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Hasbro Playskool Busy Basics Busy Elephant

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Manufacturer: Hasbro / Age: 3 months

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      18.05.2012 09:28
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      A great basic toy

      My daughter was bought this for her first Chrostmas her being 3 months at the time it was pretty limiterd what was suitable. The elephant was given a s a gift but I have looked it up for the purposes of this review and you can buy the elephant on Amazon for £8.79 at present which is a decent price for the toy in my opinion.

      Packaging

      The elephant came in a bright red cardboard box with a plastic front with a hole in it, the hole I think was so you could put your finger in and spin the ball on the end of the elephants nose however the hole was pretty small and the edges a little too sharp for my liking so I certainly didn't rate the packaging. The elephant wasn't difficult to get out of his box simply being hels in by plastic covered wires which simply needed untwisting.

      The Elephant

      The elephant is for babies aged from 3 months so it is a very soft toy to make it suitable, the elephant is a lilac blue colour and has a big trunk with a ball on the end and a bottom lip hanging underneath the trunk which looks a little strasnge as it stands out a little far. The elephant has two large plastic eyes aqnd large floppy ears and he has alsorts of different activities for baby to play with. I think the elehphant could have been more brightly coloured to attract babies attention.

      The Activities

      There are a number of activities on the elephant you have little tufts of ribbon sticking out of his head for baby to tug, his bright lime green ears have a rustling material inside and there is a ball of pink and orange which can be spun on the end of the elehpnats trunk. One of the elephants hands has a squeak in it although it is pretty hard to press so our daughter didn';t really manage to do this on her own and gthen the other hand has a piece of cord style material on it for texture. On one foot the elephant has a plastic dial with little holes for baby to put fingers in it and tunr the wheel, it reminds me of the dial on a really old style telephone, the wheel makes clicking noises as it turns around too. On the opposite foot there is a mirror which our daughter was really intrigue by and she would happily smile at herself in it if we held it at the right eye level for her. Thwe final activity on the elephant is a hard plastic star shape which is attached by a piece of ribbon and can be placed in a pocket on the front of the elephant, the star shape is really good for baby to chew on when their gums are hurting them and the ribbon is only short so that they cannot hurt themselves in any way.

      Our Thoughts

      Our daughter really liked this toy and she loved to crinkle the ears and would happily sit and giggle so she must have liked the noise it made, she loved looking in the mirror and she still loves looking at herself in mirrors now perhaps she's going to be a little vain. She never showed any interest in ths spinning ball or the squeak even when we squeaked it for her and wasn't bother by spinning the wheel either. I would say this is a great beginner toy as it is suitable for really young children and they can manage to do things on it by themselves even if it is by accident, my daughter got a couple of months play from this but once we introduced toys that made music and flashed lights she was no longer interested in this toy so there are toys that provide longer play but I still think this is great.

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      16.05.2010 14:14
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      A nice baby toy

      I bought this as a present for my daughter 2 years ago when she was 5 months old. We are now using it with my 9 month old son, so it has lasted well.
      The elephant is about 18 inches tall and about 12 inches wide. It's a bright blue colour and stuffed to be firm rather than cuddly. It has no flashing lights or electronics, so no batteries required.
      There are several activities on the elephant. At the end of it's nose is a ball that can be spun. The ears crinkle and rattle. On one foot is a mirror and on the other a dial that can be turned - just the right size for little fingers to get a good grip on.
      On the elephant's tummy is a pocket that contains a chunky star attached by a ribbon, which my babies use as a teether.
      One of the elephant's paws squeaks and the other has a textured panel.
      We leave this toy in my son's cot at night, as it's soft enough for him to lie on when he moves around in the night and it amuses him in them morning when he wakes up.
      The colour scheme of the elephant means that it is suitable for girls or boys.
      It can be machine washed - ours has been in several times now and lived to tell the tale!
      I was lucky enough to get this on offer, so only paid around £8 for it, at which price it has been well worth the money.

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        29.01.2010 16:28

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        A good buy for baby without the bright lights and sounds of other toys

        I purchased this item for my son at christmas who was four month at the time, I tend to sit with him on my lap and he enjoys to spin the ball on the trunk. I think he is drawn to it due to the bright colours. Its made from a nice soft material and has different textures to the hands. The ears have different interiors so one sounds like scrunchy plastic nad the other has a bell inside. There is a easy to turn dial on one foot and a mirror on the other. Its not easy for a baby to see themselves in a mirror on the foot of such a large toy so that part my son only really uses when laying on the floor having the toy sat next to him. Its nice to have a sensory toy like this that is uses texture and sounds without bright lights and music. Very reasonably priced.

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        05.01.2010 21:22
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        Knock it down £5 and it would be ok

        When it comes to christmas you go to every store and look down every isle to find things for your children what you think they would like, things that teach them new skills and will benifit them. You make sure that the things that you have bought are safe for your child. I like the colourful things to buy the brighter the better I feel that it helps with sight development and teaches colours from an early age.

