also acts as a stand for the main part of the toy. The cards fit into the back of the unit for storage. It requires 2 AA batteries which are not supplied. The recommended age is 3-5 years, though after using it with my daughter I would say that it is better suited to the lower age group of that bracket, possibly even better for 1-3 year olds.
The aim of the game is to teach the child about colours, quantities, observation and logic. There are five games to choose from - four which involve discovering colours, quantities, etc. and one which involves guessing. There are 8 double sided picture cards that feature the well known characters from the Peppa Pig show, and there is a plastic Peppa Pig that sits in the game when not in use and also for the guessing part.
When I opened the game, I was annoyed to discover that the cards are held together in a plastic band (not elastic band, a plastic sleeve type thing) which was fine, apart from the fact that when the factory was sellotaping the band together, they ended up taping onto one of the cards. Thus when I tried to remove the tape, it ended up ripping part of the picture of the card off, and that was with the most gentle removal! Not a good start!
The games are basically Peppa asking you to insert specific cards into the console, for example "who is riding on a bike?" the child then selects the card with a picture of Emily Elephant riding a bike and puts it into the console. Peppa sounds encouragement such as "well done", "fantastic" etc. The problem with this is that the cards are double sided and it isn't immediately clear which side is supposed to face Peppa, so when you insert the card sometimes Peppa will say you're wrong when in fact it is the right card but facing in the wrong direction. An easy mistake for adults to make let alone a frustrated toddler. There are buttons on the console for repeat, yes or no which are used in the game. For example, when Peppa is "guessing" the child can press yes or no to continue the game and help her to guess. The other games involve the child searching for a specific colour ("who wears an orange dress?") or number (how many xxxx are there" etc). There is a slide button to select the games.
The cards are accurate depictions of the characters as are the voices so children will love it.
The games themselves are very simple, much too simple for my three year old who was bored within a couple of minutes - this is why I feel the game is probably best suited for younger children, perhaps age 1-3, as the games are easy enough for them and they will probably get more enjoyment and excitement from it.
Herein lies another problem - the educational value of the toy. As we all know, when children love a programme they tend to know a lot about it. If I asked my daughter randomly what colour dress Mummy Pig wears, she would answer correctly. Likewise she knows which characters like what. So when Peppa asks a question, is the child searching for the answer or just knowing it from memory? In addition, once the game has been played once or twice, the child knows the answers anyway. Within a couple of minutes my daughter was no longer even looking at the cards, when Peppa asked who was riding a bike, she simply said "where's the emily card?"
I suppose it is a fun toy for the pictures and sounds, but the educational value is somewhat lacking, and the age range is definitely wrong. 1-3 years at a maximum would be more suitable.
Summary: Not one I would buy again!
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