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      27.07.2013 20:54
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      Lovely bubbles!

      I first bought one of these last summer after having read reviews on dooyoo saying how good they were. My girls really loved it and have finished it up this summer. Making bubbles The bubble wand is really easy to open with the top just unscrewing allowing you to withdraw the long plastic wand. The tube is full of bubble mixture and so you need to hold it upright and depending on you child you may want to hold onto this yourself. I know my toddlers would just tip this up! Although the dooyoo photo shows children blowing through these we've never used them in this way. It's much easier in my experience to just wave the wand back and forth, this creates lots of bubbles and my girls love chasing after them. The recommended age for this product is 3 years + but my girls happily play with product supervised and they are 2. It's still a great product for babies as you can make the bubbles whilst they watch them and try and pop them with their little hands. The mixture in this bubble wand is good quality and the bubbles which are large last a long time too. The amount of mixture in the tube lasted far longer than I was expecting it too as it doesn't seem much when looking at it. However we used this last summer and have finished it off this year. It may last less time in a child's hand though! Availability and price I bought mine at the Early Learning Centre online last year and paid about £2 from memory. This product may be seasonal as it isn't currently showing as available online. Would I recommend? Yes, this is a great product and we'll definitely be buying the girls one each next year. They make a nice change from having to hold a tiny wand and blow lots to get bubbles.

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        30.06.2013 16:39
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        A great item for kids and adults alike!

        ~~~ The Back Story~~ Our daughter is now three years old, toilet trained and finally sleeping through the night on a regular basis. I am now in a better position to reflect on which toddler-related items I recommend as near necessities, those that would be "nice to have", and those that one could really do without. Our daughter has loved and been fascinated by bubbles since first discovering at baby signing time sessions aged around four months old. This means that we have gone through A LOT of bubble-related paraphernalia. ~~~ This Product ~~~ The Early Learning Centre bubble wand comprises two parts, both made from plastic: a cylindrical tube containing bubble mix and that is also acts as a cover, and the actual wand which is part handle and partly and a long, looped, flexible bubble-creating section. The handle part also forms the lid to the cylindrical tube, keeping the bubble mix safe when it's not in use. The difference between this style of bubble wand and the small ones is that this wand is too big for a child (or adult) to create bubbles by blowing onto it. This wand only creates bubbles when the wand is moved through the air. The product comes with enough bubble mix for many hours of fun, and can easily be replenished if required. ~~~ My Experience ~~~ I am yet to find a child is does not LOVE bubbles, and of course our daughter and her little friends are no exception. This bubble wand is very easy for an adult to open and use; the flexible wand is simply moved through the air at a speed best found through trial and error. Being a larger-sized wand and therefore more difficult to manipulate, this product is better suited to older toddlers rather those under two years old in my opinion. The bubbles created are large in size, and the bubble mix is one of the more decent ones we have used. We had no problems at all with this item and only stopped using it when an adult accidentally stepped on it and broke it. ~~~ Recommended?~~~ Yes. A nice to have item.

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          28.06.2013 14:09
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          Hours of fun

          I'm always looking for bargains online and like to stock up when I spot bargains, even if that means what I buy sits in the cupboard for 6 months. This is one product that we have hours of fun with so when the summer season draws to an end, I always keep an eye out for when they get reduced. I spotted these reduced online at Mothercare and decided to buy a few for this year. These are pretty similar to all the others on the market, the bubble mixture comes in a long coloured plastic tube, which is see-through enabling me to see how much bubble fluid I have left. The tube is topped with a screw top plastic lid which is the same colour as the tube by not see through. Altogether, the wand measures around 4cm but is quite slim so it doesn't take up much storage space. Although I brought mine from Mothercare, from the ELC section and at the time, it was available online and in store (although most of my local stores have started to close down). ELC also sell on Amazon now and normally with free delivery so I would recommend checking there first, especially if you aren't spending up to the free delivery threshold. The price varies from £2 - £3 but towards the end of the season, can go down to as little as 50p. Using the wand is really easy, un-screw the top, the wand (the bit which makes the bubbles) is attached to the lid so I haven't got to stick my hand in and get fluid all over them. There is no blowing involved, simply wave the wand about and out come the bubbles, I have found also that if there is a slight bit of wind, then you can just hold the wand in the air and the wind will make bubbles on its own. Both myself and Lauren love these, we normally take these on to the beach with us so that there is lots of open space, Lauren will constantly chase these and try to burst them. It is actually quite funny to watch and also tires her out which is always a bonus. The consistency of the mixture is just right, making perfect bubbles every time! The wand produces bubble whcich are quite strong (i.e. dont burst as soon as they are made) and are really big too. The mixture also lasts quite a long time and I find that a wand will normally last about 1 week, even if we use it every day. The tube is recyclable and you can also re-fill them yourself with washing up liquid and water. I have done this a couple of times but to be honest but I have found this is a bit hit and miss and I never seem to get the consistency right so because they are only a couple of pound each, I tend to just buy new. Overall, I would recommend these bubble wands but because they are a little cheaper elsewhere, I would only give 4 out of 5 stars. Thanks for reading

