“ Brand: Early Learning Centre / Type: Baby Bath Toy „
I absolutely love Happy Land toys, they have been a huge success in our house since they were introduced to Hope at Christmas time. We have built up quite a collection and when she was bought these bath toys I thought they would be great but sadly they lack the quality which the rest of this brand have and so I am not very impressed with them at all.
Happy Land are made by The Early Learning Centre and I have reviewed them a few times previously so I don't want to go into too much detail about what they actually entail as it will just be repeating myself. They are basically a variety of toys which are designed to encourage children to use their imaginations. They come in different formats with houses, buildings, accessories, characters and pets and they vary in price from over £60 for a big set to just £6 for this little set of Fairy Squirters. All of the different sets can be used together so the characters can be used in the different buildings so that as your collection grows so can the amount of possibilities. These bath toys, however, are not the same as the plastic ones and do not work with the other collections so they are stand alone toys in their own right.
These bath toys were bought for Hope at Christmas time and I didn't actually realise that they were Happy Land toys until I came to write this review! That is just how different they are to the standard Happy Land toys that we already have. Since I have realised that they belong to the Happy Land set I can see the similarities but they are not the same. Like I say, she was bought these for Christmas but they are already no longer in existence any more, they were thrown away about two months ago and all that remains is the little bag that they came in.
What you get in this set are five characters and a little bag to keep them in. The characters include two fairies, a pixie, a snail and a toad stool. They are sitting down- which is why they are so different to the usual Happy Land characters and they are brightly coloured with little details like strawberries on their hats and what not. They do appeal to little girls because they are very pink and cute looking, you can't deny that! It's nice that the toys are so appealing and eye catching.
They are made from a squeezable plastic which is why again I didn't recognise them to be Happy Land as other Happy Land toys are made from a robust, hard plastic which cannot be squashed. This is because the toys are designed to squirt water so in order to do this you need to squeeze them, hold them under the water, let them fill up and then squeeze them which then shoots water out of their little mouths. Now the squeezable plastic means that they are not very robust and so they haven't lasted long. Hope doesn't gnaw on these toys and never did from Day One but the toadstool soon got a little hole in the bottom of it which was caused from the squeezing so shows that the plastic is only very thin and cannot withstand much squeezing at all. A couple of the others then began to wear thin and I could see holes beginning to form in the bottom of two of the fairies too.
The fairies are quite hard, by this I mean the various elements such as the hat, the wings, their hands are a firmer plastic which is better as it means they're more robust but it also means that squeezing these toys is actually quite painful and difficult to do. As an adult I struggled to squeeze them as the hard wings would get in the way and it was always very hard for Hope to manage to squirt these. The toadstool and snail have no hard parts to them so she was able to squeeze these without any effort at all.
In terms of how well they squirt I cannot argue with that at all! The fairies squirt out water perfectly fine once you have managed to find a place to hold them and squeeze which doesn't hurt from the hard wings or hat digging into you. The snail and toadstool squirt amazingly well- Our bath is the far end of the bathroom and when Daddy would come in the door Hope and I would be able to squirt him no problems! We also had a few competitions to see who could manage to get some water onto the ceiling too! The toadstool was the best, whoever had that one won every time!
We did have lots of fun squirting these and they were definitely a novelty! I can imagine that a younger child (Hope was 2 when first bought these) would find these lovely, they would be drawn to their bright colours so if they are afraid of the bath then they would help to distract them and the various details on the characters would give them something to study. They are only small so little hands could hold them no problems the only problems would come when they try to gnaw on them as I don't think these would withstand much gnawing at all!
Hope definitely learnt through these, she learnt how to squeeze them and fill them up with water which was something she hadn't previously gathered from her other bath toys that squirt water. She also used her imagination with them by having the fairies kiss each other and act out little scenes. It was very cute watching her play with them but at the same time she would also get frustrated with them when she tried to fill them up with water but couldn't squeeze them enough and then once holes appeared they just didn't work as efficiently.
We threw them away several weeks ago when i noticed that every time I squeezed them they would squirt out mouldy water despite me always doing my best to squeeze them out thoroughly at the end of each bath time. I didn't like the idea of her handling toys which had mould inside them and there was no way that I could clean them out so they had to be thrown away. Because they are so cute looking I hated throwing them away but we won't be buying any more to replace them as I just think that they lack the quality that they should really have.
Now I haven't mentioned the one item we're still left with- the bag! The bag is a little red fabric netting one and comes with a little sucker which will stick onto the side of the bath and then you hang the bag over the sucker. All five characters will fit into the bag- only just it's a tight squeeze! This sounds like a great idea, a great way to store the toys after a bath and so the water will drip out and stop the build up of mould that could happen if they just sat on the side of the bath, however, it didn't work! The bag NEVER stayed on the sucker, the sucker itself was nice and firm and would always stay on the side of the bath but the bag just never gripped onto it, the little handle which would fit over the hook on the sucker was too big so it would easily just slip away especially once you put more than one toy inside it so the bag would just fall off. Hope became frustrated with this and so we stopped trying to even do it. Now Hope plays with the bag on its own by using it as a cloth and spends her bath times cleaning the sides of the bath with it! A much better use for it I think!
So in summary I would say that these toys are very cute looking, they do capture the attention of a little girl and they did provide us with some great fun as they squirt water very far! Sadly though they lack the quality that they should have which made them frustrating, difficult to use and also a safety hazard. They don't cost very much but I do think that there are some better toys on the market that you can get and I'm sorry to say these let the Happy Land name down. I'm giving them 3 stars although I was toying with the idea of 2...
I love bath toys for my little girl, they are so much fun to play with and I enjoy playing with them too. Sometimes it's actually hard to see the water for the toys in our bathroom as there are so many but some of her favourites are these fairy squirters from the Early Learning Centre.
These are the cutest little plastic toys that are wonderful characters. They are classified as soft squirters that float and squirt water when squeezed. There are five of them in the box and they come with a net bag and suction cup so you can hang them up after you have had your bath. I really like this because I think it helps the toys to dry out and I have found they haven't really got mouldy like a lot of toys can do if left in water after use. The mesh allows the water to drain which is great.
The toys are said by ELC to promote imagination and stimulate the senses. I know my little girl is really quite mesmerised when I squeeze water out of the toys and hit her little face with them. It's not a powerful water stream, just a little squirt really and she thinks its really funny when this happens. The toys are little people, well, little fairies really and they squirt the water out of their mouths so I always like to tell her that they are squirting the water themselves.
There are three different types of fairy. My favourite one looks like a little strawberry which a strawberry for a dress and the green leaves for a collar and then she has little strawberries in her hair. Then she has the cutest little pink wings on her back. One of the fairies I think looks more like a little man elf. He is green with elf ears and has a cute green pointed hat and blue wings. The other fairy is yellow and has green wings. Then there is also a snail and a little toadstool.
The toys are for ages 12months to 3 years but I would say you could hae these in the bath from an earlier age and probably use them for older children too. The box is £6 in Early Learning Centres.