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It's either a boy thing or its his age but my little 1 year old boy loves to bash things so this birthday and Christmas we got him a lot of banging toys, drums, blocks and this fun ball game from Bright starts.
The set consists of an alligator with a mouth that open and then on his body there are three tubes, a red, yellow and blue one where you place a corresponding colour ball on the top of the tube and then bash them down the tube with a little plastic hammer. It's sort of like that gopher game you get at a fairground where you have to bash them on the head with a hammer but its a bit different as its been tailored for kids.
My little boy absolutely loves this toy as he can bash away to his hearts content and the alligator is quite sturdy so he is not going to do any damage. The balls are quite a tight fit in the tubes so you do need to bash them a few times before they go down and you can see the determination on his face to try and achieve this. Once the ball goes down the tube it runs down a little ramp and out of the mouth of the gator which opens to let the balls out.
Like all baby/toddler toys it seems this one has lots of lights and sounds too. There is a little off switch on the front of the gator that you then switch to English, Spanish or French. I like this inclusion of different languages as its something fun to learn and perhaps the phrases might stick in their head and give them a bit of knowledge of another language.
The gator will say things like open wide, woo hoo, uh oh I'd you get the wrong colour ball down the wrong coloured tube and then it will say the colour of the tube you bang too. It also plays well known songs such as My fair lady, Pop goes the weasel and If you're happy and you know it. The tubes light up when you bash on them too so there are a lot of visual and audio things going on with this toy that makes it really fun. I find it quite addictive and I know my boy does too so if you have a boy or girl who loves to bash I would definitely recommend this to you.