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          18.05.2012 09:47
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          Great big bubbles

          My nephew is amazed by bubbles, he can go out into the garden and play chasing the bubbles for hours on end. We have used a bubble machine in the past, but sometimes it is more fun to go back to the simple old fashioned ways. Although going back to the old school ways means that my nephew as he tries to dip the wand into the bubble solution, he tends to spill some of the liquid. Fortunately as long as you purchase some relatively cheap bubbles this should not really be a big issue. I prefer to see my nephew trying to blow the bubbles and use his coordination and independence as opposed to me doing it for him. So when I am shopping I always keep my eyes open for a bargain and at the Early Learning Centre they had three for the price of two on their bubble mixtures and wands as well as some other outside items so I decided to purchase a few bubble related items. The first was the bubble wand, it looks like a large test tube, which has inside a longer wand than you get with your normal pot of bubbles. It is long and thin and attached to the lid for ease. You can then either blow through the wand or wave it around with your arm to release more bubbles. This then creates larger bubbles which my nephew finds far more amusing to chase. The wands and test tube pot come in a range of different colours to choose from and they retail at £2.00. Obviously they are on 3 for 2 at the moment so are an even bigger bargain and a worthier purchase. The solution is the perfect consistency to create the larger bubbles and it is not too sticky on your hands, like we have found with other various solutions. The pot does not come with a large amount of solution, but I did also purchase some of the larger early learning centre pots so that I can refill the tube when needed. This also works perfectly with the wand. Early Learning Centre recommended that these can only be used by children over 36 months, but as long as you are supervising your child when playing with then I cannot really see this being an issue. I would advise that you do not use these indoors as they are large bubbles they leave marks and they can mark some of the materials in your home. They do wipe off but probably best to avoid if possible. I overall give these five out of five stars they are great fun and are ideal if you are having a children's party to keep the children amused while playing in the garden.

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          14.05.2012 14:33
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          Bubble Fun for the Family

          The ELC bubble wand is such a simple idea yet such an effective one. It's basically a super sized bubble pot, but instead of a round hoop for blowing bubbles, it's a long wide flexible piece of plastic, and rather than blowing the bubbles with your breath, you simply wave the stick like a magic wand, and, hey presto! Lots of big, shiny bubbles. The bubble wands cost £2 from ELC in store and online (a shipping fee applies) and come in a variety of coloured plastic cases. There's enough bubble solution in there for millions of bubbles, and, unlike using washing up liquid, it's not strong smelling, soapy, or irritating to the eyes when they pop near you. This means that it's safer and better to use with very young children, my daughter is one and loves the bubble wand (though she does try to eat it from time to time!) The bubble solution is clear, doesn't stain clothes, and when spilled, washes out like a light soap with no effects to clothing. It's a great toy - at the beach, in the bath, in the garden or on holiday, and provides maximum pocket money fun. It has to be noted, however, I did see bubble wands in Morrisons which looked exactly the same for an amazing price of 52p - however I did not purchase one and therefore cannot comment on the quality or compare with this ELC bubble wand. I don't think £2 is unreasonable, and it is reassuring to know it's the ELC brand and good quality and safe for use with young children. Overall I will give the ELC bubble wand 5 out of 5, it's a simple toy done well and it's affordable, but it will bring plenty of fun for all.

