“ Brand: Halsall / Theme: Fifi & the Flowertots / Type: Paddling pool with ball and floatie ring „
Fifi & the flowertots is not a cartoon my girls watch often and would not be their first choice. I had to buy them a paddling pool after the one we had got damaged over the winter last year due to my other half not putting it away in the shed.
I bought the Fifi paddling pool from toys r us online in the sale section at the end of June.
It cost £6.99 a bargain really but then again don't think I would have paid much more for a splash pool.
You can buy the halsall Fifi and the flower tots pool online from Amazon uk, Eaby and Kiddiecare for the price I paid.
This is a three piece set and comes in a small box with Fife and the gang all over the box , inside there was a sheet of instructions but there not needed.
The paddling pool is dark pink in colour with a blue bottom and a big picture of Fifi on it. The pool has three rings that fill with air. This paddling pool has to valves one on the top ring and one on the middle one .
I found the valves to be really tight as i had to blow it up with my mouth, could have took seconds with a pump but didn't have a one that would fit this pool.
When blowing up the pool you have to bite hard on the valve and blow, it seemed to take forever to get the air into it but one done the valve stops as soon as I stopped biting down so the air did not come gushing back out.
The middle valve blows up the middle and bottom ring together.
The pool is made from pvc type plastic and one the rings were blown up seem pretty solid and does support the water well.
My daughters have very much enjoyed splashing around in the pool most days this month. It really is a perfect size for the two of them to play in at the same time. I like the fact that they can step over the sides with confidence it measures around ten inches high at the sides.
The beach ball that come with the pool is made from the same pvc plastic and is clear and pink in colour with loads of different images of fifi on it. My girls got bored with the beach ball quickly possibly because they have better ones that we actually do use at the beach however saying that they have played catch in the garden with the ball not in the water. Its pretty basic and has the same valve as the paddling pool to blow it up but takes less breath lol.
The swimming ring that seems to be pointless as the pool could not be used for swimming in so we have this out of place ring. It is also pink with fifi logos and images. Same valve and same pvc plastic. We have not blown the ring up , left deflated still in the box.
The pool has been a big hit with the girls. We have had some great weather in July and hoping August with be the same so we get more use out of the paddling pool.
The poll is for children aged three years and up. Although my girls are confident in water I still have to watch them like a hawk, does have a safety warning on the pool to say not to leave children unattended this is common sence but nice to have an actual reminder on the side wall of the pool.
It is strong and sturdy and used on the grass only so no puncture yet.
The weather has been gorgeous over the last few days so Hollie's had her Fifi paddling pool out quite a bit, this set was purchased at the end of last summer when it had been reduced to £5 which I thought was great value for a three-piece set. The design of ours is slightly different but it's definitely the Halsall brand so presumably they've changed it a little over the years it has been available.
The main difference is that the bottom of the paddling pool features Fifi's face instead of the logo you can see above, which is better I think although you'd have to watch very young children carefully to ensure they don't try to submerge themselves under water in an attempt to get closer to their favourite character. This is a moot point for me as I watch my children like hawks whenever they are near water, I have a fear of water myself and the annual stories of babies and toddlers drowning in miniscule amounts of water should be a warning to all of us.
The pool doesn't come with a inflator, so unless you've already got a pump it's lung-power I'm afraid! Luckily this is one of those paddling pools which only inflate at the sides, thank god Mark has a fits-all pump so it wasn't a problem but in all honestly I don't think it would take too much blowing to get it up. As the actress said to the bishop.
Once inflated the sides of the pool rise up to be around nine inches high, this is fine to stop toddlers and small children from sliding completely out of the slide but not too high that they cannot get in and out on their own. The bottom is very thin so make sure you put it on a soft area in the garden, I don't think it would actually puncture if you placed it on a harder surface but it definitely wouldn't be very comfortable for your playing children. The air stays in the paddling pool well, we blew this one up on Friday and now (Monday afternoon) it hasn't gone down at all and the only effect of not adding more air is that the sides have gone a bit squishy.
The other two items which came with this set are a beach ball and floating ring. These are both inflatable and the same pump blew both pieces up, again they're not huge so they wouldn't take too long to blow up manually. The beach ball burst within a few hours of blowing it up so that was a bit of a disappointment for Hollie, luckily she has lots of other balls that she can safely use in the paddling pool so it wasn't too much of a problem for her. I had actually bought this simply for the paddling pool (as in it's reduced state it was cheaper than a pool on its own) so the extras were neither here nor there, it would have been nice if the ball had lasted a bit longer but I wasn't too put out when I saw it deflated and discarded on the lawn.
