My son received this for his 1st Birthday as a Bath Toy and my first thoughts were how cute it was and looked just like "Nemo". It comes packed with the fins detached so you have to fix these in yourself and maybe it's just me but I found these really tricky to push in! Something that should surely be simple!
It already came with batteries so it was ready to be played with at bath time, the button on the side switches it on and the fish will sing a couple of nice tunes such as "Come and have fun in the Sea, Swim all around like me!" and there's another button on the side which allows you to switch it from playing songs, to saying numbers. there's also a flashy light on the top and that's really it ...
My son uses it to scoop up water and pour it out more than anything (which he could have done with a cup!) The problem is when the fish is under the water, you can barely hear it so it's features become pointless. The batteries have lasted a long time in it though which is good.
As it was a gift, I'm not sure how much my friend got it for but I've seen it in the Toy Stores for around £10-£12.
Overall, apart from looking terribly cute, this is not Vtech's best.
Usually I'm a huge fan of the indestructible VTech toys, but this was a little off the mark for us. My son was the recommended 6 months when we bought this from toys r us for £12. He loved his bath time but we didn't have any toys at this point so this looked like a great start.
The fish itself is lovely to look at, get it out of the box, attach the fin and its ready to go. Batteries were supplied which is always helpful! As others have said, it has a little lovely little clown fish look and is friendly and bright to hold interest for young eyes.
It features a cute smiley face and handle at the tail for easy navigation in the bath. The fins don't move which I was disappointed at but that was my fault for not looking at the description properly! The 'on' button is just above the fin, a bit tricky at first but then little hands cannot easily accidentally turn it off. The music button is the oval button pictured and I have to admit the 'one little, two little, three little fishy' song was very catchy (and was in my head ALL night afterwards!) and we'd sing it whilst getting dry. We would usually forget to turn it off and randomly hear the singing from downstairs but it would soon turn off itself so that was no problem. On the top is a rattle with red led light and little balls and when submerged the fish would make a blowing bubbles sound. Submerge the fish and when you lift out, water will, well, dribble out of two small holes in the mouth.
That all sounds on paper like a lot of fun, however, the music wasn't loud enough for a bath whilst being submerged in my opinion, no variety in music, the rattle didn't hold his attention at all, maybe that was more due to its placement, I'm not sure, and the bulkiness wasn't really ideal for bathtime, or whilst getting dry as I was too afraid it would drop on his head!
My son is 13 months now, and although it still sits on the side of the bath he has shown no desire to play with it pretty much since we bought it.
Unfortunately I cannot honestly recommend this bath toy, which is a shame as looked so promising.
My girls were given this Vtech sing and splash fish bath toy for their first Christmas when they were 3 months old. This toy is suitable from 6 months old and so I didn't get it out until they were the recommended age, both my girls were small for their age and before 6 months this fish would have been too big and heavy for them.
This toy is a clown fish design like Disney's famous Nemo. It has a cute smiley face and instantly appealed to my girls. Although this is a bath toy it does say on the instructions not to leave it submerged, I find this a bit of a pain as after all you don't want to be holding a bath toy above the water.
To turn the fish on there is a small button on the side that you have to push in, it is slightly set into the toy so not that easy for little people to turn on. However the button with 1,2,3 on which starts the fish singing is much larger and really easy for little fingers to activate. The songs are catchy and you'll soon find yourself singing one little, two little, three little fishy.... It has a good range of songs and phrases and makes a bubbly noise when under the water.
The tail of the fish is a handle which makes it easy to hold to go under the water and the fin on top has a flashing light and beads which rattle. As my girls have got older and harder to hold still to dry and get dressed I have started to use this toy as a distraction for them to play with. If it ends up in the bath no harm done and they both still really like it.
It takes 2 x AAA batteries, these are included and have not needed replacing despite 18 months use.
Price and availability
This sing and splash fish is available from Tesco and Amazon and is currently (October 2012) £7.97, I think this is a reasonable price for this toy.
Would I recommend?
Yes, although it has been more successful as a getting dried toy than actually in the bath both my girls have had lots of fun and giggles with this fish. Actually in the bath they are quite happy with a sponge and a bath book.
This was bought as a present for our son on his first birthday, and as soon as my son saw it he loved it.
Its quite a long fish which is brightly coloured orange with white stripes. It has a very cute smiling face and has two fins that stick out the side. Its back fin is also the handle. It has two holes on its side where it lets in water and then some smaller holes around the fish's mouth which is where it pours the water back out.
It is quite a heavy toy, but my one year old could quite happily pick it up, I am not sure if a 6 month may struggle though and the box says it is suitable for a 6 month old. I would be careful as a couple of times my little boy has swung it round and clonked himself on the head and has caused a few tears!
