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My daughter received the splash and learn duck a few months ago as a gift. I was with my mum when she bought it in John Lewis and it cost around £10 back then but today it's a little cheaper at £8.97. It's recommended age is for babies 6 months and upwards.
The splash and learn duck is quite a heavy toy - a lot heavier than I expected. This is not like a rubber duck - it's not flexible and instead is made of strong and sturdy plastic. There are in fact four ducks in total - the main big duck is bright yellow with a cute orange beak and has a blue and red surround, which is made to look like a rubber ring although again it's made of strong plastic. Then behind big duck, there are three smaller ducks which make up one piece. That piece can be removed if desired to be played with separately.
Sing along now.....
There are lights and sounds when it's switched on. Big duck starts quacking and singing tunes as well as lighting up and flashing. The music to me is quite repetitive and very catchy - it sounds like reggae and is very jolly and happy sounding. There are only very limited sounds though - there could have been so much more included. There's a large green button on the front that helps to learn the numbers 1, 2 and 3 by singing them within a tune. I get the idea of this, but it's not really something that my little one takes any notice of - she's more interested in just playing with the duck in the water generally while she's being washed by pushing it around everywhere. I do think it's clever that although duck makes these lights and sounds, his main aim is to be used in the water during bathtime - his noises and lights aren't affected at all by the water and he still plays loudly and clearly through the bubbles.
Where's duck going?
It's a good toy to keep her occupied in the bath, although I think it's let down a lot by it's weight. As I mentioned it's very heavy and as a result it struggles to stay afloat and upright in the water. It more often than not just flops over to one side so it's floating around the bath sideways and not looking much like a family of ducks! At first, I thought it wasn't floating because we'd removed the three little ducks section at the back but it flops just as much as when these are attached. The piece with three little ducks on the back, although made of plastic, is made of slightly different plastic that felt as though it would stay afloat. I thought it might help the whole toy to stay upright but that wasn't the case unfortunately. At 14 months, my little one tries to push the toy under the water anyway so it's not a major issue for her, but I think considering it's a bath toy and made to be a duck splashing in the water, it should be designed well enough to at least float upright and properly.
The splash and learn duck is an ok toy but it could have been so much better. I'm glad we have it because it acts as a diversion tactic in the bath but I suppose we could have bought her another much cheaper toy in bright colours to do that job really as I think it's those that attract her the most. I don't feel that this offers a great amount of features for £10 and it should at least stay afloat - for that reason I feel an average 3 star rating is appropriate.
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My daughter who is now 7months old absolutely loves bath time, she loves to splash and play. She never wants to get out, and is often most distressed at having to get dressed especially if she does not think she has been playing long enough. Until recently she had very few bath toys- just the usual floating ducks. However as she loves playing in the water so much I have been making a conscious effort to buy her some more toys.
The latest edition being the Vtech Splash and Learn Duck. It looks very well made and durable and I have always been impressed with the other Vtech toys that she has so decided to buy it. We got ours from Tesco for £10.00 but it is widely available in other shops and online. .
This duck is interactive- and can be used on dry land so to speak or in the bath. The duck uses different songs and phrases according to whether or not he is in water as it has a sensor.
The duck looks very friendly and happy and is designed to look as though he is sitting in a rubber ring. There is an on off button to the right hand side and here is a large button in the middle marked 1,2,3 that you press to activate the sound and this then flashes. .The feet can be moved manually- they are not electronic. There are three yellow baby ducks to attach to the back to help the duck float and balance. Batteries are included so you can use it straight away
My daughter took to this from the start and has spent ages playing with it both in and out of the water. There are only a few phrases that the duck uses and one song, but this did not seem to bother her in the slightest. There is not much difference between the songs and phrases in and out of the water, however this has not detracted from her fun.
The duck floats very well in the bath which surprised me as I had half expected it to sink or end up bottoms up. My daughter loves to chase it around and try and grab it. The duck is a great size for little hands to grip and light enough that she can lift it with ease. She enjoys the phrases and songs and loves to press the button which she does easily.
I was also really impressed with how well it stands up to water play as some bath toys once submerged are never the same again, or develop faults but this has not been the case with the duck.
The main downsides are the limited phrases and songs, with little difference between in and out of water, only one button to press (besides the on/off switch) however none of this has mattered to my daughter and has not detracted from her enjoyment and therefore I would recommend this toy for bathtime fun.
