The days are getting warmer and summer is just around the corner and the kids and I are getting excited about being able to play in the garden again. I love being outside and playing in the fresh air and I think its really great for the kids to be out too and not cooped up in front of the television.
One of my favourite garden toys that we purchased for them last summer is this awesome bubble blower from The Early Learning Centre.
Bubble blowing has come a long way since my day. Back when I was young you got a bottle of bubbles from a party that had a simple plastic stick in the top which you blew the bubbles through. My kids still get these now in their party bags but they are still a bit too young to be able to blow them themselves and so they need me to always be there to do it. If they do it themselves they get frustrated and the bubble mixture ends up all over the floor. I was looking for a way they could blow bubbles themselves when a friend suggested this bubble blowing machine.
Whats great is that it incorporates another type of their favourite toy, a toy that you can push as this bubble blower is in the shape of a frog with a long handle protruding upwards that allows the frog to be pushed. The bubbles come out of his mouth as there is a rotating wand wheel in his mouth. This is basically just like the wands of old but has a few more holes on it so as it turns out come the bubbles. Its cute because it looks like the frog is burping out the bubbles and it always makes my kids laugh. The bubbles come out fairly slow though which is a bit disappointing as I was expecting lots to come out at one time and really create a storm of bubbles which would have been really quite a sight, but oh well. I like the fact that they can make the bubbles themselves and so do they so I guess that is all that matters.
The toy takes 6 AA batteries and unfortunately does not come with any bubble solution which I think is a bit of a con so you need to beware that you need to purchase the solution separately before it will even work. Conveniently, The Early Learning centre sell bottles of bubble mixture and we have quite a few bottles because we found out last summer that if you use this toy quite abit like we did the mixture will soon run out. Its easy to replace although if the frog falls over to the side the mixture does tend to leak a bit out of the mouth so you need to be fairly gentle with it.
The frog is quite light and flimsy with has both its negatives and positives. Being light its really easy for my two year old to push it or pick it up and move it although that flimsiness does mean it's a bit unstable and does tip.
Having said all that, I think the main point of this toy is to blow bubbles for your kids and keep them entertained and thats exactly what this toy does for us so we love it.
At a Glance Push along and watch bubbles flow out of the frog's mouth. With a motorized blower and rotating wand. Features and benefits for ELC Push Along Bubble Blower Push along and watch bubbles flow out of the frog's mouth. With a motorized blower and rotating wand.Bubble solution available separately. Colours may vary. Requires 6 x AA batteries.Warning! Not suitable for children uner 36 months.