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The Peppa Pig Fun Phonics toy encourages children to learn letters and sounds.
This is recommended for children aged 3 and over but could be used for a two year old but they may not be able to play all the games.
It is a round plastic toy with a handle and buttons for each letter of the alphabet. All of the letters have an uppercase and a lowercase letter with a picture that starts with that letter, for example, Rr is for Rebecca Rabbit and Dd is for Danny Dog. Not all of them are Peppa Pig characters but Peppa Pig, Candy Cat, Emily Elephant, Suzy Sheep and Zoe Zebra are also on their. Some other examples which aren't characters are Kk for Key and Vv for vase. Other buttons are ABC alphabet, Repeat and Music.
Some of the games include finding a letter, spelling a word, following the alphabet and pressing the missing letter or first letter of words. You can also press each button and it will read the letter and picture out for you. These games can be changed by an arrow at the top.
The children don't have a preference on games but they always want to have a go and it can't really be shared. I find with some of the harder games like the spelling they don't know the answer and require some help to complete it, this then makes them proud they have done it. I was surprised the other day when a three year old told me how to spell 'jug' and he managed to put it in himself.
The problem with this toy is unusually there is not a volume button and when trying to use it in a noisy room I find the children cannot hear what they are meant to be finding or spelling. Although there is a repeat button we often have the same problem again which leads to them getting it wrong as they thought it said something else.
This toy requires three AA batteries (which are included) and is about 30cm by 30cm. It has been dropped numerous times and it still works well.
It is a good toy for learning spelling and sounds but it would be better with a volume control.
My boys have all loved the Peppa Pig TV series, shown regularly on Nick Jr and Channel Five. Even adults can't fail to love the cute Peppa Pig and her little brother, George.
I purchased this Peppa Pig branded Phonics game as a Christmas present for my middle son when he was three years old. At that point, he had just been introduced to the phonics system of learning sounds and letters at nursery so this system seemed like an ideal gift, particularly as I picked up at half price for £9.99. This game sounded really promising as it includes eight different modes of phonics-based learning games so it has the potential to grow with a child from the recommended age range of three to five years old.
Unlike some Peppa Pig branded products, this game is suitably unisex, being made from a cheery bright yellow chunky plastic. It is light enough for a child to carry about, with the help of the in-built handle, but robust enough to withstand life in our toy box alongside regular falls and generally being bashed about. There is one major disappointment with the overall quality of this toy, however, and that is the use of stickers to represent all of the letters and the different game modes. These stickers did come ready applied but are of incredibly poor quality and become loose very easily. I noticed the first sticker becoming loose within a week of purchase and that was without any real game play whatsoever. I will admit that my boys can be quite rough with their toys but these stickers just come away without any deliberate attempt to remove them, which is very disappointing for a game with a supposed RRP of £20. It would be much better if the letters were actually printed on the game itself.
Having owned this toy for a couple of years now, we are missing several stickers which does make it more difficult to play the games properly. It is perhaps just as well that my middle son very quickly lost interest in the game and never really concentrated on the activities in the way they were intended to play - preferring just to press buttons at random and switching between different modes rather than concentrating on completing any one activity.
One of the main issues with this game is that many of the activities are very repetitive and also very similar to each other, so despite having eight different modes there aren't really as many different elements to the game as this might suggest. Many of the modes involve the child pressing one of the keys and the game will say what the letter sound is and what the items pictured is. There are a few different variations in this game but they are fairly similar and not interesting enough to maintain my son's interest for any length of time, even now he is five years old and developing into an independent reader.
The most complex activity is a mode which involves the child actually spelling out individual words. Whilst this is clearly educational, I think this is a little ambitious and too challenging for a child within the age range likely to still be interested in the Peppa Pig branding. Whilst some of the words are fairly simple, such as Cat and Dog, it also includes far more complex words such as Guitar which I think would be a challenge to children much older than the target age range here.
One of the positives of this game is that there is a clear link between the toy and the Peppa Pig programme with the images used and the spoken voice being clearly recognisable as Peppa herself. Lots of the popular characters from the series are also featured on the stickers. The drawback to the use of Peppa Pig's voice within the game is that it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish exactly what is being said, which can be confusing for children. My son was always adamant that he was being asked to find a 'lap' rather than a 'lamp' and I must admit that Peppa's voice does make it sound more like 'lap.' He was also confused by the game in which he has to find the first letter of particular words, initially being convinced that he was being asked to find the fourth letter!
