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For Christmas I bought my niece a few toys as she is now 9 months and is showing more interest in them. I bought the Lamaze Octopus from Amazon and paid £18. It was a little pricer than other toys I bought but it did look colourful and interesting so was worth a try. The Octopus has a little handle of the top so you can hold it or hang it up. It has 8 legs which are all different colours and also different textures which is great for learning. You can squeeze each of the legs and they make different sounds. The legs are easy to squeeze so my niece of 9 months is able to play with this without needing support. She loves the different sounds and likes feeling the different textures. She is quite advanced for her age however I would say the toy is suitable from about 6 months - 14 months as it does have several learning opportunities. I do really like the toy and my niece enjoys it however it will only keep her interested for short periods of time. I would recommend however I would say have a shop around as I think £18 is rather expensive for what it actually does.
My brother brought my daughter this for her first christmas (she would have been around 8 weeks old) Already a huge fan of lamaze toys, I was really impressed with Octotunes, with his bright colours, textures and his musical tentacles which each play a different note. Octotunes is vanilla scented and smells lovely. Octotunes has a handle so he can be carried, however I'm guessing initially this is more the the parents benefit as although not particularly heavy would be difficult for a baby to move. Octotunes is extremely well made and durable. This toy is aimed at babies from birth 2 years, but I can see it lasting far longer than this. My daughter can't squeeze the tentacles to make the sounds as yet but she loves it when we do this for her. Its a very interactive toy, and both myself and my partner love playing with it with her. My daughter also loves playing with all the different textures. Octotunes has a smiley happy face and comes complete colour-coded instructions attached detailing how to use the toy to play nursery rhymes. I think this toy grows this the child, smaller babies can play with the textures and enjoy the bright colours, as baby grows they will enjoy playing with their parents to make sounds and as they are older still will love creating tunes themselves. Highly recommend this toy. It can be brought on Amazon for £15-£20 and in my opinion is worth every penny. This review also appears on CIAO under the same username.
We got this as a birthday present when my son turned 1. I certaintly had a little fun playing with it, doing some basic nursery rhymes but my son wasnt intrested. Now at 18 months he loves making things make noises but he still cant squeeze them properly (hes either too soft or too slow I'm not sure so I wouldnt reccomend this toy until the child is around 2! Its a nice toy but I've had more play out of it than him! APPEARANCE Its a yellow octopus with 8 (of course) legs. The legs are a variety of colours and textures and have different coloured tips. It has soft felt tags coming from the neck. The handle is multicoloured and makes a crinkly sound when you squeeze it. WHAT DOES IT DO All my toddler can really do is explore the textures and hold it by the handle at the moment, which is a little heavy. The legs play musical notes which is cool as you can play basic nursery rhymes on them. Before 2 years though Id say its more of an parent/child toy as youd have to take the lead with this and make the sounds. Unfortunatly my child is at the age where hes quite frustrated that he cant make the sounds himself so he looses patience quite quickly. As it has a variety of colours it can provide a good talking point to toddlers who are learning their colours "what colours this? can you show me the red leg?". As they get older you can also discuss the differences in the sounds each leg makes. OVERALL IMPRESSION I think this toy is a great idea but I dont think its worth buying for any child under 2, I like this toy more than my son does if I'm honest! I might change my mind when he is older if he becomes more intrested with it but right now I dont think its really worth even £15 (which is the cheapest I've seen it go for).
Personally I love this toy! It was a present for my son when he was born and was basically as big as him to begin. I guess at around 6 weeks old he became more aware of the toy, as I think he was watching and listening and certainly kept him quite at the same time as entertaining my daughter who was almost three. I am really into music and play several instruments and like to find ways of passing my musical enjoyment onto my kids. This is a fun way of getting small children interested in music and learning tunes. Octotones has eight tentacles, well he is an octopus! But conveniently there are also eight notes in a music octave, doh, rah, me, fah, soh, la, te, doh. This means one is able to play - well if you have some musical knowledge - simple nursery rhymes such as twinkle twinkle, three blind mice, row the boat etc on Octotones. I also make up tunes and do harmonies - press two tentacles at once. I think the fact my kids can sing along to Octotones makes it so enjoyable. This friendly musical octopus is quite big in baby toy terms. I think it must be made as an interactive parent child play toy, not only because of its size, but also it's quite hard to squeeze the octopus' tentacles to make the sound. The "squeaker" is inside the toy at the end of each tentacle. It is a squeaky kind of noise, but it has a very definite pitch to each note. The toy is made out of lovely brightly coloured, patterned, soft textured material, using the primary and secondary colours. It is edged with a black and white stripy silky material and has a big bulging head with a friendly face. There is a handle at the top to hold it with. I think this toy looks really attractive. The tentacles are in a sort cone shape, with the widest part at the end of the tentacle where the squeaker is. For a baby of around six months onwards I feel this is very attractive, it feels nice, has different textures, it's very bright and the sounds are capturing. We play games with this toy. Counting the legs is a basic one, as is talking about the colours and a little bit more complex is talking about textures. Harder games include guessing which is the higher sound I played, the first or the second? My son at nearly three still gets this toy out, however at five my daughter is now past it. I think this toy costs around £20, and although it really is designed for babies it does seem to have a lasting appeal probably until around 3 and a halfish in age. It's certainly the only "baby" toy we still have, so I think that proves it's been very good value. Thank you to my friend who bought it for my son, this was a lovely gift!
