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      24.02.2014 14:25

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      Great alternative to a chocolate easter gift

      This is plastic egg box filled with 6 white eggs. Underneath each egg is a raised shape meaning it will only fit in the correct part of the box. Each egg opens to reveal a different colour. The inside of the egg can be pressed to hear a squeaking noise. These have been so popular with my children that I have bought around 10 sets as Easter gifts for friends' children. Great from around 10 months up until 3 years. This works on a number of levels. From an early age, a child can enjoy pressing the eggs to hear the squeak, then they enjoy putting the egg shells together. Then they can learn to match up the colours with the correct egg top and then also as a shape sorter. No small parts so ideal for babies. This is a well-made toy which can cope with being thrown and dropped and the print on the eggs has not come off yet despite quite a bit of chewing. Would highly recommend this as a lovely Easter gift (or any time of the year) and makes a great alternative to a chocolate egg. Buy early as one year I found it difficult to get these at Easter (and I'm sure the price was inflated).

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      cute!

      I thought it was about time another of Baby Hope's Christmas presents was reviewed and present better to write a review on than the one that she plays with constantly. These very simple plastic eggs are now a firm favourite of hers (and mine!) and entertain her for hours at a time!

      What are they?

      They are six plastic eggs which slot onto an 'egg box' and break apart. Inside each egg is a colourful chick which squeaks when pressed down. At the bottom of the egg is a shape which slots into the egg box in the hole which has the corresponding shape too.

      What do they look like?

      At first glance when all eggs are in the box and it is closed it looks like the box you might expect to open up to see your soggy old kebab or portion of chips in! it's only when you get closer that you see the box is actually plastic! Once inside the box are the six eggs all lined up like you'd expect to see eggs in the supermarket except these eggs aren't a creamy brown colour with speckles, no, these eggs are white with blue faces printed on them.

      When you look closely you can see that the eggs are cracked in a jig-jagged fashion. When you pull the top off inside are the chicks that are not very chick like! They are green, blue or orange with crazy eyes drawn on them. These eyes match the shell of the egg so it's a little game for your baby to try to match them up although even I find this difficult at times so it is for the slightly older baby!

      The bottom of the shell has a shape cut out- a square, oval, heart, cross etc which slots into the egg box. This shape is the same colour as the shell, perhaps it would have been a bit better to have had the shape coloured in too to make it more appealing.

      Practicalness

      All baby toys should be practical as far as I'm concerned yet so many of them aren't. We have so many toys that say suitable from 6 months plus yet Baby Hope at nearly a year old isn't able to press the buttons or pick them up! This toy, however, is completely practical for her.

      For a start the eggs are small but not too small! They are the size of chicken eggs so they're ideal for little hands to be able to pick up and have a good inspection or chew on!

      They're also very easy to use- the chick doesn't have to be pressed down hard for it to make the cheaping noise instead just a gentle press creates this. Sometimes Hope is able to do this without even trying to which is always very satifying for her!

      The noise isn't a loud one either. I'm being slowly driven mad by beeping toys, screeching toys and all other kinds of noises that manufacturers think that babies must like! These eggs just tweet very quietly, often I don't even hear them which is just fine by me!

      Because they are made from plastic they are very baby friendly, they are able to chew on them and throw them around without you having to worry about cleaning them or them being damanged. Baby Hope likes to throw hers all over the place and they're still completely in tact!

      The only aspect of this toy which isn't very practical is the box. For some reason Hope loves to play with this and bashes it like a drum! however once it's closed she can't open it again and this can annoy her! Also it does close quite easily and there have been times that she has nearly trapped her fingers in it.


      Education

      This toy helps to develop hand-eye co=ordination as babies need to concentrate on how to pick them up from their little slots and then figure out how to put them back or how to take them apart.

      This toy is educational for several reasons one being the learning of shapes which are on the bottom of each egg. Another being the ability to work out how to put the eggs back into the correct space. Another being how to make the chick tweet, how to pull the egg apart and then finally how to match the eyes up of the chick with the shell. It's certainly got more to it than first meets the eye I have noticed!

      My opinion

      This toy cost us £8 and it is worth every penny. I sit Hope on the floor whilst I have my dinner and she will quite happily sit and play with the eggs for a good while. She will get each one out of the box and study them in turn before throwing them around the room! Some of the other toys that she has she wont entertain for very long but this one really does keep her captivated and gives me chance to continue with some things without having to be playing with her.

      I like that they are so simple yet have several aspects to them. I remember seeing these eggs years ago when my cousin was a baby and they're definitely still holding their own, they're brilliant little toys which I really recommend.

      below is a picture of HOpe with one of her eggs!

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        01.02.2014 21:08
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        alright eggs!

        This is yet another toy which my daughter was bought for her first Christmas. She was bought all sorts of items and this is one which I think is really worth the money as it does so much.

        What do they do?

        These are toy eggs which are designed to look like a set off eggs that you may buy from the supermarket. They slot into the spaces in the egg box and each has a unique shape underneath so that they only slot into one space.

        The fact that they have the shape underneath makes this toy as shape sorter toy too. It teaches your child about the different shapes and also about visual awareness- how only certain shapes can fit the mould.