The one saving grace for this toy has been that my youngest son absolutely loves it. He has enjoyed pressing the buttons and twisting the dial (repeatedly) from around nine months of age. He clearly doesn't appreciate the educational element of the game, even now at two years old, but remains fascinated by the flashing lights, the familiar Peppa Pig images and the fun sound effects and music. I think there is some merit in a child as young as this using this toy as I often observe him pressing the buttons and repeating the sounds and words to himself, helping with the development of vocabulary and recognition of sounds. In all honesty, my youngest son has had by far the most use out of this game and, for that reason, I would suggest that the minimum age recommendation is slightly too high and three and can see no reason why this shouldn't be used by a much younger child, particularly as the child is likely to outgrow the toy long before their fifth birthday.
From a parent's perspective, the lack of a volume control is a little irritating as I do find this toy to be very loud and the music can get more than a little grating, particularly when repeated over and over again by a toddler! The game also makes a particular sound whenever the wrong key is pressed so it makes this sound very frequently when played with by a two year old. Fortunately, the dial does have an 'off' setting and, despite needing three AA batteries, these seem to last a long time and have only needed to be replaced once.
This phonics game has recently been produced in a new shape but both the new and this original version are available on Amazon for a similar price. (This version is currently £15.29 and the newer style is £17.95.) In all honesty, I wouldn't particularly recommend either version as I don't think it has enough variety to maintain an older child's interest for any length of time. Younger children may well enjoy playing with this but there are other toys on the market specifically designed for toddlers that are just as good if not better. In either case, the poor design and quality of the stickers makes me reluctant to recommend this game as it becomes damaged far too easily.
The Peppa Pig phonics is another one of the many Peppa Pig toys that my daughter received last year, for her 3rd birthday. It is made out of yellow plastic and of an oval shape, with a handle at the bottom for easy carrying (it is also quite light and not too bulky). At the top there is a switch which you turn anti clockwise to select the required mode (there are 8 different modes altogether), or to turn it off.
There are 29 different coloured buttons altogether, 26 of these for each letter of the alphabet, 1 that you can press and Peppa tells you the whole alphabet, 1 that you can press to repeat a question (quite useful in case you missed or didn't hear that question) and 1 that when pressed plays a tune. Each of the 26 buttons that represent a letter has a sticker above it showing the particular letter (both capital and small which I think is quite handy) and also an object that starts with that letter.
The eight modes are as follows:
Mode No 1 - you are told to press a key, and when you do so, the sound for that particular object is made and you are told what the object is (so for example if it's the B/ ball button you will hear a bouncing noise
Mode No 2 - you are told to press a key, than Peppa reads out that particular letter and tells you you what it stands for (the object in the picture)
Mode no 3 - you are asked to find an object, so you have to press the sticker which depicts it
Mode no 4 - you are asked to find the first letter of the word
Mode no 5 - you are asked to find a particular letter
Mode no 6 - you are asked to spell a word, so you have to press each letter that spells it
Mode no 7 - a sound is made and you have to press the object that makes that sound
Mode no 8 - in this mode you are told to just press a key, and the sound for each object is played.
When my daughter first received this at the age of 3, she would just press buttons at random and didn't seem to show much interest in it. I actually had to sit down with her and try to show her what she needed to do. However, her attention span was far too short to actually listen to the instructions and use this toy properly. A year later, she has actually got more patience and will play with it for short bursts of time, but unfortunately she can only use certain modes. For example modes 4, 5 and 6, she cannot use, and I think these are more suitable for slightly older children, who are perhaps in reception and are actually learning the full alphabet. I am not actually sure what ages this toy is aimed at, but it is certainly not for pre-school children!
My daughter has now kind of grown out of Peppa Pig so I think by the time she gets a bit older and can use all the modes of this phonics toy, she will probably no longer be interested in it. I do think this toy is educational and would be suitable for a young child who is very forward (some of the kids in Iona's nursery can actually spell many words), but I think that most children would have probably grown out of Peppa Pig by the time they can use it properly. I have actually seen a Disney Princess phonics tablet and I am considering buying her that instead as I think that it will be a long time before she grows out of the princess phase!
