Product Type: ELC baby toys
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A disappointing seaside
ELC Seaside Pour and Play
Member Name: PerfectPeaches
ELC Seaside Pour and Play
Advantages: Brightly coloured
Disadvantages: Feels flimsy
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
Summary: A cheap toy from ELC