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Bath time can be a stressful time for a baby/toddler but it doesn't have to be. When Hope was tiny she used to get a bit unsure whilst in the bath and so the only way to reassure her was for me to have a bath with her and although this was fun and comforting for her it wasn't always the most practical solution. We began to look for toys which would entertain her whilst she was having a bath so that they would distract her from any fears that she may have and to make this time of day seem like a fun time!
There were lots of different toys out there to buy but we chose these as they looked bright and colourful, very varied and also very practical.
What are they?
The picture isn't especially clear which Ciao has provided but this toy is made up of several components. There is a plastic 'shelf' which you stick to the side of the bath using it's suction pads on the back. This is pale green with a blue wave painted on the bottom. It has 4 slots along the top and in these slots sit these plastic hooks which each hold a toy. The plastic hooks are quite thick and they have a different shaped tub at the bottom of them. There is a red, round tub in which a yellow seahorse sits. There is a red tub which houses a yellow star fish and this tub also has a little tap at the bottom of it which you can turn to open and close the hole at the bottom which will then release water. There is also a boat shaped green tub in which a big fat yellow whale sits and then finally a blue tub which a water wheel sits in and will spin round in it.
The different toys do different things. The star fish squeaks when you squeeze it. The whale and the seahorse squirt water from their mouths and the waterwheel will spin in it's tub and this sprays water as it does.
When we bought this Hope was bout 6 months old and wasn't strong enough to actually play with these by herself properly. She couldn't squeeze the various toys hard enough to get the water out and she wasn't aware of how to spin the waterwheel but that didn't stop her from having fun. She wound gnaw on the different toys and turn them around in her hands exploring their different textures- some are rubbery, others hard plastic. She would also smile at the cute faces of the animals and so was pretty happy just looking at these. She would be delighted when Daddy and I would show her what they all individually do and would shriek with delight when the water was squired from them. Because they are brightly coloured and very cute looking they certainly did provide not just a focal point but also something fun when we interacted with them.
Now that Hope is 2 years old she has great fun with these and is delighted whilst playing with them! She no longer spends time just admiring them and instead plays with them properly. She is able to interact with them all as she should be able to- by spinning the wheel and squirting and squeezing the animals. She has learnt to angle the mouths of the animals in a certain way so that she can aim at Mummy or at the mirror on the wall and then is delighted when she manages to hit her target! She doesn't quite understand how to fill them up with water yet (By squeezing them and holding them under water) but this doesn't stop her from having fun! As well as using them to squirt, squeeze and spin she also uses them to have fun and interact with by having imaginative play with them. She talks in her own language between them and moves them along the side of the bath quite happily!
I always write a bit about how easy a toy is to clean as when you have a toddler toys can easily get messy and even though these are played with in the bath these are no exception. Because they are just plastic they are easy to clean as you can just wipe them down with a wet, soapy cloth, however, because they are bath toys they can get very dirty without you actually realising. If you leave these in the bath and don't dry them and take them out then they begin to grow mould which is obviously something you don't want your baby to be putting in their mouths. My advice is to take these out of the bath and let them dry properly and only put them in the bath when it's time to play. We didn't do this at first and they did get grimy and grow mould which was not nice but we soon cleaned them up and have learnt from our mistake but it is something worth taking on board and avoiding doing if possible.
I certainly think these toys provide some educational value for young children. In the first instance Hope learnt to just hold these toys and pass them from one hand to another so it helped to develop her motor skills. She also would gnaw on them or run her fingers over them so was exploring their different textures which helps to develop the sense of touch. Now that she is older these toys are teaching her about imaginative play which is very important for young children to develop. They also have taught her to squeeze to produce the water and to move her hand in a different way to get the waterwheel to spin around. She has learnt to hook the tubs over the shelf by herself which takes quite a bit of concentration but shows that her fine motor skills have developed a lot! Now that she is learning new words every day we use these toys to help her to learn her colours and other words. She now says 'splash' and 'spin' and is definitely picking up on new words with the aid of these toys.
The first thing I can say about these bath toys is that they do actually work! We have had various other bath toys which don't actually live up to their expectations. I wasn't sure if the suction pads on the back of this shelf would actually support the weight of the 4 toys and so would fall off the side of the bath but actually they are very strong. They hold the weight of the toys and withstand some bashing from a toddler which is more than I expected so it's great that they're designed in a way which makes them suitable.
I like how the toys are different in terms of what they do, how they look, what they're made from and how they sit in their individual little tubs. Because they all do different things it means that it's interesting and entertaining for young children who like to explore and learn. They are brightly coloured which really helped to attract Hope's attention to them in the first place when she was only little so not old enough to really appreciate what they do but they could still entertain her. Bright colours are important for young children as they cannot focus on things very well at first so these bright colours are great.
The rubbery plastic of the toys made great teether toys whilst Hope was little but they're actually really sturdy too. I was concerned that the amount of chewing would cause the rubber to split but it is robust enough to withstand it. She now squeezes them hard and still occasionally has a chew on them but they're not at all damaged and still looking as good as new so they are definitely toddler tough!