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          14.05.2012 08:09
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          I never considered that there was a more expensive kind of Bubbles and Wand. I remember when you used to get your little tub of Bubbles and it didn't cost all that much - I always used to spill some of it over my hands as well at one point. I've been looking after my friend's little girl now and again recently due to her babysitter being on holiday so i've been trying to pick up cheap new things to keep her a bit entertained (then again putting her in front of the tv when the Disney Channel is on keeps her entertained for free!). I spotted this for £2 and thought it would be fun for her and for me. This is different from the short bottle and the little wand that is inside the normal Bubble tubs that I remember. It looks like the picture on here but it is a small picture so you can't really see what this is all about. The tube is quite long and you pull the Wand out from the tube. The lid on here is attatched to the Wand so when you pull the Wand out then it is easy enough to hold onto it with the top of it. Good for little hands as well. The Wand is pretty flexible as well so you don't just have to blow on this you can move it about in different directions. So how did we find this? It is fun and I liked the Bubbles as much as she did. It took a few goes of the little girl being able to use this properly as she had the instinct just to sort of jerk this and the bubbles weren't coming out, but after a few goes and helping her she was alright with moving it a bit slower in order to get a stream of Bubbles out from this. I think it is more fun to get the bubbles from moving the Wand instead of blowing the Bubbles out but that's just because if you are moving the Wand then you usually get a stream of Bubbles out. A fun toy which seemed to keep a 3 1/2 year old amused - and myself for that reason.

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          11.05.2012 14:58
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          ELC Bubble wand

          We went away for the weekend over Easter with some friends, one of whom is my little girls god daughter. We were by the beach in Wales so as a little present they bought her a bubble wand from The Early Learning Centre. I thought this was a really nice thing to do, it didn't cost very much as all, £2 I believe but it as a really nice touch and my little girl was so pleased with it. As were staying by the beach it was the perfect toy to take with us to blow bubbles with. The wand is basically a big long stick which has bubble mixture already made up in it. My little girl really just liked to hold this wand and carried it all the way to the beach until we told her it was time to blow the bubbles. The top of it had a handle to hold which she held onto although you could also just carry it anyway along the wand too. Once you pull the wand handle out of the holder there is a big wand with an open mouth which is what the bubble mixture clings to in order for you to blow bubbles out of it. The best way to get bubbles out of the wand is to actually wave it to allow the wind or air to take the bubble out of the wand and not blow it out like you would with a small little bubble pot and wand. The wand makes really big bubbles although you only get a few bubbles per dip in the mixture as opposed to a little bottle that gives you tens of bubbles per blow. I have to say that I think this bubble wand was a bit too old for my little girl. She kept on trying to blow the bubbles out of it and you can't do this, even if you are an adult. She was too little to actually wave the wand to get the bubbles out so we had to do it for her which was cool as she really enjoyed the bubbles once they came out but she wanted to do it herself which she wasn't able to do so I would say this wand would be perfect for a child 3 and over really although you can still enjoy the bubbles whatever age you are. The mixture lasted really well and after a whole weekend of blowing bubbles we have still not used all the mixture. Its quite thick so you really only needed one tip in order to coat the wand to produce great bubbles. Cheap bubble fun!

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            26.04.2012 13:15
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            Another great toy from Early Learning Centre.

            My son is a HUGE fan of bubbles, he always has been and now at 3 and a half he is still a very big lover of them. We had had some bubble wands from the supermarkets which cost in the region of £1 but when on a trip out for the day with his Gran he came back with this Early Learning Centre bubble wand which after a quick look seemed to have cost £3 which in my opinion is a little more expensive than I would want to pay for a tube with bubble solution. However I trust ELC as I have had many of their products before and they are always excellent quality. The bubble wand is basically a long tube which holds the bubble solution and there is a long lid which screws onto the top of the bottom tube, the lid is chunky and easy to hold for children. The wand my son had was a yellow tube and a red top. The wand itself is very long and reaches a couple of inches into the bottom of the wand. At first my son tried to blow bubbles as you would regularly but it was too difficult and more often than not the solution would pop with no bubbles however when he waved it around in the air he managed to make lots of very big soapy bubbles. I found that if you waved it too quickly little to no bubbles would come out, the same happened if you went too slowly but at just the right pace there were lots of bubbles produced that didn't pop too easily giving him the chance to run and chase them which is really the point. I would recommend this wand, once the mixture had run out I made a mixture and refilled the wand, as it is chunky and from ELC I trust that it will last longer than some of the others we have had over the last few years. It made lots of lovely bubbles and once formed they didn't pop too soon like cheaper bubbles tend to. It did take a bit of practice which my son wasn't the happiest about but once he got the hang of it it wasn't a problem. It is a bit more expensive than cheaper brands but for the longevity of it it definitely seems worth it.

