When I was pregnant I spent hours in the bath watching Charly move around in my tummy, she loved the water even then. The bath is still her favourite place to be. Because of that, over the past 2 years we have accumulated quite a collection of bath toys. Bath crayons, bath beads, gels, bubbles, sponges, bath stickers, bath faces, boats, cups, watering cans… Her favourite by far was the Yookidoo Flow n Fill I got her for Christmas. Before Yookidoo South Africa sent us 2 new ones to try for International Bath Day (today, 14 June).
What is International Bath Day? The story goes that on this day many many years ago, Archimedes (Greek mathematician, scientist and scholar) found a way to measure the volume of objects by submerging them in water – while in a bath. How cool is that? The funny imagery of him jumping out the bath in excitement and running naked through the streets of Greece shouting “Eureka, Eureka!” always makes me giggle. International toy manufacturer, Yookidoo has an amazing award-winning range of bath toys designed to celebrate learning and exploration; teaching them basic physics in the same way that Archimedes did – in the bath. Empty – full, floating and sinking, heavy and light and cause and effect are processed, while fine motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination are practiced. I LOVE developmental toys! Lucky for me, so does Charly!
So that is the why we are celebrating, but I have to share with you the best part – they actually deliver on their promises of fun and learning! Charly is obsessed with new toys and asks to bath at least 5 times a day. We let her play with all of them at once the first night, but quickly realised that was asking for trouble, even if that trouble is shrieking splashing spraying fun. Since then she gets to choose one a night and so far, the Yookidoo Submarine Spray Station is the winner.
This is the one I can never catch a video of though because she loves spraying me as much as she loves making the little man’s eyes go “all squiggly”, she also doesn’t like having bubbles in the bath because then she cant see the submarine man that sticks to the botton of the bath and feeds the water through the diver shower head. But it is so cute to see that I couldn’t resist sharing the YouTube clip for you!
It took Charly a few tries to get her aim right while using the side spray buttons (she says the submarine button that keeps it spraying is “cheating”), which is incredibly good for hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills strengthening. But now she can get the eyes “squiggly” and the the mouth (which she is determined is actually his nose) spouting and the wheel turning, which is done by creating enough of a build up of the water in the left cup to cause all the fun effects. And the right cup causes the clock arm to spin and the stripy pipe to spray.
A benefit I didn’t foresee was the fact that she lets me use the diver man shower head to wash her hair!!! If you had any idea of the banshee screaming we have endured the past 2 years every time we put water over her head to wash it you would understand how exciting this is for me. She giggled the whole time the diver “sneezed” in her hair and I managed to get all the shampoo out of her hair!
Because the other toys are totally worth mentioning – AND I got an adorable video of Charly playing with the Yookidoo Stack N Spray that you HAVE to see!
So, the Yookidoo Stack N Spray Fountain. This one is my favourite and Charly has a blast with it. Basically, it is an endless water fountain that draws water up from the bath through its floating base. It comes with 5 different little boats and creatures that can be stacked on top of the fountain, and in varying order on each other, and each has its own spray effect. The little boats also float in the bath, so this toy creates a whole water world of its own. But don’t take my word for, have a look at Charly’s response!!
And last, but definitely not least, since it was the one I found and fell in love with all on my own last Christmas – The Yookidoo Flow n Fill (also in the background of that video)! This one is simpler and provides great sensory development for little humans. While the other two are more suited to over 1 years old (Stack N Spray) and 2 years old (Submarine Spray Station), the Flow n Fill can be enjoyed from 9 months. An adorable spout that draws water up and through to pour through one of 4 stacking cups with different effects, Charly figuring out what each one did and enjoying the splashing and water running through her fingers has given her (and me) hours of enjoyment.
While Yookidoo makes a vast range of kiddies developmental toys, I particularly love the bath toy range and watching how Charly learns and discovers cause and effect in much the same way as the good old streaking Archimedes did. She loves running around naked shouting funny words too!
*Sadly only those who live in South Africa are eligible for this competition.
Sending all the love xx