        Each egg breaks into two revealing a coloured chick inside. The colours of the chicks are green, orange and blue. These chicks then tweet when you push them down a little. This is probably the most irritating aspect of this toy. The tweet is very high pitched and although it's not loud is it at a level which catches your attention and isn't the most pleasant of noises!

        When putting the shell back together the jagged edges have to match up to be able to slot together properly. This element of the toy means that babies learn about spacial awareness and concentration as they learn how to align the countours of the shell.

        Each shell has a face marked on with different eyes- a winking eye, boggly eyes, eyes with glasses etc. These eyes match the eyes that are on the chick inside. This is another task for the baby- to pick out the matching shell for whichever chick it is depending upon the eyes.

        The egg box itself is a bit awkward to open, my baby certainly can't open it by herself yet although she is only 10 months old. I also worry that she can close it very easily and may trap her fingers so I wont let her play with these unattended just to be on the safe side.


        Baby friendly
        This toy is very baby friendly as they are not hard at all to pick up and pull apart. They slot into the box easily but not a tight fit so it is possible for little hands to pull them up and get them out. The shell breaking apart is also very simple for babies to master and although Baby B hasn't understood how to do it yet, the tweeting noise isn't difficult to do either as it just involves pushing lightly on the chick.
        The eggs may not look exciting as they're just white with blue faces on but I think that this makes them very good for babies. Babies don't have a good range of colour so contrasting colours are good for them to be able to focus on so the blue against the white is a useful mix of colours. The colours of the chicks are bright in colour which is eye catching for babies.

        These toys are easy to clean. Babies are forever experimenting with things by putting them in their mouths and feeling them with their gums so a lot of baby toys can easily get grubby and chewed. These toys though are easy to clean as they are plastic so a quick wipe down with a baby wipe or some hot and soapy water will suffice. They are also less likely to get teeth marks in as they are hard plastic.


        Baby B's opinion

        Baby B enjoys playing with these eggs. She doesn't understand how to tweet them herself yet but she does enjoy pulling them out of the box and admiring each one in turn. She also quite likes throwing them across the floor and watching them roll away from her!

        She is intrigued by each one and has played happily with them for a good half an hour at a time.

        I think that this is a great little toy, they're easy to store as you can put them away in the box afterwards so as to ensure not to lose pieces and easy to clean. I always think these two things are important in children's toys.

        These cost approximately £12 depending upon where you get them from. This one was bought from an independent toy shop but I have seen them in various other places including Amazon. Definitely worth it.

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        13.01.2014 23:36
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        Good toy for little young hands

        Two young children mean I have a house full of toys. Some loved, some not so, some forgotten. With my daughter a lot of things I bought were things that caught my eye but they had to be affordable. This item did such a thing. I bought it from Amazon nearly 2 years ago for just under £4.00.



        Why did I buy this?

        My daughter being the second child meant that I deliberately bought toys that my son never had. Having a 2 year gap between these two meant she inherited a lot of his baby/toddler toys, so I needed to buy things that I thought she would enjoy and potentially( at the time) my son as well.



        What is this?

        A box of toy ' eggs ' that can be used to as a shape sorter, or when each egg is opened, when pushed can make a squeaky sound. A toy designed for young children, starting from the age of 6 months plus.



        How do they look?

        This set comes in a bright yellow box that is designed to look just like a traditional egg box. Length 6.5 inches, width 4.5 inches and height 3 inches. On top of the lid you have the ' TOMY ' logo on it. The box itself is hinged, very solid in structure. To open, you push a small protruding lip at the front which releases the lid then ready for use.

        Inside, there are six eggs ( each just under 2.5 inches in height ), each one sat in their own hole as a normal eggs would. Each egg is plastic, white in colour with a small little face on the front. Around the middle of each egg, you can see there is a zig zagged join, and when pulled apart, effectively you've ' cracked the egg. Leaving a shell that comes away from the top exposing the inside. The inside of each egg reveas a little face. I say face, but it appears to me more like eyebrows, cheeks and a nose. Acouple of them have eyes. Each inside is a different colour-orange, green, blue, yellow, pink and purple. On the bottom of each egg there are different shapes in the actual shell- circle, square, triangle, heart, star and a plus sign ( sorry-don't know the official word for that shape! ). When you take the eggs out and look at where they're placed in the box, you can see a clear impression of each shape in each hole. This can also be seen when you turn the box over very clearly. So it's a case of matching up the correct shape on the bottom of the egg, with the correct shape in the egg box.

        When the eggs don't have their top shells on, they can be pressed down to make a squeaking noise. This noise can't be made when the top is on.



        What type of play does it provide?

        It's a great way to help children recognise shapes in the form of shape sorting. It also helps young children develop hand and eye coordination, and I find when watching my children with this, it provides them with a physical and mental task that requires quite precise and small hand movements to complete.



        How do the kids find it?

        Different results at different ages with my daughter:

        6 months old-When I first bought this for my daughter, she wasn't even 1 years old and had no interest in it what so ever. Not really that surprised, as at that age she required a lot of help to use it in regards to opening the box, closing it, matching the shapes up etc. My son, who was over 2 at the time, made more use of this, but at that stage it wasn't really a toy that would hold his attention as he had others to play with.