They are a good size as they can be held nicely in little hands without them struggling to grip them. They are quite small which is great as it means that they don't take up lots of room in the bath or in your cupboard afterwards like so many toys do!
There is a lot to these toys. Your toddler can play with them in an imaginative play kind of way which helps to develop their social skills and imaginations. They can also hook the tubs over the side of the shelf and move them around into different position. They can squeeze and squirt the toys which provides lots of fun especially when they manage to use them like a water pistol and soak Mummy and Daddy! They are brightly coloured which is lovely and eye catching.
I really like these toys and I'm glad that we bought them. We have had them for almost 2 years now which makes me realise just how old my baby is getting! They are still in really good condition despite being well loved and played with every day so I think that shows the quality of the toys themselves. The only problem we had was when we realised that they would gather up water in the tubs and this would lead to mould forming on the toys. We have overcome this by ensuring we remove them from the bath and dry them.
These cost us £8 and I think they are well worth every penny of that. I had no idea at first that there could be so much fun had from these toys. We initially just wanted something which would interest Hope whilst she was in the bath to try to detract her from the fact she wasn't very happy and we weren't expecting these to last so long and still be played with today with just as much fun. They have taught her quite a lot with her senses developing and her sense of humour coming on. The squirting aspect of these toys can get a little messy as she aims at items but it's all part of being a small child!
You can buy these from The Early Learning Centre in store and online and I definitely recommend them as they are fun, entertaining and educational. They definitely helped to distract Hope from the stress of being in a bath and now she loves bath time very much!
Bath time is the last time to play before Bed it should be a time to have a last play but to start winding down.
We have a lot of toys for the bath but one of the favourites is the early learning seaside pour and play.
What is it?
Well this is an activity bar toy which has suction pads at either end which stick to the bath and there are three squirters, a water wheel, a tap and two scoops.
Cost and Stockists
You can get this toy in store and also from Mothercare and boots stores or of course on line at www.elc.co.uk remember if buying on line delivery charges will apply.
The seaside Bar retails at £8.00 but at the moment there is 20% off
This is a great little toy that is relatively inexpensive and again as I have come to expect from Early learning centre it is well made and seems to go on forever it also encourages children to use their senses.
We love this bath toy and the laughter that comes from our bathroom at bath time well you would think we had a stand up comic in the room! The squirters are the best part of the toy the joy of squirting Daddy and seeing if they can fill a squirter up and get him again before he retaliates! I have to say this toy does help ensure a wet bathroom but its only water and in my opinion bath time should be about fun after all there really is a long time to be a grown up or not in daddy's case!
The tap is also great fun they try and catch the water in their hands! or play hair wash which is a great help!
My daughter has the seaside pour and play elc bath toy - and it is a really
nice product. We got it for her as part of her birthday present, and at
first it was Great! Emphasis on the word 'first'.
Basically, it consists of a long plastic bar that you suction against the
side of the bath. There are 4 different pouring cups that hang off the side
of it - a blue one with large opening with a yellow water wheel inside, a
red culinder style cup with a yellow dinosaur squeezy toy inside, a red tap
style cup with a blue starfish squeezy toy inside, and a green pouring cup
with a yellow squeezy dolphin inside.
The squeezy toys suck up the water and then squirt it back out through a
tiny hole. This was really fun at first, but because the hole is so small
you cannot clean it inside - and it is a magnet for gunge! I give this a
couple of weeks in anyones bathtub before you end up throwing them away.
What your left with then are the pouring tubs and the bar - which in
themselves are fun bath toys - perfect for the 12 month+ age range that it is aimed at. Its just a shame that the extra bits are rubbish.
It costs £8.00, which when you're going to throw some of it away is quite
expensive. I would look for some cheaper, fun pouring cups and not bother with this!
I was given this for my daughter this Christmas, it is from the early learning centre and was told it was £8, it is designed to keep your child entertained during bath times, the website states that it is supposed to encourages your baby or child to look, listen and touch. I will now go into bit more detail bout to product:
~ Packaging ~
The box is made from cardboard and is rectangular, it can be recycled and is blue in colour, in the front of the box from left to right is the name of the product which is "bath time, seaside pour & play" then on the right is a picture of the product and a smaller picture of a child playing with it.
The back is pretty much the same except it also include a contents list. On the sides of the box are playing tips, which I will go into later on, and pictures of some of the toys with a paragraph of how they work. The bottom include instructions for good Hygiene when using the product and how to keep your child safe, it also stated that "The item inside this packaging may vary slightly form the photography"
Inside the box each toy is wrapped individually in a clear plastic bag so be careful if you give the box to a young child.
~ The Products ~
The items are made form plastic, the cups that attach to the base are hard plastic and the squirty animals are made from a soft plastic.
Base - This is what the toys attach to, it is green in colour, approximately 30cm in length and lightweight. This has for ridges along it which are meant for the toys to hang on, in-between each of these is a picture of waves which sticks out slightly. On each end is a circular suction pad, this is to keep the toy stuck to the side of the bath. Don't worry though, it wont mark your bath and does come off with easy if you slide it off your bath or use a little force and pull it off.
