“ Manufacturer: Tobar / Type: Water Toys „
My younger sister received a tube of Tobar touchable bubbles in her stocking at Christmas a couple of years ago. The concept is similar to that of regular bubbles - you stick the wand into the solution and then blow through the ring in the wand producing lots of little bubbles. However, the difference here is - as the name suggests - that you can actually touch these bubbles without them popping like they would normally do. The bubbles stick to your hand when you touch them and other other surface they come across, although they do disappear eventually.
The solution comes in a small tube about 12 cm long which can come in a variety of different colours including blue and orange. It also contains a wand which is attached to the lid.
My sister who is 7 years old now really enjoyed them when she had them - she loves bubbles - and they are great fun. One problem is that when they attach themselves to surfaces they do leave sticky marks, and when you touch them they leave your hands feeling sticky too. However, like normal bubbles they are a lot of fun, especially for young children, and the fact that they are touchable makes them all the more exciting and different.
They can be purchased fairly cheaply at about £2 a tube, which although more expensive than regular bubble solution, considering its uniqueness as a childrens toy, it is fairly good value.
My girls recently went on a nursery trip to a butterfly farm as far as i can gather the trip was at a huge centre that had exotic butterflies, insects and even a snake. The nursery had asked for each child to bring spending money for the gift shop no more than two pound. My girls had a wicked time on there trip but were more excited about what they had bought from the gift shop.
I have never heard of touchable bubbles before so was quite intrigued as to what they were. The packaging was very colourful being yellow with different colour bubbles in the background. The packaging is cardboard with a clear plastic blister on the front holding the bubbles onto the cardboard.
Both girls had a red tube of bubbles but can be found in yellow or blue like the dooyoo picture.
I was surprised to find the bubbles had cost £1.99 for such a small tube. I wish they had bought some pencils and a rubber like some of the other children had as these are not worth the money. Having researche the tobar touchable bubbles these are available online from tobar themselves and amazon uk.
The tube of bubbles and long and thin look like a scientific test tube made from plastic. The lid has the built in bubble want and a clip on the side of the tube for clipping the tube to clothing when on the child. Within miniutes of Hannah clipping the tube to her pocket the clip snapped just thin plastic.
Upon testing the bubbles out , i dipped the small bubble wand in and out of the liquid and blow gently , a small bundle of little bubbles come out one after the other. The girls were fascinated and catching the small bubbles on the end of their fingers etc. Jess also managed to collect one bubble after another on the palm of her hand , the bubbles were stacking up on top of each other without popping. My daughters think the bubbles are magic. They can also blow the bubbles by themselves without any trouble. We got a bit carried away blowing more and more bubbles, i used have a tube.
I did to start with think the bubbles were cool and fun however a little while after playing with the bubbles the table top was so sticky and could see little traces of bubbles, circles where they had landed. Took some time cleaning the table to remove all the marks. It wasn't just the messy table but the floor and whole kitchen had to be cleaned as everything was sticky. I never noticed at the time was to carried away with the bubbles.
I also found the tube of the bubbles got sticky with the drips of bubble solution. I have let the girls keep the bubbles but for outside use only due to the mess.
The bubbles are fun and entertaining so i recommend them from that point, kids will love them. I will only give three stars because of the sticky mess it produced.
You'll quite often find Tobar items in the gift shops at the end of a visit somewhere, they produce a range of novelty items, and normally a good bet for Party bags or just a bit of pocket money fun. When my kids spied these after a very pleasant family day at Wisely Gardens- "ooh bubbles - look you can actually TOUCH them!", even though the little wand in its packaging looked very small, and they cost around £2.25 (quite a lot for bubbles I felt), I was happy to buy them hoping they would provide a bit of fun. As it turned out I probably should have bought them something which was less likely to make mess.
Like most bubbles, this small wand - I'd say you get about 100ml - has a wand in the top. It's tiny and so produces teeny bubbles, but works quite well, even the 4 year old can produce quite an impressive amount of conventional looking bubbles with this. When you blow the bubbles, they look like any old bubbles but after a few seconds if you listen carefully they make a slight noise, like a mini pop. This is them "setting" - I don't know as there were no ingredients I could see on the packaging, but I think that they have some sort of PVA glue in them, they certainly smell very "gluey". The liquid in the tube is clear but quite viscous and very sticky. In terms of being "touchable", once the bubbles have solidified you can, indeed touch them, to a degree. If you are very very careful you can hold one in your hand, and even join a few together. If you press too hard however they deflate and leave a clear slightly tacky mess on your finger. If you leave one on a surface it can, potentially, last for a few hours before leaving a sticky mess.
This is where this item actually fails - much as, in theory these bubbles like others should be blown outside where they can make little mess. The problem is that if you do this you will probably find your bubbles are either blown away or stick to the ground. If you do let the kids use them eg in the kitchen they can play with them slightly more but, in my experience, they will end up with tiny bits of bubbles which collapse into glue in their hair or on their clothes. I think having their mother hovering over them trying to stop them causing too much devastation probably limits the fun that the kids can have with this, the novelty, such as it is wears off very very quickly and though these are played with from time to time they haven't really been a winner. There's some degree of fun to be had from blowing the bubbles and seeing them fly above neighbour's houses to hang around for a longer time than the norm but it is, in all honesty, a bit limited. These bubbles just aren't as novel as you would think.