        1 year old- Fast forward afew months and my daughter got alittle older, she found the look, feel and shape of the eggs the most interesting. The squeaking entertained her the most as she couldn't quite figure out how it made that sound, and the bright colours caught her eye.

        2 years and 6 months- This toy had been relegated in one of the many toy boxes in our house, and has recently just been brought out. I did this because my daughter is doing quite well with her colours, counting and generally her hand and eye coordination should enable her to play with this with some confidence. What I've discovered is she can close the box, but can't open it. Constant screams of ' Mummy, I can't do it! ' means I have to go running to her to assist. Once it's opened, she spends half the time taking the tops of the eggs off and putting them on repetitively, pushing them to make the sounds and rolling them around on the floor. Not quite what I was hoping for but she still has fun with it. I've seen her trying to put the eggs in specific holes, and getting alittle frustrated with it when they don't sit completely flush. I've recently discovered that when she's bored with the eggs, she uses the box to put all kinds of weird and wonderful things she picks up around the house, and constantly uses this in pretend play e.g she's cooked me a cake in it, it's her new bag - do I want to take out a present? Once she's had a play and bored with it, her big bro comes along, and despite the fact this is something he could complete probably with his eyes shut ( or should I say with one eye open ), he enjoys using it too.

        Not my little girls favourite toy nor does it hold her attention for a long period, but keeps her quiet (ish ) for a few seconds.



        What do I think of this?

        It's a good little toy that was very inexpensive. Great bright and bold colouring, and a lot of thought was put into the concept and design of this. It looks appealing, it looks child like and it looks fun.

        An unusual and interesting shape sorter that's very different to the norm, and personally I can see how this sparks the imagination of children. Good layout, perfect size and chunky in shape for little hands to be able to play and use easily. Not heavy or uncomfortable to hold.

        Very well made. The box itself and the eggs are of a good quality. Very sturdy and robust. I think though it's a shame the box hasn't been that easy to open for my daughter, but not a huge issue as she doesn't constantly play with it.

        The only issue I have is about how easy it is to lose the tops of these. If these have been played with in our house, I can promise you you will find the bottom of the egg in someone's shoe, the top underneath the chair, some being thrown in the cupboard etc. It would've been nice if there was a way the two elements could be held more securely together when not in use or not contained in the box.

        Despite my child being a fussy little madam, this still is a fun toy to own.


        Would I buy this again? Yes I would. It's affordable, not too big so easy to store away, fun and has an educational side to it even if basic.

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          05.01.2014 14:48
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          An egg-cellent set - highly recommended!

          My daughter is 18 months old and still loves toys that are a nice size for her to pick up and walk around with in both hands. For that reason, a couple of months ago I purchased the Tomy Hide 'n' Squeak Eggs because I had read lots of good reports about them on Dooyoo. They were purchased from Amazon for about £5.30 but I have also seen them available in John Lewis, Tesco and Babies R Us. Although all the reports were great, I still wasn't expecting too much with them costing so little. When they arrived though I was amazed at their quality - they are fantastic and something that I am in no doubt would have cost more if they'd been manufactured by some of the other branded toy companies which I feel are sometimes come with over inflated prices.

          They come in a yellow plastic egg box which really made me laugh when I first saw it - it just looks so cute and funny! It opens at the front in the same way in that a real egg box would. At first I felt that may be too awkward for her to work out but she seemed to get the hang of it quite quickly. Then inside, we find six plastic eggs.

          The eggs can provide so much fun and help with so many educational activities. Although the recommended age of the eggs is from 12 months and upwards, I feel that they are just as suitable (if not more so) to my daughter's age of 18 months. I can also see them being entertaining and played with for a long time to come because they offer so much. They are one of the first toys that she'll run to in the toy box and often chooses these long before some of the much more expensive and bigger toys she has! The eggs offer:

          Learning Colours: Although the eggs are all white from the outside, they all have different colours inside them so can really help with colour recognition. For example, I often ask her to pick up the pink egg and she'll go to the eggs and look at them all; you can see her studying them. We don't always get the right one, but that will come with time as she learns the colours. They are a great toy to really help to make her understand the difference between them.

          Shapes: The eggs act as a mini shape sorter as underneath each of the six plastic shells, we find a different shape on the bottom - some are simply squares and circles and some are more complicated hearts and crosses. These slot perfectly into their corresponding space in the egg box. She has started to place them in correctly, although she does often find the eggs far too interesting on their own to finish off the sorting - before she's finished, she'll often pick them up and start walking about with them.

          Co-ordination: The eggs each split in the middle with a zig zag join (a bit like an egg would look like when broken on a cartoon). She can sit for ages holding one of the eggs and popping the top part onto the corresponding bottom part correctly, managing to join up the two pieces so they match up. She really studies each piece and you can see the concentration on her face. The egg box itself can also provide some help with co-ordination in terms of opening and closing the box and fastening it shut. I do find though that once the box is open, she doesn't tend to shut it back closed too often as she finds the eggs inside too interesting.

