Product Type: Tomy baby toys
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Tomy Hide 'n' Squeak Eggs
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Tomy Hide 'n' Squeak Eggs
Date: 05/01/13, updated on 05/01/13 (39 review reads)
Advantages: Simple yet interesting
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.
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.
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.