Keeping children entertained for hours? It’s a Bing thing
Have you seen Bing on CBeebies? We were recently sent the new Fisher Price Bing play house to review.
Bing is the animated series – not the search engine – about a toddler bunny and his friends learning to cope with new experiences and emotions, neatly summed up in a line at the end of each episode – ‘Making friends…it’s a Bing thing.’ It features the seductively soothing tones of actor Mark Rylance – from Wolf Hall – as Bing’s guardian Flop, and all the children are bigger than the adults, reflecting how child-centric life is at that age.
Part of the new range of Bing Toys from Fisher Price, we were sent Bing’s house (which comes with Bing and Flop figures) and the Coco and Charlie figure pack. I’d been out for dinner the night before and while I wouldn’t say I was hungover, I was…struggling slightly, so this was a really welcome welcome distraction.
The house opens to reveal four different rooms on two levels for play. We were impressed at the little details in the house – the blender in the kitchen can be activated via a pressure pad on the floor, similar to the tumbling tower of blocks in the living room. There’s a wall poster in the bedroom of Bing’s favourite cartoon character. There’s moveable furniture for each room (the bed has a cover and there’s a bubble bath the toys can lie in).
The little Bing figure has soft felt ears that wiggle when you push down on his torso.
This is similar to the Coco figure (Flop and the baby are hard plastic).
A great thing about the house is that it is compact and folds up (please tell me most houses are like ours, with loads more toys than you ever imagined you’d have?).
And another thing I loved is that it doesn’t make any noise or play any tunes, which is brilliant when you may or may not have had a few glasses of wine the night before. Ahem…
But what’s the children’s verdict? Well, it kept Eliza entertained for ages and it’s great for fostering imaginative small world play (central to our rules for play).
I’m pretty impressed with Bing’s House. It’s possibly not something I’d have thought to buy the children myself, but then I clearly have no clue about toys (the Fisher Price Klip Klop Princess Stable I wasn’t too sure of remains is the most played with toy in our house). As well as the vintage retro Fisher Price Little People, all the FP toys are well loved in our house – from the modern Little People House to the baby gym and the iconic phone.
However, it doesn’t answer my biggest question about Bing – how does Flop stay SO CALM? Answers on a postcard please.
Is there a Bing fan in your house?