          Noises: Inside each egg is a coloured dome shaped insert that squeaks when pressed down. This is attached to the bottom part of each egg. The squeak is ok but it isn't all that loud. I suppose that is good in a way as it's quite a quiet toy! She will sometimes press them down to make the noise but she doesn't do it as much as I expected her to. When she does press them down though, she continues doing so for a while! She also likes to make more noise from them whenever she does end up shutting the box by shaking it about so she can hear the rattle of the egg parts inside.

          Conclusion
          These eggs can provide hours of entertainment and for such a low price, I have nothing but good to say about them. They have been a fantastic buy, much more so than some big toys we've spent lots on and don't tend to get played with as much. They seem to be a favourite and one that she spends time with for ages. She can play with each egg independently but also play with them together in conjunction with the box. They are great for learning all sorts of things and I feel they are very educational. I cannot recommend them highly enough - the full five stars from us!

          Thanks for reading :o)

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            30.12.2013 16:21
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            multi functioning toy for a wide age range

            Got these for my seven Month old after hearing great reviews. The six eggs come in a hard yellow plastic egg box. Each egg has a shell hat that comes off to reveal six different coloured chicks inside. Each chick squeaks as you push it down in the shell. The bottom of the shell has a different shape which fits into the matching shape in the bottom of the egg box.

            My seven month old enjoys holding the eggs and munching on the chick, she also enjoys the squeak when someone does it for her. As she gets older I'm sure they will help her learn her co!ours, shapes and improve her hand eye coordination.

            My two and a half year old also loves this, which was unexpected. He finds the latch on the egg box quite difficult to open (you have to pull it out a little and lift it at the same time) He mainly likes cracking open the eggs and matching the shapes together. He already knows his shapes and colours but it is good for reinforcing them and its a nice little puzzle to get the shapes the right way round and fit them in correctly in the box. He also likes the little faces on the outside of the shell.

            I look forward to my youngest getting a bit bigger and enjoying the eggs to their full potential, although it does state for 12 months she is enjoying them at her younger age too.

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            24.11.2013 12:40
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            Excellent simple toy

            I picked these up in Kiddicare about a year ago now, for £4. My sons cheapest presents seems to be his favourite! He is fascinated with these eggs.

            This toy is a plastic yellow egg box, which is exactly the same size and shape as an actual 6 egg box. The box is opened by a little clip which my son can't undo yet at 18 months old, it is a bit fiddly for him so I have to help him. Inside is 6 white eggs and each egg shell comes off the top half to reveal a chick inside each one.

            Each chick is a different colour, which are bright and attractive. When you press the chicks down they squeak, but this sounds nothing like a chick squeak to me. The sound doesn't really interest my son, he never copies me when I do it. He just loves playing with them, taking them out the box and putting them back in again. He cannot put them back in perfectly yet, as on the bottom of each egg is also a shape, and you have to match the shape on the bottom of the egg to the matching shape in the egg box for them to fit in properly,

            Each egg shell top also has a different face on it too. This is such a simple toy but with some nice little extras that I am sure my son will love in the future such as the shape sorters on the bottom of the eggs but for now, he just loves putting the eggs shells together and putting them in and out of the box. My son plays with these on his knee for ages, they keep him occupied and he looks like he is really concentrating putting the eggs back together again, for £4 this toy was a bargain considering how much it is played with! Highly recommended!

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              08.10.2013 19:53

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              A great inexpensive toy for toddlers

              I had heard good things about this toy but having had a quick look in the toy shop I couldn't really see what all the fuss was about. However, my son was given a set of hide and squeak eggs as part of a Christmas present when he was a year and a half old.

              The toy consists of a yellow plastic tray that looks just like a box of eggs you'd get from the supermarket. The clasp opens pretty easily to reveal six white hard plastic eggs, each with a funny/smiley/silly face printed on. The hide and squeak element comes in as the top half of each egg shell lifts off and inside each one is a different coloured 'egg' that makes a squeaking sound when you push it down. Each egg has a different shape on the bottom, which corresponds to shapes in the box so the toy is also a shape sorter.

              My children have loved these since they were given them and still play with them often, more than a year later. My two year old likes the hiding eggs and the squeaking noises, while my four year old uses them as play food for his kitchen and likes cracking them open.

              Personally, I still don't see the appeal but kids seem to love them. They are very reasonably priced at around £5, don't take up much room in the toy box and aren't annoyingly loud.

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              08.08.2013 10:51
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              So simple yet so great.

              Upon a trip to toys r us a few years ago we came across these tomy hide and squeak eggs. Being only £5 we thought they would be a nice little treat for our boy who was 12months at the time and wouldn't break the bank but still keep him happy for 5 minutes. We brought them there and then and home they came. I see these all the time online and in shops for sale for around the £4/£8 mark 4 years after we bought it so they must be popular.

              The toy came in a cardboard box and a little bit of plastic wrapping on the inside which was great as there were non of them silly twisty ties or screw drivers needed to get it out of the box. I handed the toy to my son and opened it up for him. The yellow box which holds the eggs is shaped like a traditional egg box. There are 6 eggs on the inside the box, each one with a different colour chick on the inside. They each have a little egg shaped lid and also a different shape (heart, square, star etc) on the bottom of where they sit in the box. Not forgetting mine and my sons favorite feature, the squeak when the chicks are pushed down.