I personally think that a nice touch would have been the addition of some kind of lighting (for example if when you pressed a button the object lit up), as I think little ones do prefer toys that light up. Apart from this, I also think that the stickers are proof of a cheap and quickly thrown together toy. It would have been so much nicer if instead of these, the letters/objects had been painted on, and to say this toy has not been used that much, a couple of the stickers are already peeling off! Overall 3 out 5 doyoo stars from me!
This is a fun toy for any kid who wants to start his/her first alphabets. The arrangement of the keys is nice with different colors allowing for additional teaching of colors for the kids. The toy is very lightweight and it really helps for easy carrying from one place to another.Thought the product may be a bit pricey, it does have lots of features that enables for hour long fun for your kids. Its certainly a toy that comes for years.
My boys have always liked Peppa Pig on the telly, but not really been grabbed enough for my to buy them any of the toys out of the range. I spotted this one however, and I felt that they would like it as it features all the characters they know and like, but from my point of view it is quite educational and supporting learning phonics, so I thought I would get it my youngest son in May last year for his birthday.
After an initial push of some buttons it got shoved under some other stuff and not played with. I wondered if that was because they didn't like it or they had just forgotten about it, so periodically I have forced the issue and got it out and said, look, let's play with this now. I even took it with us when we went away in the summer, thinking if it were one of the only toys they had, they would then play with it, but even then, it hasn't been a bit hit with either of the kids. I think perhaps it is a bit too prescriptive for them in what you have to do. My young neice was enthralled with it when she saw it with all the flashing lights, but as she was only 11 months when she played with it, she wasn't really getting best use out of it, and just pushing the buttons to see the lights flash.
The toy itself is pretty nice. It is quite lightweight and has a carry handle so it is portable enough. It is also a nice bright yellow with lots of flashing lights to grab the attention. There are buttons representing every letter of the alphabet with an image which is cartoon style and on the whole related to the show, such as P is for Peppa Pig, Z is for Zoe Zebra.
It is easy for a child to switch on with a dial at the top of the console, where you can swap from off to one of 8 modes. This sounds as though it should be really good but in reality, it is not that great, as some of the modes are fairly similar and a bit confusing.
Mode One - here, you are asked to press a key. This confuses my 3 year old, as the letter K is for Key, so he always presses Key, then it prompts you to press a key again, and he keeps pressing Key. I've tried explaining to him that key means button in this case, but he doesn't get it so this mode gets boring after a couple of presses of Key, and being told it is a Key.
Mode Two - Alphabet. This is quite similar to mode one as it tells you what the button is, but this time instead of saying for example, this is a key, it would say K is for Key, or O is for Orange. This is slightly better from my point of view as it is not just stating the obvious. I would argue that mode one is completely unnecessary.
Mode 3 - Find the Item. Here you are prompted to find an item that Peppa asks you to, eg. Find the Jug. It repeats it if you don't press a key, and if you get it wrong it asks you to try it again till you get it right. This mode is ok and can hold the attention a while.
Mode 4 - Find the first letter of the word. Here you are prompted to find the first letter of the word you are given. The words are taken from the console buttons, so really, when asked to find the first letter of the word you are really being asked to find the picture.
Mode 5 - Find the letter. Here you are asked to find a letter, Can you find F for Fish. In my eyes, this again is the same as mode 4. I don't see the point in having it there if it just asking you the same thing again buy in a slightly different way. It is just boring for kids having all the repetition of something that is not that exciting in the first place.
Mode 6 - spell the word. This is one of the better modes but it really is a bit tricky for a 3 year old, asking them to spell words by pressing the keys in the right order. My 5 year old is only just at the stage where he can try this really, and by 5 a lot of kids will not still be interested in Peppa Pig.
Mode 7 - Follow me. The child is encouraged to press the lights as they appear on the console. My kids like this mode, but it is limited to only 4 buttons in a row if they get it right. I think this would grab their attention a lot better if they could complete as many as they could concentrate on with some reward like, well done you got to ten, or perhaps if it counted as they touched a key. My 5 year old is obsessed with counting as far as he can at the moment, and he would carry on till he got to 100 if he could. This is quite limiting in this mode, and not that interesting once done a couple of times.
