Product Type: Galt baby toys
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Simple and Basic Fun
Galt Pop UpToy
Member Name: kat1234
Galt Pop UpToy
Advantages: durable, aids colour recognition
Disadvantages: pieces can pop up high and get lost
My son was lucky enough to receive a lot of toys for Christmas, some of which we had asked for, others that were complete surprises. This Galt Pop Up Toy was one of the latter. It is a toy that I never would have chosen for him but, as always seems to be the case, one that he has taken to very well! Looking around online, the toy is priced at around £7.99.
The toy is made from wood, a fact that I like as my son does not have many wooden toys and this is a different texture for him to feel. The toy is built around a basic idea and is well executed. There is a base block provided which is pretty much solid wood (but not overly heavy). On this unit, there are four holes carved out of the top and underneath each hole there is a strip of colour painted - yellow, blue, green or red. There are four rounded wooden 'pegs' supplied that fit into the holes. Each is predominantly coloured in one of the four colours to match those on the block. They also have a white block around the top with a face drawn on.
The pegs fit neatly into the circular holes and can be pushed down in the holes to make them pop up. There are some kind of metal plates in the bottom of the holes to facilitate this action. The toy description states that they can be pushed to make the characters 'bob up and down'. In order for the characters to 'bob' very little pressure needs to be applied - much less than most babies would be capable of! By applying pressure and letting go the characters fly out of their holes into the air - something that my son finds very amusing indeed and loves to watch.
The toy is aimed at babies from 12 months old, which is probably about right. My son is 9 months old and does gain some pleasure from the toy but lacks the co-ordination skills to fully operate it. At his age, he gains more pleasure in holding the wooden peg pieces - these are rounded nicely and very smooth to the touch. They are also of a size where they fit nicely into the palm of his hand and he can grasp them nicely. He also likes to roll them and watch them move across the floor - annoyingly they are small enough to be easily lost around the room, usually under the sofa. I believe that this toy will help him develop his manipulation skills and hand-eye co-ordination by learning how to place the pegs in the holes and push them down to pop them up. As he gets older, the toy can be used to help him identify colours and learn to play a simple matching game by placing the pegs in the correct holes.
The thing that I love most about this toy is that it is quite old-fashioned and simple in it's construction. So many toys that my son has are noisy or have some sort of gadgetry in them and this is a refreshing alternative to them for him. It is a way of showing him that basic toys can be fun too!! The toy feels really robust and well made and, for £7.99, it is great value for money. A great, simple toy for babies in a day in age when there are so many electronic toys on the market.
Summary: lovely basic wooden toy
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