              Being only 12 months at the time he wasn't really able to play with this on his own so i sat with him a while and showed him what to do and how it worked. The box says for 12 months and up and i would fully agree with this. He wasn't yet able to put the right shaped eggs in the holes but enjoy putting the tops off and on and also loved the squeak.

              My little angel is now 4 and a half and him and his younger brother have a set each as 1 was brought as a gift and because they are so good and cute i cant bring myself to get rid of one. My youngest son is 2 and still enjoys putting the right shapes in the holes and its also a great toy for teaching him about his shapes and colours. The boys have a toy kitchen too and the eggs are often used in making all sorts of concoctions in there.

              There isn't anything fancy to this toy and i think that's what makes it so great, it doesn't take batteries and make silly amounts of noise. Its so simple but has so much play value and is still going strong after nearly 4 years of play.

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                Cheap, classic, fun yet eductional toy

                It's amazing how some toys endure through the decades while others fall by the wayside. The Tomy Hide ans Squeak Eggs have been around for as long as I can remember, my much older, now grown up children having hours of educational fun playing with their set. If I'm perfectly honest, I'd forgotten all about these eggs until three year old Freddy discovered and fell in love with them during an occupational therapy session. After rediscovering these squeaky eggs and realising how much Freddy enjoyed playing with them (along with just how much potential they have for aiding his development), I decided to take a look on Amazon and buy him his very own set. Rather surprisingly, in an age of high inflation, the price of these eggs has changed very little in the last twenty odd years, coming in at around the £5 mark, which makes them an excellent stocking filler or pocket money toy.

                Along with the price, the actual design of this toy really doesn't seem to have changed in the years since my older children owned it. Within a simple cardboard sleeve (kudos to Tomy for no excess packaging or silly plastic ties), you are presented with a bright yellow, plastic egg box which opens to reveal six eggs. Each of the eggs has a lid which is decorated with a different silly/funny face and lifts off to reveal a coloured chick which squeaks when pressed. The bottom of each egg features a different shape and these then fit into the corresponding slot in the base of the egg box. The entire set is made of tough, durable plastic that is easy to wipe clean but also means that they can cause damage or injury if thrown.

                Although this box of eggs has a recommended minimum age of 12 months, Freddy was a couple of months over three with a developmental age of about two when he received them, which I would suggest is the perfect level to make the most of them. While younger children may enjoy playing with the eggs, they will also probably find several aspects somewhat frustrating. For Freddy the most frustrating part of this toy is how difficult it is to open the box itself. While the clasp does hold the box securely closed even when shaken or dropped, it is very difficult for little hands to manipulate as it take quite a high degree of hand-eye coordination/dexterity. It certainly takes a greater level of skill than I've known any year old baby to possess and the fact that I need to open the box for Freddy so many times a day does mean that I will be deducting a star for the frustration factor.

                While Freddy will play with these eggs on his own (after the box has been opened of course) and enjoys lifting the top half of the shells off to reveal the squeaky chicks, it is when we play together that he has the most fun and uses them to their fullest potential. These eggs really do provide a myriad of opportunities to help your child's development while having fun, there really is no wonder that Freddy's occupational therapist uses them.

                The first way that we play with these is to look at the funny faces on the removable top shells. One of Freddy's difficulties is social interaction and he has problems interpreting emotions and facial expressions. While there are more "happy" faces than any other we do talk about the different faces and I ask Freddy to help me find the "sleepy", "smiley" and what we've decided is the "sneezy" face along with "happy". To begin with he struggled with this concept, but with practise he has improved and has even started to use the word happy in an appropriate manner.

                These eggs are also great for practising naming and matching colours, especially as they include some less conventional colours. Freddy really enjoys matching the colour of the funny face to the colour of the chick and if I mess them up before handing them to him then the first thing he will do is match them back up. When we play together I will often ask him if he can find a particular colour chick and then if he gets it right we'll make the chick cheep by pressing on it. The chicks are easy to press down to cheep and unlike many toys the sound is at just the right level. It's not so loud as to drown everything out and be annoying but still loud enough to be heard by the child doing the pressing. While Freddy has mastered the primary colours (red/yellow/blue) he is just learning other colours and these eggs have proved a fun way for him to start to learn pink, green, orange and purple.

                The shapes at the bottom of each egg are great for matching, naming, improving fine motor skills and problem solving. Freddy is getting pretty good at naming his shapes and the fact that most of the shapes are of a common variety (square, circle, triangle, heart, star) has helped reinforce this. The only shape he didn't already know was the cross, but he proudly names the other shapes when asked. We also work together at looking at the shapes in the box and then matching shapes ready to put the eggs back. I like how the different shapes means that some of the eggs are very easy to replace (circle) but then they get steadily harder, meaning that Freddy has to think about what he is doing and work out that he may need to turn them. To begin with he did get very frustrated by some of the shapes, especially the heart that has to be placed just so, but this was tempered by how easily he could place others and with some practise he is now proficient at replacing all the eggs and proud of his new found ability. If Freddy was a child with anything more than a very rudimentary imagination, then I would imagine that he would also use the eggs with his kitchen as his brothers and sisters did with theirs, but he hasn't yet worked out that he could do this.

