When my little niece comes over to visit it is important to us that we have a selection of toys and games that can keep her mind occupied whilst the adults have a natter. Now my niece being only two and a half is an avid fan of Peppa Pig and has watched a number of the TV programmes; hence when we spotted a box of these Jumbo Peppa Pig playing cards in Debenhams before Christmas we were determined to buy them to add to our ever expanding toy box.
To those who have not heard of Peppa Pig, or simply have not had the pleasure of watching an episode, Peppa Pig is a children's pre-school character that has a number of shows which are shown throughout the week on children's television. The characters in the show are all very simply drawn with the large heads and small bodies that you would expect to see in a children's drawing and each character is named after an animal with the names corresponding with the first letter of the animal, For example, Peppa Pig, Suzy Sheep and Candy Cat. Each character is also very brightly coloured with the programme often providing educational content as well as fun viewing.
There is a huge amount of merchandise associated with Peppa Pig and this includes toys, games and even children's bedding and cushions.
This game is packaged inside a cardboard box which opens to reveal a set of cards neatly stacked inside. The game includes a set of 36 cards which are each illustrated with the picture of a character form the show with their name written underneath the picture. Each illustration is highly bright and colourful to look at making it appeal to even the youngest of ages and the cards are large in size, roughly the size of two playing cards so that they can be picked up easily by small hands.
This game is aimed at children of an age of 3+ however; being that our niece loves the show and is a very bright little girl at two and a half we knew she wouldn't have any problems with this game.
==Price and Availability==
This game can be bought for around £4 - £6 from most good toy stores and department stores. Indeed we picked ours up from Debenhams for around £4.99. However, it can also be bought online from such stores as Amazon for £4 making it a bargain in my opinion.
==The Game Strategy==
As well as playing traditional snap these cards can also be used to play three other games, a brief description of each being as follows:-
* Giant Snap - In this game the cards are split between the numbers of players. Each player lays one of their cards over the previously laid card and when two of the cards match the players shout out 'snap'. The quickest player to shout is then allowed to collect the pile of cards in the middle and thus increase their chances of winning. This is a very effective game with our niece who finds the concept of snap very easy and yells it at the top of her lungs much to the delight of our neighbours.
* Giant Pairs - This is our nieces' favourite of the four games and it is good in my opinion as it tests her memory. The cards are laid face down on the floor and each player takes it in turns to turn two cards over. If the characters match then the player gets to collect the matching cards and the player with the most cards at the ends wins.
* Giant Happy Families - This game involves selecting a family of characters that you want to collect at the beginning of the game, for example four Peppa Pigs. You then simply go round the group in turn asking each other for the characters you need to complete your set. The first person to get four of the same wins. This version of the game works better in my opinion when you have a few people playing and we therefore try and rope in the adults to make this game more fun for our niece.
* Giant Dinosaur - within the pack of cards there are four 'George and his dinosaur' cards. To do this game three of the dinosaur cards are removed from the pack and the players try and match their pairs until the player left with the dinosaur card at the end of the game is the loser.
A number of the game options can be played with only two people however, there are times when it is best to have four players at which point in our house the adults put down their coffee mugs much to the amusement of our niece and join in.
Although these cards are great when used as a game and are very interactive my niece also loves picking up the cards and looking at the colourful characters underneath. They are therefore a great distraction as they can keep her happy for a good hour at a time plus their small size means that they can be taken in the car for longer trips. I must admit that I did think she would tire of the cards as we wheel them out during each visit however she still loves them and we are often referred to as the 'Peppa Game' house as a result.
==My Opinion and Summary==
In my experience this is a highly practical and fun game for young children and the colourful cards and characters keep their mind focussed which is great in contrast to sticking them in front of the television. My cards, although quite sturdy, are beginning to look a little frayed around the edges after hours of use and I will therefore probably replace mine in a few weeks or so. However the reasonable price of the cards means that the cost of replacement will not set you back a lot of money.
