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Worlds Apart In The Night Garden - Ninky Nonk Train Pop Up Tent

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      11.05.2012 16:45
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      Hide and Seek!

      My mum bought this for my daughter and my nephew as a joint Christmas present as they both like In the Night Garden. This cost £30 from Amazon but I have also seen it in Toys R Us. It took about 15 minutes to put together and basically consists of some fabric pieces held together by plastic rods. The sections can then be joined together by velcro. The tent consists of 4 sections the first of which is the largest and in the shape of a triangle, the second section is a semi circular shape, the third is a tall rectangular shape and the fourth and final section is sort of a semi circle and smaller than the other pieces. Each section of the tent is brightly coloured and features little windows which your child can look out of. The tent also has various Night Garden characters. Each section of tent also has wheels printed on. The tent is not as sturdy as I expected it to be and the canvas is rather thin. It is also a lot larger than we expected and even though my mum has a large living room the tent when it was all placed together dominated the living room. The sections are only held together by velcro so they can easily be taken apart, my mum has now placed half of the tent upstairs and the other half in the conservatory which is where all the kids toys are stored. When my daughter saw this on Christmas day she was very excited, she had just started to crawl too and in no time was crawling through the sections and waving to us through the windows. My nephew who is a year older was a little bit cautious at first but once he was in he started to really enjoy crawling through the sections. One thing we did notice was that at times when the kids were going through it the sections can become detached but they can easily be placed back together. My daughter goes to my mums every weekend while I work and since Christmas this tent has been regularly played with. She likes to hide her toys in there and also to play 'Peepo' with us through the windows. When we have had some nice weather we have taken the tent out in the garden, it is very light however and will blow over unless something is placed inside a few toys normally does the trick. We haven't put this tent down since Christmas so I can't comment on how well it folds up. However for the money it has been well played with and my daughter seems to enjoy it as does her cousin who now treats it as a house and eats his lunch in there. I would give this 4 out of 5 stars, I think the velcro to hold the sections together should be a little stronger but all in all this was a worthwhile buy and a toy that will last a few years yet.

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      21.04.2012 17:15
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      Not the best way to spend £40...

      My daughter has owned the Ninky Nonk Train Pop-Up Tent for just under three years now, after I purchased it for her second birthday in 2009 - it's still in use (in a fashion) so you might be forgiven for thinking this is a durable product and worth spending your money on. Well, I say 'pffffft'. The fact that it's still useable is because it's such a nightmare to put together (and not really a whole lot of fun) that we've hardly taken it out of the box - over these three years it's probably had a total play-time of less than fifteen hours, the majority of these being when we had it out in our large living room last year and Hollie decided to use it as her 'sulking place' after being told off, or whatever other reason a four year old can have for sulking! The Ninky Nonk is made of a very thin fabric, the edges of the train compartments are strengthened somewhat to ensure they keep their shape but the whole thing has always felt extremely flimsy and looks to constantly be on the verge of collapsing. The fact that it has never collapsed on Hollie is cause to be impressed, although now her sixteen month old brother is learning to love the Ninky Nonk (being a rather more boisterous child) I suspect it won't live for very much longer in this house! To assemble the train you need to push flexible plastic rods through the edges of the structure, this can be quite fiddly and it's not a job I'd want to do regularly to be honest as it's very time consuming in relation to the amount of time the kids' are going to want to play in the thing! You have the choice of putting the whole Ninky Nonk together and using it as a train, or just assembling one of the compartments and letting the children play in it as a kind of tent. As the length is around eleven feet you need to ensure you have plenty of room if you're using it as an indoor toy, it's suitable for use in the garden so that may be a better option if you're struggling for space inside. I've tried to convince Hollie that using each compartment separately is the way forward, although some of the fun of crawling through the 'tunnel' is lost at least I don't have the stress and bother of putting it together. My main issue with the Train is the fact that once put together this doesn't necessarily mean it's going to STAY together - in fact it doesn't stay together at all! It might look (reasonably) good when first assembled, but within ten minutes of play you'll find either, or both, of the end compartments are coming adrift from the rest and then you need to either rethread the poles or convince your child to play with it like that. Not so much now, but in the past we've had real tantrums as Hollie realised her toy was slowly falling to pieces... It doesn't even LOOK that much like the Ninky Nonk! It's all done in the right colours and the pictures of the various In The Night Garden characters make it instantly recognisable, but you can't really shape a fabric 'tent' structure to follow the whirls and curves of the Ninky Nonk - so they haven't and have given it a boxy look instead. It actually looks very cheap, and considering the RRP is just shy of £40 it definitely isn't a cheap toy. While writing this review I've made a decision, this is going on Ebay when I have my annual mega-list after I've finished my spring cleaning and decluttering - I've been mooching around the garden toys recently and am certain I can find something a bit more fun and substantial for the kids to play in, to be honest a basic two-man tent would be more fun in the garden than this thing!

