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I have always encouraged my son to help with jobs around the house simply because he enjoys helping out with the odd thing but also because I think it is a great way to instil some responsibility in them. When I lived at home I literally did nothing for my Mum because I was never encouraged to do so as she was a house wife but I want my son to grow up helping out and feel it is something he will then take on when he moves out as well. I give my son a couple of pounds pocket money every couple of weeks which is separate to the money I pop in his bank each month as I think it is important for a child to actually see money they receive sometimes and think of ways to either spend or save it. One of the pocket money toys my son bought around twelve months ago was the tobar animal tongue roller and this is my review of the product. My son bought the tobar animal tongue roller from toymaster when we were out shopping one day. From memory it cost him a couple of pounds and so he didn't feel as though it was a huge purchase but it was certainly enough for him to buy himself and learn about the handing over of money and the value of things. You can buy these animals online from places such as amazon and ebay too as they make good party bag favours I think but you do need to look out for the postage and packing charges making them much more expensive. These tongue rollers come in various animal forms but my son purchased the turtle one. The animal is small and so fits nicely in to my son's hand and it is made from a green rubbery material which reminds me a little of a stress ball type material! The turtle is really cute and nicely detailed really for such a small toy and so it has little toes, a darker green shell and some big white eyes. The toy also features a red sticking out tongue which is all curled around. The idea of this toy is simple really and all you need to do is squeeze the body sections of the animal to create air which fills the curled tongue on the toy and makes it stick out as though it is going to grab some food! My son loves playing with this toy because he finds it amusing to sit close to you and then squeeze to make it seem as though you have been licked by the tongue! This isn't the kind of toy that is going to keep your child entertained for hours on end but I do think it is the kind of toy that they will not become bored of picking up every now and then and having a bit of a play! I find squeezing the animal quite therapeutic too when my son gets this one out! The toy seems to be really well made and is showing no signs of wear and tear since my son purchased it and so as a pocket money toy I do think that this one is good value really and one which will be enjoyed by children of all ages. Thank you for reading my review!
Whenever we go on a day out, there is usually a gift shop selling little novelty toys at pocket money prices. I can usually persuade the kids to get an ice cream rather than a toy these days as they know these toys are pretty short lived, but they managed to con my sister into buying these on one trip out, and also got them as a stocking filler present from their grandma last year. The cost of these is usually between £1.50 and £2 depending on where you see them. Gift shops can be more expensive as they know that they have a captive audience. The toys are usually reptiles in green plastic, but you can also get more vivid shades like the orange one shown in the picture above. The concept of these is quite basic. The toy has a tongue that is rolled up, but when you squeeze the toy in the middle, the tongue rolls out, and not only does it look funny, if you are sneaky with it, you can manage to poke someone in the ear with it and surprise them. I have found that the rubbery body of the reptile is always well made, though for some reason my kids seem to squeeze them far too hard and the tongue ends up splitting or popping off. Therefore, in spite of owning at least 2 each over the years, we currently do not have any. However, while they are intact, it is a very tactile toy that is a lot of fun for a couple of weeks at least, so I would have no hesitation buying some more to entertain my children with on another occasion. They are the perfect size for young hands to hold this in one had and squeeze. I would watch children under 3 with them just because I have noticed that the tongue can be removed from the toy and I would be worried personally that this is a choking hazard. These would be really great in a party bag, and although it can be mildly annoying having a child squeezing this near your face, I would much rather have one of these than one of those annoying paper ones you get at parties with the noisy bit as a mouth piece. Now that is annoying when you get a room full of kids with those. All in all, not a long lasting toy, but something that will last slightly longer than the car journey home from a day out, and the kids seem to love them, so 4 stars - one knocked off for the tongues breaking on all 4 we've owned.
