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      03.08.2012 23:21
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      A good bath toy

      I wanted some bath toys for my toddler and baby girl as they both love being in the water but don't have much to keep them amused in there.

      I found these rubber ducks in the Early learning centre sale and were £3 although I have seen them before in the shop before for around £6, personally I think for there full price they are a bit expensive but they are regularly in there sales and then I think they are well worth it.

      The ducks are quite a good size, not too small but not so big that your child cant hold them. Both my children who are two and 9 months have no problem in holding them. They are also brightly coloured which is nice as most are just plain yellow but these ones really catch there attention.

      The ducks float on the water unless you squeeze them and fill them up with water because of the hole at the bottom then they sink. My son loves doing this. He also finds it fun to try and squeeze the water back out of the ducks!

      They are made of quite a tough plastic which is good news as both my children are a fan of chewing these ducks but luckily no damaged has occurred.

      Overall I would recommend these especially if you can get them in the sale.

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      20.06.2012 18:00
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      Bath time ducks

      Four little ducks went swimming one day, over the hills and far away!

      I love to have ducks in my babies bath, I think they are cute and something quite fun to play with and so this little set from The Early Learning Centre is perfect. We have numerous bath toys in our bath but it is always the ducks that my little girl especially is attracted to. You can play lots of little games with ducks such as finding the mummy duck, a different duck we have in our bath that is a little bit bigger than these ducks, or making the ducks swim which is a great way to teach about swimming and floating and things like that. We let the ducks just float around in the water and see where they swim.

      There are four ducks in this set. They are made of quite a light squishy plastic and they float on the water. The ducks are all different colours as well which I think is nice. There is a yellow duck with a blue beak, a green duck with an orange beak, an orange duck with a yellow beak and a blue duck with a green beak. They all have two eyes as well and a bit of contouring on their body to indicate that they have wings. There is also a little tail on the end of the ducks where a bit of its body comes up to a point to indicate a tail.

      I like the fact that they are different colours as this makes it quite an easy way of teaching your little one colours as you can ask them to find the blue duck or the green duck etc, etc.

      The ducks do not have a hole in their beak like some duck bath toys have. The hole generally means that these toys can collect water and then squirt it but I like the fact that they do not have a hole as I think this keeps them cleaner and does not allow mildew to get inside the ducks. If these ducks do get dirty the nice thing is that you can just rinse them under the bath tap and they are clean again.

      The set of four ducks cots £6 from The Early Learning Centre and are a nice bath toy I recommend.

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      18.05.2012 13:27
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      Just make sure you dry them

      We bought this set of ducks for our youngest daughters birthday as a little extra present as we had spent on quite big things, the ducks cost £6 for the set and are created by the Early learning Centre, I was happy with the price as even though you can get rubber ducks cheaper these are coloured and I was confident buying from Early Learning Centre as I always find their toys to be great quality.

      The ducks came packaged in a box with a picture of the ducks on the front, the box states that these ducks are suitable from birth and I would agree with this although I couldn't see a newborn being able to play with them themselves. The box stated that the ducks would encourage imagination.

      Inside the box there were four brightly coloured ducks, red, blue, yellow and green and of course they are made from soft rubber. Each of the ducks has a little orange beak and they have little eyes on them making them look friendly which is always important for a childs toy. The ducks are a standard size I would say and their bottoms are about the size of the palm of my hand so they are big enough for little hands to grip hold of without problem.

      My daughters both like playing with the ducks, the colours make them attractive to little eyes and my youngest was one when we bought her them so she was able to pick them up out of the bath and then make then whoosh around without any problems. My daughter is finding teething pretty hard and she does tend to chew on the ducks when she is in the bath but apart from a couple of little teeth marks this hasn;t caused any damage to the ducks.

      The ducks float on the water well until my daughter tries to bash them around that is and if you squeeze the ducks they will suck up some water as my eldest has worked out so she uses them as squirters to wet her sister which my youngest is not impressed with. I have found that you do need to dry the ducks after use as when we were putting them in a bath toy net and leaving them the bottoms went a little mouldy, these have now had a thorough clean and are dried after use.

      I think these ducks are great value and provide loads of bath time fun, I find it a bit odf a nuisance to have to dry them but it is better than mouldy toys in your childrens mouths.

