“ Brand: Boots / Age: 3 months „
Some toys just never go out of fashion. My mum has some fisher price toys that I played with over 25 years ago, which still work as well as they ever did for my daughter today, and new models of exactly the same things are still being made now. When shopping in Boots yesterday I saw their activity octopus - and recognised it with a funny childhood flashback - I remember actually playing with a similar octopus, and I can't have been more than two years old. For something to still be around that many years after it was invented is a pretty good indication that's it is a great success. Leah loves her activity octopus and he's been one of her favourites since she was big enough to hold him! He is soft and squashy as well as having lots of interesting textures and sounds within him, which means she can either cuddle him just like a soft toy, or poke him or throw him across the room instead, depending on her mood! He is nice and light, so was one of the first large toys she was able to pick up by herself and bat about. There is lots to grab and hold onto, and lots to keep her interest - when she was smaller I would just turn him around leg by leg, so he was really 8 toys in one. He has a kind, smiley face and little button eyes, as well as eight activity legs, all different colours and with different features. There is one beanbag leg, one with with velvet material, a crinkly leg with silk material, two chequered pattern legs with different squeaks, another leg that plays a tune when you press the button, a leg with a bell in it that you can shake, and a nice soft furry leg. Babies love touchy feely things and he is great for exploring new textures and sounds. Her favourite leg is the squeak - at eight months she has finally got the finger control required to squeak him herself (argh!!!) He isn't supposed to go through the washing machine, which means he needs to be sponge cleaned which is always a bit of a pain, but he has survived being dunked in the sink several times and always comes up smiling. He is obviously at home in the water! Another advantage is that he is VERY easy to hang on the washing line with all those legs!!! He is a nice light toy for posting, which means he makes a good present - lots of baby toys for this age group are a bit cumbersome to wrap up, but he squashes nicely into a jiffy bag. I'd recommend him as a gift for a baby from 3-12 months (although toddlers seem to quite like playing with baby toys too, so the chances are he would last even longer than this...) Price: £15.00
I brought this toy for my son when he was just 3 months old and he absolutely loved it. It’s quite a popular toy as when ever I go in to any of the bigger Boots store they only have 1 or 2 left or are sold out. It’s a soft toy with a lovely appearance and is brightly coloured to attract babies’ attention. It’s a good size and weight for a baby to hold. The legs all have a number on them from 1-8 as an Octopus only has 8 legs and have a different texture and pattern - i.e. furry, ribbed, bubbly, shiny and velvety. They also contain sounds and filling inside the legs such as squeaky, rattlely, crinkly, beans (like a bean bag) and a musical button, which plays 3 nursery rhymes. All legs are elasticised so they can be pulled out straight and then once you let go they spring back in to place. It has pictures of a crab, mermaid, turtle and fish around it’s head. It cost me £12.99 as I brought the special edition one, which is sliver, you can get a blue one, which is the 1st one that was brought out and costs £9.99. Also they do a really small sweet version of this Octopus for the pram or cot this one is blue to but it doesn’t make any noise at all expect crinkly sounds. This toy is machine washable.
Boots have been making an Octopus like this for quite a while now. If you check in charity shops, you will see a lot of well worn examples, showing how much they have been played with. They are interesting for kids to play with from birth up to the age of 2 years or so. The scrunchy leg has always been a favourite as has the one which plays an electronic tune. This is less of a favourite with me and my wife, but the battery is still going for it!
Dont get me wrong, I love this octopus, as does my seven month old baby, the tentacles are all different, furry, musical, etc. He especially loves the crinkly one. The thing is, over the past few weeks I've noticed that when he plays with the toy, he ends up with the silver (from the millenium one) all over his face. At first I couldn't figure out what it was, then I noticed that the octopus has white patches that used to be silver. Surely this isn't right? I did want to keep this toy as one of the baby keepsakes that you keep forever and embarrass them when they're eighteen, but this doesn't look like it'll last eight more months, never mind years. Note: I contacted Boots, and they advised me that they would refund me fully, but that they dont actually have any of the shiny octopus' left in stock, as its a special edition, I have since decided to keep the shiny one, as it was bought specially for the millenium. Although I am still not happy at the bits coming off, I now keep it away from Callum, and he is getting too old for it now.
My daughter (now 9 months) was given the Boots Millenium Octopull (the silver one) for Christmas and absolutely loves it. It is a silver octopus with 8 tentacles that do different things. They are all covered in different textured materials and they do different things, including playing a tune, squeaking and rattling. My daughter is currently trying to pull the eyes off, but as with any Boots toy, they are built to survive this so she will not succeed! This toy is great from the early weeks, when they will just look at it and turn their head when you make it play a tune, to later on when they are able to pull the tentacles and discover for themselves what they each do. We've had a lot of use from this toy and would recommend it.
I bought this toy when my daughter was a baby and she never tired of playing with it. The toy then only came in one colourway but since looking in Boots recently it now comes in Blue and silver. The toy has a chime in the centre and the eight tentacles, each have a different feature as well as being different colours and textures. The toy plays a tune when one of the tentacles is pressed. My little girl particulary liked the crinkly tentacle, which was smooth on the outside but when squashed in her hands made a sound like crinkly plastic. It really is a good toy as when a baby is young it is light enough to place on their legs while they are sat in a bouncy chair, as it makes a sound every time it is moved. When a baby is bigger their is lots for them to explore, it is certainly a toy that provides a lot of entertainment. I will be buying a new one for when my new baby is born as my daughter continued to play with it into toddlerhood and totally wore it out!