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Bath time can be a stressful time for a baby/toddler but it doesn't have to be. When Hope was tiny she used to get a bit unsure whilst in the bath and so the only way to reassure her was for me to have a bath with her and although this was fun and comforting for her it wasn't always the most practical solution. We began to look for toys which would entertain her whilst she was having a bath so that they would distract her from any fears that she may have and to make this time of day seem like a fun time!
There were lots of different toys out there to buy but we chose these as they looked bright and colourful, very varied and also very practical.
What are they?
The picture isn't especially clear which Dooyoo has provided but this toy is made up of several components. There is a plastic 'shelf' which you stick to the side of the bath using it's suction pads on the back. This is pale green with a blue wave painted on the bottom. It has 4 slots along the top and in these slots sit these plastic hooks which each hold a toy. The plastic hooks are quite thick and they have a different shaped tub at the bottom of them. There is a red, round tub in which a yellow seahorse sits. There is a red tub which houses a yellow star fish and this tub also has a little tap at the bottom of it which you can turn to open and close the hole at the bottom which will then release water. There is also a boat shaped green tub in which a big fat yellow whale sits and then finally a blue tub which a water wheel sits in and will spin round in it.
The different toys do different things. The star fish squeaks when you squeeze it. The whale and the seahorse squirt water from their mouths and the waterwheel will spin in it's tub and this sprays water as it does.
When we bought this Hope was bout 6 months old and wasn't strong enough to actually play with these by herself properly. She couldn't squeeze the various toys hard enough to get the water out and she wasn't aware of how to spin the waterwheel but that didn't stop her from having fun. She wound gnaw on the different toys and turn them around in her hands exploring their different textures- some are rubbery, others hard plastic. She would also smile at the cute faces of the animals and so was pretty happy just looking at these. She would be delighted when Daddy and I would show her what they all individually do and would shriek with delight when the water was squired from them. Because they are brightly coloured and very cute looking they certainly did provide not just a focal point but also something fun when we interacted with them.
Now that Hope is 2 years old she has great fun with these and is delighted whilst playing with them! She no longer spends time just admiring them and instead plays with them properly. She is able to interact with them all as she should be able to- by spinning the wheel and squirting and squeezing the animals. She has learnt to angle the mouths of the animals in a certain way so that she can aim at Mummy or at the mirror on the wall and then is delighted when she manages to hit her target! She doesn't quite understand how to fill them up with water yet (By squeezing them and holding them under water) but this doesn't stop her from having fun! As well as using them to squirt, squeeze and spin she also uses them to have fun and interact with by having imaginative play with them. She talks in her own language between them and moves them along the side of the bath quite happily!
I always write a bit about how easy a toy is to clean as when you have a toddler toys can easily get messy and even though these are played with in the bath these are no exception. Because they are just plastic they are easy to clean as you can just wipe them down with a wet, soapy cloth, however, because they are bath toys they can get very dirty without you actually realising. If you leave these in the bath and don't dry them and take them out then they begin to grow mould which is obviously something you don't want your baby to be putting in their mouths. My advice is to take these out of the bath and let them dry properly and only put them in the bath when it's time to play. We didn't do this at first and they did get grimy and grow mould which was not nice but we soon cleaned them up and have learnt from our mistake but it is something worth taking on board and avoiding doing if possible.
I certainly think these toys provide some educational value for young children. In the first instance Hope learnt to just hold these toys and pass them from one hand to another so it helped to develop her motor skills. She also would gnaw on them or run her fingers over them so was exploring their different textures which helps to develop the sense of touch. Now that she is older these toys are teaching her about imaginative play which is very important for young children to develop. They also have taught her to squeeze to produce the water and to move her hand in a different way to get the waterwheel to spin around. She has learnt to hook the tubs over the shelf by herself which takes quite a bit of concentration but shows that her fine motor skills have developed a lot! Now that she is learning new words every day we use these toys to help her to learn her colours and other words. She now says 'splash' and 'spin' and is definitely picking up on new words with the aid of these toys.
The first thing I can say about these bath toys is that they do actually work! We have had various other bath toys which don't actually live up to their expectations. I wasn't sure if the suction pads on the back of this shelf would actually support the weight of the 4 toys and so would fall off the side of the bath but actually they are very strong. They hold the weight of the toys and withstand some bashing from a toddler which is more than I expected so it's great that they're designed in a way which makes them suitable.
I like how the toys are different in terms of what they do, how they look, what they're made from and how they sit in their individual little tubs. Because they all do different things it means that it's interesting and entertaining for young children who like to explore and learn. They are brightly coloured which really helped to attract Hope's attention to them in the first place when she was only little so not old enough to really appreciate what they do but they could still entertain her. Bright colours are important for young children as they cannot focus on things very well at first so these bright colours are great.