This is a game that my niece loves, it has taught her the basics of group games and has provided hours of fun. I would therefore highly recommend these cards to all like minded Peppa Pig addicts.
This game scores a very good five stars out of five from me.
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Well, I felt I should write a review on Peppa Pig Playing Cards, I have to be honest I bought these cards as a "fill a gap in the stocking" kind of gift, cheap and cheerful, I spent around £3.99 on them.
I have to say I never thought my daughter would bother with them as it's not like all the other exciting (more expensive may I add) presents that she got but I regret the day I ever opened them!!
The cards come in a basic cardboard box. The cards themselves are larger than normal playing cards so are easier to handle. They have a glossy finish and are bright and colourful. There is a selection of the Peppa characters on the face fronts from Peppa, George to Candy Cat and Zoe Zebra. Each of the characters is dressed up in fancy dress and their names are also on the cards for those who are not in with the Peppa craze. There is also a helpful little game menu (designed as a playing card) that gives instructions on playing a selection of cards games.
My daughter is 3 years old and has now mastered the art of playing snap, she loves this game and will play it over and over and eventually when she does get bored she launches them around the room to watch them fly or sits and tells me all about each of the characters and what their wearing. There are other games on the menu however they seem to be aimed at older children which doesn't really fit in well with the age range for Peppa Pig fans.
Overall this is a cheap and cheerful toy/game that keeps toddlers happy and is great for a bit of one to one time between me and my wee one.
We look after my niece on a regular basis so I am always on the lookout for cheap little items that will help amuse her and keep her entertained rather than staring at the TV for hours. She adores Peppa Pig. (Along with Dora The Explorer of course!) And went through a period where everything was Peppa Pig. Pyjamas, knife & fork, books etc. So when I saw these while browsing on Amazon I had to give them a go!
** Peppa Pig Giant Playing Cards **
Peppa Pig is an animated character that has won the hearts of many children. These giant playing cards are about the twice the size of normal playing cards. The cards are bright and quite thick, making them durable and easy for little ones to hold and pick. My niece is now 5 but had no problems with these when she was 4 and still plays with them.
There are 36 cards in the pack, with 8 characters each having 4 cards each. The characters are easily recognisable and each card has the character's name written in large lettering on the front of the cards. The characters are Peppa Pig, George Pig, Rebecca Rabbit, Zoe Zebra, Emily Elephant, Candy Cat, Suzy Sheep and Pedro Pony. The pictures are clear and look just the same as in the TV programme.
The pack of cards comes with game 'ideas'. The main ones that my niece and I play are snap and pairs. The cards are big and clear enough to play snap and they can withhold the bending from my niece being a bit over enthusiastic. The pair's game is also good if my niece wants to keep herself occupied. She throws them on the floor and then keeps going until she has found all the character pairs. She will choose the cards two at a time, if they match she puts them in the box, if not, then she puts them back down and chooses another 2 cards. This is great for her trying to use her memory and she enjoys playing by herself at times.
With these cards children can have fun while developing their reflexes, memory skills, patience and also about fairness and learning to share.
** Price & Availability **
I bought these for a bargain price of £2.40 from Amazon, with free delivery! An absolute bargain. They are £3.97 in ASDA, £3.99 from the Early Learning Centre and the Peppa Pig online store. The prices vary a lot so make sure you have a good look around. Amazon seems to be the cheapest at the moment.
** Recommendation **
This really is a simple and fun game that the whole family can take part in or the child can keep themselves occupied. The cards can be used over and over again,
The cards look fun and appealing, they are good quality so will last a while and are easy to put away in a draw or cupboard.
The cards are aimed at children 3 years or over. I am sure 2 year olds can have a bit of fun with these even if they don't quite get the idea of the games. My niece is 5 and still plays with the cards.
These are a perfect stocking filler coming up to Christmas and will excite any Peppa Pig fan!
Peppa Pig is my little girls favourite character on TV at the moment and over the last few years we have a mountain of Peppa pig merchandise some have been big hits others are poorly made but this is one of our favourites it provides fun for mummy and daughter as well as being able to play with my two boys as well so can be used for independent play or group play.
