Product Type: ELC baby toys
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Pour and Play everyday
ELC Seaside Pour and Play
Member Name: historywitch
ELC Seaside Pour and Play
Advantages: Cheap, bright, long lasting, lots of fun
Disadvantages: Water wheel
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.
Summary: Inexpensive bath toy that lasts and lasts
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