The fish also plays a few different tunes you can either just press the button on the side to make it play the songs or it will play them as the water is poured out my son loves doing that. It also has a red led type thing on the side which flashes as it plays its songs, my son is usually intrigued by this!
What is slightly annoying about this product is that it got mouldy very quick. I dry all our bath toys once there finished with, however this gathered mould in places that I couldn't completely dry, for instance in all the little crevices and especially around the place where you put the battery in. This made the toy look quite grubby!
However it has gave my son loads of fun in the bath so for that I would recommend it.
My Mum picked up the V Tech Sing and Splash Fish for my son in Asda for £5 about 18months ago and having looked on the Amazon website I can see that it is currently retailing for £7.50.
The fish is recommended for children aged 6 months upwards, comes with a 1 year warranty, is 8 X 16 X 12 cms and weighs 0.4kg.
The fish comes packaged in a cardboard box and has 2 x AAA batteries, all you need to do is attached the fins and its ready to play with. The fins are very easy to attach, as they just push into place.
The fish is made of plastic and he has an orange body with two white stripes, his fins are also orange and his tail is yellow and doubles up as a handle. On top of his head is a see through yellow fin which lights up when the toy is in action, on his body is a blue oval button with the numbers 1, 2 and 3 on and there is also a small round button which you use to switch the fish on and off.
To play with the fish you switch him on and fill him with water by dunking him in the bath or paddling pool and as you use the yellow handle to pour the water out of fish he sings 2 different melodies, if you press the blue oval button he sings a numbers song. The songs are very annoying, quite high pitched, repetitive and tinny sounding, though my son used to quite like them. You can muffle the songs by immersing the fish back into the water. The fish also makes a gurgling watery noise and a sound that is a bit like he is giggling.
My son enjoyed playing with the fish when he first got him but the novelty soon wore off and he much prefers to just play with a plastic beaker and a plastic boat, that are not hi-tech. Overall I would give this bath toy 3 stars, it is well made and durable, we have had it for around 18 months and the batteries are still going though it is only used about once per week and it looks nice, but I find the songs incredibly annoying and my son much prefers to play with simpler bath toys.
When my youngest child celebrated her first birthday we bought her a Vtech sing and splash fish as one of her gifts.
As she is the youngest of four it is hard to find things that we don't already have especially for this age range. I bought the Vtech sing and splash fish a couple of days before her birthday in a state of desperation as the poor girl hardly had anything to unwrap on her big day.
The fish comes in a cardboard box with the instructions and it is already fitted with 2 x AAA batteries. Once you get it out of the box you do have to fit the two fins on the sides of the fish but then you are ready to play.
The fish is made of hard plastic that is mostly orange. The toy is shaped like a goldfish with a button on one side and clear section on the top that contains a flashing light and some small coloured balls. The tail is a handle on the back and there is a small hole through the back for the water to go in. The fishes mouth is made up of more holes for the water to come out.
The fish sings a couple of songs plays tunes and according to the box makes glugging noises and plays melodies when the water runs through it. I do not know if this is correct about the gurgling noises as I have never put the fish in the bath. I find that bath toys tend to get mucking inside and are almost impossible to clean so as this was quite an expensive toy I decided to keep it out of the bath.
The Vtech sing and splash fish cost me about £10 from Asda but is currently (Nov 11) from www.amazon.co.uk for around £7.
My daughter doesn't mind that this toy is in her toy box she doesn't know it is meant for the bath so she just plays with it anyway. She likes to carry the fish around like a bag and will just keep pressing the button to make the music play continuously. You can't really see the flashing light in the top so I don't feel that this adds anything to the toy. There are only two songs so this can get a bit monotonous especially when played over and over again.
To be honest I wasn't sure what to expect when I bought this toy but I do feel a little disappointed with it. I think the people at Vtech were maybe running out of ideas because I'm not really sure why you want a music playing fish in the bath.
The recommended age range is from six months but I think a baby that young would struggle to lift this toy as it is quite heavy. I think a baby of that age would like the music but not sure it would add anything to bath time that a plastic boat or cup couldn't.
My daughter has played with this sing and splash fish but not very much or very often. If I had thought about it or read reviews at the time I probably wouldn't have bought it. I don't think the fish does enough to be interesting enough and just by adding the water pouring still wouldn't do much to enhance the entertainment value.
The toy is well made as you would expect from Vtech but I don't feel it is up to the usual standard in entertainment or educational value.
I wouldn't recommend the Vtech Sing and Splash Fish as I'm not sure what it brings in entertainment value. There are much better musical toys available and much better bath toys and I am not sure that mixing the two really works.
When our son was Christened at just over 5 months one of the gifts he received was the Vtech Sing and Splash Fish.
Our son has always loved being in the bath and we have been looking for toys for him to play with in the bath to keep him occupied. We had been looking at this ourselves as we had purchased a number of toys by Vtech and always found them to be liked by Alex.