Mode 8 - A sound mode. Here, you get a sound associated with that letter of the alphabet, so an elephant trumpeting for Emily Elephant, or a jug pouring water for Jug. This has not really been a hit either. Once you have pressed them once or twice, the fun has gone really. I thought at first this would be a music mode, where pressing a key made a note you could then play a little tune with, but no such luck.
There are additional buttons at the bottom that the child can also press. The alphabet buttons take you through what all the buttons say in order of the alphabet. The repeat button makes Peppa repeat what she just asked you, and the music button plays a tune, which thankfully isn't exactly the same each time.
For the parent, it is not as educational as I first thought it would be, as it does not interest them long enough to get anything from it. Thankfully there is an off button, though no volume control so it is all at one level of noise when playing.
If you have any interest in this toy after this review, as I am sure some kids must really like it, you can get it at lots of places, such as amazon, tesco, argos. It is availbale between £15 and £22.50. I bet you could pick up a barely used one second hand for less, and I am sure I saw it for more like £12.50 at Tesco in the summer. It seems a popular toy as it is out of stock in quite a few places at the moment.
Other information that might be useful for you is it requires 3 1.5V AA batteries, which fit in a compartment at the back with a small crosshead screwdriver. The batteries have lasted a long time in our house through lack of use.
My 3 year old daughter got this for Christmas and she loves it. It is a plastic yellow circular toy with a carry handle for take along play. This toy is generally priced at £20 but I found a bargain and got it for £16.
The toy has got 8 different settings selected with a dial at the top of the toy, the toy teaches sounds, letters, phonics, spelling, colours and numbers. There are 26 light up buttons each corresponding to a letter of the alphabet and having a picture beginning with each letter and to do with Peppa pig.
In my opinions the settings are not all for the same age ranges which means the toy should last longer than a lot do. My daughter is 3 and she can manage the follow the leader game and the game to find certain pictures but for example she can't spell yet so that game is a bit old for her at the moment.
My only complaint is that for P is a picture of Peppa Pig and I is a picture of Peppa Pig covered in spots with the word ill, when my daughter plays the find it game the voice of Peppa says find me which I don't think is very good as there are 2 pictures of Peppa.
This was another of my little girls birthday presents as she is peppa pig mad. This is recommended from 3 years plus but my daughter received it for her second birthday and still gets on very well with it.Her brother likes to have a play also and he can use a few more of the modes as he is a little older.
It is a plastic board in a circle shape. It has a handle to carry it around at the bottom of it. It has buttons from left to right in 5 roes down with letters a - z on it. The letters are shown above the button by a little sticker with lowercase and uppercase letter but also a picture associated with that letter and the written word of the picture so Aa apple and a picture of the apple. As well as the letters of the alphabet is 3 additional buttons ABC if the child presses this it runs through the alphabet lighting the appropriate button on the way.A repeat button which as it suggest repeats any action the toy has just made if a child wants to see/hear do that command again. Finally a music button a different note or noise is played for the child have some creative fun with.
At the very top of the board is the mode switch. A dial can be turned to select each mode and each mode is represented by a picture so child can use it easily.
Mode one -Has a picture of an apple when the mode is switched to this the child presses the buttons and will here the sound of each one eg presses A for apple hears a crunch noise and the word apple.
Mode 2 - The child presses a key to hear the letter and a word associated with that letter.
Mode 3 - Peppa talks to the child asking them to search for a key eg find the apple so the child has to look at the keys and find the associated button.
Mode 4 - Peppa asks the child to find the first letter of a word.
Mode 5 - The child is told the sound of the letter and has to find the appropriate button to the sound of it.
Mode 6 - Asks the child to spell a word so cat they would have to find c a and t and each letter stays lit to
show them. If they get it wrong each correct letter in the sequence is read out and lit.
Mode7 - follow me peppa asks the child to follow the sound and find the letter that belongs to that sound also the button lights up to make it easier for young one to follow.
mode 8 - this is perfect for little one to explore they press the letters and the sounds associated to this button are played a little bit of free run for the child.
Finally the next mode option is an off button which as a parent you will know is definitely needed.
