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A very hungry caterpillar
This toy was a gift to my son when he was born and, now he has turned six months, I am happy to say he is starting to take a real interest in it.
To anyone who is familiar with the book The Hungry Caterpillar, this toy will be instantly recognisable as it is very faithful to the illustrations in the book. It is a soft toy probably around a foot long and it is visually very interesting with a lot going on and a range of fun colours.
A red face
The caterpillar has a red face with two sticky up antennae, then his body is in five squashy sections. His tail is a hard rubber material which is textured. It is quite an unusual and quirky looking toy - as are the illustrations in the original book - so this definitely stands out amongst other toys.
The great thing about this toy is that it includes all the different things that babies like. It has different fabrics and textures, so it is very touchy-feely. One section of the body has labels on it, which many babies love fiddling with. There is also a plastic ring with three large beads on it to play with and on the central section of the body is a strawberry that squeaks when you squeeze it. The rubber tail can act as a teething aid as it has a nice ribbed effect. And if you give the caterpillar a shake it rattles nicely too.
This toy also has a fabric section at the top that attaches to a sturdy plastic hook, and I have used this to attach it to the side of his cot. It looks bright and colourful hanging there.
This toy is really fun and stimulating for young babies and my son really likes looking at it and exploring the different sections and textures. There is a lot going on here and I think this keeps him interested. However I am not sure how long this will keep him interested - but even once he stops playing with it, it will still look lovely hanging in his room.
Price and availability
This toy seems to be quite widely available, and can currently be bought on amazon for about £10.99. However you may be able to find it cheaper and I would say about £10-12 is a fair price for this fun and unusual baby toy. I would definitely recommend this as a good present for a new baby.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of our favourite books in our house. We know the story off by heart and read it just about every day. I think there are so many different learning aspects in it, from counting, to learning about different foods, the days of the week, what caterpillars turn into, etc, its a very very good book and lots of fun. There are numerous toys you can get in conjunction with this book and one of the ones we have is this developmental toy.
The toy is basically a big long caterpillar. The caterpillar toy is in a long line, stretched out like a caterpillar and the different sections that look just like a regular caterpillar. Each of the different caterpillar section have a different pattern, design or educational value to them. The book and story about the caterpillar is definitely very interwoven into this toy which I love as it really brings the book to life. For example we start out with the caterpillars face which looks exactly like the caterpillar in the book. I think this helps my kids to recognise that it is the caterpillar from the book and they like playing with him because of this. Then the middle section of the caterpillars body has a big fat juicy strawberry on it which is what he ate on Thursday when he chewed through four of the pieces of fruit. The strawberry is nicely stitched onto the caterpillar and looks really nice and red.
Some of the other sections of the caterpillar have little Taggies on then, these are little swabs of fabric, made to look like a tag that attracts a baby's attention and gives them something to focus on and play with. What I like about these taggies is that they have the different foods on them that the caterpillar ate on Saturday, his big pig out day when he ate one piece of chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake and one slice of watermelon . THis is one of the ways in which the book is brought into the toy and I think its a lovely way to decorate the caterpillar and to teach kids about different foods.
The caterpillar itself is made of a plush material and looks very cute. He has little feet underneath him and his tail is plastic and a bit of a chew toy with some woven textured lines on. This is the portion my little boy really likes to get in his mouth and chew. What I also like about this toy is that it has a hook on it so you can hang it onto a play gym or on a car seat or pushchair bar to keep your little one entertained. The tag is a big letter C which I think is a cute way of doing it.
This is a lovely toy, very educational and great if you love The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
My son Dexter is now three months old and has recently started to hold toys, to notice different shapes and to enjoy feeling different textures. So last week, when we were away on holiday, we visited a shop in Scarborough where I bought him a Very Hungry Caterpillar toy. I have loved the Eric Carle book since I was a child in the 1970s and am happy to have toys associated with such a fun, classic book.
It is a Rainbow Designs Very Hungry Caterpillar Developmental Toy and is available from Amazon for £14.99 though I think we paid £11 for it in the shop, so look around for the best price. It is a long toy, one that fits nicely across a baby's lap when they are in the car seat or in a bouncy chair. It has a large rubbery hook on the top, which is great for hooking onto a bouncy chair or a buggy and it is in the shape of a cute green caterpillar, keeping in with the theme.
