When I was knee-high to a grasshopper, I received one of the greatest gifts of all time, a Nintendo TV game console. It seemed my headmaster-dad thought so too, as he was bust by one of his younger colleagues sitting cross-legged on the floor attempting to boot his very own daughter from the top of the Street Fighter leaderboard. Oh, the cheek!
One of the best parts of being a parent is that you get to be a kid all over again. Playing your kids (then Nintendo) now X-box, chasing bubbles, watching cartoons, being the ‘queen of the castle’ and believing in Santa is all deemed perfectly acceptable behavior when you have a child in tow.
At the risk of sounding ‘over the hill,’ in my day we had cap guns and colouring books to pass the time. Nowadays, people are dedicating some serious love and energy to creating toys that really do capture the imagination of our babas, encouraging them to explore and discover, and Yookidoo is one of those brands.
I recently came across the Yookidoo Flow ‘n Fill Spout, the toy that changed bath time for my little man. I didn’t think it could get any better, then the fine folks at Yookidoo shared their newest addition to their bath-time toy collection with me, and wowzers, it’s a doozy (as the saying goes).
In short, they’ve taken the quintessential tub-time duck, and given it one hell of a makeover. It comes with all the bells and whistles. No, seriously, it sings. And sprays. And whirls. And twirls.
To get into the nitty gritty, the Musical Duck Race is battery operated, and has a unique water circulation pumping system, which draws water up through the centre creating a fountain and a ‘race track’ for four colourful ducks. Placing each duck on said fountain forms a different ‘sprinkler’, and the leaf lever activates 1 of 9 sound effects. Pretty impressive, hey?
My child has been quite nervous of H2O recently (devastating to my keen-surfer husband) but he took to this like a duck to water (sorry, I couldn’t resist). On a serious note though, he now sits in the bath, which he wasn’t keen on before, and doesn’t mind getting his face and hair wet. Long may it last, for my husband’s sake at least. I could see his hopes of little E making it onto the cover of Zigzag Magazine dwindling in front of his eyes.
My house is an obstacle course of brightly coloured toyary that often seem to have been invented for the sole purpose of foot maiming, so it’s always good to come across a product that really seems to have been considered when it comes to the design and how it stimulates my child.
The Musical Duck Race may not be one of the toys that I’d be ‘bust’ playing with, (to be honest I long for a toy-free, bubble-filled, quiet bath) but it certainly makes me wish I had one when I was a little nipper.
Give it a go. Or not. Whatever floats your boat.
If you thought the Yookidoo Musical Duck Race was pretty nifty, take a look at The Little Fire Co. another one of the brands we think are doing lovely stuff for little ones.
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