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My twin boys love toys in the bath at bath time and because they previously hated the bath I was guilty of overcompensating when it came to purchasing bath toys in order to make bath time a lot more entertaining. Around October time of last year they suddenly started enjoying bath time and my biggest challenge was getting them out of the bath because they were having so much fun. So because we owned a lot of bath toys I decided that I would not include any bath toys on the boys Christmas 2011 lists as we were literally swimming in bath toys. However the boys still received some bath toys which included the VTech Splash and Learn Duck.
***VTech Splash and Learn Duck***
VTech's description of the Splash and Learn Duck is "Bath time becomes playtime with this adorable but technically advanced rubber ducky. The duck has many features which are specifically designed to hold your toddlers attention and develop important skills"
The toy is essentially a plastic rubber duck that is sat in a rubber ring and has buttons to press which light up and plays melodies. The toy is made from a hard durable plastic and is completely waterproof. This is a reasonably large toy by bath toy standards and the duck is around 15cm wide and long and is around 15cm high when sat in the water.
VTech states that the Splash and Learn Duck is suitable for children aged 6 months and over.
The toy requires two AA sized batteries which are supplied with the toy.
The VTech Splash and Learn Duck is sold by a number of retailers including Amazon, Toys R Us, Boots, Smyths, Asda and Sainsbury's to name a few. The price of the toy varies although the RRP of the toy is around £9.99. Even at this price I think this is good value for money considering many very basic bath toys cost in the region of £5-8. Tesco are currently selling the VTech Splash and Learn Duck for £6.99 which I feel is excellent value for money considering this is bath toy that has a lot of features and will be attractive to younger babies and also toddlers.
The VTech Splash and Learn Duck was bought as a Christmas present for my boys in 2011 so they were 23 months old when they started playing with this toy so well over the advised 6 months old age guide. I was a little concerned that the toy would be a little too babyish for them especially as I tend to buy them toys aimed at an older age range however this was not the case and they love the singing light up duck at bath time.
The VTech Splash and Learn Duck comes in cardboard packaging so as a parent you have the usual task of removing the cardboard and batting with the ties that hold toys into place. However once removed it is a simple case of putting the toy in the bath and letting your child (or in our case children) enjoy playing with the duck.
The duck is quite large by bath toy standards. Although duck shaped the base of the toy is about 15cm square. For most people the size of the toy will be no issue but for us we have two toddlers in the bath plus a variety of other bath toys in the bath (which they insist on having at least 10 other toys in the bath with them) therefore space can get limited and is the reason why I haven't purchased a second VTech Splash and Learn Duck so my boys have one each!
When I first put this in the bath with my boys there was what can only be described as a wrestling match occurring. My boys both were instantly attracted to the Splash and Learn Duck and were very excited by the sounds and light up buttons on the duck. There were lots of screams of pleasure and shouts of "quack quack".
The duck is controlled by a small on/off switch however during playtime this does not really get knocked and the duck turned off as it is on the underside of the ring around the duck. The main button on the duck is a large button with 1,2,3 written on it. When pressed this activates different melodies (there are the choice of 3) which include songs about counting and ducks saying quack and going swimming. My boys sing along and shout quack quack to these songs and love the light flashing on the front of the duck. My boys get a lot of pleasure out of this duck and it entertains them for at least 15 minutes during bath time but I do feel as a parent it is rather basic and babyish compared to their other toys I personally think they would have benefited more from the toy when they were younger from around 9 months old to develop their motor skills and benefit from the "learning" aspects of this toy.
The duck does not have a volume switch however the melodies played are not too loud. As a parent they are annoying because the melodies are so repetitive when a child plays them over and over but the volume does not cause annoyance. The melodies also continue to play and can be heard clearly even when the duck toy is fully submerged in the water.
I would have no reservations about giving this toy to a child from 6 months once they were able to sit up in the bath (or in a bath seat) as there are no small parts and the toy does not present much danger especially as a child would be constantly supervised in a bath anyway. However I do feel that for younger babies, especially those under 1 year old a child would be quite dependent on a parent playing with the toy with them. The duck tends to tip over if a child presses their fingers down too hard on the main button and the ducks legs end up in the air. For older toddlers like my two year olds this is not a problem as they recognise that they need to press gently to keep the duck floating and if they do press too hard they can just lift the toy back over the correct way themselves. However for a young baby as the toy is quite big as a parent you would find yourself constantly tipping the duck back over.
