Have you heard of Peblitown from Toys Alive? To be honest I had not heard of it before being asked to review it. All I was told was that it uses an app on your tablet to interact with real toy pieces for interactive play. My girls love playing with the I-Pad and with the summer holidays and the inevitable rainy days it was a no-brainer to put it to the test.
Pebli Town consists of 4 character pieces, a board, with a slot in piece to make it "town" like, a tablet stand and four plastic town location pieces. It comes in a large colourful box and is aimed at children aged 3 and above.
When the box came the girls argued over it. Thankfully it is for 1-4 players so this saved arguments. The first step we needed to do was insert two AA batteries into the board and download the app. This was free on the apple store. Whilst it downloaded there was spot the difference games the girls could play.
Once it was set up it talked the girls through the characters and the towns getting them to place the people in the right locations.
After the initial set up I let them explore at their own pace. They knew what they needed to do and needed no help from me. Nor did they want me playing with them. I will be honest I then used that time to get some household jobs done. They shared it well, and S was joining in despite her bossy sister wanting to hog it by taking two characters each.
Pebli Town comes with 4 game modes; Story Teller, Games, Story Creator and Video Room. The board uses hot spot technology, which means that any actions on the board are translated to the tablet. 99% of all game... play is done on the board with the physical characters, so children don’t have to directly interact with the tablet. This makes it great for parents that don't want children playing on computers all day. The tablet uses Bluetooth to communicate with the board so there is no cables that can be pulled.
Story teller mode allows children's to discover new and exciting adventures by choosing the path the characters take in educational stories. There is four stories with 22 different endings. This had a few arguments from my girls as each girl wanted to choose a different option, but thoroughly enjoyed it.
Game mode is the mode J enjoyed the most enjoying hours of game play testing problem solving and comprehension skills. There is four games with 25 levels each.
Create mode says exactly what it is. The children can create their own stories by recording voices adding special effects and direct the story. They can then watch their creations back in the Pebli cinema.
I love this toy as much as the girls do. They are learning without even knowing they are through play. They are gaining hand eye co-ordination focus and attention along with developing fine motor skills, creativity imagination and problem solving.
I would say it is ideal for children aged between 3-7years. The Pebli Town set retails at £59.99 (The tablet is not included in the set.) and can be purchased here. I would say it is worth the money, and I know my girls will get the moneys worth from the hours of educational and interactive game play they will have from it.
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