                Although we have only had this set of eggs a relatively short time they do appear to be just as durable as those my older children owned many moons ago. That particular set of eggs survived play by four children over a period of approximately six years with very little damage. Yes the printing on the egg shells and chicks did fade and scratch over time and the hinge on the back of the box eventually snapped, but otherwise they were still fit to be passed on to a family member. With any luck this set will be in good enough condition to pass on to a sibling in a couple of years (especial as there are no stickers for Freddy to pull off and eat).

                Although I do not agree with the recommended minimum age for these eggs and feel the catch is just too tricky for the target audience, I can't help but recommend this simple, classic, fun, educational and yet inexpensive toy for children between the ages of approximately eighteen months to three years (and longer depending on the child's developmental age and ability). At around the £5 mark it represents excellent value for money and would be an excellent stocking filler or off-the-cuff gift, this would also be a fantastic alternative to chocolate at Easter.

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                  We love these

                  These little squeaky eggs remind me of my childhood! I had some when I was younger no idea what happened to them but I couldn't wait to buy some for my own baby! When Millie was about 6 months old I came across some in a shop and just had to buy them. I didn't realise how long they would be loved by her, she is now five and still plays with these eggs!

                  What are they?

                  These are a baby toy essentially but there is no reason they can't be enjoyed by older children albeit in a bit of a different way! They come in a yellow box which is meant to be an egg box but my husband always says it reminds him of a take away box you'd find a kebab in! Inside the egg box are 6 compartments for the 6 eggs but they only fit in one place each! Each egg has a symbol underneath it which fits into a symbol in the compartment and this is where they go. The eggs break apart- the top part has eyes on and these eyes match the little chicks inside. The chicks are brightly coloured, three different colours and if you press them down they give a little squeak which sounds like a baby chicken!


                  Quality

                  These eggs are very good quality which is what you would expect from a brand like Tomy and also because they have been around for many years so they are obviously a big success. The plastic is a firm, robust type which is what you need for such young children as they can easily drop them or sit on the box or be quite heavy handed with them. These eggs have been dropped from a highchair onto stone flooring and have been well and truly loved but they still work and they still look as good as new! Because they're all plastic you can wipe off any marks they get on them. We had one covered in yoghurt and it's perfectly fine now. The squeak is still just the same as it was when we first had them and the box hasn't been crushed or the lid broken so quality wise they are brilliant! Very well designed!


                  Playing with them

                  When Millie first had these she just sat and watched as I showed her what they did and she would smile at the squeaking. She then moved on to pulling the eggs apart herself and studying them. She loved to turn them around in her hand and take in their little details. Eventually she moved from that to squeaking them herself and to trying to put them back into the box. By the time she was about 18 months old she could see that they would only fit in one hole each and she would try to work out which and eventually learnt how to do it. When she was older she began to recognise that the eggs on the shell matched up with the eyes on the chick and would match these too. Now that she is five she uses these in her toy shop and sells them as eggs! I can't believe that at five years old she is still finding a way to play with these, I never thought they would last this long! She definitely has enjoyed playing with them, it's really cute to see how she's gone from just studying them to now using them in imaginative play. I didn't realise they would still entertain her, I thought they were just a baby toy so it's clear to see that they can be enjoyable to play with for a long time.


                  Education

                  These eggs teach much more than I realised. I bought them because I thought they were cute and that she would like them. Now that we've had them for five years I can see how much they can teach a child. They helped Millie to learn to pick things up and take in details and then helped her to recognise different shapes. She was able to recognise shapes from a young age, I'm sure these helped that! She also learnt to develop her hand eye coorindation and she learnt to try and put them in their right places. The basic pushing down on a chick to squeak it was also part of learning motor skills. She progressed to seeing the finer detail and learning about the eyes being different shapes to match up with the chicks. She also learnt about colours as the chicks are blue, green and orange. She now uses them during her imaginative play times so these are helping her again, she talks about how much they cost and beeps them through her pretend till, it's so cute and funny to see her using her imagination but it's all good for her in learning too. Oh and we have used these to count too where we may have all six and then take two away and count how many are left. They really are as educational as you want to make them be!!


                  Conclusion

                  When you look at these eggs you think they're a lovely little toy to play with for a young toddler but actually they are more than that. They will entertain for longer than you realise and they will help your baby to learn and develop important skills. They are very robust as they are still in good condition and remain completely in tact. The little squeak is only quiet so it isn't annoying like so many children's toys that make noises. These are so cute I can see us keeping these forever! We paid £10 for them they are well worth that but I know you can get them for even cheaper so definitely a bargain!!

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                    **The toy**

                    When children are under a year old I find it difficult to find toys to suit them. Flashy lights and music never seem to entertain younger children for long, and these are one of those simple toys that became an instant hit. To be honest when we first purchased these I could never have guessed how popular they would prove to be. They appear to be simple, six plastic eggs in a plastic box. Once you remove the lid you can see the eggs are actually in two parts. By separating the shell you are greeted by a small friendly chick. By pressing the chick in you are rewarded with a squeaking chirp from the chicks. Each of the eggs has a sweet character face winking or smiling and such. This makes them very similar but still different to keep little one interested and can be used to sort the shells later on.

