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Tomy Thomas Tidmouth Bath Sheds
Member Name: cloud99
Tomy Thomas Tidmouth Bath Sheds
Date: 29/06/10, updated on 02/07/10 (96 review reads)
Advantages: Sparks imagination, fun toy
Disadvantages: toothpaste can be difficult to clean off
My son has always been a Thomas the tank engine fan and was delighted to receive the Thomas Tank engine Tidmouth sheds bath toy for Christmas when he was about twenty months old.
What is it?
The Toy is made of hard plastic. The sheds have three spaces for them most common trains used in Thomas merchandising: Thomas, James and Percy. The sheds have two suckers to stick to the tiles. The trains do not have a particular shed they fit in as they are identical shapes. Each character does something slightly different. Thomas has a sprinkler effect which comes from holes in the side of his face. Percy has a hole in his funnel which lets on stream of water out and James has little holes in his buffers where the water pours out.
When my son first received them he did instantly love them however he was not able to manipulate the trains to gets them to their spring action and tended to use them simply as cups which seemed to seep away. He did however still enjoy this. He was unable to put them back in the sheds as it requires them to be set straight to be put back in. As my son has got older he has had more fun with them. He will line them up behind each other on the bath and make train noises. He has also brushed their teeth and washed their faces when I have been encouraging him to do his own. He was about two and a held before he figured out how to get the trains back in the sheds without mommy's help.
From my point of view we have owned this toy for a tear and a half and there are no signs of damage. The suction cups on many of these toys don't tend to be that effective but these only tend to come off when you make and effort. With my son he will pour water over the top of the sheds to wash them and did discover once to my horror that mould was growing in the sealant behind this toy so it is essential that this toy is removed regularly and now I tend to move it up and down the side of the bath. The toy itself while easy to clean doe has lots of fiddly bits to clean. Toothpaste in the crevices of the trains mouth can be particularly time consuming to remove.
Overall I am very happy with this toy. My son is now three and still plays with this toy although I don't know how much longer it will hold his interest. This is one of my sons most regularly played with bath toys although this may be due to the fact it is always on display.
This toy is recommended for children twelve months and over and while I don't think there are safety issues at that age I would suggest that it is more appropriate for about eighteen months for a child to get more fun out of.This toy is a useful toy for imaginative play, fine motor skills, and sensory play as well as for simple fun.
This toy is available on Amazon for £9.57 and also Argos for £9.99.
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