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      03.03.2012 20:05
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      Bath time fun

      We purchased these from our local elc store when they were on sale for £2.40 which I believe is a much more reasonable price for these than the regular retail price of £6. We have had them a few years now and they are still going strong as long as you drain all water from the ducks after use. I have replaced the set once from fear of the mould that grows inside and despite sterilising and squeezing water out of them at £2.40 in the sale I felt I would change them just in case.

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      You receive 4 ducks in a pack all different colours the packaging is minimal which is what I like as usually toys seem to come in 50 different layers before you can get into them.
      What attracted me to these ducks in the first place was the unusual colours most of the bath ducks I have seen red blue green and classic yellow. Each of the beaks are orange in colour and they have little eyes on them that make them fun, bright and appealing to little ones. They are made of rubber which makes them very durable even after being eaten hit of bath tiles and general rough play from children. As the colours are bright they attract little one to them straight away and always catch their attention making them easy to find in the bath water even with bubbles.
      They are a good size around the size if the palm of my hand which means they are nice and chunky so little one can easily get a good grip of the toy to play with them. The shape of them means they naturally have a small head and this is where I tend to find my children hold them when they are younger but as they are older they begin to hold them by the base of the duck which is a little wider.

      In play
      These ducks are used nearly every single bath time with my children although we have more expensive more advanced toys these classics always come back in to play. They simply like to push the ducks along in the water or use their imagination to make up stories with the ducks and even though they range from 4 years down to 18 months old they all find these duck fun and enjoyable.
      They float well in water as the base is wider it helps them balance but for some reason our red duck likes to sit head down in the bath with it back in the air and this really amuses my children as to why that one begins to sink and the rest float well.
      They are recommended from birth plus and although we did not buy these until my son was around 6 months old they have been used with my son and daughter from around 3 months although most of this time the ducks spent the time in my children's mouths. As they get older they introduce colours to little one and simple fun that seem to be forgotten with all the modern singing dancing bath toys we have around now.

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      Although these are not designed to be squirters there is a small hole in the bottom on the duck that collects water and so after each use you have to squeeze every little bit of water out of them. This can be rather hard to do as they are made of tough rubber and it can take some time to ensure all water is drained but this needs to happen each and every time or they begin to come mouldy. I like to use sterilising liquid on them just in case cause I really do not like the thought of these being put in my children's mouths if they are mouldy inside and as there is no way of checking it is better to be safe than sorry.

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        27.02.2012 08:18
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        Brightly coloured bath time rubber ducks from ELC

        My twin boys are bathed daily and in the past I struggled as the word bath was met with screams, cries and shouts. To encourage the boys to go in the bath Mr Lools and I found ourselves buying bath toys to make bath times more enjoyable. Like every other types of children's toys there are a wealth of bath toys to choose from but the old faithful rubber duck toys seemed to be a popular option in most toy stores. So when browsing ELC we decided to buy the ELC bath Time Baby Ducks.


        ***ELC Bath Time Baby Ducks***
        The ELC Bath Time Baby Ducks are basically four traditional rubber duck bath toys. Included in the pack are four small rubber ducks around 8cm long and 5cm tall. Each duck is a different colour and there is a red, yellow, blue and green duck in each pack.

        ELC state that the bath time rubber ducks are suitable from birth.

        The ELC Bath Time Baby Ducks are sold in ELC and Mothercare stores and also online from both retailers' websites. The RRP for the Bath Time Baby Ducks is £6.00. I do think for four small rubber ducks in comparison to other similar rubber duck toys this is reasonably expensive however these ducks are often part of the regular ELC toy sales. I have purchased two sets of the ELC Bath Time Baby Ducks now and have purchased for £3.00 during half-price sale events, making these priced around the same price as other rubber duck bath toys from the likes of Asda and Tesco.


        ***Our Experience***
        The ELC Bath Time Baby Ducks are very cute and attractive rubber ducks. The size of the ducks is large enough so that a child cannot choke or put the duck too far in their mouth but also small enough so little hands can hold onto the ducks even using one hand. Each of the different coloured ducks is very bright and vivid which makes the ducks stand out especially to younger babies. Especially when they were under a year old I found my boys always seemed to reach out for these ducks as opposed the slightly duller yellow rubber ducks from other brands that we have in the bath. The ELC Bath Time Baby Ducks are probably very slightly more rigid than other brands of rubber ducks that also reside in our bath. The Bath Time Baby Ducks are not too hard to squeeze however and my boys have no difficulty picking up and holding onto the ducks. I think because the ducks are slightly tougher means that the ELC Bath Time Baby Ducks are less susceptible to teeth marks from the constant chewing that my boys like to subject our collection of rubber ducks to.