                    The shells are easy to remove and all chicks are in bold colours so little one can match them up correctly. They are the perfect size for small hands to hold, without having to worry about them being small enough to swallow. They are very well made which of course is very important for children who are like to put objects in their mouth. For a toy that I first thought was so simple it really does help to boost fine motor skills, and recognising colours and shapes. They can be wiped down to keep them clean easily, and have lasted my children very well even with regular use. When little one is younger they are simply used for fun, and as they become older and explore different activities fall into place.

                    **In use**

                    What I love about these eggs is they seem to appeal to a wider age range. My daughter who is only 7 months old loves these eggs, and my son who is two and a half also loves them too. They do play with them in different ways but it shows that it grows with little one. When my son first began using them he just enjoyed holding, sucking and throwing the eggs around. He was a year old and was unable to open the box himself, or sort the eggs into the correct place. As he explored the eggs a little more the other activities began to fall into place, but for a long time he was happy with the fun shape and squeaking. He was unable to open the box himself or put them away but they still proved to be very popular.

                    The chicks are bright and attractive and using their facial expressions little one can use this to sort them and put them back together correctly. Then, at the bottom of the shells are shapes to be matched to the corresponding space in the egg box. For example one chick has a cross shape, another has a heart and these need to be matched correctly to the matching shape in the box so they can be stored. The shells are interchangeable so young children can still open and close them without having to match the correct egg shell. This means my older children still find it fascinating to put the eggs in the correct place, and match them up correctly, while my younger children can just explore using their hands.

                    My eldest daughter likes to use these in her supermarket. Although they are not made for this purpose the box and eggs are great for role play. My son received these when he was a year old but my daughter who is 7 months received her own set for Christmas. Although they are recommended for one year plus there is no dangerous parts to hurt her. I always keep an eye on her but they are not small enough for her to swallow, so she does have a good suck on them as she is teething. With her being so young she is not sure how to play with them fully, but she can hold them very easily in her little hands, and sometimes she manages to set the squeakers off. They are perfect for small hands to hold without any trouble, and this makes them a perfect first toy for any child.

                    **Summary**

                    I would highly recommend these eggs as they are simply yet hold little ones attention very well. Different age groups can use them in different ways, and they are fantastic quality. I paid around £5 for the box I purchased and after 18 months they are still in perfect working order. My children really do love them spending lots of time playing with them. They are a great little present for any young child and although they don't seem very interesting to me they are well received. These eggs can be found in toy stores, supermarkets and online very easily and I would highly recommend them. We have purchased a number as present for other children which have been a great success.

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                    A great toy to keep baby amused as they develop

                    A few months ago, when I started to realise my daughter was becoming less and less interested in her teethers and general baby toys, I began to look around for some new toys that weren't too expensive and could be taken on outings or when visiting family. One toy that caught my eye, mostly because of the great reviews I saw online about them were these Tomy Hide and Squeak Eggs which currently costs just under £6 on amazon.

                    Although these are suggested suitable for children from 1 year my daughter was around 7 or 8 months when I got these, and I felt it would be a toy that she could grow into. These eggs come in a yellow box that resembles a normal egg box. Inside are 6 colourful eggs, with the egg attached to the bottom part of the shell which fits into the box, and the top half of the egg shell sitting on top, but which can be removed. On the front of each of the egg shells are various funny faces which match the colour of the egg inside, so they an be used for colour matching when a child is a little bit older.

                    The eggs themselves can be pressed down to make a cheep cheep noise, and my daughter always giggles when I do it. She hasn't ever pressed them in herself, except by accident, but she likes listening to them cheep. The top of the egg shells fit all of the egg bases so you can mix and match eggs.

                    The other feature of this toy is that underneath the bottom of each egg shell there is a shape which fits into the corresponding shape cut out in the bottom of the egg box, so a child needs to match the shapes correctly to be able to put all the eggs properly back into the box, so there is a shape sorting game to this toy as well, meaning that it is a toy that should last a good length of time as the child should grow with the toy.

                    This toy really has a lot going for it. Even at 11 months my daughter gets plenty of enjoyment from listening to the cheep cheep, taking off all the tops of the eggs, banging two egg shells together, and opening and closing the egg box, and I would expect as she gets older, that she will start to take more interest in the shape sorter and matching the colours as well, so it is a toy that is very useful for development, not to mention the important educational elements of shape, counting and colour. The only negative (for me and not my daughter!!) is that she absolutely loves opening up the tops of all the eggs and taking them out of the egg box so it becomes quite a messy toy as when she goes to bed, I start the search for the tops shells to match the bottom shells!

                    All in all, this is a great toy and a great price for one that has so many features as child develops and grows.

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                      An inventive toy with endless potential for different fun and games

                      * Introduction
                      For her first birthday one of the gifts my daughter received was a set of Tomy Hide 'n' Squeak Eggs. This toy is aimed at babies of 12+ months, so would generally be suitable for a first birthday gift. Due to her prematurity, when my Baby was celebrating her first 12 months, she was only 9 months corrected. However, she soon took a shine to this toy with its intriguing shape and deliciously shakeable contents. She is now coming up to 11 months corrected and finds these eggs Most Pleasing. There is scope for the toy to remain interesting as her skills and awareness develop further.

