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Bought this thinking it would last several years for the kids to use as a paddling pool in the garden. Its a great design and kids love Thomas so it wasn't hard for them to start enjoying using it.Within a few days however we noticed a slow puncture on the rear inflatable panel. It didn't present too much of an issue at first as we just re-inflated it the next time it was used.The followiing summer we took it out of its box and have found that three more sections have failed and have punctures. It is now pretty much unusable despite careful storage and use. Conclusion: Very poor quality of material if it can't withstand average use.
*Please note we own the updated design of this paddling pool/ball pitt which can be found here - http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Search/searchTerms/THOMAS+POOL.htm - to save any confusion as the dooyoo picture is the old version*
~Thomas the Tank Paddling Pool and Ball Pitt~
Recommended for children over the age of 3 years and with adult supervision.
Here we have a multi use, inflatable pool which can be used indoor or outdoor. Presented in a compact box is a one piece pool. The pool is flat packed and needs to be blown up in three different sections before using.
The pool measures approx 126 x 99 cm and has a 410 litre capacity.
This pool is aimed at fans of that cheeky blue engine known as Thomas the Tank. It has been designed to resemble a train and is complete with a large Thomas head and funnel. It is suitable for being filled with water for outdoor fun or filled up with play balls for indoor or outdoor use.
~Price and Availability~
This pool is currently available at the following prices :
*Amazon - £22.99
*Argos - £24.99
December 2011 - a rare trip to the shops with my fiance. I went to B&Ms and left him outside but when I came back out he was just walking out of Argos. I wondered if he ever had listened to me. You see - our toddler son had spotted this Thomas pool whilst peeking at the Argos catalogue - he had went on about it for 4 months and we had told him that Santa couldn't carry it. It may sound cruel and despite having a toy room, we simply couldn't accommodate this pool. Well, his Daddy had bought it and hid the receipt so Mummy had to make arrangements and clear space for it!
~Set Up and Appearance~
The box is tiny so no hassle hiding it before Christmas Eve. There is no pump supplied so we had to inflate this pool by mouth. The manufacturer recommends it will be up and ready to use in 4 mins - haha no chance! I had no puff so my fiance blew this up himself in three stages (the main body of the pool and then the Thomas head) - it took him at least an hour with regular breath breaks in between.
Once fully inflated, the pool is attractive. The colours are vibrant and it does resemble Thomas but with a large, open carriage for excited passengers at the back! The detailing is good including the 'wheels' and Thomas face. The pool appears pretty solid when it is initially inflated but of course it is a plasticky material and it will tear if it comes into contact with something sharp! The base of the pool is a thickish material that small swimming pools are made from. Generally the pool looks good.
~Christmas Day Has Arrived!~
My son was completely astounded by this pool on Christmas morning and spent the whole morning playing in it. We had bought a pack of 100 play balls at first and we also had some from his baby ball pitt - this barely skimmed the surface of the pool so we ended up buying more later on. I think we have around 300 in it just now and it looks much fuller and provides a softer landing for serious cannon ball activity!
The pool remained in our living room most of the day before we moved it into his bedroom. He plays in it daily and once fell asleep in it so it must be comfortable! The pool remains stable when my son and nephew jump in it and it doesn't tip over. There is sufficient play room for both the boys and even I can get in it and spread out a little. This does mean that it does take up quite a bit of room - I had to move most of his other toys into the toy room or living room to accommodate this pool! It can be moved between rooms without needing to deflate and is very light weight.
So, it is good for indoor play time but how does it cope with outdoor use? We do not have a garden but Granny lives across the road from us. We deflated the pool (it didn't take long with a bit of flattening - it flattens well for transport btw) and took it over to make use of it during warmer weather. I wouldn't recommend leaving the pool outside as it is likely to move in any wind and catch and potentially burst.
Anyway, the pool sits neatly on the grass and we filled it up a little with some water from the hose. This didn't take long. We normally use the pool already over there but we couldn't locate it in the overflowing shed that week. The pool filled up nicely and we filled it half full so the water sat around the top of the first inflated indent. My son had a splash about and it was fab watching him having fun. We tipped the water out onto the grass and the pool dried up quickly. I gave it a towel dry and took it home and re-inflated it ready for indoor use again.
