Product: Bigjigs Toys Fairy Skittles
Age Range: 2 years+
Manufacturer’s Description: Bring a little magic to little girls of all ages with this lovely family of wooden fairies! The set contains six wooden skittles in bright colours, with a cheerful pink ball to match. Sparkly little fairies of 3 years + will enjoy plenty of fun with family and friends, and the set is perfect for holidays, parties and everyday fun!
Rating: (4/5 stars)
Review: As soon as Georgie saw these skittles she was smitten… the bright colours, cheerful faces, and wacky variety of headgear seem to have made her a happy girl indeed… she has taken to carting them about the place exclaiming “I love my fairies”.
In the box you get 6 fairies and a little pink ball to bowl them over with. Each fairy is unique with different hats, hair colours, and so on. The ball and fairies are all wooden with the exception of their sticky out bits of hair which are made from plastic, and the net wings.
Georgie has really enjoyed playing with these, and they are fantastic for her development too. She loves to count them (even if it does go 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 10!) and line them up. We have counted how many there are stood up, and counted how many she has knocked over. When she is a little older we will be able to use them to help with basic addition and subtraction.
You can also talk about what colours there are, and arrange them in different shapes before knocking them over. I showed her the traditional triangle and she tried very hard to replicate it when picking them up herself later on! I think they will probably help develop her dexterity too, as she tries hard to line them up neatly and to aim the ball straight to knock as many over as she can.
We have been using the skittles for imaginary play too; they have been football players with their ball, had baths in her toy kitchen sink (and been cooked in the oven too, poor things!), eaten some wooden biscuits, been wrapped up in a blanket, and bounced about on “walks” around the room.
You can get a surprisingly large amount of play out of just 6 skittles and a ball with these – undoubtably because these are no ordinary skittles!
Unfortunately we did encounter one problem; yesterday morning Lydia got hold of the fairy with the tall hat & ribbons and managed to yanked the ribbons out of the top of the hat, oops! Even though she is under the recommended age of 2 years I’m pretty sure that they should be more secure than that – I don’t think a 2 year old would restrain from tugging at a ribbon.
I have been in touch with Bigjigs Toys about this, as I would if I had purchased the item, and they are both sending out a replacement and checking that it is definitely a one off problem. Given the general high quality of toys we have received from Bigjigs Toys I am confident that it was a fault with this particular fairy and not a general problem with the product. Other than this issue the toys seem very well made and Georgie-proof; in the period of time we have had them here they have been thrown around, kicked about and bowled over plenty and aren’t showing any other signs of distress.
These things happen with every brand and every product, and it is how they deal with it that is most important – they have assured me that they would of course immediately replace the item if a customer experienced a problem like this.
Here is a video of Georgie having lots of fun with these skittles…
(Apologies for the slight fuzziness issues, I used my Samsung camera and it is a little hard to control the focus when taking video!)
I think at £7.99 these skittles are excellent value, and would make a perfect stocking present. That’s not much more than £1 a piece! You could even wrap each skittle up individually for them, and have a magical stocking full of smiling little fairies. The bright colours make them very attractive and they have certainly been a hit here.
We give these colourful little fairies a 4 star rating, knocking off a star because of the problem we had with the ribbons – although as I said earlier, I am confident that it was a one off with the item we received.