        My boys were bought these ducks when they were almost a year old and immediately when they were put in the bath they loved playing with the ducks. We had owned traditional yellow ducks however as there are different coloured ducks in the set of four ELC Bath Time Baby Ducks they immediately were a novelty and my boys loved the red, blue and green additions to our collection of ducks. They liked to watch the ducks float on the water which the toys do very well but also enjoyed and took much pleasure picking up the ducks and dropping them from height so that they make a splash as they hit the surface of the water.

        ELC state that the ducks are suitable from birth and I would agree with this as they are rounded with no parts that could come detached and although made from quite a hard rubber they are not heavy enough to hurt a young baby. Most importantly as babies and toddlers should be constantly supervised in the bath there are very little risks associated with the ducks. Even when my boys have thrown the ducks at each other's faces (as siblings do!) there have been no tears because of injury. Interest wise personally I think for young babies once a child is able to sit aided in a bath seat; typically at around 6 months old the ELC Bath Time Baby Ducks are probably suitable. At this age the bright colours and simply holding and picking up the ducks will keep a child entertained. My boys are now 2 years old and although the ELC Bath Time Baby Ducks are a very basic bath toy I can see them playing with these and being interested in them for years to come as dunking them in and out of the water and watching them float seems to keep them entertained.

        The ELC Bath Time Baby Ducks are outlined by ELC to help develop a child's imagination and I definitely think this is the case for older toddlers and children. My boys love to talk to the ducks and pretend that the ducks are talking to each other. I also feel developmentally for younger children there are a lot of benefits. On a basic level the ducks are a perfect shape and size for small hands to hold which should develop a young baby's motor skills. With regard to speech and learning I like that the rubber ducks are each a different colour as when in the bath once my boys got to around 18 months old I would ask them to pick up a certain colour duck and slowly by the time they reached around 22 months old they could pick up the correct coloured duck when ask. At two years old I now ask them to name the different coloured ducks and they can clearly say the words "green" , "blue" , "red" and "yellow". Although not the most educational of bath toys the very basic rubber ducks are fun, very versatile and have some learning benefits associated with them.

        The first set of ELC Bath Time Baby Ducks that I bought for my boys lasted in total around 9 months before I replaced them (with the exact same product). The reason I decided to replace them was because inside of the ducks I could see that a black mould had grown due to water getting stuck inside the ducks that could not be entirely squeezed out. With all of our bath toys I am a little fanatical about drying the toys to ensure this does not happen however with the ELC Bath Time Baby Ducks there is a very tiny hole in the base of the duck which even if you compress the ducks with force there is no way of getting every last drop of water out of the inside of the rubber duck. As a result over time mould grows. This is actually the case with other rubber ducks from other brands and I have found through personal experience that in comparison the ELC Bath Time Baby Ducks last slightly longer before they need throwing out because of mould than the Asda and Tesco rubber ducks do.

        The ELC Bath Time Baby Ducks are very durable and survived being chewed and gnawed on (quite hard at times) by both my boys. Never noticed any teeth marks or tears in the ducks despite all of this chewing so I would say that these ducks are well made. Aside from the mould that eventually grows on the inside of the ducks I did find that after each bath time it was very easy to dry the ducks off as the duck figure has no nooks and crannies on the outside in which mould can grow.


        ***Overall***
        As I mentioned at the start of my review rubber duck toys are sold by most toy retailers and you can pick up cheaper rubber duck toys than the ELC Bath Time Baby Ducks. However I would definitely recommend these ELC products over cheaper alternatives we have been bought as presents from Asda and Tesco. Firstly what I like about the ELC Bath Time Baby Ducks are different colours whereas many other brands of rubber ducks are all yellow. I also find the rubber is slightly softer and more flexible making these ducks easier for younger children to pick up and squeeze.

        At £6 the Bath Time Baby Ducks from ELC are not the cheapest rubber duck set but are often in the ELC and Mothercare sales priced at around £3 making them more competitively priced for this type of toy.

        My main criticism of the Bath Time Baby Ducks is that water gets trapped inside and eventually goes black and mouldy. Despite my best efforts of keeping our collection of rubber ducks dry and squeezing the water out this has happened to all of the rubber ducks even from other brands. However the small hole on the base of the Bath Time Baby ducks from ELC is a lot smaller than on other brands of ducks which means these ducks actually last around 3-4 months longer before you need to throw them away and replace.

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