When we first inflated the pool, within a week, we noticed that the pool was starting to deflate a little. It needed a quick blow up every fortnight. The tabs over the holes remained in place well and kept the air in generally but it must have been leaking out gradually. During a weekly play session, my son and nephew were playing when Boo shouted that Spud (my nephew) had 'burst' the Thomas 'ball pip'.
The main body of the pool was fine but the Thomas head was deflated and we have never been able to save him. I can only assume he is a goner - Boo wasn't impressed and it has put him off using the pool a little. It doesn't look as appealing now but the actual ball pool is still functional. My nephew can be a little rough with Boos toys but I do think it would have too more force than a 3 yr old to burst Thomas so perhaps the quality isn't as good as it should have been.
My son has enjoyed playing in his pool and it does look nice but I don't see it lasting us much longer. I don't feel it has been a good value purchase at £25.00 (and then around £15.00 worth of play balls in total). Boo is losing interest in it as it does only offer limited fun when the weather is crap outside. I fits in with his Thomas room but it won't last until Christmas 2012 (which Mummy is hoping as I am sick of picking 300 play balls up and we need the space for his new train table this year lol). Our son is 4 next week.
3 stars - faded glory.
Thanks for reading x
My parents have a decent sized garden, and they wanted to get something for my son to play in when he goes round there. They figured this would be a good idea, as he was into Thomas the Tank Engine at the time, and we agreed. Well over a year later, we're still using it, and it's still going strong.
The main idea of this is to be used as a mini paddling pool, but with a bit of a character appeal to it. It's designed to feel like Thomas the Tank Engine, with the pool itself being the engine, and Thomas' face on the front. It's an inflatable, but really, you'll need a pump to actually blow it up. Doing it by blowing will take you an absolute age, trust me, we tried, before my dad adjourned to his garage and hunted around for the pump. Once you use this, it's done in no time at all, and can then be deflated and reinflated as you see fit. Mum and dad kept it up for most of the Autumn, but then deflated it and kept it in their house for the winter. It's back up again now!
We have yet to fill it water and use it like that, but although that's it's primary aim, it does also suggest filling it with balls. The squeezable plastic balls you often find it ball pens in kids' soft play areas are generally available to buy in big bags/cases of 100 or so. We went and bought some of these, and spend most of the time either throwing them at each other, or trying to aim into the Paddling Pool to hit someone by bouncing it off a wall.
Our son, Will, absolutely adores this, and at around the £30 mark, which it was at the time, this is an investment that's well worth it. It's about 5 feet in length, around 3 in width, and is an enjoyable investment that my mum and dad made. The base itself isn't padded, and if I had one gripe, it would probably be this. It would have been nice if this inflated to a certain extent , to provide protection on the bottom as well, but I understand the practicalities of kids and water putting pressure on air inflated platforms and how it could all end in tears.
I highly recommend this. It is sturdy, and enjoyable, and easy to construct. My son loves it, I enjoy it and my folks are glad they bought it. Value for money isn't something you often get with branded products, but with paddling pools varying quite a lot in terms of price, it's good to something that is a branded object as well as being interesting and interactive as opposed to dull and boring, and at a decent price, too. Recommended.
We purchased this last summer for my daughters 1st birthday. She is obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine and when we saw this in Argos we thought that she would just love it.
We decided that it would be nice to have it blown up in the toy room for her to see when she got up on her birthday morning. We got the electric pump too and I am so glad that we did as it took loads of inflating. We spent the best part of 30 with the electric pump.
We only wanted to use it as a ball pool to start with as it was to cold to use it outside. We had only bought 500 balls and realised that that didnt even half fill it. So at 10pm I had to run to the local Asda and buy 8 more bags(800 balls). This made it deep enough to have a ball in but didnt nearly fill it.
My other half and I tested (to make sure it was okay) and it really brought back memories of childhood.