The rubbery plastic of the toys made great teether toys whilst Hope was little but they're actually really sturdy too. I was concerned that the amount of chewing would cause the rubber to split but it is robust enough to withstand it. She now squeezes them hard and still occasionally has a chew on them but they're not at all damaged and still looking as good as new so they are definitely toddler tough!
They are a good size as they can be held nicely in little hands without them struggling to grip them. They are quite small which is great as it means that they don't take up lots of room in the bath or in your cupboard afterwards like so many toys do!
There is a lot to these toys. Your toddler can play with them in an imaginative play kind of way which helps to develop their social skills and imaginations. They can also hook the tubs over the side of the shelf and move them around into different position. They can squeeze and squirt the toys which provides lots of fun especially when they manage to use them like a water pistol and soak Mummy and Daddy! They are brightly coloured which is lovely and eye catching.
I really like these toys and I'm glad that we bought them. We have had them for almost 2 years now which makes me realise just how old my baby is getting! They are still in really good condition despite being well loved and played with every day so I think that shows the quality of the toys themselves. The only problem we had was when we realised that they would gather up water in the tubs and this would lead to mould forming on the toys. We have overcome this by ensuring we remove them from the bath and dry them.
These cost us £8 and I think they are well worth every penny of that. I had no idea at first that there could be so much fun had from these toys. We initially just wanted something which would interest Hope whilst she was in the bath to try to detract her from the fact she wasn't very happy and we weren't expecting these to last so long and still be played with today with just as much fun. They have taught her quite a lot with her senses developing and her sense of humour coming on. The squirting aspect of these toys can get a little messy as she aims at items but it's all part of being a small child!
You can buy these from The Early Learning Centre in store and online and I definitely recommend them as they are fun, entertaining and educational. They definitely helped to distract Hope from the stress of being in a bath and now she loves bath time very much!
Seven years ago when my first child was born we bought we bought this Pour and Play set for her bath. We bought it from the Early Learning Centre and paid £10 for it. Even though my daughter is now seven and my son is almost three, this is a toy which is a bathtime favourite still and it is one that has held up well. So when my mother asked what bath toy she should get to entertain my children and her latest grandchild at her house, I had no qualms in recommending this one and letting my children test it and compare.
**What do you get?**
Well for starters you get the hanging bar, which has suckers on either end to hold it in place. The suckers on ours are still incredibly strong, even I can't pull the bar off the bath. Instead I have to slide it up over the side or get a fingernail underneath to release the suction. The new one is no different and we had the familiar struggle to get it off at the end of playtime. Ours is more battered (obviously) but with a weekly clean it still looks pretty good, not bad for seven years old.
The four toys hook on well but they are easy to remove for a child sitting in the bath. They won't fall off if the bar is knocked or jostled but they will move enough to ensure the child won't get badly bruised on them. The four toys are:
A ladle/cup shape which is a sieve at the bottom
A two piece waterwheel - the holder and the blade bit that you insert
A simple tap with a twisting handle
A boat/scoop shape
The ladle shape is fun and the boat shape is the most enduring and popular of all of the shapes (very useful for filling jugs and cups). The tap is excellent fun once they learn how to turn the handle to open and close the simple valve. However neither I or the children could get the water wheel going easily on either ours or the new version which was a bit frustrating. Because it isn't fixed in place and can be removed, there is a lot of friction between the holder and the blades. Because of this no matter how much/how little water you pour on you only get a jerky, occasional movement rather than a smooth spin. Disappointing that they didn't fix this on the new version.
You also get three plastic squirters which can be filled with water and squirted at each other. Our original ones were different-a whale, a starfish and a seahorse, whereas the new ones are a frog, a fish and a duck wearing goggles. They are well-made and easy to squeeze for little fingers. They are also easy to clean - our original ones lasted for a year of almost daily play before the rubber perished and the black gunk took over.
My children love both sets of this toy and it is still one that they can play with almost nicely together. When my son was little he didn't like the bath at all but he loved this toy so much he almost forgot about his fear. Its well made (apart from the water wheel), brightly coloured and there is a lot of interactive fun to be had here.
I have bought this set several times as excellent first birthday presents and they have always been well-received, it's a nice inexpensive bath toy set that lasts and lasts and lasts.
This is another fun toy we have for our bath.
The seaside pour and play includes lots of little toys that make water play in the bath a lot more fun and one of the toys has actually become our unofficial head washing tool!
The toy has a green bar with suction cups on either end of it to enable you to stick it onto the wall of the bath. This has a wave design on it so its done well at incorporating the seaside theme into the toy. The bar doesn't really stay up that well unfortunately. It will stick for a couple of moments but if you knock it or try and move it it falls off so I tend to just have it in the bath water itself as well as all the toys.