My recently brought my little girl one of these .. having had one for her little girl when she was a baby. Being at an age now where shes just starting to learn new things every day and discover new things this toy was perfect for her. I was a bit worried at first that she may not like it but i was so wrong lol. Lamaze definitly have a thankyou from me and my little girl for making this wonderful toy. The first thing that attracted me to this toy as a first time worrying parent was just how soft and child friendly it was. The octotunes is so soft and is made up of so many bright colours which are brilliant for the childs eyes. Octotunes always has also been given a wonderful smell of vanilla scent.. which was not too overpowering but just strong enough for my little girl to notice as shes always smelling it and snuggling her nose into it . The simple but clever design of the ocotunes is what makes it so unique. Obviously being a octotunes The design is based on a octopus. . The octounes is made up of tons of bright eye catching colours to attract the child or baby. It has eight bright coloured muscial tenactles and each brightly coloured tenactle plays a different musical note which keeps the child or baby entertained for hours. My little girl is also teething at the moment and the tenactles make for awesome teething toys . There are only two downsides to the octotunes. First one being that because it is a big soft toy it, it is actually suprisingly heavy for what youd expect of a childs toy well babys toy. The second downside is the price of the soft toy .. compared to some other toys it isn't that cheap i purchased mine for £20 from argos. But to be honest seeing my little girls face light up with a huge smile everytime she plays with it ... makes it worth every penny.. Overall I do think this is one of Lamazes best toys that they have created. Inspite of some of its floors and the price, i do not regret buying it and would definitly recommend it for any parent or parent to be :) as im sure there child will love it just as much as mine does. Thumbs up from me and my little girl Lamaze.
This was bought as a gift for my newborn son at the start of this year. Here's the lowdown.... Design - large main body/head with eight legs coming off of it. The face has large clear eyes and a smile which my son loves. They come in different colours but our main head section is yellow. Each leg is then covered in its owns fabric. The legs ar wall differently covered. Different, colour, texture, pattern. Each foot then has its assigned colour and the colour dictates a note. Insides and tops of the legs have an attractive black and white pattern-good for babies to see. At the point where the legs join the base there are small knots and pieces of fabric for baby to grab onto. Again, all different colours and feels. In the top of the head is a fabric handle. It's makes a rustling noise which baby loves. Usage - it would be fair to say I have played with this more than my son has. Whilst he loves it dearly he doesn't know how to get the sound out. You need to grasp each floor fairly tightly for it to make a noise and at 7 months old he just can't do it. If he could, he would still not be able to play the songs written on the tag. The tag Mary had a little lamb and twinkle twinkle. I mastered both pretty quickly and was very proud of myself. Imagine my excitement when I read on the tag that more song guides could be downloaded from the Lamaze website. If I could manage to find them online I'd be very pleased but I can't. I also had to remove the tag before letting my son play on his own with it so I now have no music to play and just squeeze random note. Value - as this was a gift we didn't fork out the cash. I'm likely to buy this for future babies that come into my life. Whilst my son cannot take full advantage of its features right now I have no doubt that he has many months or even years of fun to come with this toy. Right now he is able to enjoy the bright colours and the way it moves when he picks it up. As time passes he will be able to make his own sweet music and continue to amuse himself. Who knows, one day we might even get to counting the legs!
