Product Type: Chicco baby toys
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Twist, Rattle & Roll
Chicco Twist & Turn Toy
Member Name: nickwock
Chicco Twist & Turn Toy
Advantages: Well made, bright colours, could aid motor skills
Disadvantages: Bulky, made of hard plastic
The main body of the toy is two halves of a sphere, one is two tone green with embossed circular lines and the 'Chicco' brand stamped on it and the other blue with little protruding bumps evenly spaced all over. Together they are about the same size of a plum (the larger spanish variety!). There is quite a thick, curved rim around the adjoining centre and when the halves are twisted in opposite direction it makes a clicking sound.
From the top of the green half comes a clear tube, it resembles a handle and the tube is thin enough for small hands to grip. There are alternating orange and yellow beads in the tube which roll around in the tube and 'disappear' inside the green body. Two hoops circle this handle / tube, one yellow and one orange, both are embossed, the orange with a wavy line and the yellow with a line of little bumps.
Coming off the blue half of the sphere are two other spherical 'legs' one is yellow with an orange plastic end with a bobbly texture which can be pressed in and makes a squeeking noise, the other is half red and half clear, with some opaque red and yellow beads inside which rattle off a mirrored surface. Both these 'legs' also can be twisted and make the clicking sound.
Over all, all the plastic is very good quality, it's shiny and looks good as new, aside from the handle, which has a few scatches and teeth marks. It's easy to clean with a damp cloth or dettol wipe. The toy feels like it has been made well and I have no concerns about it breaking or coming apart.
The colours are lovely and bright, very eye catching and there is a lot on offer to catch your childs interest, such as the moving beads, the clicking, squeeky and rattling sounds, the movable parts and the textures of the bumps and lines all over the toy.
My main problem with this toy is that it's quite bulky and smaller babies find it difficult to grasp anything but the handle / tube. This means they may be able to shake it, but with the bulkiness of the hard platic, they are quite likely to hurt themselves. Ruby is teething and will chew anything, but the only thing any where near mouth size is the handle, but the plastic is too hard and hurts her tender gums. By the time any child has enough co-ordination and big enough hands with the dexterity to twist the legs or main body, they will have moved on to more interesting toys, such as easy jigsaws and Lego Duplo, which is why I think Logan never really took to it.
That all said, Ruby does enjoy this toy to a small extent. She's only six months so can't manage anything but to hold it at the moment, but for some reason, whenever I twist it and it makes the clicking noise she starts to laugh! I know this will probably be a short lived means of entertainment, but for now it's worth it to hear her cute little giggle.
Priced at a reasonable £4.99 (Amazon) it's a good quality toy and nice to look at, but personally I think the bulky shape makes it difficult for the age range it's directed at to be able to play with it effectively.
Summary: Chunky, twisty, rattley, squeaky toy by Chicco
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