My little girl loves Dora. So while I was shopping around for Christmas I stumbled across this splash time Dora and knew my little girl would love it. We have hundreds of bath toys, but find most of them have a short life as they are impossible to keep fully clean. For this reason I refuse to pay over the odds for toys for the bath, as generally they do not last longer than a month or two at the most. All of the figurines are exact copies of the characters from the hit TV series so they were instantly recognisable to my little girl. They are bright in colour and definitely pass for being attractive and bright to young children.
With the set you receive a large Dora doll, some accessories to get her ready for her bath time adventures, and a Boots figurine with a water ring for him to float in. Dora is wearing a swimming costume which is of course perfect for the bath time theme and my daughter loved this. The first thing that came to mind is how large the doll actually is. I was expecting a small doll as I ordered online, but was pleasantly surprised when an average sized doll arrived.
The set is very simple, and other than Boots squirting water and the addition of the flippers it is just a plastic doll. Play is limited especially as the movable parts are a little stiff. Now my daughter is getting a little older she is becoming bored with this as it lacks any real interactive features, and for that reason I would suggest it is more suitable to a younger child. I would say anywhere between one and three years old is a sensible age range for full use of the toy. My little girl also likes to use the toys out of the bath. While they are firstly bath toys there is no reason Dora cannot be used as a doll without water. She can stand up independently and goes perfectly with the under the sea range from the Dora character.
The Dora doll has a twistable head, waist and feet, so little one can move them into different positions while they are floating in the water. This was quite difficult for my daughter to do at first, but as time has gone on it seems to have loosened a little. The movement is still very minimal, but it is enough to please my children. Also, with the doll you are given flippers which can be placed on Dora's feet. These are very easy to put on and off, but personally I wish they were stuck on rather than removable. While it is great for getting Dora ready for her adventures, my daughter has now lost one of the flippers. This happened within a few weeks, and while it is a nice idea for them to be removable they are just a little small for the younger child the toy is suggested for.
Boots sits in his ring and floats around the water. He cannot be removed from his ring which my children were a little annoyed about at first, but secretly I'm glad as it makes it easier for storage and they do not become lost like the flippers. Other than floating around the water Boots can also be used as a water squirter. As it is only the ring of the figurine that holds water it is a short water fight which is also good in my eyes as bath time is messy enough without bucket lots of water being squirted about.
What I love about these bath toys is how easy they are to clean. As Dora holds no water at all it is just a case of wiping her down and drying her after the bath. Boots is a little more difficult as he holds water in the ring, but with a firm squeeze all of the water dispenses easily. Other bath toys we purchased at the same time have had to be thrown away as they are so difficult to keep clean, but these toys are still in perfect condition. The build of the toys are very durable. While Boots may give in a little sooner than Dora due to hygiene reasons they really are well made. They are a fair size, but not too heavy for smaller hands to hold. They can withstand rough play received from younger children very easily.
I would recommend this bath toy to any Dora fan. I have to say from the name of the toy I was expecting a little more interaction possibilities, but they are great for boosting the imagination. As they are so simple I would say they are aimed at a younger toddler rather than my four year old, but they still make her smile. While they are not overly exciting my children genuinely seem to enjoy how simple they are. This is not a bath toy that gets picked ever night, but it has received a fair amount of use for the price we paid. They are well made, a lot easier to clean than other bath toys, and have held up well to lots of use by my three eldest children. We purchased ours from Amazon but the price seems to have snuck up a little, so if you search in Google this toy is available at a number of stores for around £10.