The fish is housed in cardboard packaging and secured with cable ties. The fish takes batteries and these are provided with the toy. Once I removed the packaging I had a look at the instruction manual at how to insert the fins and I did struggle to push them in so asked my husband to do it for me.
The sing and splash fish is styled on a clownfish and is bright orange with white stripes. A chunky Yellow handle attached to the body of the fish represents the tail and a yellow bubble to the top represents a fin and inside are 3 coloured balls which when shaken acts as a rattle and inside are lights which really gain baby's interest.
I was suprised at how heavy the fish actually was and if they expect a 6 month old to be able to hold it then they are expecting a lot. I think this is mainly down to the handle being at the back as a lot of the weight is to in the middle of the fish as this is where the batteries are kept and it takes some support to hold up when not in the water. As the fish is so heavy I think once Alex can lift it fully it will cause some damage to our bathroom I think.
When we put the fish into the water it did not float very well and tended to flip upside down. When this happened the speaker sounded muffled and could barely be heard. As I had read the instructions I knew that it was important to flip it the correct way to prevent it being in the water for excessive periods of time and to prevent any damage.
To the side of the fish is a button showing 1,2,3. When pressed it sings a song "1 little, 2 little, 3 little fishies, 4 little, 5 little, 6 little fishies, 7 little, 8 little, 9 little fishies, 10 little fishies at sea".
Alex likes this song especially when we sing along with the music so hopefully this will be another aid to teaching him how to count when he gets older.
When you submerge the bottom half of the fishes mouth into the water it will fill up with bath water so when it is lifted clear the water will pour out. This is a little disappointing as my husband and I had put of purchasing this earlier as we thought it would squirt water out of the mouth but this is not the case it simply pours out and you can control this by the angle that you hold the fish.
The words and songs are a little inconsistent. You could be in the middle of enjoying a tune with your child when it drops into the water it changes path and launches into a new song or new sentance which can be confusing.
Alex seems to like it though and it is still part of his bath regime and he laughs and laughs when he watches me singing the tune.
The Vtech Sing & Splash fish is a baby bath-time toy intended for kids six months of age and up.
It takes the form of a jolly, bright orange plastic clown fish (of the Father /Son species in 'Finding Nemo') with a white striped body about seven inches long and a big yellow / hollow tail-fin that takes the form of a carrying handle. The dorsal fin is a smaller transparent 'knob' in yellow plastic, housing a red LED which lights up when the fish is in its 'on' mode. It also has a few coloured beads in it that rattle about when you shake the fish about.
The fish has two white stripes and a cheery smiley face - the happy expression of which is to some extent marred however by the fishes' cartoon 'smile', which has incorporated into it a number of small holes for water (more about that later) - which make it look vaguely reminiscent of the ice-hockey-face-mask-wearing serial killer 'Jason' from the 'Friday the 13th' films. Other than that it is a super-cute little creature.
The idea with Sing & Splash fish is that it has an aperture in the body which can collect water, and when you tip the fish forwards to pour the water out of those slightly unfortunate-looking holes in its mouth, this triggers the fish to play a variety of musical electronic ditties. The same tunes can also be activated by means of an on/off button on the side of the fish.
The toy is a bit heavier than it looks; for all that it does float in the bath (sort of - listing to one side somewhat in the water, most often - or on its other most stable position: belly up) and is easily handleable by even a one year old baby, because of the hardness of the plastic I can see it fetching someone a startling (though probably not fatal) clonk about the head if wielded carelessly. And the position of the carrying handle (at the back) does temp one to swing it about wildly.
It's a pretty thing and the tunes are fun, but it frankly doesn't work brilliantly as a 'pour and play tunes' toy as that function seems to be intermittent at best. If you float it in a bath and switch it on, it's fine. And it comes with the batteries already installed, which is always a plus.
Other than that, a few drawbacks I found with this include - the INSANELY robust and complex series of cable-ties with which it was tied overly-securely into its cardboard packaging. The difficulty involved in getting the fish free for the first time was really ridiculous. The fish does have a pair of large (non-detachable) plastic fins that you slot into holes on the sides the first time you take it out of the box. Because of the way the toy is designed (it has 'holes to let the music out' in the sides of the head) I didn't initially realize that the fin slots were intended to have something slotted into them (as it has other, similar holes in its body that are there all the time) and almost threw them away with the cardboard box as they were packed inside and were not in view - which would have been a shame.
Lastly, the tail / handle arrangement looks a bit cheap and nasty viewed from the 'hollow' side. I think the toy would look much better all round had this been made solid - or even if the hollow 'trench' had been covered over with plastic to make a solid-looking handle.
On the whole I like this toy, and the sprog has fun with it, so it's worth the approx. £10 (marked down slightly from the original RRP) we paid for it from 'Toys R Us'.