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            25.04.2012 08:19
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            A good wand

            Last year around the time of my son's birthday in early may the weather was pretty glorious. I had planned him a party at home with some of his school friends and thought that as the weather was so lovely it would be particularly nice to be able to utilise the outdoor space we have too as we have a trampoline and a sandpit out there but I also thought some bubbles would be a fun thing to have for the children to play with too and so I headed to the early learning centre nearest to me which is based in a mothercare to have a look if there was anything suitable. I actually picked up a few things for the children to play with out there but one of the things I bought was the ELC branded bubble wand. I have seen various bubble wands around ranging from toy shops to supermarkets and we have had some before with mixed results really. I trust the early learning centre as a quality brand for children though and so I was happy to pay the £3.00 they were asking for it. The bubble want that we got features a long thin clear plastic bottom part which holds the bubble mixture and a red lid with yellow wand. The bubble wands from the ELC are certainly unisex. The idea of a bubble wand is that you can wave it and form massive bubbles and we all know that children of all ages, and probably many adults too, love bubbles! The wand feels well made, despite being a plastic and it has lasted well and if we had some mixture left I feel we would certainly be able to use it again. In terms of playing with this product we found much the same as with other cheaper bubbles wands that better results were produced by adults than children. When the children had hold of the wand the flicked it quite quickly and just ended up throwing splashes of bubble mixture at one another. I think the trick with this one is to wave it at a good pace but not too erratically and then you will have some really good sized bubbles. The children at the party loved chasing the bubbles around to see who would be the one to pop them and so it was a hit really but they just weren't able to make good bubbles themselves for the most part. I would recommend this bubble wand because it does feel really well made and the bright colours are appealing to children. I would just say that young children in particular may find it quite difficult to get results from it and so may become frustrated with it. If there is a willing adult there to help them use it in an effective way I am sure it will be a toy which they love to play with in the summer months. Thank you for reading my review!

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              22.04.2012 23:17
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              Loved playing with a bubble wand when I was young, and I'm still having fun with it now

              I like to browse amazon catalogue, which is really bad for my purse as I end up buying a lot of things I don't really need. I, or rather my friends and I, came across this product while we were looking at games and outdoor toys online while we should have been revising. The kid hiding my twenty-one year old body reared its nosy head and made me buy this product. To enjoy playing with bubbles, I bought three of this bubble wand from amazon.co.uk for £6.00. Since we got so much fun out these products, I would say it's a very reasonable price. I have to say I'm surprised I found this product on dooyoo catalogue, or maybe I've been looking under the wrong category. The bubble wand comes in a long cylindrical tube that also contains the bubble liquid mix. The lid of the tube is attached to the oval shaped wand that is really flexible, which helps to make large bubbles. The bubble liquid in the tube is pretty good and it lasted us about 6 hours; that's my guess of how many hours we played over the two week period. There are bubble liquid mix available online, I bought 1 litre bottle of bubble liquid mix for about£2.50, which kept us going on sunny days. I remembered playing with bubbles and bubble wand when I was younger, but the wands were really small, about 3 inches long, and bubbles were tiny. Nevertheless, I had fun back then and I'm still excited to play with bubble wands even now. It's a great thing to do on a sunny day in the back garden, it gets me and my friends out of our cave filled with papers and books and make us get some fresh air. One thing to note is that bubbles and indoors don't go well with each other. We tried it once when it's raining outside and it turned to be a mistake as the vinyl floor get wet and one of my friends almost slipped and fell; luckily for her, there was a sofa nearby on which she can safely fall. Also, it's hassle to clean the floors afterwards. Also, the wand is flexible which is good for making large bubbles but since it's made of plastic, it can break under pressure. To be honest, it's kind of my fault for not looking where I sit, as I ended up sitting on one of the bubble wands and ended up breaking it in half. Nevertheless, the wands are quite durable as long as someone doesn't sit on them. All in all, ELC bubble wands have the word 'fun' written all over them. It's safe to play with them and it is low maintenance. I would recommend this products for the kids and fun-loving adults alike. Thank you for reading. :) x