There are 36 Peppa Pig giant picture playing cards and on these cars are different characters with their names underneath these are all based on the TV program and are easily recognisable to my little girl who knows the name of each character and so then can start seeing the spelling of thee words underneath. Although at 2 I doubt she will suddenly begin to write these cards are fantastic for taking something a child loves and using that to introduce the alphabet and words to pre schoolers.
Each card is bright and colourful helping catch and holds little ones attention. He words are the cards are lovely and big in bold writing so that little one can clearly see them. They are rather thick so that they are durable and last while little fingers can hold them easily but not too big that it is awkward for little hands.
There are four different games that children can play using the giant picture playing cards depending on age and understanding you can easily choose for which age group each game is suitable.
Giant Pairs is a game where players take it in turns to pick pairs of card that are lying down faced, if you match a pair then you keep those and pick again. The winner is the player with the most pairs when all the cards have been picked. This is great for younger children helping them with their memory while having fun finding their favourite character in the process.
Giant Snap is one of my favourites as all my children can play even my 18 month old little boy loves joining in and shouting snap even if it is with 2 different characters. Snap is a where players turn over a card and place it in the middle, if the card someone else turns over matches the previous then you shout 'snap' and take the pile of cards
Giant Happy Families is good fun everyone picks a family from Peppa pig they would like to collect and simply take it in turns asking each other until they have the cards they need. The first person to collect the 4 cards with the same character wins. This game was a little disappointing as when I first brought it I thought it would be like the pig family, the rabbit family etc but it is just collecting 4 of the same character.
Giant Dinosaur is a game where you remove 3 of the dinosaurs leaving one and keep playing pairs until there is just the one dinosaur card left. Whoever has this card looses the game.
Each game has its own advantages weather it is getting little ones to think about sets of families and help improve there memory with pairs they are guaranteed to have fun once you bring there favourite character into the running. These cards can hold the attention of all 3 of my children who are different age rangers. From 18 months to 4 years each and every one of them loves and finds different ways of playing with them.
They are great for introducing letters to my little girl who is 2 and are a prompt for my 4 year old son to practise his letters by copying the names of each character and writing them on a piece of paper. As there are different ways to play with the cards and the children still manage to come up with new things to do with them they have lasted over a year now without the children getting bored with them.
My only downside to the cards is the box them came in. It is not very durable and ripped with the constant storage of the card so my little girl keeps them in here Peppa pig lunch box. Saying that the cards have lasted really well apart from 1 dinosaur card which was ripped by my youngest son the rest are all intact and although a little worn at the corners they are still playable.
The age range is 3 years plus but I can not see why they can not be used younger with adult supervision as my 2 youngest really enjoy playing with them and apart from ripping the cards there is no major harm they can do.
For Christmas last year I was looking for little cheap gifts to go in my daughters christmas stocking and came across these playing cards on Amazon, they are currently selling at £2.40 a pack which I think is a brilliant price.
The cards come packaged in a cardboard box like a traditional playing cards box only with a bit for hanging them up in a shop. The box shows Peppa and George pig with four of the playing cards displayed behind George.
The cards are meant to be for ages 3 and up but they are oversized about twice the size of normal playing cards making them easy for little hands to hold. The cards are split into nine sets of four cards each set showing a different character and their name. The characters in the pack are Peppa Pig, George Pig, Rebecca Rabbit, Zoe Zebra, Candy Cat, Emily Elephant, Suzy Sheep, Danny Dog and Pedro Pony. Each card shows a picture of Peppa, George, Mummy and Daddy pig in their red car on the back of it and the cards are produced in very bright colours making them attractive for small children.