I'm not sure of the reasoning for adding a floating ring for such a small paddling pool; the hole is too large to help the very small children which would benefit from having this around their waist while splashing around, so I'm baffled as to why it's been included. I've actually found a use for it as it's the perfect size to lie Hollie's baby brother on so he too can have a splash-around, again never letting him go as it's not really a buoyancy aid and more of a play thing.
Overall I'm more than happy with the paddling pool; the pool itself is bound to get plenty of use over the BBQ summer that we've been promised and is also a nice size for filling with play balls for impromptu play. The fact that it's Fifi inspired has come a little late, as the sweet little flowertot is no longer in vogue for Hollie - but having said that, it's the fun this pool creates for us and not how it's designed.
For the first few years of my daughters life we didn't have a garden at all and paddling was something we kept for the the local park. She loved splashing around in the water, she has since birth, and I wished many a time through the summer that we did have an outdoor area to put her own paddling pool up in. When we did move into our new house with a lovely grassed back garden we were blessed with a particularly lovely summer and we were able to buy her first little inflatable pool.
I came across this FiFi set almost by chance on the first hot day of the summer two years ago. I was shopping in Mothercare and noticed this three piece set on sale for half price. Originally priced at around £20, it seemed a bargain at just £9.99 (although this seems the standard price for the set on sites like Amazon now) As she was a big fan of FiFi, and with extras I hadn't been particularly planning on buying but seemed useful, I snapped it up.
The pool got used for the first time that very first day. I'd been on my way to a friends house for our children to play together and a bit of a picnic, and as her pool was broken it came in very useful. I was quite surprised by the size of the paddling pool, which seemed a bit bigger than standard inflatable pools, especially as it was packed so compactly in a box. Straight away I was impressed with the quality of the plastic, which seemed extremely strong and durable and looked fantastic. The pool has three inflatable rings, with two valves to blow air in the top ring and then the second and third rings together. I blew this up myself, and it did take quite a bit of puff to get it fully inflated requiring a couple of little breaks. Once it's fully blown up the stopper valves are then shut and pressed into the pool to stop them popping open. This is where I find the only fault with this toy, in that the stoppers are very tight and are difficult and fiddly to press in flat to the pool. It takes me quite a few tries with the stopper popping out annoyingly in the mean time. It's only a minor problem, more of a slight annoyance really, but one worth mentioning. Once the pool is inflated and the valves closed properly the pool looks great. The sides are a good depth, especially for slightly older children and there's a good amount of space inside for three small children to play comfortably. The flat bottom also has a handy plug, so emptying the pool is very easy, just a case of opening it and leaving it.
The pool was very much enjoyed that day by the children and my friend and I (who enjoyed cooling our feet in) and was a huge hit. Since then it's been used at least 40 times over the last two summers. As my daughter got a little older she invented new ways to use the pool, her favourite is having the end of her slide placed into it. She loves going down the slide, landing with a splash and skidding over the edge of the pool. She also likes pouring bubbles in it and having a 'bath' outside. Because it has a better depth than other small paddling pools it's grown with her and I fully expect it to be dragged out again this summer. The pool has taken a lot of stress from my daughter, the slide and some of the toys she's had in it yet we're going into our third summer now without a single puncture. Pretty impressive in my opinion!
Despite not looking to buy the other two items, they have also been very useful. In particular the ring which my daughter used weekly as a swimming aid in the local pool before she learned to swim herself, prefering it to arm bands. Because it held her so well in the water it left me hands free beside her allowing us to play together easily without me constantly holding her up. Again, the quality is of a high standard and the size would comfortable fit a child aged between 3 and 7 years old. While we no longer use this item, it remains in perfect condition. The ball has perhaps been the least used item although has had a few outings while on holiday, however it will be coming again this year and has endured some pretty boisterous play yet remains in perfect condition.
I'm really pleased with this set, in particular the pool and ring. My daughter has had 2 summers use out of it already and another one coming up, which has far exceeded my expectations. Apart from the tight fitting vlaves, this set is high quality, looks great and has provided many hours of fun for just under a £10, which makes it a winner in my eyes. I'd highly recommend this set to other parents looking for something similar and would say it's suitable for all ages up to 7 years. Even if you don't particularly want the other two items the paddling pool is worth the money on it's own!