The toy itself is really pretty. The caterpillar is a wonderful mix of colours and textures; it is bright, fun and interesting. The familiar face is red and crinkly to feel and it has a stitched in eyes and nose. There are purple sparkly antennae on top of the head. The caterpillar's body is in five segments and each one has its own look, texture and little thing it does. They are all crinkly to touch and the middle segment has a strawberry which squeaks when you press it. There are taggies on two segments - little silky bits of material with pictures on.
One segment has a ring round it with beads on, which are great for little fingers to explore and the last part of the caterpillar is ideal for teething on, as it is rubbery and has different textures on both sides. There are six little feet underneath which are brightly coloured and soft to touch.
This is definitely a toy I would recommend as there is so much to discover. It is great value for money, beautiful to look at and well worth the money. But of course, the most important thing in buying a toy is whether the child likes it. Well, Dexter loves it and especially enjoys grabbing it and seeing what happens, as well as chewing on the teething end. He smiles when he sees it and even falls asleep holding bits of it sometimes. I think of it as a wide awake toy though, rather than a sleeping one, as it is quite big and heavier than a cuddly toy. However, Dexter is really getting used to feeling and touching toys and loves discovering the new textures of this toy and finding out what noises each part of the caterpillar makes.
It can be washed in cold water, but I usually use a sponge to wipe any dribble off. So far, the colours and textures have remained just as bright as they were. Overall, it is a wonderful toy, suitable from birth and one I would recommend anyone to buy for a young child. As they grow, they will find more and more things to discover about it and any toy which combines fun with learning has to be a winner.
Now my grandson has been born (Yippee!!!) I couldn't wait to give him some of the items that I had been buying up to his birth. Now knowing that his mum loved the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar I looked out for something in that line.
Now I was very surprised to see how much there was around on the internet, going to one of my favourite sites Amazon I discovered this developmental toy which looked fun. So I ordered this and waited for the delivery ( I also ordered the board book as well). So I will be writing this review from someone who was looking for a gift to give rather than how long it lasted or how much the baby played with it that I will have to update in a few months time!.
I certainly wasn't disappointed when it turned up ( apart from it just being in a plastic bag rather than in a fancy package, but I was expecting this as this has happened with several other things that I had ordered from this site!), looking very colourful indeed this was sure to catch any baby's eye from a very young age.
Measuring 30.5 centimetres in length, 12.7 centimetres in height and 7.6 centimetres wide, it was just the right size for a baby to hold and grab hold off. Starting at the top with the large green plastic clip that is in the shape of a "C" (which when looking closer is in fact a caterpillar) which makes it handy to be able to hang from a cot or buggy without it getting lost. With the words Eric Carle written beneath this (this being the name of the author of this wonderful book). Next there is a colourful strip that attaches itself to the actual caterpillar.
Starting at the back there is a hard plastic round disc that it perfect for teething on and helping them to cut their teeth threw. We then move onto the rest of the caterpillar as this consists of six individual parts to make the rest of the body. With each section being made from different textures that feel very soft, some that feel crinkly to the touch and one part that has a big strawberry on the side that when pushed in makes a squeaky sound. There are also some beads on a ring that goes round the body, when coming to the head which has the most marvellous face on this has to long antenna's that stick up in the air which I'm sure any baby will enjoy sucking on. With little tags that hang of the side with pictures of different items for example "apples, ice creams, stars ect" which babies can grab hold of.
With it's six little feet on the bottom this makes a lovely toy for any new baby be it girl or boy as this is suitable from birth. My Daughter in law fell love with this straight away and hung it up for the baby to see, I'm sure he was looking at it even at that young age!.
So I'm sure this toy will get a lot use out of it and will be gnawed to bits in the months to come, this looked very good quality and I felt safe in giving this to my beautiful new grandson. I have bought several Rainbow Designs toys and have been very impressed with their standards of quality. I felt that the price of £8.85 was a good price indeed, as since buying this I have seen some copies of similiar items that are by no means up to this standard and cost a lot more.
I was very excited when looking for something else to go with the items that I had bought in the Very Hungry Caterpillar range, when I found in Sainsbury's a babygro in white with the "Very Hungry Caterpillar" embroidered across the front with a matching hat, this finished the present off perfect!.
So I will give this toy 5 Dooyoo Stars for the quality and eye catching colours!