Thursday, 5 July 2012

Tomy Octopals Review

After reviewing Sonic Tomy kindly sent a bath toy for my boys to put through its paces.  Luckily it required no batteries, so my boys could enjoy it even with the E.ON no electronic toys challenge!  Phew something to distract them in these hard times ;)

This bath set was great fun, with the water squirting from the cute colourful baby Octopals all over the place.  So plenty of giggles, belly laughs and sneaky squirts of mummy and daddy!

It was a perfect way to entice them into the bath.  Some children have a reluctance to bathe, they worry about the water splashing in their faces especially their eyes, but this set is so much fun you will find their confidence with the water increasing.  They can use the pouring Octopus Mummy over their heads to get used to the trickling water, being so distracted with all the entertaining elements of the toy, they will soon be more brave.

They are very educational too, each Octopal is numbered, so you could ask your child to pass you a certain number or get them to place them in order on their floating Octopus Island.  I am trying to develop the ability with numbers of my youngest so this has come at an ideal time.  If he thinks I am giving him a “lesson” he shuts off, but playing with this toy he quite happily got involved, even impressing me and doing his numbers in Welsh.

If your bathroom is looking slightly drab, the Octopals, which easily stick on to the tiles or bath, can really brighten it up!  I was impressed with the suction.  I also think they will be simple to keep clean as the water is easy to empty from the squirters and the rest of the toy could be wiped down.  So when its my turn in the bath I do not have to share that previous indulgent time with some mould ridden octopus!  Hooray for that.

Aged for 12 months+ this is a great toy when you’re struggling to decide what you can buy your little one.  A huge plus is the retail price, currently on Amazon for £8.95; I was shocked to see it so cheap.  I thought it would have been around £20 and would have happily paid that price.  Snap it up and start your Christmas shopping early or just as a treat to bring merriment back to bath time.

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