                      * What is the Hide 'n' Squeak Eggs toy?
                      It is a yellow plastic egg box that houses half a dozen plastic eggs. Each egg has a different facial expression drawn in a different colour on each egg. Lift the top half of the white shell and it will part from the base of the egg along a serrated edge revealing a chick within. The chicks are the same colours that have been used to make the faces on the shells. Depress them with a firm push and they emit a squeak. Remove them from the egg box and you discover that the base of each egg has a shape moulded on to it: heart, circle, cross, triangle, square, star. This shape fits snugly into the same shape moulded into the base of the box. This is a well thought out, battery-less toy.

                      * My view
                      The Hide 'n' Squeak Eggs look amusing and facilitate a range of activities. We have yet to do these things but you could: count them, match the colours of shell and chick, describe the faces, use the faces in imaginative games, sort the shapes, play shops, juggle- loads of things. This versatility makes them a really good toy.

                      I am slightly irked by the fact that the eggs housed in the egg box contain squeaking chicks, as opposed to albumen and yolk because to me it seems an illogicality: you don't buy a box of six eggs like this with chicks inside, they are unfertilised and used for cooking and eating. Of course, this doesn't affect play value, it just needles my pedantic side.

                      A downside for an adult is that his set has 13 bits of plastic you will have to pick off the floor at the end of play, until your child is old enough to do it themselves. Moreover, each egg base can then only be housed in one specific slot in the box, so it is a little time consuming. Naturally, this does not concern Baby. I observed her play with them yesterday and this is what I saw:

                      * Baby interaction
                      Baby is sat at a low table. I place the Hide 'n' Squeak Eggs in their closed box in front of her. Baby clasps the box and moves it around. She tries to open it, but cannot. The catch is too stiff and tricky. She pouts and whinges, but then turns the box over and is fleetingly distracted by the shapes moulded underneath. She bats the box and her forehead wrinkles, so I open the catch on the egg box. The box is opened in a flurry and a tiny hand swipes across the eggs with a resultant clanking and rattling. A shell top flicks up and off and lands, spinning, on the table in front of Baby.

                      Arms raised upwards and outwards Baby is still. Mesmerised. As the shell ceases twirling and falls on its side Baby is released back into motion. More swipes. The eggs bounce in the box and out of the box...clatter, clatter, clatter! Delight! One chick, minus its shell sits firm. It is grasped firmly and moved to Baby's mouth. Licked. Discarded!

                      Only the box now remains. Open! Shut! Open! Shut! Open! Shut! Then it too is sent skyward. The table is clear, but for one chick and two shells, the rest strewn around the room in a haphazard, would-be semi-circle.

                      Baby leans forward and speaks. "Ah nar nar! Ma ma ma. Nar ma nar ma". Her mouth forms an 'O'. A heavy sigh. Raspberry.

                      I place the remaining chick in front of her, and then the two remaining shells. She picks up the chick. Presses him so he squeaks. Discards. I return him to the table.
                      She picks him back up in one hand and holds him aloft with the air of one who has a solution to a pressing issue. She picks up a shell in the other hand and in one perfect motion slots the two serrated edges together. She moves her gaze to me and we both stare in wonder at this magical thing. The shell and chick parting company once more Baby raises both arms in celebration. I raise mine in solidarity. Then she smiles and claps.

                      And I don't mind that I have 13 pieces of plastic to tidy away anymore.

                      * Price and availability

                      The Hide 'n' Squeak Eggs are available from Tomy's own website for £6.99.
                      They can also be purchased from Amazon.co.uk from a range of sellers and are generally priced around £6.

                      Thanks for reading!

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                        Great developmental toy that will last for years

                        These were given to my son for Christmas when he was 6 months old and he has had loads of fun playing with them. You can purchase then from Amazon for £5.00 (July 2012).

                        The toy comprises of a yellow plastic egg box and inside are 6 eggs. Each egg contains a brightly coloured chick that cheeps if you press or shake it. Each egg had been cracked so you lift the lid to reveal the chick, each chick has a face all of which are different, one smiles another looks surprised, they are also different colours, each egg shell also has different face in a different colour. Each egg is also a different colour. This all sounds a bit complicated now, but essentially the game is designed as a mix and match sorting toy, but all the bits are interchangeable apart from the bottom of each egg as they each have a different shape which then fits in to a particular bit of the egg box, they include a heart, triangle, cross, circle, square and rectangle. The toy is suitable form birth.

                        My son has always enjoyed playing with the eggs, though has yet to master it completely. I would say that the toy has a long life span as it provides numerous ways of playing with it and it also encourages dexterity, improves shape recognition and best of all it all tidies away neatly into the egg box.

                        The plastic is very durable and easy to wipe clean, The only down side to the toy is that it has quite a few pieces and I am forever collecting them up and putting them back together only to discover that my son has got them out to play with again. Also the egg box catch can be a bit stiff and my son sometimes struggles to get the eggs out of the box.

                        Overall I would recommend this toy to others as it well priced, great fun to play with and will last a long time.

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                      ‘Crack’ them open to reveal the brightly coloured press-and-cheep chicks. It’s also a shape sorting game matching egg bases to the right shaped hole in the box.