My only fault is the stickers above the letters rather than printed. One of the picture Danny dog has been torn in half on ours and we are only 2 months in so I'm hoping this is a one of as its the pictures that are the main focus of teaching.
Other than that it is a very sturdy toy and can be used well by different age ranges. Its colorful bright and holds Childs attention as there is so many different activities and of course seeing their favorite TV characters all over it is very appealing. Its educational which is my favorites part.I would recommend this to anyone its fun but teaches the child at the same time. Younger children can use it and the toy grows with them as they get older. It retails at £19.99 and requires 3 AA batteries which are provided.
Inspiration Works Peppa Pig Fun Phonics
One of the many Peppa Pig toys in our house include this educational Fun Phonics game which can be picked up from Amazon for £20, though we were able to buy this on half price sale for only £10 which was a real bargain.
The toy is made of sturdy plastic and is brightly coloured with the main colour comprising of a bright yellow with pink, blues, greens and other colours for the images and buttons. It is a circular shape with a small egg shape on one end and a carrying handle on the other which is a perfect size for young hands.
There are nine different games and activities which can be accessed in the egg shape part by turning a dial to the right picture. The dial was a little stiff at first though loosened up quickly and is now easy to turn for my youngster.
On the main part of the toy, there are 29 differently coloured buttons with pictures around each. These buttons have all the letters of the alphabet as well as three extra buttons with ABC on which shows the whole alphabet, a repeat button and a music button. Each letter button has a specific picture next to it which corresponds to the letter, for example P for Peppa Pig.
By accessing the various games, your child will learn a variety of different things which include sounds, letters, phonics, spelling, colours and numbers. The toy is a fully interactive toy so the child learns through play. My little one absolutely loved this when it was first bought and still, a year later, it is still well played with.
I personally love this toy and fully recommend it. I believe that it has helped my youngster a great deal with letters and numbers especially, and I have become accustomed to hearing the talking of Peppa and other strange noises that come out of the toy - I would feel lost without these noises! Luckily the sound is not overly loud and not very annoying.
This toy is recommended for the age of three plus though we bought this when our little one was two and they still got a lot out of it.
Requires 3 x AA batteries.
I bought this for my 3 year old for her birthday who was just learning letters and who is a huge peppa pig fan. It cos me about £20 from toys r us. Once she opened it she was not interested in anything else all she wanted to do was play games on it. She took to it really well. Each day I could tell she had learned more as I watched her playing with it. It is one of the best toys I have bought her. The 8 different setting for different types of learning keeps her interested and with it being peppa pigs voice talking to her she thinks is great fun. It is made from good quality plastic and really durable. All of the letters light up plays music and all have something to do with peppa on. The only bad thing I have noticed about this is the voice is not totally clear on what she is saying but my daughter got used to it and 6 months down the line she still plays with it! I would definately recommend.
Finally, a Peppa Pig product I write something good about!
This was bought for my daughter for Christmas last year as she is good with her alphabet but I wanted her to learn the phonics as well. It was the best £15 that has been spent on her. It provides her with hours of learning fun! And it is Peppa Pig which is an added bonus for her.
The actual unit of the item is made out of hard, yellow plastic. It has a dial at the top with an arrow which can be turned and allows you to chose one of the 8 games to play. The rest of the unit is covered with lights with a letter above it and a word beginning with the letter, for example, "O = Orange". There are also embossed numbers down the sides.
The 8 modes of play are Apple, ABC, Find , ABC, ?all, C _ T, Follow Me
and Music. All of the game modes are really alot of fun and educational. My daughter's favourite game of the bunch is C_T which is a game where Peppa asks you to spell a word (the word is also on the unit). If your child gets it correct, Peppa will say "Well Done" and if your child gets it wrong the unit goes "Waawaawaa" and Peppa will so "Try again".
All in all, this a great educational and fun toy. My daughter can play with it for hours and I join in with her and have just as much fun teaching her with it. I really recommend it for children who are about to learn their alphabet.
I bought this phonics reader for my daughter at christmas time and it was the best £15 i spent lol. She never puts it down. The various settings means that the child is not limited to what they are doing so they dont get bored easily. There is a spelling setting and a musical follow the light setting along with others that keeps the childs brain active while playing. The voices used on it are very similar to the voices from the television programme. The bright colour that flashes under the buttons draws in the attention of the child and makes them want to press the buttons and learn. Its a unisex toy as well so the market isnt limited to who can use it. The toy is lightweight and easy to carry around with a handle and can be used it buggy or car. The best part is that the child thinks they are playing and having fun when really on top of that they are learning their alphabet.
