“ Manufacturer: Gazillion / Outdoor toys / Paddling pool „
Gazillion Bubble Sprinkler Play Pool
This paddling pool is a fairly small paddling pool, about 3m in diameter and not deep at all (approx 70cm). It also has a slide and a sprinkler (which also causes bubbles). The slide is about a metre and half high so is a perfect height for young children. The paddling pool and slide are green and purple but quite bright which makes it more fun for children. You also get two inflatable "bubble bats" which float in the water and help create bubbles. You get two bottles of bubble mixture with the paddling pool however these run out quickly, another alternative which I found works well is washing up liquid which basically does exactly the same thing! The slide is detachable which is very useful if you just want a paddling pool otherwise it can be placed anywhere on the paddling pool by just slotting it over the top. The slide has a rope to climb up which isn't overly useful since the age of the children using this would not be able to climb up. I would say this paddling pool is for young children up to the age of 2 to 3 years old at which point I think they would have grown out of it.
Well like most paddling pools it is very easy to set up. However there is one exception you do not get a pump with it which is slightly annoying. Luckily we had a pump from a previous paddling pool. Otherwise I can imagine it would take quite a while to blow up! The slide and the pool have to be blown up separately. Then the slide can be easily placed onto the pool. The sprinkler can be easily attached onto the paddling pool and should be attached to the hose to allow a constant stream of water to be produced. The paddling pool doesn't take too long to fill either, obviously this depends on how much water you want in it. But I find 5 minutes with the hose in the pool is a sufficient amount of water.
Firstly I do not believe the rope to climb up the slide is very safe especially when children are wet, they are very likely to slide down. However for the age of children this is suitable for I would say most children would have to be picked up to get onto the slide anyway as they would not be strong enough. The slide isn't so high that it's dangerous but it is high enough for children to gather enough speed for it to be fun. The slide also has raised sides to stop children falling off it. I recommend the sprinkler not to be placed directly opposite the end of the slide, just slightly to the side. This is because I found with the older children they can slip all the way across the pool which is great but a slightly concern in case they hit themselves on the sprinkler. Thus I suggest the sprinkler is not directly opposite. The sprinkler itself however is very safe. The pool has a very good thick side to stop children falling out the side and can easily support the weight of children, something I believe is very important as children always slip around in pools!
Price and recommendation
The paddling pool costs around £40 which is a fairly reasonable price to pay for a paddling pool. However its high quality is worth paying for. Also I believe the added extras of the slide and sprinkler are great fun. Although children grow out of it fairly quickly I think this is the case with every paddling pool. I do not believe young children should have a huge paddling pool to start with due to obvious reasons thus a small fun paddling pool like this is perfect. Also the added benefits of the slide and the sprinkler mean children play for it beyond the age they would otherwise. So I definitely recommend this!
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This paddling pool is fantastic. My kids love it. I'd gone online looking for a paddling pool and got carried away when I realised that there were so many paddling pools to choose from.
There was plenty of variety from bog standard paddling pools to ones with sprinkler attachments and many featuring favourite characters like Dora The Explorer and Thomas the Tank Engine. I was also tempted to buy one of the huge family pools but had to think sensibly as my children are only 5 and 2 years old.
When I saw the Gazillion Bubble Sprinkler Play Pool I was immediately drawn to it because of the slide and the sprinkler. My kids love playing with bubbles and love running through the water when I'm watering the garden with the hose and this looked like ideal hot weather fun.
You can attach your hose to the sprinkler and there is also a bubble attachment so when you turn the hose on it activates the sprinkler which activates the bubbles. My 2 year old kept pulling the bubble bottle out and I quickly ran out of the bubble mixture (you get two bottles provided) so I used Johnsons baby wash and this still worked and made them smell nice too!
The only drawback is that it doesn't come with a pump so my husband blew this up himself!
The kids were amazed by this play pool and thoroughly enjoyed their time in our garden in the summer. It is now packed away ready for next summer.