Then you have found different pouring items that have hooks incorporated to them to enable you to hang them on the green bar. There are little grooves on the bar that help these items to hook on. There is a boat, a funnel, a round cup with small holes in the bottom of it and a rounded type holder with bigger holes in it. The funnel is great fun. It has a little lever on the side that you can turn on and off to stop the water flowing through and then once you turn it again the water will start to flow out. This is great to show the kids as I scoop up the water in it when the flap is shut and the water doesn't come out so then you can show them the water pouring through a couple of minutes later.
The boat is whole and so has quite a big capacity for water. This is what we use as our hair washing tool by scooping up water and using it to pour over my little girls head even though she hates it. She has now started to do it herself and pours the water over her little brother when she helps me wash his hair.
Inside the four pouring items there are little characters that make the toys even more fun. There is a yellow seahorse which has a hole in its mouth so you can also use this as a little squirter which is fun. The seahorse will sit in the round pourer when you hang it on the bar. Then there is a blue starfish which you can also use as a squirter by filling it up with bath water. The rounded holder will hold a wheel, it almost looks like a water wheel you find at a mill. THis has a big smiley face on it and is my favourite little boys toy to chew.
The last toy is a yellow whale which sits inside the boat. All the toys are made of plastic and are quite colourful and fun to play with. We have had this set for a few years now and they are still going strong and haven't really gone mouldy which is nice. We got the set from The Early Learning Centre for £10. It looks like they've changed the toys in the pouring items now which is a shame as the old ones are cute but the new ones look cute too.
My son received this ELC Seaside Pour and Play bath time toy as a gift for his first birthday. From that day until this (just over 2 months now) it has been a mainstay in our bathroom and has featured in every bath time. The set costs £10 from Early Learning Centre and it is suitable from 12 months of age. Looking on the Early Learning Centre website, it looks like the set has been updated recently so is slightly different to the set that I am reviewing (which is the one pictured above) but a lot of the features do remain the same.
The toy is basically a bar that sticks to the side of the bath tub with suction pads (one at each end). This is a green plastic bar with blue waves pictured on it. From this, four different plastic toys hang by hooking over the bar. These are different shapes and perform different functions. Each also has another plastic toy sitting in it. There are two red toys hanging from the bar - a scoop which can be filled with water and then this can be poured out and a base for a yellow water wheel. To use this, you can pour water over the wheel and the weight of this rotates it round. There is also a pale blue shower attachment, which is circular in shape and has lots of holes in the bottom so it can be filled with water and lifted up so that it drips out as it would from a shower. The final attachment is a green tap like toy. This has an orange plastic 'turner' on the front to turn this on and off. Again, this can be filled with water and this trickles out through the bottom.
As well as the water wheel there are three other plastic squirty toys that can be filled with water and then squeezed to shoot it out. Two of these are yellow - a whale and a seahorse - and the other blue - a starfish. These are quite a soft plastic so squeeze easily.
The bar remains attached to the side of our bath tub so it is always there when my son gets into the bath. It is always the first thing he looks for and he reaches for it immediately. He likes to remove all the plastic holders and dunk them, and the toys inside, in his bath. The top of the plastic holders have a textured pattern - stripes or circles - that he likes to feel or bite on. At 14 months, he enjoys to watch as I pour water over the water wheel to make it spin around but he lacks the understanding or co-ordination to do this himself yet.
He enjoys the movement of the water from the holders - the 'shower' and the 'tap' and smiles as this trickles out. He also likes to squeeze and bite on the 'squirter' toys although he does not quite get the hang of the purpose of these yet. Again, he laughs if you squirt he with the water though. I think that, as he gets older and develops more skills, he will gain more enjoyment from the set and interact with it more.
At first, I was dubious as to how well this would stay in place on the side of the bath. With previous experience, the suction cups do not offer great grip and fall off after a period of time. With this toy, I have not found this to be the case at all. Quite conversely, the suction is very good and the toy holds in place exceptionally well. The only problem that we have with the toy bar is that my son tries to use it to pull himself up on which could be quite dangerous. Obviously bath time is strictly supervised though so this is not too much of an issue.
The toys themselves are fun and also help my son to learn about water and it's movement. It also helps him to discover that water can be fun and that bath time is a nice time for us to share and play together. They toys also provide a great distraction when it comes to hair wash time - which he seems to despise increasingly these days!
We have certainly already had value for money from these toys and I envisage that we will get a lot more use out of them yet. The squirty toys have worn well and none of the painted facial features have worn like they have on some of his other toys. I think that the set is very good value for money and like the fact that there is a lot for your child to do with this rather than just have things float in the bath with them. Recommended.
This is a review of the Early Learning Centre ELC Seaside Pour and Play which was bought for my daughter's first birthday from a good friend.
A good gift
We were very pleased to receive this as a gift as my daughter loves bath time and playing in the bath. She has ducks which squirt, ducks that light up, floating boats and a swimming frog so far in her collection!