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              21.04.2012 21:21
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              Great fun

              Towards the end of last summer my daughters were being looked after by their auntie for a few hours and my eldest daughter came home with this as a little present. My sister in law told me that she had bought her it when she had seen it at half price in Early Learning Centre probably as like I say it was the end of the summer. The bubbles come packaged in a long tube and then they have a wand inside just like normal bubbles but the wand inside is long and thin rather than the normal circular wand. The lid of the tube unscrews and this is where the wand is attatched so you can't loose the wand inside the bubbles. The tube and the wand are made of coloured plastic although the wand is alot more flexible than the tube. To use the bubbles you need to remove the plastic wrapper that the tube comes in and then simply unscrew the top and away you go, the wand sometimes creates bubbles without you really trying but to create bubbles yourself you simply need to move the wand around. My daughter has a little trouble with this as she tries to swing the wands around too fast and looses the solution rather than making bubbles but she did get to grips with it eventually. The solution inside is a good strength and you can make some really big bubbles with it, my daughter liked me to make the bubbles so that she could chase them and my younger daughter who wasn't walking at the time just looked at the bubbles in awe. The bubbles are available from Early Learning Centre although similar products are sold in many places even supermarkets, the bubbles are bright and my daughters tube was pink in colour but there are other colours available. The bubbles are supposed to cost £2 but like I said earlier these ones were half price, we got loads of fun out of this toy so think they were really good value.

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                20.04.2012 15:19
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                Great fun!

                Up until recently, I never knew Early Learning Centre had a shop on Amazon, this has been a fantastic discovery as the stuff on sale from the shop is eligible for free super saver delivery. This is a double positive for me as I can use my Amazon vouchers on the occasional treat for my daughter and get ELC toys without having to pay for delivery or driving the 40 minutes to our nearest store. One of the purchases I made was this bubble wand. I hadn't really known about bubble wands until last summer, so I would imagine they are relatively new on the market. They consist of a long tube, the lid of this tube also acts as the handle for the bubble wand. Simple unscrew the lid and pull out the long flexible plastic wand and you are good to go. The flexible wand means that whatever way in which you fly it around, up, down or side to side, it will move with you and still create bubbles. I live quite high up and it is nearly always wind up here so creating bubbles with the wand is easy. As soon as I pull the wand from the long tube of solution the wind blows some bubbles from the wand. The wind also made it difficult to try and make one big long bubble as the bubbles just came flying out anyway. I took this bubble wand to my mums house and found it much more enjoyable playing with it without the wind spoiling my fun. Spinning round in circles with the wand made lots of quite large bubbles come flying off, my daughter then joined in with my fun by trying to chase them and jumping up to try and reach them before they blew away. We both had heaps of fun! I did try and get my daughter to use the wand herself, but at only 2 and a half years old, she found it quite difficult and got quite stressed because she couldn't do it herself. She can hold the handle well as it has a curved shape to it, but when it comes to waving the wand around she just sharply moved it from side to side and no bubbles were able to form. It didn't really bother her though, she would much rather rub around trying to pop the bubbles I made, that meant I still got to play with it, we were both happy. This bubble wand is available from Early Learning Centre, Mothercare or Amazon. The price varies, its only £2 on Amazon but other places sell it for £3. Bubble wands are widely available during summer months from lots of different places for lots of different prices. I'd definitely recommend this bubble wand from ELC, the curved handle means it's easy to grip for younger children, if they can manage to work out how to do it. If they can't it's great fun for adults to make the bubbles for children to pop them, just make sure you buy it from Amazon, a quid cheaper and free delivery!

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                Wave the wand around to create lots and lots of bubbles.One supplied.Not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts / Age range: From 3 years.