Rain Maker - This is red and has to hook a the top which attached to the base, at the bottom is then in the shape of a ladle, inside this there are lots of little holes, this is so your child and pour water into it and the water will fall through the holes and is designed to make the sound of rain
Spinning Waterwheel - There are two parts to this, this first part is the base, which attaches to the main base, this is blue inn colour, the bottom of this is in the shape of a "U" and has 6 holes in the bottom of it. The second part is the Wheel , in the shape of a sunshine, it has a smiley face in the wheel, it has 8 panels and is bright yellow. This then sits inside the blue 'U' it has space so that your child can put water into it and the waterwheel will spin around, the water will then fall through the bottom and fall into the bath
Tap - This is red and is in the shape of a icing pipe, there is a green tap on the front at the bottom, Your child can tip water into this and fill it up, when the tap is turned left or right it releases the water into the bath and it looks like a tap has been turned on.
Floating Boat Scoop - Green in colour, its shape looks this the front of a boat, it also hangs on the base but can be used for filling up and using the other 3 toys or, you can use it in the bath as a 'boat' for carrying the 'animal squirters' around.
Animal Squirters - There are 3 of these, two are yellow and one is blue, The first yellow one is a Seahorse, they are pretty basic in detail, there is a little hole in the nose if this one, your child can squeeze it underneath water then release to fill up with water, they can then squeeze it again and it shoots water out of its nose. The second yellow squirter is whale, his hole is in his mouth and can also squirt water. The final blue animal is a star fish, like the whale he also quirts water out his mouth. These can be placed in the cups that attach to the base, on the picture the idea is that the seahorse goes in the rain maker, the star in the tap and the whale in the boat, but it doesn't really matter
~ Final Thoughts ~
For the amount of things you can do with this toy, I think its quite good value for money, ok so its not the best bath toy around, but it certainly had entertainment value for children. My daughter isn't really bothered about the actual scoops, she is more interested in the water squirters, but I would assume if you had an older child they would get the full use out of it!. One problem I found is that because she doesn't full understand how it works yet, she keeps pulling up off the bath, the cups are not that sturdy when attached and can be knocked off easily. I think this would suit older children to get the best out of this toy.
My daughter was bought this toy for her first Christmas. We still have most of it and she is now nearly five.
The bar attaches to the side of the bath and the four little toys hang from it. There are three squeezy toys, a water wheel and colander a scoop and a funnel.
The colours are bright and inviting to the child and the pieces are quite chunky so can easily be held. Every part is well made and nothing is flimsy or breakable.
The water wheel doesn't turn very well but apart from that it is a really good toy and all three of mine enjoy playing with it. We got rid of the bar piece quite early on as my children were intent on pulling it from the side of the bath which I felt was dangerous as they fell quite a lot.
Overall we have had years of fun from this toy and I only threw the squeezy pieces out because they were never drained properly and got all mucky inside which would then come out into the bath water. This is the same for any sort of squeezy toy though so I wouldn't mark the toy down because of it.
This bath toy has 4 things hanging from it: a waterwheel a boat shaped scoop a sieve and a tap. Inside 2 of the shapes are plastic animals which squirt water! My son loves playing with this toy but has to be watched closely to see where he is squirting the water. We bought this toy for Ben to get him over his fear of baths and it has definately worked. HE is now very reluctant to get out of the bath! I agree with the other member who wrote about the suckers not being very strong. Our toy often falls off the wall and either scares the life out of Ben if he is in the bath - or out of me if it does it in the middle of the night!
This is one of those toys that your child will not only enjoy over a long period of time it also teaches them so much. It consists of four different basic parts. Firstly a scoop (close supervision, unless you want a very soggy bathroom) which all children will enjoy. Next a cup with a switch to prevent the water flowing out the hole in the bottom, the scoop can be used to fill it up. Thirdly, a water wheel which is fascinating to kids of all ages! Finally a cup with lots of tiny small holes so that the water flows through like rain. Again, fascinating for kids, my 2 year old still always looks startled when he sees the water coming out the bottom as rain! Recommended for age 12 months plus, but my son used it from about 3 months, as none of the parts are small enough to swallow. The scoop can double as a 'boat' as when empty it floats very well. My son doesn't mind having his hair washed as long as he can rinse it himself with water from this scoop. The switch on the cup is quite a challenge for small fingers to twist so helps teach babies a new skill, and helps older ones learn about concepts such as 'open' and 'shut'. Also very useful for teaching ideas such as floating and sinking. Advantages A bright, colourful plastic design, that can be cleaned with normal household cleaners. Durable, mine is the old colour design that doesn't include the plastic squeezable sea creatures you now get with it, which shows how long it lasts. Cheap, four toys for 7 pounds. Comes with a rack to hang the cups on that attaches with suckers, for storage. Disadvantages Some bits are tricky to reach for cleaning. The suckers on mine don't work very well which means that it sometimes falls down in the night and scares the life out of me!
Includes spinning waterwheel, rainmaker, scoop and soft, squeezable sea creatures.