The Schleich range of animals is fantastic, they range from jungle and wild animals to farm animals and what I find really cute about them is they don't just create one of each type of animals but a whole family.
The Mother penguin in this range comes complete with newborn penguin so you get 2 for the price of 1, these animals were originally bought for my sister when she was younger from Mothercare but they are available from Amazon. This particular animal costs £4.75 and comes with free delivery, I don't think this one is expensive as they are well worth the price they are so durable and fun.
The Penguins are really cute, there is loads of detailing on them and they look really realistic. The mother is black with a white stomach and which and yellow on her head, the toy is not smooth to represent her fur and feathers. The Pengiuns face has a set of little beady eyes keeping a close eye on her baby and a pointed beak which is down towards her cub, the cub is looking up towards Mum and it's tiny little beak points up towards her. The baby Penguin is also not smooth to the touch but is silvery in colour like a newborn would be in the wild.
The animals are not meant top be played with by children under 3 however my youngest has not long turned 2 and she has been playing with them a while now, I see no issue in her playing with these animals as she doesn't put things in her mouth any more at least not since she put the Kiler Whales flipper in her mouth and lweft teeth marks.
The animals are really durable, my sister collected these animals over a year or so as I can remember her getting them for a couple of Christmases and she played with them loads and now my 2 girls love playing with them too and yet there is still barely a mark on any of them and the paintwork is still intact.
This animal is one of the medium sized in the set at about 6cms high, it is not too heavy so there are no issues of the youngest causing damage with it as some of the animals are really heavy. The paintwork on the animals is beautiful and it withstands being played with in water well.
The girls use the animals for normal play but we also use them in an educational way too, we group the ones who live on land and water, we use them to count legs with my youngest and we put them in family sets for matching skills. You can get a lot more from these animals than just imaginatory play and I would recommend each and every one they are well worth the price and I have just ordered my girls some more for Christmas to add to the ones they have.
Penguins are flightless birds with streamlined bodies and thick coats, making them perfectly suited for life on the ice. The emperor penguin grows to a height of up to 1.25 m and can weigh as much as 45 kg. They are excellent, fast swimmers. Emperor penguins can reach speeds of up to 30 km/h and dive down to 400 m. On land, penguins waddle or slide on their bellies, propelling themselves along with their feet or flippers. The penguin's favourite dish is fish or squid but they need to look out for orcas to make sure they don't get eaten themselves.