“ Brand: ELC / Type: Baby Bath Toy „
This is a review of the Early Learning Centre's Water Basket Ball bath toy for children aged 3-6 years. We received this as a present for our daughter's first birthday and as she is always supervised in the bath we eventually got it out of the box so that she could play with it.
Prior to the unboxing she had been constantly picking up this set where we had kept it in our entrance hall (which is a room) and she was instantly attracted to the bright colours and she saw the pretty balls that come with the set as she loves playing with these and smuggles them out with her when we leave the house!
What is it?
The set consists of three balls and a small hoop with a net to throw the balls into. The net attaches to the wall by the bath (tiles) with two suction cups. It is easy to remove if in the way so that grown ups don't have to play basket ball whilst bathing! The toy claims to stimulate senses and the imagination on the coded guide that ELC include on their toys.
The product comes in a cardboard box with an open plastic covered front so you can see what you are getting. Most of the packaging can be recycled too.
The gift giver included a receipt in case we wanted to return this - perhaps they were anxious of giving a gift to a one year old that is intended for ages 3-6. It was priced £8 but a quick look on the website shows they went down to £4 before becoming out of stock. Asda do a similar set called Munchkin Bath Dunkers for £4.99.
The balls are great to float in the bath and generally play with as they have a squirting function as most bath toys do, it can get quite wet. At the age of one my daughter has not fully mastered the art of throwing the ball into the net but it gives her something to do whilst I am bathing her and trying to get her clean and wash her hair. The balls retain the water and are hard to empty though so beware as I hate the thought of old water festering inside the toy.
This is a really simple toy and one that is great fun for children to play with. Bath time activities are great for bonding with your child and we have a whole tub full of toys which we choose from whilst the bath is running. The basket ball is not a choice for every bath but a good occasional game. I think eight pounds is a lot to pay for this toy and would think £4 is a fairer price.
The Basket Ball is an OK bath toy but I think my daughter got more enjoyment from it when it was still in the packet and she would carry the box around! The squirting balls are funny to an extent but can be annoying if you are not wanting a soaking. I would definitely repurpose these for the paddling pool if the weather is good enough. Whether this would be popular with a child aged six, I don't know but it's OK for an occasional bath time game.