Product Type: ELC Outdoor Toy
Newest Review: ... side and blue bubble wands so isn't too girlie. Unfortunately it doesn't come with batteries supplied although it does have the bubble s... more
Bags of bubbles
ELC Bubble Machine
Member Name: cookie9
ELC Bubble Machine
Advantages: Lots of bubbles
Disadvantages: Easy for little ones to spill
Isn't there something just magically about bubbles? I have to confess even as an adult I still like to see bubbles. It will come as no surprise therefore when I tell you when I saw this bubble machine on half price sale just before my son's birthday I had to get it.
Not wanting to bow to gender stereotypes I got this in pink. Well that and the fact that there were only pink ones in the sale! The base is pale pink which matching handle and the upper part is bright pink. It has blue dots along the side and blue bubble wands so isn't too girlie. Unfortunately it doesn't come with batteries supplied although it does have the bubble solution. It needs 6 AA batteries so make sure you have some of these at home to avoid disappointment. Having tried washing up liquid I must admit that the bubble solution does work better or perhaps I haven't found the right washing up liquid/water ratio.
The packaging claims it is suitable for age 3 but my one year old loves this and it was a big hit with all the children at his party who ranged from 1 to 6. It is reasonably light so I would advise keeping it out of reach of young children otherwise they are likely to spill the bubble solution as it is in an open tray. Also I am not sure how easily little fingers could get stuck in the bubble wands. Having said that the children loved the bubbles that the machine made. There were all a decent size and lots of them so the children enjoyed trying to catch them. What would make this machine even better would be a 90 degree rotation option so the bubbles fall in a wider arc but it is easy for an adult to gently move the machine side to side. As liquid may be spilt I would also suggest it not be placed near any electrical items. Once you have finished with it you can pour the bubble solution back into the bottle to use another day.
This is a really nice toy for parties and for the garden although take care around toddlers in case the knock it over. Having said which I would be quite happy to use it at my own birthday party!It probably is worthwhile getting the bubble solution unless anyone can advise me of the best ratio of washing up liquid and water to use. At the recommended price of £15 it is a bit pricey but at £7.50 I think it represents good value and give it 4 stars.
Summary: Great fun for parties