There are four games to be played with these cards, snap is the first and easiest although my daughter was quite slow at this to start with and therefore I did have to let her win to begin with. Pairs is another option and can be played with all the cards or only half, if you play with half the cards there is only one of each set yet we found it better to play with all the cards and make it easier to find a pair since there is four od each card. Happy families is a game where you try and collect all the cards in a set ad the person with the most sets wins, my daughter doesn't like this game so much. The last game is Dinosaur and you play with one George card and try and make pairs the loser being the person left with the George card.
I like these cards as for £2.40 there is a lot you can do with them, my only issue with the cards is my daughter likes to oink right through playing with them! These cards are brilliant value, attractive to children and are relatively sturdy although we do have a few creases in them. Well worth the money and highly recommended.
Sometimes the simplest of things can give a lot of entertainment to young children and these Giant Peppa Pig playing cards certainly fall into that category. In a world where we all rely more and more on technology and expensive games, these cards are a pleasant change and give the whole family an opportunity to play together.
What's in the packet?
The Peppa Pig giant playing card set contains 36 oversize cards featuring Peppa Pig along with her friends. The cards are about twice the size of standard playing cards and all have a picture on the back of the cards which show Peppa Pig, George Pig, Mummy and Daddy Pig driving in their car.
The 36 giant playing cards have pictures of Peppa or her friends on the front and are split into nine sets of four cards. As well as the four cards which have Peppa featured on them, there are eight other characters including George Pig, Zoe Zebra, Rebecca Rabbit, Emily Elephant and Pedro Pony who are also featured on four cards each. The cards also have the characters names on the front as well which I believe is really good, especially when your child is at the stage where they are learning to read different letters and words.
The cards are very bright and all the bright colours on the cards appeal to young children, especially if they are Peppa Pig fans like my children are. They will enjoy spotting their favourite characters while playing with the cards.
How much do these cards cost?
I am pretty sure that we picked this set of cards up in Tesco's for a few pounds. I can't remember exactly how much we paid, but remember picking them up as a stocking filler for my daughter's christmas. The Peppa Pig giant playing card set is also widely available online, listed at about £3 or £4 on several different websites including Amazon, John Lewis and Asda. I have also noticed them on peppapigstore.com listed for £2.99.
I believe that this offers excellent value for money when compared to a lot of other childrens toys and games which can be quite expensive.
What games can we play with these cards?
The games that we have played with the giant Peppa Pig cards are 'snap' and 'pairs'. Everyone will be familiar with snap, where you spit the cards then take a shot each at playing them and try to be the first to say snap when you spot two cards the same on top of each other. This is a simple game but one that I believe helps young children to learn basic skills, like learning to share and wait for their turn as well as the game being good fun for them.
The other game that I have played with my daughter is 'pairs'. In this game I take two of the cards of each character and turn them face down, so eighteen cards in all if you use all the characters from this set. In this game your child will turn over two cards at a time to try and pair off the characters. If they find a pair you take the cards aside, if not you turn them back over and the person playing has to try and remember where the cards are. Again, from personal experience, your child will really enjoy this as well as learning new skills from using their memory here.
There are also other games that you can play with these cards, the two I have listed above are the ones that we have played. Other games listed on the pack of cards are 'happy families' and 'dinosaur' which we haven't tried yet.
What age are these cards suitable for?
I would say that these cards are suitable for age 3 upwards. We have played with these with my son as well who is two, this is fine for short periods but a two year old has shorter attention spans and my son has ended up throwing the cards about or bending them all. Maybe this is a boy thing, but I reckon age 3 is about the right age here.
Do I let them win?
Sometimes I win, sometimes the children win. This isn't me letting them win, it's just that sometimes they can be too fast! I believe that it is good for the children to learn to win and lose as well.
For the cost involved here I believe that the Peppa Pig giant playing cards offer excellent value for money. £3 barely buys you anything, so I believe that if you have young children around the ages of three to six your money will be well spent if you pick these up.
My daughter loves to play with these and equally loves to play with mum and dad or her friends when they visit. The Pappa Pig characters on the cards are a big draw for children who are into Peppa Pig, and they will have lots of fun playing with these while also learning that it is good to play together and take turns.