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All singing, all squirting bath toy!
V-Tech Splash and Sing Submarine
Member Name: cornishchic
V-Tech Splash and Sing Submarine
Date: 07/10/11, updated on 09/04/12 (91 review reads)
Advantages: Fun, engaging, good value for money
Disadvantages: The small boat doesn't float, quite expensive
------ What is it? What does it do? ------
I had settled for the V-Tech Splash and Sing Submarine. The submarine is an interactive bath toy featuring fun sea characters. There are 4 pieces included, the submarine, 2 sea creatures and a small boat.
The submarine is brightly coloured in yellow, orange, blue and green with 3 buttons on one side and the speaker on the other side. The buttons are numbered 1, 2 and 3, each one a different colour and with a different animal picture on each one. There is a slot on the front of the submarine for the sea creatures to plug into to become the captain of the ship! There is also a slot for the boat to attach also. A dolphin and a seal make up the two sea creatures. The small boat is blue and red in colour with a slot for the animals to enter.
As soon as the button is pressed to turn it on the submarine starts playing tunes and squirting water. Each time a different button is pressed the water gets squirted out of the top of the funnel in rhythm to the sound of the music. When the numbered numbers get pressed they try and teach the child about numbers and animals, but with all toys like this, the water and music take away the enjoyment from learning. The water squirts out at 3 different levels, the first is a couple of cm's high, the second is about 10cm high and the third and highest level is about 20cm high.
----- Time to play -----
When Kacie gets into the bath the first thing she does is turn the submarine on and stick her head above the funnel so she can get squirted by the water. The novelty of this never wears out, and for owning the toy for 10 months she gets just as excited with the squirting water as the first time she played with it. When the water squirts in time to the music it will squirt at three different levels so she gets so when it squirts down low Kacie will put her head above it and wait for it to squirt high again. She thinks it's absolutely hilarious!
The little boat that can be attached to the submarine is a little disappointing. It doesn't float very well on it's own as there is a small hole in the bottom that fills up with water and capsizes the boat. If you wish to put one of the sea creatures into the boat there is no chance of it floating in the water whatsoever as the uneven weight distribution makes it even harder to stay up. It does clip onto the submarine with ease, but once it's on the submarine it doesn't really do anything except give one of the sea creatures somewhere to sit whilst the other one becomes the 'captain of the ship'. It's a bit of a design flaw if I'm honest.
The three buttons on the submarine are pressed often by Kacie, I don't think she particularly wants to hear what they say after they've been pressed but more rather wait for the water to spray out of the funnels. That's why she only likes playing with it in the bath apposed to outside the bath.
The main submarine has little wheels on the underside so that it can be wheeled around when it isn't in the bath, of course it can't squirt water as it only travels through the toy when it's placed in water. This took away the best feature of the toy for Kacie and she doesn't touch it when it isn't able to squirt water. The buttons don't give her enough excitement when she knows what the full potential of the toy is.
----- Other information -----
This Splash and Sing Submarine is available from most toy stockists, like Boots and Mothercare for example. Vtech have given this bath toy a RRP of £24.99. The submarine is suitable for children aged over 12 months. It requires 2x AA batteries.
----- Overall -----
This submarine is quite expensive for a bath toy but Kacie has loved and will continue to love it for a long time. She gets so excited by the water squirting out, the look on her face is priceless! Although Kacie doesn't play with it outside of the bath I still think we have had more than our moneys worth of play out of it. We've only had to change the batteries once since having the toy, which is amazing, considering it's one of the most used toys in the house.
Summary: Fab bath toy!!
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