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Bath time is fun time!
ELC Seaside Pour and Play
Member Name: hlb2009
ELC Seaside Pour and Play
Date: 26/07/13, updated on 26/07/13 (22 review reads)
Advantages: Bright and colourful
Disadvantages: Can go mouldy
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!
Summary: Hope loved these