Advantages cute, simple
Disadvantages hard t get water out
|Value for Money|
I thought it was time that I wrote a review about these little ducks which Hope plays with every day without fail! They are certainly a very simple concept but they entertain my 2 year old on a daily basis in a way that none of her other toys do (well except for dolly I suppose!) so thought they deserved to be reviewed!They were bought for Hope for Christmas so we have had them eight months now. They were from The Early Learning Centre and I think they cost £6 for the pack. They came in a brightly coloured cardboard box and there wasn't any struggle to get into it so they were a big hit in my opinion from day one! I hate it when children's toys are overly packaged and hard to get into!
When Hope was first introduced to these she was just interested in holding them, studying them, turning them around and occasionally having a gnaw on one of them and I guess this is what young babies and younger toddlers would do with these toys. They would be a good way to distract a young baby from the stresses of having a bath and help to engage them in something bright to focus on. Since Hope has developed a lot over the last 8 months she has been able to name these ducks "Mummy, daddy, Hope and baby" and has created little roles for them. Whenever it's bathtime she will interact with these as though they are a little family of ducks and always lines them up in a certain way. When it is time to get out of the bath she lies them on their sides and shushes them as though it is bed time! It is lovely watching her use her imagination with them like this.Bath time usually lasts about twenty minutes and the majority of this time Hope spends playing with these ducks, having them swim around the bath, jump off the sides, kiss each other and generally interacts with them her little imagination running wild.
These ducks have helped Hope to learn different colours. She can now name the four colours of the ducks and will pick up the correct one if I ask her for a particular colour which is certainly something which I'm not sure she would have learnt so quickly if it wasn't for these as so many of her toys are multi-coloured or not played with frequently enough to be so easy to pick up on the colours like these are.Children can also learn basics about animals about how ducks like to swim, how they have beaks, how they have wings and little tails and other features of a duck. Hope still refers to the beaks as noses but I'm sure eventually she will learn they are called beaks!
I like the size of them, they are not so small that they would be a choking hazard or awkward for small hands to hold but they are not so big that they take up too much room on the side of the bath for storage. The toughness of the plastic is good in terms of they are robust so if your child gnaws on them they won't develop holes in them but this does then mean that you can't squeeze all of the water out of them after a bath so it can cause some problems with mould build up over time.The colours of them are great, they are bold and not overly fussy so that your child can focus on them and not be overwhelmed by patterns which I think is particularly important for babies who can struggle to focus on toys which have too much detail on them.
These are good classic bath toys and I'm really pleased to see that they have been such a success with Hope. I think it's a shame that they do build up mould over time but then again they are fairly cheap so replacing these with a new set isn't too much of a problem.Oh one word of warning- they may be toddler proof but they are not puppy proof! Hope's grandma has a set of these at her house and sadly the yellow one is no more after their puppy managed to chew it's way through it! So be warned!
These are great toys and I definitely recommend them to you!
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