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This chunky Fisher Price Little People boat seemed to be the ideal choice for bath time for my youngest son. He was eighteen months old at the time of purchase and the proportions and weight of the boat are well suited to toddlers of that age. Slightly younger children might struggle with the size of this boat.
The boat and its accessories come simply packaged in an open fronted box so it is possible to get a good idea of its true size and features before purchasing. It also comes supplied with the two AA batteries needed so the boat is good to go as soon as it is released from its packaging.
The boat comes complete with a single chunky Little People figure (who is, apparently ?Captain Michael') but there are a number of positions on the boat where figures can be positioned so this can be combined with figures from other Little People sets to maximise the play value. We have a mechanic figure from a Little People garage set who tends to stand on the top section of the boat and view the proceedings. Captain Michael is, more often than not, let loose on the waves within the plastic life ring that also comes supplied. (I'm slightly worried about who is actually controlling the boat in these circumstances...)
One of my boys' favourite features is the fishing line attachment that is securely connected to the boat but is both flexible and movable. The hooked end can be used to either rescue the life ring or scoop out the single plastic fish that also comes with this cute little set.
One of the most impressive features about this boat has been the sound effects and the length of time that the batteries have lasted between changes. I've always been a bit sceptical about using battery powered toys in the bath, feeling that they will inevitably start to leak and fail before too long. This toy has proven me wrong in that respect and my kids have enjoyed playing the rather annoying tunes on this boat for eighteen months now! The song choice is a little irritating with a rather high pitched American child's accent singing the (catchy but annoying) lyrics. The song alternates between other boat related sound effects with each press.
The major drawback with this boat is that it does have a tendency to list after being in the water for some time. This inevitably leads to the boat filling with water and, eventually, capsizing. Perhaps the inclusion of the life ring should have given some clues to this eventuality! This doesn't deter my sons from playing with the boat and, surprisingly, hasn't seemed to affect the internal mechanisms with no water getting through to the battery compartment at all, so this is certainly very well made in that respect.
We picked this up from Home Bargains for a fiver and feel it has been money well spent.
We brought the Fisher Price Sail n Float boat from Toys R Us for just under £10.00. It is from the unmistakable Little People range. My daughter picked it out herself and as she was running low on bath time entertainment at the time I figured it was a good choice. It came in a cardboard box with open front so you could touch it and try it out.
The boat is made of strong plastic and is pink with a purple roof. It has a happy face on the front and a yellow fishing rod on the back. There is also a blue (not sure why it's green in the picture) fish included with a hook on it's back so you can use the fishing rod to hook it. Also included is a plastic yellow swim ring and chunky little figure of a blonde haired girl in a swimming costume, with a beach ball and sunglasses on her head - she fits in the swim ring.
There is a big purple button on the deck of the boat, when pressed it comes out with noises and phrases such as "beep beep", "make way, we're on the ocean" and "hold on, lets go out to sea". It also plays a song in the tune of nick nack paddy whack but with different words - "sail and float, sail and float, I'm on the deck of my little boat, splish splash we're going out to sea, the ocean is the place for me". The figure fits perfectly on the button so you can sit her on top of it, press her head and it's as if she is talking and singing. It isn't one of those annoying toys as it isn't very loud, infact when in the water it is a little quiet.
What my daughter enjoys most about the toy is filling up the fish with water and tipping it into the boat to capsize it. She also enjoys trying to hook the fish (but usually ends up just putting in on by hand!), singing along with the song and 'saving' the little figure with the swim ring. I suppose it is quite a simple little toy but it does the job.
The only flaw of the toy that I can think of is that it's quite easily sinkable. It can sink and capsize with little effort. It's not a huge deal as my daughter and myself can quite easily tip the water out and put it back on top of the water within seconds.
We have had the toy for around 5 months now and it's still in good working order, especially since it is used every bath time. The batteries haven't run out, nor has any water got inside the toy and ruined it (like what happens to a lot of bath toys). When not in use all of the pieces fit on the deck of the boat nicely.
There is also a more boyish version of the Sail n Float boat which comes in a blue and orange colour.
Overall I say this is a nice little addition to the bath toy collection. It is affordable, good value for money, fun, pretty and is something that should last for a while.
Kids can also catch a fish using the attached fishing rod.