This toy is quite versatile and comes in a few parts but is easy to assemble. The first item is a plastic rack with sucker pads on the back to attach to the wall or side of the bath. Then there are four hooking cups in different shapes and four toys with sit in the cups.
Toy one is a squirty seahorse which holds a fair bit of water and the red holder has holes in its bottom to pour water through. Toy two is a yellow water wheel which sits in the blue holder and can move around if water is poured correctly upon it. Toy three is a squirty star which sits in a cup which decants water if you twist a handle on it, finally toy four is a squirty whale. So I'm counting nine parts in total.
The toy is suitable for ages 12 months to two years, which I would agree with. Before one year my daughter would have been a bit lost with what to do but she quickly caught on to the holder which is a ladle with a colander in the bottom.
My thoughts and dismantling
I think the toy provides extra fun and play time in the bath and we have enjoyed playing with it so far. It comes off the wall easily so I don't have to sit and play with it when I have my bath! It is very interactive and meant to be both on the wall and in the bath for all the parts to work properly so be prepared to scrabble around for them in the water and bubbles!
I looked up the price of the ELC Seaside bath toy on their website and it retails at £8. I think this is a fair price for the quality of this toy.
Overall this has proven to be a good toy and I think we'll continue to use it for the next year at least. We might have to rethink the squirty toys once my daughter figures out how they actually work but for now we are fine with it. I think this would make a good present for someone wanting to buy for a one year old, it can be difficult to find something suitable without going outside of the age band which some parents don't like.
My daughter has a bath nearly every night and she has loved it right from the moment she had her first ever bath. She loves splashing around in the water as well as eating the bubbles, she seems to really enjoy herself. She has a few bath toys which keep her somewhat occupied but I wanted something which would actually give her something to do so I went in search of a bath toy which would be fun yet stimulating.
I found myself in The Early Learning Centre a few months ago buying a few little bits for her 1st birthday and came across the ELC Seaside Pour and Play bath toy. I was immediately taken with it as it wasn't overly large but it was colourful and there seemed a few things for my daughter to interact with and at a very reasonable price of £8.00 I wasn't breaking the bank.
The Seaside Pour and Play comes in a cardboard box and is already assembled which is great as you don't have to worry about spending hours putting something together. The toy itself is around 30 cm in length so it can easily fit along the side of the bath without taking up a lot of room. It is made of plastic and is colourful using bold primary colours which is obviously appealing to children.
The Seaside Pour and Play is like a little rack which has little components which the child can play with. There are three squirters, a water wheel, tap and two scoops. The squirters fill up with water and can then be squeezed for the water to squirt out, the squirters are figures of a seahorse and dolphin. The water wheel spins around in its little compartment and the tap can be filled with water and then turned for the water to pour out. The components can be taken off the main part of the toy should you want to. The toy itself is on suction pads so you can easily put it on the side of the bath and it can be easily removed for when you want a child free bath!
The components such as the squirters, wheel etc are big enough in size for even the littlest of hands to be able to pick them up and play with them which is great. My daughter has figured out how to play with the wheel quite easily and seems to really like to watch it spin around in the water. The tap still baffles her as she cannot understand what it does however if you show her she is incredibly intrigued and likes to wave her hand through the pouring water! The squirters are by far her favourite as she knows how to squeeze them but refilling them is a parent job which is understandable as at 13 months I didn't expect her to know how to fill it up herself but she does watch what we do so no doubt she will soon pick this up.
My main gripe with this product is that it feels a bit flimsy and almost a bit cheap. Now I know I only paid £8.00 for it but I expect a little better quality from The Early Learning Centre and this just isn't up to their usual standards for me unfortunately. Even the components are also a bit flimsy which although don't impact on the toy overall it just makes the whole toy feel and look cheap which is such a shame as it really is a great idea for keeping a child entertained in the bath.
My daughter does seem to like this when its on the side of the bath and she is gradually figuring out how everything works and to her the fact that it looks a little cheap is really not important when she is sat in the bath giggling and smiling whilst playing with the toy which for me makes the £8.00 very well spent. No doubt as she gets a little older she will understand more as to how everything works but for now she is happy playing with it the way she wants whether that's banging a squirter against the side of the bath, chewing it or trying to pull the whole thing off the side of the bath but she is happy and it is doing it's job by keeping her entertained!
Overall, a nice toy which is a good idea. It is a shame that it is a bit flimsy for my personal liking but my daughter enjoys it but I think once she reaches the 2 years old mark she will have outgrown it as it is limited in what it can do but for now it keeps her entertained which is exactly what I wanted it to do! Would I recommend? Yes and no! Yes, if you are looking for a cheap toy but no if your expecting something sturdy and well made. 3 stars from me.
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Brand: Early Learning Centre
Age Range: 1-2 years
Availability: In store and online