Developmentally the "learning" features are quite basic especially for older toddlers. The large button on the front of the duck states "1,2,3" so there are basic counting skills to learn and the melodies played by the duck teach some counting which are probably more suited to younger toddlers. For younger babies and toddlers you can teach children that the duck says "quack quack" and the songs to sing along to are very basic and easy to learn. However I do not feel that the "learning features" that VTech boasts the duck has are as extensive as many of its other toys and the main function of the VTech Splash and Learn Duck is more for entertainment value as opposed to learning.
We have had this toy for around 7 weeks now and it has been played with daily. My boys have a game in which they wait for me to start washing their sibling's hair and then decide to empty the toys that are in the bath onto the tiled bathroom floor. The duck has "bounced" off our tiled floor at least twice a week for the last 7 weeks and although the plastic makes a crunch all of the light up and sound features still work and there are no cracks in the plastic so it is a well-made durable toy.
I also tend to dry all of our bath toys after use and give them a full wipe down every week but what I like about the VTech Splash and Learn Duck is that it has very few nooks and crannies in which mould can build up in. Many bath toys I struggle to stop this happening however with this toy it is possible to clean all areas of it.
I would definitely recommend this toy as it is an excellent value fun bath time toy and wish I had purchased it sooner for my boys as they get so much enjoyment out of the melodies, light up buttons. The duck looks great and the durable plastic is very easy to keep clean as the toy does not have nooks and crannies in which mould can grow in like it does with many bath toys.
The downside to the toy is that is slightly large compared with other bath toys. This is not too much of a problem if you have minimal bath toys but for our bath time my boys insist on having ALL of their toys in the bath with them so as you can imagine two toddlers with at least 10 other bath toys in the bath with them means space is limited! As a parent I do find the songs and melodies very repetitive and frustrating but my boys do get a lot of enjoyment out of the toy.
For parents of babies and young toddler the design of the duck will be more frustrating as the duck does tend to flip over when a child presses the button on the front of the duck and tries to grab it. This is not a problem for children over the 14/15 month age as they can just push the back over themselves but for younger babies and their more uncoordinated movements parents are more than likely going to have to spend a lot of time rescuing the duck from an upside down state.
A fun bath toy that has caused many a splash in our bath!
I saw this in Tesco a few weeks back for half price, it normally costs £9.99. I had intended to keep it for my daughter for christmas but after seeing it in the trolley she fell in love with it and couldn't take her eyes off it so I gave it to her early.
We don't have many bath toys and I had been looking for something that sung and lit up for a while. This duck ticks both of those boxes. The duck is yellow with a speaker at the back of his head, he is inside a 'ring' that is blue and red in colour. At the front of the ring is a button that lights up and flashes and has the number 1, 2 and 3 printed on it. There is an on/off button just to the right of the front of the duck, and finally underneath you can see duckies little orange feet which can be twisted and make a 'clicking' noise.
The duck requires 1x AA battery which is supplied.
The duck is supposed to encourage learning through noises and phrases. He is suitable for children 6 months and over. When switch the duck on he cheerfully invites you to put him in the water to make him swim. My daughter can confidently sit up on her own and since she discovered this new trick she likes to interact with toys in the bath and reach out for them. This duck really gets her attention, he is designed to float which he does quite well until my daughter decides to bash him around a bit, he does then have a tendency to topple over and mummy has to rescue him. He is fully waterproof and continues singing even when he is submerged. There is a sensor in the feet of the duck which knows when he is in the water, when placed in the water he responds by saying 'I like swimming with my rubber ring' he also makes various sqeaking noises. When he is removed from the water he will asked to be places back in. The button at the front can also be pressed to get the duck to sing, he also counts to 3. My daughter can push the button herself, she is 7 and half months. The button is big and she likes to whack it until he sings. Throughout the duration of his song the green light flashes on and off which makes my daughter really happy she loves lights and flashy things like most baby's.
Like other Vtech toys the duck does automatically switch off if he isn't played with for a while to save batteries. This is great as often I forget to turn him off after bathing her. Once you have finished bath time you are advised to tip the duck upside down so any water can drain out from him. We then simply place him on the side to dry.
I like this duck and my daughter loves it. It is a little different to other bath toys we have and a lot more exciting. The only downside is he does topple over fairly easily. I would give him 4 out of 5 stars.