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*~Fireman Sam Beaker~*
This beaker is manufactured by Zak UK and is suitable for children over the age of 36 months. The beaker is made from plastic which is BPA free. This beaker is a tall, red cup with a blue lid featuring a bendy straw. As you would expect, the beaker has a Fireman Sam theme which is likely to appeal to little fans.
*~Where To Buy~*
Poundland currently stock this beaker and other Fireman Sam products including plates, bottles and sandwich boxes - all priced at just £1.00 an item!
My son is a huge fan of Fireman Sam. He also loves popping in to Poundland if he has a few pounds to spend and last month, he spotted this Fireman Sam beaker and asked if he could buy it with money his Nana had given him. He actually spotted the Fireman Sam range on a poster in the window and was excited when he realised they actually had them in stock. I suppose it is a better purchase than the rubbish toys they sell in there that break within minutes of removing the packaging!
The beaker is well made and the plastic feels solid and durable. The design is attractive and my son loves it. The main part of the beaker is red with two realistic illustrations of Sam himself and 'Sam To The Rescue' printed on it - simple and not too cluttered. The lid is secure when it place and a little force is needed to pull it off so Boo normally leaves this to Mummy or Daddy.
The style of the beaker is fine for a child. The lid has a removable straw which is quite thick and made of flexible plastic. It slips into the hole in the lid neatly but with a slight pull, it can be removed from the beaker. This has its positives and negatives. The good thing is that it can be removed to be fully cleaned but the bad thing is that my son can pull it out and risk the juice pouring out if the beaker is knocked over. There is a little gap in the lid which allows the drinking end of the straw to be secured in place when not in use and my son can do this himself.
There aren't any measurements on the beaker but I have measured how much it can hold and it is around 350ml of liquid which is quite a lot for a young child. I don't personally fill it right to the top as it would be a little heavy for Boo to hold and drink comfortably from but I do normally fill it to at least half way. Boo finds this beaker easy to drink his diluting juice or water. I have drank from it too and there is no unpleasant taste from the plastic and I am pleased that it is BPA free. It easy to clean too in some warm water and dries quickly.
I prefer Boo to use this in the house. I am not keen on him taking beakers with push on lids out and about as there is no guarantee that they will remain upright in his bag. Whilst the lid does need a good pull to remove, if it was bumped open by a book in your child's school bag, it could be messy to clean up! I would say that this beaker does contain the liquid well if used properly but if turned upside down and shaken, there is some leakage even with the straw in place and secured. For this reason, I prefer him taking a screw lid bottle out with him. He mainly uses this to drink from when playing with his toys or watching his DVD as he is less likely to spill his juice than with a cup. He is very clumsy like his Mummy!
Our bottle has been used daily and is in great condition. There is a few faint scrapes on the plastic but nothing major and it certainly doesn't spoil the design. The straw is looking a little 'chewed' at the top but not to the point where it is undrinkable. It still looks good and my five year old enjoys drinking from this beaker. It is a bargain at just £1.00 and I would recommend to any Fireman Sam fans. I would say that it is ideal for home or garden use.
Thanks for reading :)