Product Type: Galt baby toys
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Bowled Over in the Jungle
Galt Jungle Pals Skittles
Member Name: kat1234
Galt Jungle Pals Skittles
Advantages: washable, brightly coloured, lots of potential learning opportunities
Disadvantages: do not stand very well
My son received a set of Galt Jungle Pals Skittles at Christmas. They are for children aged over 12 months but, as they are soft, we let him have them at 9 months. The set seems to retail at around £13 online.
The set contains six skittles - all a different jungle animal - and a soft felt ball. Each skittle is soft and made of fabric and contains a rattle so can be shaken to make a noise. The ball contains a jingle bell so rings when rolled. The animals are brightly coloured - so not a true representation of the animals they are meant to be. This makes some of them a little difficult to identify! The animal in the set are: a lion, giraffe, elephant, monkey, leopard and zebra. Each also has a number 1-6 marked on their front. The ball is equally brightly coloured - split into six different coloured sections.
The set comes packed in a pvc carry bag with a red fabric lining and handle. This is good for keeping the set together and clean in the toy box and also for taking the toy out with you. The set is also completely machine washable so easy to keep clean. We have washed it once and they have washed up really well.
The idea of the toy is to enable baby to learn to play skittles and thus develop hand-eye co-ordination and ball rolling skills. The skittles can be stood up and the ball rolled towards them. They are quite difficult to get to stand independently, especially on carpeted floors and this is something that frustrates my son as he tries to stand them. They stand much better on hard floors but, as the base is fabric (albeit a flat design) it is never completely flush and they may have benefitted from a plastic bottom.
At 9 months, my son enjoyed exploring the textures of the skittles and shaking them to hear the rattle noise. As he became more confident with his crawling, he enjoyed a game of knocking these down with his hands as I moved them around the room. As he approaches 12 months, he is learning to stand them up and also learning how to roll a ball. As he develops further, I think he will enjoy trying to roll the ball at the skittles to knock them over - developing his motor skills.
I think that this is a lovely toy that will be used by my son for quite some time. There are lots of learning and development opportunities offered by this set - animals, colours and numbers as well as counting how many skittles have been knocked down. This also gives toddlers the opportunity to work on their co-ordination in a fun way. Had we not been lucky enough to receive these as a gift, I definitely would have purchased these for my son as they are such a lovely set. Highly recommended.
Summary: nice toy
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