Over time the lid on the bubbles has become very sticky and on one of these (I had two sets one in purple, one in orange), is pretty well welded to the top. I can't imagine you would actually use the pen like attachment to attach the bubbles to anything so it's a bit pointless. On the plus side I have found that the sticky mixture does come out of hair and can be washed off hands, and I don't think any clothes have actually been ruined but whether this is due to the mixture being washable or me being a bit paranoid about how the bubbles are used I couldn't say. The mixture does go a surprisingly long way, given that the bubbles produced are very small but also probably as, even being the kind of mum not averse to mess being made in the name of fun, I don't ever feel I can let the kids go crazy with these.
Overall I wouldn't recommend this item as, on the scale of bubbles it's actually quite expensive given that normal bubbles are probably more fun. They are a good idea that doesn't quite work and I won't be buying them again.
My eight year old son gets almost as excited about the contents of his Christmas stocking as he does about his main presents, so I always try to find some unusual and fun little stocking fillers for him. Hawkin's Bazaar offers a great selection of inexpensive little gifts and it was there I came across these 'Touchable Bubbles.'
Bubbles might sound like a rather unseasonal choice for Winter but these are no ordinary bubbles. These produce bubbles which are designed to be much stronger than your average bubble -so strong, in fact, that they can be touched, stacked and even picked up, all without popping. These are certainly the kind of claims they boast about, making me think it was well worth spending a couple of quid on as a novelty present.
As I'd expected, my son was delighted to discover these bubbles in his Christmas stocking, especially as the packaging is particularly striking and unusual. These come housed in a funny blue plastic tube, designed to resemble a large test-tube, complete with a chunky clip at the side. This certainly caught my son's eye initially and, once he realised what it contained he was eager to try the bubbles out immediately.
The bubbles are designed to be blown though a wand, just as you would with standard bubbles. As you'd expect, the wand comes supplied and is attached to the underside of the lid. The mixture seems slightly stickier and thicker than standard bubble mix with this thicker, stickier consistency intended to make thicker, and more robust bubbles. Unfortunately, this is also somewhat messier to use too, particularly with an impatient eight year old in charge who was reluctant to wait for the gluey mixture to fully drip back into the tube before trying to blow his bubbles! He also found the bubbles quite difficult to blow as the liquid was so thick and had a tendency to drip or pop rather than forming bubbles as expected.
Once blown, the bubbles should take a few seconds to harden sufficiently to be touched and even picked up without popping. Here, we encountered more frustrations as, much to my son's disappointment, his bubbles didn't really seem to harden up and either blew away or popped as he tried to reach them. The instructions do warn that the bubbles can take longer to harden in warm or humid weather but we were playing with them during a particularly cold and snowy December so that certainly wasn't the problem here.
After growing frustration and disappointment, some adult intervention was called for. With some persistence we did manage to produce some decent sized bubbles that did hold their shape for longer than traditional bubbles. Unfortunately, as soon as the boys tried to touch or hold them in their hands the bubbles would just disintegrate, leaving behind a rather unpleasant sticky goo on their hands. My three year old soon lost interest as he hates having dirty, sticky hands! The bubbles don't produce the same distinctive *pop* as a regular bubble but they do still burst when handled so were not as resilient or as much fun as any us had expected. All in all, these were a bit of a letdown and that's even before the cleaning up...
Fortunately, I'd managed to read the instructions beforehand and followed the advice that these bubbles should only be used out of doors, as the bubbles leave behind a sticky residue that can stain. I've never allowed my boys to blow these bubbles inside and would recommend that you follow the advice to play with these outside too as the gluey mess they leave behind is a nightmare to remove. It sticks really easily to any surfaces outside, such as our paving stones, and takes a lot of effort to remove, especially if the substance has dried. My son managed to get some bubble residue on his coat too and this was also troublesome to remove. I literally had to pick away at it bit by bit, as though it was used chewing gum stuck to the fabric.
From a parent's viewpoint, I'd be reluctant to recommend these simply because of the inconvenience of the sticky mess they leave behind. If they were really fun for the children, I might be persuaded to overlook the mess but sadly, these were a bit of a disappointment for the kids too so I really wouldn't recommend them at all. Should you wish to try for yourselves, they can be picked up for £2.50 from Hawkins Bazaar stores and online at www.hawkin.com
Tobar Touchable Bubbles come in a transparent blue tube. The tube is fairly sturdy and has a clip on the side allowing children to attach them to clothing etc. The tube has a rounded bottom so you can't stand the tube up whilst blowing bubbles. The wand is slender and flexible and doesn't quite reach to the bottom of the tube so when the bubble mixture is low you have to mess about tipping it, or refill it or throw it away and start a new tube which ever way you choose you have to get involved and interrupt your child's play. A dip always produces a good lot of bubbles and it isn't difficult to blow, the problem most children have is that they blow too hard and break the film formed on the wand, you can blow harder with the touchable bubbles without breaking the film.
