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Tomy Hide 'n' Squeak Eggs
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Tomy Hide 'n' Squeak Eggs
Advantages: Versatile and simple
Disadvantages: Case is hard to open and some functionality is subtle
Tomy Hide 'n' Squeak eggs are a simple delight, far from perfect, but a good, almost old-fashioned toy. Six plastic eggs come in their own realistic egg box. These eggs are cracked and the tops lift off to reveal brightly coloured chicks which squeak when you push them. The chicks all have slightly different faces and identical faces appear on the shells - I think you can see where this is going. Each egg has a differently shaped bottom which fits into a designated section of the egg box.
This is such a multi-faceted toy. I like the fact that there are no batteries and the fact that this toy is so simple. At it's most basic you have a gentle squeaking chick who appears from an egg. Ideal for very young children. Then you can play colour matching - there are two eggs in each of three colours (orange, green and blue). Then, as the child gets a bit older you can get them to match the shapes on the bottom of the eggs to get the egg into the right place in the box. Finally, the observant child can match the faces so that the faces on the chicks match the faces on their shell lids.
At 19 months my son can get as far as getting the eggs in the right places but hasn't yet fathomed the faces. This is the most subtle element of the toy as each shell lid will fit on any of the chicks and so there's no obvious thing that's "wrong" when the faces don't match. Couple this with the fact that the shells have blue faces and each chick has a face which is slightly smaller and in the same colour as the egg and you'll appreciate that this will be beyond most under 2s. To my mind this is a bit of a fault with the toy. I can appreciate why each of the lids is the same shape but I think it a step too far to have a child match faces which are actually different sizes and colours.
One major flaw with the toy is the box. Once closed it's very hard to open, particularly for non-dexterous little fingers. As an adult I have to hold it in a certain way and I've had many tears when mum is not close enough and mini-me wants to play.
The simplicity of this toy means that it is relatively inexpensive and so you can expect to pay around £5 for it. It's recommended from a year but I'd say that it was perfectly OK for any child once sitting. The pieces are big and there is nothing that could be swallowed. My son doesn't have it out all of the time but is really enthusiastic about it when he does decide to play with it. It's good for subtle learning and helps develop shape recognition and manual dexterity.
It's an easy toy to clean although I have found that a few sticky bits have caught around the edges of the chicks where they are depressed. All in all I'd recommend it.
Summary: A good, old-fashioned style learning toy
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