We bought the Peppa pig learning phonics board as at the time my 4 year old daughter had just started school and was learning all the phonics and I was looking for something to help. I saw this board on Amazon for just under £20 and thought it looked good for my Peppa pig fan daughter (make things fun!) but then happened to spot it in TK maxx for £15 so snapped it up.
There are 9 different settings, of various activies ranging from picking the right letter to just pressing buttons and hearing the phonics, my favourite is the chasing game where the buttons flash and you have to copy the order and the right letters.
I like the fact that everything is there in front of you - so there is no looking through pages or pressing buttons till you find the right one, they are all under your nose and from a learning point of view I think that is a great idea.
There is also an ''off'' setting - a small point but I think most parents will apprechiate me saying so! (when Peppa says ''where is'' about 50 times in a row this setting comes in very handy!)
A great toy and we have had alot of use out of, my youngest is also starting to use it and she is 3.
The only fault, well the only thing I think which should be different is that the pictures with the letters of the peppa pig characters are only stickers, I think they should be protected with maybe a clear plastic or cover as once pressed rather alot they fade and even rub off slightly. I have a few missing but thats after a year of alot of use.
We bought the Peppa Pig Fun Phonics for christmas , at the time my son was taking a big interest in the alphabet and we thought this toy would be a good way of him having fun whilst at the same time getting him used to phonics sounds. Plus of course he is a very big Peppa Pig fan so we knew this toy was going to be a big hit with him.
***About The Toy***
The phonics unit is made out of plastic , it is a lovely yellow colour and is like an oval shape.
* There is a carry handle perfect for small children
* At the top of the unit is a purple dial with 9 pictures you turn the dial to the game you want to play
* On each side of the unit are letters and numbers
* There is a battery compartment on the back of the unit
On the front of the unit you will see 29 buttons which have various colours, 26 of the buttons have a letter by them along with a picture for example Aa- Apple , Bb - Ball , Dd - Danny Dog and Pp - Peppa Pig. On the other 3 buttons are ABC alphabet , repeat and music.
Running down each side of the unit are numbers and letters.
***Modes of Play***
* C _ T
* Follow Me
I am not going to go through all 8 games as this would be a very long and boring review! So here are some of my favourites
In this game Peppa will tell you to press a key so if for example you press A you will hear a crunchy noise and then Peppa will say "this is the apple" , if you press H you will hear a door bell and Peppa will say " this is the house" , and for P you will hear lots of giggle and Peppa will say " I am Peppa Pig"
Your child will learn the phonics alphabet in this game so Peppa will tell you to press a key , if you press A she will sound out the letter and say "as in Apple" , O as in orange and so on.
In this game Peppa will tell you to find things like find the jug , if you guess correctly you will hear a noise and the button will light up Peppa will say well done. If you don`t guess correctly you will hear a noise like waaawaaa and Peppa will say Try again and some of the buttons will light up to help you find the correct item.
In this game you have to find the first letter of a word like l for lamp , if you are correct you will hear a very nice sound and Peppa will say Well Done , if you are wrong then as in the last game you will hear a waaawaaa noise and Peppa will say try again.
***What do I think?***
This is a fantastic educational toy and I really want to recommend it , this has helped my son son with his alphabet a lot and it is getting to the point that he can play the spelling game which I am amazed at! Your child will learn to recognise the numbers that are running down the side of the unit and their colours as the buttons are red , green , yellow , orange and blue.
The toy is very sturdy , my son has thrown it across the room in temper a few times and it doesn`t even have a scratch on it!
We managed to buy this in sale at Toys R US for £10 but I have taken a look around and it costs £20 on Amazon and other toy sites.
For children Age 3+
Requires 3 x AA batteries.
The Fun Phonics game comes with eight activities and finds room for Danny Dog Rebecca Rabbit and Zoe Zebra while the Magic Mirror has built-in sound effects from all the main Peppa Pig characters. Peppa teaches sounds, letters, phonics, spelling, colours and numbers.