LP has only recently discovered In The Night Garden thanks to younger friends introducing it to her and Little Man hasn’t really had much experience of In The Night Garden at all but when we were sent the Ninky Nonk Musical Activity Train set I was excited to see what they’d think!
The Ninky Nonk Musical Activity Train has five separate carriages, each one with different activities and 14 activities in total. The main front part of the train contains a musical element that needs three AAA batteries (Supplied!). It then has buttons to play music and a tune is activated when you pull the train along.
Next there are too small carriages, one with doors that open and the other one Iggle Piggle pops up when you press the top down. The last two parts of the train have a lot more to them – One has Upsy Daisy on it and stairs that pull down and inside are two concealed stacking cups and a lid that also rattles. The last part of the train is a classic shape sorter that also spins when you press the top down. Little Man loved this part of the train and showed a lot less interest in the rest – He showed us how well the train works as five separate toys rather than as a complete train.
The train connects together with pegs in holes between the carriages. This worked well when you were pulling the train along but as soon as you touched an obstacle the carriages became disconnected. A design where the carriages could lock into place would be great as we did spend time reattaching the train parts.
Overall this train has a lot of play value. There are so many different elements and the music, although repetitive, would be familiar to any young In The Night Garden fan. The toys can all be used individually or as a whole train and both Little Man and LP loved playing with the train showing that although aimed at 12 months and over the train can be enjoyed for a long time to come. As with all character toys there is a premium price tag but this would be a lovely toy for a child who loves In The Night Garden.
The Ninky Nonk Musical Activity Train has an RRP of £49.99
Disclosure: We were sent the above toy for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.