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Cars for in the bath! If, like me, you have small children who are obsessed with cars and try to take the small metal ones into the bath, then these are for you.
** The packaging **
You get five bath toys in a pvc bag with 2 fabric handles and a zip. The bag is about 15cm wide and not quite as tall.
The bottom of the bag is made of mesh. In theory this is so that you can put the cars back inside after the bath, and let the water drain out. In practice, the water doesn't drain out unless you squeeze the toys. When I first saw the bag, I thought it would be useful to put the toys in when packing to go away - we'd be able to put the wet toys back in it and pack them in the suitcase. Then I noticed all the helpful holes in the bottom of the bag - so that doesn't work!
The bag is nice if you are giving the toys as a present though.
** The product **
I've been saying "cars" - actually you get a little red car, a blue and white police car, a red tow truck (which my son insists is a fire engine), a yellow aeroplane and a blue and yellow boat. Funnily enough for bath toys, the boat is the least popular. I guess we have other boats. The plane flies around in the bath but tends to fly out of the bath quite a lot, and after a while the traffic controller gets fed up of putting it back... The three cars are great though. One of the most popular games is "car wash" and involves a lot of bubble bath.
They are brightly coloured, feel soft, and are the right size for small hands - about 7cm.
They squirt pretty well, once the child has understood the technique (squeeze the air out, immerse, let go, bring up, squirt). I dissuade them from too much squirting though - I like to be vaguely dry at the end of their bath.
** The price **
You can buy these for somewhere between £6 and £9 - it is worth shopping around online. That isn't bad for five bath toys - they'd be a pound each for cheap ones in Tescos and these are good quality, detailed toys.
** Continued Use **
After a while some of the coloured surface detail starts to wear off. The black on the wheels wears thin and the bumpers start to fade. When I say "a while" I mean a couple of years, and these do get used most nights.
The main issue is keeping the mould out of them. This is true for all bath toys with a hole. You need to squeeze almost all of the water out of each toy at the end of the bath. If you do start to get mould inside them, you can soak them in diluted bleach - just make sure you wash them very thoroughly afterwards before giving them back to the children.
Soft, chubby, colourful bathtub squirters. These are the perfect size for little bathers to hold and squeeze. Lots of fun for little squirts! The set contains 5 vehicle squirters including a car, a police car, a plane, a fire truck and a boat. The squirters come in a handy see through carry case.