Product: Ben & Holly – Hide & Seek Holly
Age Range: 3 years+
Manufacturer’s Description: Play Hide & Seek using Holly’s Magic Remote to find Holly with clues like “You’re too cold” and “Getting warmer!” until you find her! Requires 7 X AAA batteries
Rating: (4/5 stars)
Review: We we were offered a Hide & Seek Holly toy to review I was quick to respond with an enthusiastic “yes, please!” Georgie and Lydia both enjoy Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, and Georgie is very into playing Hide & Seek at the moment – usually trying to rope a slightly confused Lydia into the game.
The basic premise of this toy is someone hides Holly, and then the child playing uses the remote to find clues about whether they are close to finding the doll. It speaks with Holly’s voice and tells you whether you are colder or warmer, and also teases you if you are taking a while to find her.
Georgie loves this concept and caught on almost straight away. She was a bit subdued the first time she tried it, but by the third Holly hunt she was getting really into it, grinning her face off and doing a dance of excitement whenever she found her.
You start the game by pressing the button on the remote which activates it and introduces the game with “Hello, I’m Princess Holly. Let’s play hide and seek! Can you find me?”. Three led lights on the remote help you to see whether you are getting close to the doll, with green being far away, orange being closer, and red being really close.
The remote says a whole host of “helpful” clues including … “Wow, this is fun. You’re so cold!”, “Are you walking in circles? *giggle* Can’t find me!”, “You’re hotter than a baked potato!” and “Really close now!”
When you find Holly she takes a few seconds to recognise your proximity but then congratulates you on finding her successfully with flashing lights and one of a few phrases, such as “I thought you’d never find me!”
If you have more than one child they can take it in turns to hide Holly for one another; Lydia and Georgie really enjoyed this even though Lydia is really a little bit young for the concept – she kept hiding the remote as well as the doll, or hiding Holly behind the curtains every time.
There are a few downsides to this doll; firstly it requires seven AAA batteries to work which is quite a lot – so make sure you’re well stocked up if you do get one, and secondly it can lag a bit if your child is moving around too quickly. Georgie had a few “cold” instructions which started off when she was the other side of the room, but ended when she was standing right next to the doll, which confused her a few times.
We give this toy 4 stars. It’s great fun and Georgie really enjoys it!