Both my girls love In the Night Garden and when I spotted the Ninky Nonk Musical Activity Train in the shops, I knew what I wanted to get Sophie for her first birthday. Jessica had also spotted it and kept wanting to “have it, Mummy!” every time she saw it.
The train consists of the five carriages that make up the Ninky Nonk . The front carriage plays the Ninky Nonk tune when it is pulled along and has four buttons – three of which play the song for the character illustrated (Upsy Daisy, Igglepiggle and Makka Pakka) and the other one plays the In the Night Garden theme tune. The two lights at each end of the carriage flash with the music and the middle one lights up as a nightlight when the main theme tune is played.
The round carriage which carries the Tombliboos and Makka Pakka in the TV series is a spinning shape sorter. There are three different shapes – a circle, triangle and square. Sophie hasn’t yet got to grips with putting them in the right holes but she loved banging the shapes together and pressing the handle down to make the shape sorter spin.
The little house-shaped carriage has two doors which open to reveal a picture of the Pontipines on one side and the Wottingers on the other. There is also a button on the top which clicks when it is pressed down. So far Sophie mostly seems to like to try and chew this carriage rather than open the doors!
The fourth carriage opens to reveal a picture of Upsy Daisy and contains two blocks which fit inside the carriage but can also be stacked on the top, and a roof which rattles. Both Jessica and Sophie enjoyed playing with the blocks and trying to stack them.
The final carriage has a pop-up Igglepiggle which squeaks if pushed down firmly enough (although the girls couldn’t manage to make him squeak). Sophie quite liked this carriage and kept trying to push Igglepiggle back inside.
Both the girls had a lot of fun playing with this and as Jessica is three and Sophie has just turned one, I think this is a toy that Sophie will enjoy for quite a while. It’s well made, is easy to put together (and stays together quite well when being pulled along the floor) and all the different activities for each carriage help keep it interesting and will also help Sophie develop her hand-eye coordination as she learns more about different shapes and how to build with blocks.
We bought the Ninky Nonk Musical Activity Train from Amazon for £39.99 (RRP £49.99) and felt it was good value for the money given all the different activities and the quality of the toy.
The Ninky Nonk Musical Activity Train was purchased from Amazon as a birthday gift for my daughter. All thoughts and opinions are my own.