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Tomy Hide 'n' Squeak Eggs
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Tomy Hide 'n' Squeak Eggs
Date: 17/07/12, updated on 20/07/12 (70 review reads)
Advantages: Hours of fun, inexpensive
Disadvantages: The clearing up?
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!
Summary: An inventive toy with endless potential for different fun and games
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