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Over the past ten years I've played with a lot of bath toys and this one really stands out as different. Bath toys basically fall into three categories - cute animals, boats, or ones that squirt, pour or some other activity. These dolphins fall into the latter category; they are 8 dolphins in rubber rings, each of which plays a different note when pressed into the water. The rubber rings (actually hard plastic) link up together, so you can either form a circle or a line (or have them seperate).
They look very appealing; bright rainbow colours (and yes, the rainbow is in order high-low), cute faces and they sit just on the surface of the water.
The sound is brilliant. It takes a bit of effort to get the pressure right, but once you can do it, you can do it. They work in quite a small amount of water; you can use one or two in a sink, not just the bath. They are tuned to an octave, which is nice (it would be really annoying if one were slightly out!) and it's easy for anyone to make a tune. If your little one is still at the chewing stage, they work for that too (and still somehow play the correct notes when baby grows into them.
Washing wise; give them a rinse, and leave them to drain. They don't go mouldy, unlike some toys I've had.
I absolutely love these, and for £10 I'd say buy them definitely, but they can be a bit frustrating due to taking a bit of getting used to, so I've dropped the fifth star.
A bath time for children needs several things to make it fun, firstly there's bubbles you just have to have bubbles, and then of course there's toys, my little ones have lots of different bath toys which do various different things and their ever growing collection features Tomy's Do Rae Mi Dolphins.
The Tomy Do Rae Mi Dolphins are 8 different coloured plastic dolphins each with a matching ring to help it float, each has a different expression and they are rather cute looking, they feature every colour of the rainbow with an additional green on accounts that there are less rainbow colours then musical notes. The dolphins are hollow to allow water to pass through but more importantly to trap air, when floating in their rings you can press down on each of the dolphins and the action of the water expelling the trapped air produces a musical note, each dolphin produces a different note to cover the full range on a scale, hence their title "Do Rae Mi" The dolphins floats all connect together or they can be used separately floating happily atop the bath water.
Our dolphins were originally a gift for baby Jack despite them being for 18 months plus, he uses the big bath now with the help of a support and quite enjoys it but he's more interested in grabbing hold of his feet then trying to play with the dolphins or any other toy for that matter, I try and get his attention by tapping on them to release notes and generally let them all float separately so the colours are more fun to look out but currently I think my efforts are wasted on him. My little girl however is quite fond of the dolphins, she enjoys colour coding them with their floats and trying to make tunes, although she does find fixing the floats together quite tricky so that is usually a job for mummy, you don't really get a lot of benefit from fixing them together though as you still have to press each one individually to get a sound, they don't produce a chord by pressing a group joined together. While part of the idea of the dolphins is to try and get the notes in the right order we've not really attempted that with her yet, she enjoys playing with the dolphins and making it up as she goes along.
The set is sweet and quite a novel idea, certainly a change from the standard boats and water wheels, but it takes quite a push down on the dolphins to get a clear note of any decent volume and even then it sounds a bit too breathy and not very crisp, while it is enough to keep the attention of my 2 year old, my 4 year old soon tires of them and would rather not have them in the bath, 8 of them take up valuable space for Thomas the Tank Engine squirters and other such fun toys, the main appeal for him when using them now is to try and capsize them by sending waves of bath water in their direction.
The dolphins are available from most toy stores including Toys R Us and retail around £10 for the set, as I mentioned earlier our set was a gift but I'm not entirely sure I would purchase them myself. £10 seems a lot of money for what they do, granted it works out just over £1 for each dolphin which might not seem bad value for money but were I to buy floating dolphins for the bath I wouldn't get as many as 8, 2 would be about the maximum. My kiddies do enjoy playing with them but I really think they are restricted to children about 12-36 months in age for their entertainment value, although I can't speak for children 18 and over, I'm sure there are a few out there who'd have a play when no-one else was watching.
I bought the singing Dolphins from toys r us for my sons first Christmas for £8.99 as he loved music and his bath time.
It is stated as for 18 months and over but I think that is more so that they have the co-ordination as there are no small pieces. There are 8 different coloured dolphins all with there own rings .Each dolphin plays a different note.
The dolphins do look pretty sturdy and are bright colours to attract his attention. Unfortunately found that this product did not stay in a ring. Both my husband and I tried when we were in the bath so didn't have a little one disturbing us and so it never seemed to be able to play anything meaningful. The rings should clip together then the co-ordinating dolphin slips in the ring. Even though the dolphins can be played with individually it didn't seem to work well that way either. I was very disappointed with this product and found it so useless I ended up returning it to toys r us and exchanging it for something much more useful.
I wouldn't recommend this product to anyone as irrelevant of age it doesn't seem to work.
Bath time needs some interacting now doesn't it? Even if it's just to keep the little one pre-occupied whilst you do your best to shampoo them whilst pretending nothing is happening!! Or just for you to take your mind off how much your back is killing you whilst bending down to scub them :) Well, give these little chaps (don't know why I say chaps, hope there aren't any phsyco whatsits reading this, ok they may be girls). Anyway, you get 10 different coloured dolphins with matching life rings which interlock to form a larger ring. They are made of sturdy plastic and are really quite cute. When you tap them on the head, they submerge in the water and make a whistling sound and if tapped in the right order you can play 'Do rae me' which keeps the kids amused if no-one else. They may sound like a simple bath toy which they are but they are educational in that they teach kids colour recognition. The only bug bear is they are quite difficult to store unless you just put them in a string back and stick it to the side of the bath. They don't sit flat and end up all over the place, otherwise a good attention grabber at bathtime.
These dolphins I found where good value for money as they where inexpensive compared to other toys and my children have had many a happy bathtime playing with them. There are 8 different coloured dolphins which are bright for younger children to recognise also they all join together so that the child can either play with them seperatly or all together. There a good size and brillient for young children who still put items in there mouth as they have no pieces and are a solid toy. Another thing is when you tap a dolpihin on the head it makes a musical note and when all the dolphins are together you have a variety of notes in which you can make tunes. Since having these dolphins bathtimes have become more fun. For a 6 month old to just tapping a dolphin and making a note to the more older child who can make up tunes. I would recomend these dolphins to parents whose kids don't like bathtime as they distract the child while in the bath.
Musical dolphins for bathtime. Each dolphin plays a different musical note when you tap them on their heads.