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        26.04.2010 15:10
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        Great toy if you have the space

        I bought this for my daughters when they were 1 and 2 and it's been played with a lot. It arrives in a fairly compact box, but don't let that deceive you - when you take it out and assemble it it's huge - about 12 feet long! For us it's a garden toy, because it's just to big to go up in the house. It comes in 4 sections, replicating the train carriages the way they appear on the Night Garden. The first carriage just pops open and forms a fairly large triangular tent. The Tombliboo carriage needs some plastic rods (included) inserting and is also quite large. Upsy Daisy's carriage also needs plastic rods, the last carriage just pops up. Once in the garden my children have had loads of fun with this, using it as a tunnel to crawl through and as a den. They've even been known to eat their lunch in there! The carriages have little mesh windows so you can keep an eye on what they are up to inside, or they can wave to you. As you might expect, if using in the garden the slightest bit of wind sends it flying, so we usually stick some toys in there to weigh it down a bit. We've had it 2 years now and it's wearing well, although admittedly it doesn't get used in the colder months. We store ours in the shed - the front large carriage concertinas back down easily to go back in the box as does the back carriage. We never take down the middle 2 carriages as it would involve removing all the rods, although it would only take a few minutes if we really needed to. We paid full price (£38) for this, but I have to say it's been worth the money. I've seen them on offer more recently for a lot less and at anything under £20 I would say this is a bargain for little and bigger Night Garden fans.

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        08.12.2008 12:43
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        A good product once its up but you do need a lot of patience

        My daughter got this as a present for her first birthday. When she first opened it and I looked at the box I thought 'WOW, shes going to love this' and i wasnt wrong. She can have hours of fun running through it, looking through the windows and playing peekaboo. But however, its far from perfect. Firstly, I found it very hard to put up- and it would have been virtually impossible if it was just me. There are four different sections and most of them require you to thread poles in them to help keep its shape... Not as easy as it sounds. With the one we had, it seemed we were supplied with the wrong size poles. So instead of taking it back to the shop (which would have meant her waiting for her present), we just decided to saw a bit off the top of one of the poles. That solved the first problem. The second problem was the size of it! It is absolutely huge and definately not for you if you only have a small house (like us). The origional plan was to keep it up all the time to save the fuss of putting it away, but the size of it meant it has to be put away when she wasnt using it. Once its up, then its great. I would say the only disadvantage is that it doesnt fit together that well (just with some small tabs of velcro which come apart when she runs through it). But thats not a major problem. My little girl loves it- and thats the most important thing. Then comes the unenviable task of putting it away. We found it impossible to get it back into the box so what we do is fold the other sections up and put them inside one of the medium sized section which again, isnt as easy as it sounds (and still takes up quite a bit of space). Unfortianately we havent got this out again since her birthday as its just a lot of effort and requires too much patience. When the summer comes round, it will make a great toy to keep out in the garden where theres more space but for now lets just say its staying in the cupbord under the stairs.

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          11.11.2008 20:35
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          great if you have space and patience otherwise steer clear !

          I bought this Ninky nonk tent for my sons 2nd birthday as it was on offer at the time down to £20 when normally they are around £30-£40. He is a massive in the night garden fan so i thought this would make his day. It is a pop up tent in the shape of the famous Ninky Nonk train from the television programme In The Night Garden, it has 4 different sections that pop up seperatly and join together, it has windows and flaps & doors which the kids love and is lovely and bright with the night garden characters on it such as iggle piggle, upsy daisy & makka pakka, so after looking at this when it arrived i wasvery pleased with my bargain ... On the morning of my sons birthday we opened it and he wanted it set up there & then and i was amazed at how big it actually is ! If you have limited space then this isnt for you ! My son absolutly loved playing with this as did my 3yr old daughter but to be honest i was a bit dissapointed at how it fits together .. after the children running in and out of it a few times it splits in to the seperate sections and you keep having to put it back together again which is quite fustrating. When the kids finished playing with it i went to put it back in the box .. thnking it was going to be an eay task,how wrong was i ? There are a few sections which are really easy but the 2 biggest parts (mainly the red part) were really difficult to fold back down after 30 mins of me an my partner wrestling with this tent it eventually fit back into the box (not perfectly but by this time we had enough) Whenever the kids want it out now i just get them one or two sections out to play with as it really is just too big for inside the house .. maybe if you had a big garden it would be ok ? Im glad i got this nearly half price as i would be gutted if id have paid full price for it, it really isnt worth £40 and my children would be happy with any pop up tent we recently bought a small one for around £7 which they have played with more so i would say unless you have huge amount of space and patience then dont waste your money !

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          In The Night Garden is about a magical picture-book place that exists between waking and sleeping in a childs imagination. Words, rhymes and music carry the viewer through a happy world of loveable characters and nursery rhyme nonsense. The Ninky Nonk train allows your child to enjoy some of that magic right in their very own home. Your child will love sitting inside the various cabins or pretending to drive the train to magical destinations.