When you blow the bubbles they are nice to look at, a little golden in colour, and it is easy to catch them and they stick to your fingers but they start to deflate very soon and leaves an empty sack, like PVA glue, sticking to your skin, hair, clothes, carpet and anywhere else that they settle. Be careful if you're outside on a breezy day because they get all over your washing or, worse, your neighbours washing, this proved very difficult for me! The kids love them though. These bubbles don't pop only deflate and I think that the popping is part of the charm of bubbles.
In conclusion, I would rather make my own by adding glycerine to a normal mixture, which has the same touchable effects, than have to clean up the mess that Tobar Touchable Bubbles make. You can pay up to £2.00 so shop around as you can get them for less than 40p.
I have just used these bubbles for the first time playing with my 1 year old and they are great! They really are touchable.
Initially they look just like normal bubbles. There is clear, tick liquid in a brightly coloured tube and a little wand inside for blowing the bubbles. The bubbles blow as normal but as they go through the air they harden slightly so they don't burst when they touch an object or the floor. On reaching the floor they actually stay there as a sea of bubbles around the floor or they stick to other items ie plants, clothes etc and stay there.
If you pick them up they do tend to deflate and you are left with what looks like a very very thin cling film type substance that rubs away to nothing. If you leave them a long time though the cling film type stuff is a bit harder to rub away although a damp cloth gets rid of it easily. I had to use a damp cloth on our carpet as we left the sea of bubbles for ages and then I realised you could still see white bits where the bubbles had eventually burst. I won't leave them so long next time!
We've used them a lot ie about 20 times since Christmas but have only used about 10% of the tube so far so one tube will go a long way. I paid £1.99 for them in a garden centre.
The newest must have toy that we came across on holiday is of course the subject of this review, well I say toy, but it is more of a play item!
The product I will now review is - "Magic bubbles".
This is a new product that, so far, I have only seen on sale in Skegness, I do recall seeing them for sale in one of the arcades we visit, but to be truthful never took any notice of, as the claims they make seem to be quite ludicrous in my opinion.
This year was different! My children have saved their own money to buy treats with and after going round a bargain type shop my son spotted these and got his money out straight away.
The claim that this product makes is the fact that after blowing the bubbles in the normal and conventional way that you would with any other bubble making liquid, that these then solidify enough for the child to then go on and handle without them popping.
As mentioned earlier these were just claims but now to validate these claims and as part of a marketing ploy there are small television screens with the product showing an ongoing infomercial to show what can actually be done with the product.
The bubble mixture itself comes in a test tube sized and shaped container, with there being a large selection of colours available to buy, though a point to mention is the colour brought has no bearing whatsoever on the bubbles themselves, when blown you will see they are clear!
According to the infomercial you simply dip the wand (provided and stuck to the inside of the lid), into the liquid and then let any excess drip back into the tube, this will not be as quick as with other liquids as it is quite viscose in consistency.
You then blow the bubbles very gently up into the air, this will produce a large quantity of small bubbles, about the size of a 50p piece.
After a few seconds these will harden enough to be handled with the infomercial demonstrating a child actually building his bubbles into a tower of sorts within the palm of his hand.
My son, after watching the screen transfixed for a minute or two was already convinced about this product and quite happily went and paid for it, the price only being £1.99, which for bubbles is of course expensive, but if the claims were to be believed a small price to pay for something a bit different.
When we got home, and he actually remembered buying them, he immediately went into the garden and started blowing the bubbles.
After a few adjustments, ie me taking over the blowing and dipping of the wand, I saw how thick the liquid was and how, if it worked, long this small bottle would actually last......quite sometime.
It initially worried me how once the bubbles had been blown, they either popped straight away or blew away, so some thinking on my feet was required.
We adjourned to the bathroom and I blew them towards the ceiling to give the little blighters enough chance to harden a little, and I am sorry to say they didn't!
I came dangerously close to chucking the whole thing in the bin in temper, when my husband noticed a small disclaimer on the back of the pack saying that in humid or warm conditions the bubbles would take a little longer to harden.
We decided to try again in the evening when the temperature had dropped a little and by jove they worked!!
Half the amount of bubbles that my son blew suddenly hardened enough to stick to various plants and shrubs in my garden, my son though it was great that the small conifer in the corner took on the illusion of being a Christmas tree covered in small and pearlescent "baubles", It really did look effective.
The bubbles themselves though were not really that easy to handle, the bubbles do harden but take on a sticky exterior so as soon as you try to pick them up or move them they seem to deflate like inflated clingfilm.
Another point is, that even though this product claims to be 100% water soluble, which I have since found is a true enough claim, these bubbles do initially stain any clothing they come into contact with.
The mixture is non toxic but have also had a bittering agent added to further prevent ingestion.
The product states that product complies to toy safety regulations but should not be used by anyone under the age of three, this though is due to the container being considered as a choking hazard.
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