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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

All Aboard the Ninky Nonk!

My girls absolutely love In the Night Garden. We've been to see the live show twice, and have amassed a complete collection of the soft toys over the past five years.

Evie was very kindly sent the Ninky Nonk Musical Activity Train last month and I was really rather surprised to see just how much she adored it!

I knew she'd like it as she loves the television programme and her cuddly toy characters so much, but it has stayed a firm favourite for the last five weeks and is showing no signs of dropping from the top ten anytime soon.

So what makes it so special, I hear you ask?

Well I think it's the fact that it has so many different features - and it is effectively five toys rather than one - that is keeping madam's interest. It's made up of five carriages; the Ninky Nonk Musical Pull Along Engine, the Tombliboo's Spinning Shape Sorter, Upsy Daisy's Stacking Blocks Carriage, Pop-up Igglepiggle and Peek-a-Boo Carriage - and all five are made from chunky, easy to hold, plastic in bright, bold colours.

It's 78cm long when all the carriages are fastened together, and has lights and sounds to entertain and stimulate your child and the features encourage sound, shape and colour recognition and hand to eye co-ordination as well as promoting fine motor skills. Not bad from one toy, eh? The fact you can take it apart is also great when storage is limited, as is the case in our cottage.

Evie's favourite parts are the shape sorter and the engine, which has flashing lights for daytime play, as well as being a soothing nightlight at bedtime, and plays three character songs and a lullaby. We get some very enthusiastic dancing to Upsy Daisy's song (from Evie, not me!).

This toy retails at £49.99, which I do appreciate sounds a lot and would probably put me off buying it - especially knowing how quickly children get bored of toys. But like I already said, Evie absolutely loves it and it's kept her attention for well over a month, and has in fact been moved down to the living room toy box so that she can play with it every day (this is a huge accolade - only the very best and most loved toys live in the front room!).

It's available from the usual suspects, Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, Smyths Toys etc and would make a great main Christmas or birthday gift. (It's September now so I'm allowed to start talking about Christmas, right?)

DISCLAIMER: We were sent a Ninky Nonk Musical Activity Train for the purpose of this entirely honest review.

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