Product Type: ELC baby products
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A Whale of a Time!
ELC Shape Sorting Whale
Member Name: Samm0
ELC Shape Sorting Whale
Disadvantages: Weak Squirt
My eldest son was given an ELC Shape Sorting Whale for his first birthday, he is now seven years old and the whale has been plucked from the back of the 'car boot cupboard' due to the birth of his brother nine months ago. The fact that it has stood the test of one child and is now going strong on it's second outing is a testament to the quality of ELC products.
The two piece bright blue coloured whale is made from strong, durable plastic. The upper part being blue and the lower part green. There are four different shaped holes in the main body of the whale - each hole has a corresponding plastic shape, large enough for little fingers to grasp. The idea is that the child then attempts to fit each shape into the body of the whale. At a young age this is obviously carried out via trial and error.
Once all of the pieces have been inserted, the body of the whale can easily be separated to remove them. It then clicks back together so that the game can resume once more.
The whale is first and foremost a bath toy, although we have used it both in and out of the bath. When in the water, I have found that help from mum or dad is a must when my son is attempting to insert the shapes - if I am completely honest, he is more interested in splashing about and doesn't really have the concentration when surrounded by bubbles!
He does however like to push the whale into the water and sink it!
The whale has a squirting mechanism on its tail, at nine months my son can't work this, From memory, I don't think my eldest son ever could as it requires holding the whale underneath the water and simultaneously pushing the green button. By the time he reached the age of capability, he had completely lost interest in the toy!
I also wouldn't get over excited by the squirt, it is nothing much, barely noticeable!
At the moment the whale is much easier for my 9 month old to use on the floor, he is less distracted by the water and does show some interest although banging the pieces on top of the whale tends to be his preference!
The toy is aimed at children aged 6 months to 2 years. The whale is designed to encourage your child to work things out for themselves, a very early attempt at problem solving. ELC also state that the toy stimulates the imagination whilst at the same time developing senses. So it's all good!
So how much does it cost? Currently, the whale is on sale on the ELC website for £8. However there are loads for sale on Ebay and similar sites.
I think this is a lovely bath time toy, children learn more if they are happy and having fun - and also when they don't realise they are learning. This is a fun toy with added educational benefits.
Summary: Bath Time Fun
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