My daughter Emilie loves CBeebies and one of her favourite shows at the minute is Woolly And Me which features the everyday adventures of a young girl with her cuddly toy spider. This musical Octopus from Lamaze was one of several baby toys that we were going to get rid of recently, thinking our daughter had long grown out of it, but, because it reminds her of Woolly, she now insists on keeping it. Which is fine with both me and her mum because actually you know what, this toy is really quite cute! The idea behind it is a simple one. Basically each of its eight tentacles is a slightly different colour and each one makes a different and individual musical note. When bought from new, this Octopus also had a slight, pleasing vanilla scent but this has since faded into obscurity over time. Brightly coloured in order to attract your baby's attention, the Octopus also features lots of different textures to keep them interested and a big smiley face that always looks welcoming! By playing the notes in a certain order, you can just about manage to get the first few lines of Twinkle, Twinkle or Mary Had A Little Lamb out of it but this does take practice and a few of the tentacles are a little bit hard to squeeze for a young baby's delicate hands but that is okay because really this toy is just a bit of fun and just the fact that it makes any musical noise at all makes it instantly appealing to the very young. Likewise, a few people on Amazon have complained that it is not pitch perfect but I think this is just being picky ~ it's a kids toy for chrissakes, what do you expect? Overall, this toy is as well made as you would expect from Lamaze and is both strong, cuddly and versatile. It is designed for ages 0-2 but like I say, my daughter is 4 and still loves playing with this now. One of her favourite pastimes is giving it to one of her dollies to play with so you can see, it is something that could well be around in ytour house for quite awhile! At around £20, this toy is great value for money and as well as being lots of fun, is also quite useful for building your baby's development skills at the same time! I think it is saafe to say then that this toy comes highly recommended from me!
I love Lamaze baby toys, they are bright and colourful and lots of fun and luckily we are the owners of quite a few of these baby toys. One of the ones that we received for my baby boy was this octopus which has been big hit with both him and my little girl. Its great to now see him at 8 months of age really interacting with this toy in a way he didn't when he was a few months younger even though it did stimulate him when he was younger. The toy is great. What I really like about it is that it has so many different aspects to it and learning possibilities as well as just being a cute toy that it is fun for adults to play with too and a lot more fun than just a regular soft toy that doesn't do that much. The toy basically looks like a big octopus although its a lot more colourful. The face is at the toy of the toy and then underneath it are, yes, you've guessed it 8 legs. The face is lovely and bright and yellow and has a big smile on it which I think is a bit misleading as aren't octopuses supposed to be quite mean, scary animals or are they fish?? Anyway...... At the top of the head there is a little multicoloured fabric handle which is well placed I think as you can carry the toy around with this handle and it also enables you to play with his legs easily as well. The eight legs or tentacles to give them their proper name fan out underneath the head so you can actually stand this toy up and he stays where you put him. All the tentacles are different colours and so have different textures on them as well so not only does this toy promote visual stimulation but it promotes the touch sensation as well. The tentacles are quite thin at the top where they attach to the head and then they get bigger as you go down, they almost look a bit like a bowling pin, that kind of shape. Now, here's the fun part about them, when squeezed the tentacles play a musical note and each tentacle plays a different note so you can actually play tunes on them. Now, my kids just like squeezing them but if I can get hold of the toy and actually play with it myself without it being taken away by one of them I can play Twinkle twinkle as you have the right musical notes included in the tentacles but I have to say it is quite hard and I rally need to pay attention to which one is which, a little tip, its a good idea to write the order down if you want to impress people with your musical talents!! The material of the octopus also has a slight vanilla smell to it which after about 8 months is still there and gets a bit stronger if you touch the octopus and play with it. Its a nice fragrant smell and not too overpowering, its really nice and must be quite appealing to little ones who often familiarise smells with different memories, etc. This toy is quite pricey, its in the £20 region although I would recommend searching around as I think Tesco direct sells it cheaper sometimes as does maybe Asda but it is a fun toy and well worth the money in my opinion.