Well another essential item that my kids had to have from Hawkins Bazaar, this time while out shopping with their auntie. Hawkins Bazaar is a store full of novelty things with plenty of pocket money priced toys. The Animal Tongue Roller was bought from there for about £1.50 a while ago. There's not alot to them really, they just pull tongues. These brightly coloured animals are palm sized, made of rubber and squeezy with an inflatable curled up red tongue. There are a few 'animals' to choose from and the length varies depending but only by a couple of centimetres. We had the frog and he's 7cm long, but they also had others such as snails, frogs, lizards, curled up snakes and a shark. They are all cute looking with big eyes and smiley faces. I think they're good quality, these are moulded so therefore no sharp edges. They are too big to choke on but small enough for small hands to hold comfortably. They are for children aged 5 plus. To use: These are easy to squeeze, the rubbery plastic isn't stiff but nice and soft. When squeezed the air expels their thin rubber curled up tongue which then quickly unfurls to about 6cm, then rolls back up. The kids squeeze them repeatedly which rolls the tongue in and out and that's it. They don't make a noise- so that's good. The kids liked playing with these, it's always fun to do these things in peoples faces!! I can't say hours of fun but fun all the same. We still have it somewhere, and as far as I can remember it's still in one piece- loads of squeezing didn't split the tongue. These remind me of stress balls, I can see them being quite therapeutic- perhaps I should get one myself! I would recommend it as a good pocket money priced novelty, but with all novelties the novelty soon wore off so for that reason 4 stars from me.
My son recently went to a party where one of his party bag gifts was a Tobar Animal Tongue Rollers. I had never heard of Tobar Animal Tongue Rollers before, but my son was completely smitten with it as soon as he received it. As I've said, I didn't buy this myself, but I have seen that it is possible to buy this product on Amazon for £1.50, which I think is a pretty good price really.....although a little expensive to be putting in 20 party bags! The Tobar Animal Tongue Rollers that my son has is a little cute turtle that is made of a rubbery material which is quite soft and squidgey - and very squeezable. It is quite a small toy but it's a nice size toy for a small child, but not too small to be a risk should they put it in their mouths. The idea is that you squeeze the body of the tortoise (or whatever animal you have) and as you do so then the red tongue that is in the tortoises mouth blows up and the animal ends up sticking its tongue out at you. Of course all kids would find this funny.....and to be honest, most adults seem quite charmed by it as well! The Tobar Animal Tongue Rollers is a fun little toy that will keep kids entertained for a while. After about 3 months of quite heavy use, the tongue of the tortoise split and then it would stop sticking out - and so my son lost interest. Although this was disappointing, it did last 3 months or so.....which for a cheap little toy that cost £1.50 wasn't bad really at all. I do recommend these toys if you want to give your child a little gift that doesn't break the bank!
Every Christmas, regardless of what big expensive presents Santa might have brought for him, my oldest son always seems to get most of his pleasure from the daft little gifts and novelty toys that he finds inside his Christmas stocking. Last Christmas, I bought most of his stocking fillers from Hawkins Bazaar which always has a great range of cheap and unusual little toys that kids will love. One of last year's big favourites were these little rubber squeezy animal characters which feature a curled up rubber tongue. They are recommended for children over three but, as these seem fairly durable and don't have any separate parts that are likely to come loose under pressure, I felt confident about choosing one each of these little toys for my boys' stockings. Obviously, common sense is needed as the little creatures vary in size (from around 5-7cms) according to the animal they are supposed to represent and some of the smaller figures could present a choking hazard for very young children. My youngest son was around two and a half at the time Santa deliver these and has never been tempted to chew or suck these toys, fortunately. When pressure is applied to the body, the long tongue inflates and unravels a surprisingly long way! These are a big hit with kids and both my boys were delighted with their new 'pets' and had lots of fun chasing each other away with their animals trying to lick each other! My oldest received a cute green crocodile and the youngest ended up with a bright blue frog. Other animals available include snails, frogs and lizards so there should be something for everybody's tastes. From an adult perspective, there is something both strangely compelling and repulsive about these squishy little creatures. The crocodile is particularly endearing with its slightly gammy teeth and googly eyes! I can't help giving these the odd squeeze occasionally and could see them being used as a tiny little stress toy as there is definitely something quite relaxing and mood-enhancing when squeezing these and watching that red tongue oozing out. Hawkins Bazaar sell a range of different animal characters instore and online. Each individual figure costs £1.50, which might seem a little pricey for a tiny novelty toy but is a fair price based on the entertainment value. Ours are still going strong from last Christmas without ripping or getting damaged in any way. If you did want to buy in bulk, Early Learning Centre sell a pack of six for £6 (all different varieties) online. We've since bought some more of these little figures for our son's party bags and I'm sure they will be equally well received by the party guests and parents alike!