When my daughter first caught sight of it she was she screamed with sheer delight. The Thomas face is really big and as it is 3D it is quite realistic. The bumpers are also 3D. My daughter couldnt manage to climb over the side as it is quite high but my older children (3 & 4 years old at the time) managed to climb over it no problem. The wall at the back is a bit lower so that it is easier for little ones to climb over.
The canopy is a great feature especially in the summer you can move the pool round depending on where the sun is to protect them. The size is really practical. We have had 6 toddlers in it and there was still plenty of room for them to enjoy themselves.
We have used this loads and never had a puncture yet (touch wood) but if you did get a puncture it would be quite easy to locate as there are lots of different chambers and it also comes with a puncture repair kit. I think we have never had one as the material is highly durable and we try to avoid letting anyone play in it with belts or zips or shoes on. Obviously if it was just being used as a paddling pool you wouldnt have this issue.
We use the pump to deflate it otherwise it is really difficult to get all the air out. It then folds and is easy to store. The balls however take up a lot of space and I am glad that we have the garage to store them in.
I loved this and an so glad that we bought this but at £30 it isnt cheap but it makes up for it in quality.
As you all probably know by now I am absolutely Thomas the Tank mad FOR my twin boys so when I seen this advertised on the Early Learning Centre website how could I resist? It didn't cross my mind at the time that I probably would have no room for it or it would be a five minute wonder. But to this day I don't regret buying it, despite the hefty size.
I bought it as a 1st Birthday Present for my twin boys, I was doing a little tea party and thought it would be brilliant fun for my boys and the 4 other boys who were joining them.
You can buy it instore or online at www.elc.co.uk and it costs at the moment £40, I bought it though when it was offer last year for just £25. It says its a paddling pool, which yes it can be used as a paddling pool but as my boys birthday is in November I thought it best to use it as a ball pool. Which of course resulted in my paying more money to provide some fun to this as I had to buy balls. The plastic balls don't come cheap either probably £5 for a bag of 100! Sounds alot, but it's not when you see the size of this pool. 3 Bags I've bought and you can still see the bottom of the pool!
It's not too easy to blow up either, I seriously advise against trying to blow it up by mouth and buying a cheap foot pump. That's what I did which was so much easier as your brain doesn't feel as if it's about to explode and it's alot quicker. I say cheap, but it was still extra money I had to spend, although I did only pay £5 for a small foot pump.
Each side of the pool as it's own hole to pump it up. Once blown up it is shaped like Thomas the Tank himself. With a roof over the back and big smiley Thomas face at the front. Fantastic for any Thomas fun, no many Thomas fan's actually. As I've said it is quite a big pool, and at my boys small tea party there were 6 kids sitting and playing in it comfortably with room to spare.
I love the pool as it did provide alot of fun, and still does, it has helped my boys learn to climb and just play silly for a bit, throwing themselves around the pool and just enjoying such a spacious and large toy which isn't your everyday thing. At the same time though it's not a practical pool, not easy to store. Once out of its box, which it comes flatpacked in it's very hard to fold it up as neat as what it was to store back in. It's also not easy to store if you are intending on leaving it up as it is rather big. Luckily I have a large spare room which is where I keep my boys bigger toys. They havn't used it in the summer yet as an actual pool but I'm sure they will love it just as much. One downside to mine was it did 'rip' easily. It wasn't played with roughly at all, and none of the kids had shoes on but the tiniest hole was formed on the 1 side which I have had to keep taping up to prevent the air from coming out.
I reccomend this pool if you are looking to do a pool party maybe for children, it is suitable for children from aged 2-8 it says on the ELC website, but my boys were just 1 when they had it and they loved it. The only way I would see it as a danger is if it was to deflate and collapse, but it does take a good few hours to deflate so you would notice it to be able to prevent such a danger. I only reccomend it if you have somewhere to store it such as a shed or garage as it's not the usual 'house toy'. It does definitely provide alot of fun and excitement and it's one of them things which can keep a group of children entertained. If you maybe havn't got the room to store it I would suggest searching for a smaller pool which is a bit more practical.
Splash and play in your very own Thomas paddling pool, with a cab canopy sun shade. Fill with water or playballs