Lamaze octotunes was kindly brought for our little girl for her first Christmas when she was 7months old. It was brought for her as Lamaze as a company is very well known for the cleverly designed toys to aid child development, they liked the fact it had big bright bold colours and you could make tunes with it. ****the product**** so what is the product? Well octotunes is an octopus who's tentacles are designed in tubes that when squeezed the let out a note, so if pressed in the correct order they will sing "Mary had a little lamb" "twinkle twinkle little star" and so on. The legs all have different colour ends so they arecolour coded making it easy to follow the note book to play the tune. (I hope you areable to follow what I am saying). Ghost his very complicated for a baby toy. Octotunes is a fabric make unsure of the exact materials but has a felty feel to the legs and body. The head has a happy smiley face with a sensory feel to it. The tenticles have a silky feel to the bottom. The product is made to a very high specification and that you could not fault. It comes in a variety of colours our is yellow but I have seen them in red and blue. Octotunes is quite a big toy and heavy fir age it is designed for. The legs are thick and very difficult to squeeze. It comes with a little note book (in paper) that has the colour coded notes to play in order to play the tunes. Unfortunately my little girl managed to chew it off within the first day so we have not been able to play the tunes very well for her. The idea of this toy is good, it is designed to encourage young children to interact in musical activities and begin to make there own tunes, the reality is the legs are too thick for young children to squeeze and definitely to heavy to play with. I think once she gets to an age where she could squeeze the legs she will be too old to want to do it. ****costing**** This was brought for us but having done some research it is on the market for approximately £22.99-£30. This is about average for the size and make of the toy as it is made to a very high standard. Octotunes will last a long time as it is hardly aged, it is as good as new yet we have had it 18months that could be because it is hardly played with though. I am unsure whether you can put it in the washing machine. **** summary***** I have only given this one star as I think I have enjoyed it more than my little girl and I definitely would not recommend this product to anyone as it is surplus to requirement.
Octotunes can be purchased from Amazon for £15.99 (May 2012). I was given Octotunes two years ago when my baby was born and thought it would be a nice toy for him to play with. Octotunes is approximately 34 X 33 X 20cms, is brightly coloured and looks great, he has a cute little face. A multi coloured handle on his head so he can be picked up easily and carried around and cute little tied bits of material running around his neck. He has 8 tentacles which when squeezed make a different musical note and you can apparently, though I have never mastered it, can play the beginning of Twinkle Twinkle little Star. He is suitable from birth up to 2 years old, though I'm sure older children would love to play with him. Octotunes is designed to encourage your child to become a music maestro at an early age, by stimulating their senses and encouraging them to play tunes. My son has enjoyed playing with Octotunes since he was few months old, at first he would feel it and try putting the tentacles in his mouth and then he would try picking it up, it is quite heavy though and also quite big, so it is not the easiest toy to carry around, it does make a good doorstop though! The tentacles are quite difficult to get a tune out of at first, as you need a bit of strength to squeeze them, overall my son, now 2 years old, still plays with Octotunes on occasion, I personally think that it is a bit advanced and that he will not be able to get a decent tune out of it until he is 3-4, therefore I would give Octotunes 3 stars. It looks great and is fun to play with; however, it is heavy and quite cumbersome.
My daughter is starting to get a little tired of some of her very babyish toys and certainly doesn't spend as much time playing with her teethers etc as she used to. She is much more into the all singing all dancing toys at the moment, however I felt that I wanted her to have something durable that didn't require batteries and would be of interest as she grows. Since I am a big fan of the Lamaze range of toys I had a look on Amazon, which was where I first seen this toy the Lamaze Octotunes, which is essentially a large octopus soft toy that creates tunes with its feet. This isn't a cheap toy, costing around £16 on amazon, but unlike some of the battery driven toys, I think this will be the kind of toy that will last more than one child and could be put away in the attic for any future grandchildren (!) and so is therefore worth its money in my opinion. What initially caught my attention with this toy was that it looked very very cute, with its big eyes, happy smile and colourful legs. The material of the toy has also been given a vanilla scent which is meant to relax the child. I can't really say I have noticed whether this has worked or not with my daughter, but since I like the smell of vanilla it is lovely to smell. Like a real octopus this Octotunes soft toy has eight legs/tentacles. Each tentacle is a brightly coloured with various patterns and textures for baby to chew on or feel. The key attraction of this toy however is the fact that each tentacle plays a different musical note when it is squeezed. With all these different notes, you can actually play a tune just by squeezing the legs, such as frere jacquez or twinkle twinkle. My daughter absolutely loves hearing the tentacles being pressed. At almost 8 months she is unable to press the legs herself, although she does like to feel the legs and loves me or her daddy playing a tune of them. There is one downside to this product and it is the size of it. It is not a toy that is easily carried around as it is heavy for a child to carry and too difficult to move easily as a child plays. I do think my daughter finds this a little frustrating as she is at the stage of picking things up and throwing them down only to do the same thing seconds later. Obviously she cannot do that with this toy, so sometimes she gets bored quickly. However, the funny thing is, is that she could be happily playing with one of her other toys and suddenly with Octotunes appears she drops everything to try and play with this toy, and she instantly lights up! All in all, I do think this is a super toy. Although it is big and heavy for a child, it is very attractive and colourful catching the eye of a baby with its patterned tentacles, and when they are pressed to play tunes together, this is great for making my little girl smile and I do think it will be much more durable than some battery operated toys. Another great product from Lamaze.