“ Brand: Safety 1st / Type: Baby Bath Toys „
This set of three stacking plastic boats seemed like a good idea as a bath-time toy for the baby. We have had various squirty-type rubbery plastic toys for the kids over the years, and I find that try as one might, once bath-time is over, it's never possible to squeeze enough water out of the toy to prevent what's left inside going slimy and eventually mouldy. Unfortunately this applies to toy duckies - that collect water too, and even to electronic bath toys such as the 'Splash and Learn' fish I recently purchased.
These boats are made of a 'single skin' of plastic - hence there's no hollow space inside in which stale water can collect. They're presumably each moulded out of a single flat piece of plastic - like a seaside bucket - which leaves them hollow on both sides; hollow on the underside - where the boat tower is, and also with a hollow moat-style 'trough' round the upper deck. The advantage of the hollows being of course that the boats can hold water whichever way they are held up, so that they can be used as 'pouring' toys (although admittedly, of limited capacity) when they're in the bath. Each boat is about four inches long, maybe a little under three inches wide and perhaps a couple of inches high.
Three boats moulded in a shrink-wrapped crispy plastic shell to a bit of cardboard cost me about £1.75 from the local independent chemist's shop. There's a green one, a blue one and a yellow one - all identical apart from the colour, and of course the aforementioned hollows in the boat profiles allow them to stack one on top of the other, interchangeably. Or, you can just float them separately in a little mini-fleet of your own in the bath.
These are excellent, inexpensive bath toys and 'hygienic' in the sense that they can be dried out properly after use. And of course, they can stack together for storage into a very conveniently small space.
With the exception of a period of a month when my son refused baths full stop, bathtime in our house is always great fun and there are always a few toys in the bath to aid that fun (and to allow mum to throw in a bit of learning too)!
Although "squirters" seem to be junior's favorite as a mum I'm not so keen - for one water ends up everywhere and for two they're very hard to keep clean as water invariably gets trapped inside. Mum prefers basic plastic toys which are easy to clean and dry and which can be used for a variety of activities. The Safety First tugs fit this brief perfectly.
Comprising three tug boats which stack this is a themed step up from stacking cups but about as simple. The tugs have drainage holes and also holes for string to be attached to link the boats together or to pull them around the tub. However, ours are always separate and without string and we still have lots of fun.
One of the joys of these tugs over the bath boats I recall as a child is that they're unsinkable with water alone so it doesn't matter when the water splashes in. However, you can sink them by putting other objects in them and thus they allow you to quietly teach about floating and sinking and junior loves guessing what will happen when an object is placed on top.
The boats can be used to teach colour and numbers. We've used them to go on a bathtub adventure to visit the squirty animals standing on the sides of the bath. We've put bubble "steam" on the tops of the funnels and had races, pulling the water away from the boats to make them travel.
The simplicity of these toys means that there are no safety issues and that they will probably outlast the child's interest in bath toys.
They are also great for taking to the beach and role play can again take place with boats sailing on the "sea" (or moat!). They're good in a paddling pool too. Being washable you don't care how mucky they get!
For a child who has a sense of imagination I'd thoroughly recommend these toys. For a few pounds you'll get years of fun and a whole lot of use!
Fun for bath, beach or pool. Stack them, fill them or pull them along. Keep the kids entertained in the bath, at the beach or in the pool.