        I happen to have to take everyone shopping too so on this particular occasion I took my farther shopping for christmas. After trawling the shelves of Smiths toy store for my yongest daughter we spotted this. This is a teddy in the shape of an elephant but with activities. This toy is from birth upwards which is good because it means that it should be very safe for my child. It cost £14.99 and can not say that I have seen it cheaper anywhere else. I would say that it is only worth about £10 although it is appealing and very colourful and it has a sufficient ammout of learning toys on it that will amuse a young child it is not worth that much in my opinion.

        This is a bright blue elephant with satin lime green ears in the inside that has purple and blue swirls and spots on them. It has two very big eyes that are securly stuck on. On his trunk there is an orange and pink coloured ball that is in a green hoop. This hoop is secure and allows the ball to be spinned around, this looks like he is spinning and balancing a ball on the end of his trunk. Inside the ball are small pieces that make a rattling sound when you turn it which will keep your child interested in the toy. It has a lip that has a pink inside to make it look like the elephant has a mouth which is just below the base of the trunk. It has one arm with a pink paw and a yellow paw on the other arm. Then around the waist of the elephant there is an orange pouch that has the playskool logo on it. This ensures me that it is made by a trusted toy brand. I am always reluctant to purchase products for my children made by unknown or non advised makers. In this pouch is a yellow star that is in a hoop shape, this is attached by a pink piece of ribbon and can be taken in and out of the pouch without running the risk that it will get lost. On one of the feet is a circle dial that has small holes in them, this reminds me of the old dial phones but this purple dial doesn't have numbers. This moves round when twisted and makes a clicking noise, it isn't easy for a young child to turn but over the age of 1 wouldn't struggle with this. On the other foot is a mirror. I like this part because all babies like to look at themselves because they think they are looking at another baby. This mirror is surrounded by a green piece of plastic to secure it in place.

        The two things I like most about this is the bright colours I am a bit like a magpie I am drawn to it and the mirror because it is the most interesting thing that is on it.

        This is a safe toy that will take alot of bashing because it is stuffed like a teddy and the toy parts are not small enough to be put into their mouths. It is stitched very weall and the accessories are attached securely. It is about 12cm tall and will sit propped up for a younger child. Upto yet my baby daughter is too young to benifit from this and my older daughter is not interested in even picking it up. I do hope that the youngest will get some enjoyment out of it but I don't think the facentation will last very long.

        I wouldn't buy this again I really don't think it is worth the money if it was under £10 then I may say that it was worth it, there are definately better baby toys in the shops.

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        11.12.2009 22:17
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        Would highly recommend

        It was my daughters first Christmas; I didn't have a clue what to get her. At the time she was 4 months old and I find that this is a difficult age to pick something out for a young person. I was browsing through Pondstretches when I came across busy elephant for £10.99.


        Your child will love the cuddly playful elephant. It has 8 different activities to encourage hands on exploration and discovery. This is a multi sensory play cuddly toy.


        My daughter loved her elephant, she giggled every time that it made a noise. It has got quite a few different feels and textures which I think that is why she likes it so much.


        He has large, silky ears with blue and purple swirls and spots, the left hand one is crinkly and the right hand other has a rattle inside.
        On the end of his trunk is a spinning pink but mainly orange ball which also rattles. His left foot has a purple dial like the old telephones which you used to get. It clicks as it turns and the right foot has a mirror, a real mirror in a chunky green plastic surround not one of the plastic mirrors that is clouded, bends, and get creases in the material.


        On the tummy there is a big orange pocket, inside there is a chunky plastic yellow star attached to a pink ribbon. Although it doesn't say this it is teething ring it does look as if it would come in quite handy for a baby that is teething. We all know how young babies like putting everything they hold into their mouth.


        The left hand is pink, soft and fluffy which squeaks when squeezed. The right hand one is yellow with a cord like texture.


        I have found this product for £14.99 in the ARGOS catalogue and your are getting a free toy worth £14.99 with it if you buy two products on the two pages provided.

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          19.11.2009 10:41
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          Activity baby toy

          The Playskool Busy Elephant is an activity / educational soft toy, aimed towards babies aged 3+ months. I bought a couple last christmas as gifts for friends babies and when my son was born I was pleased to recieve one as a gift.

          Activities:

          Ears: He has large,silky, lime green ears with blue and purple swirls and spots, one is crinkly and the other has a rattle inside.

          Trunk: On the end of his trunk is a spinning orange and pink ball which also rattles.

          Feet: His one foot has a purple dial (like the old telephones) which clicks as it is turned and the other foot has a mirror, not the soft type you sometimes get on toys which can bend and are not usually very clear, but a 'proper' mirror in a chunky green plastic surround

          Tummy: He has an orange pocket and inside you will find a chunky plastic star attached to a pink ribbon. It does look like it would be quite useful as a teething ring.

          Hands: one is soft, fluffy pink which squeaks when squeezed, the other yellow with a cord like texture.

          The elephant is a lovely, eye catching bright blue colour and he has four short pieces of yellow ribbon sticking out from the top of his head. His big black eyes are made of flat oval shaped plastic. The bright colours, sounds and textures are all meant to help encourage a babies senses and aid their development.

          Overall, his head is very large compared to his body and I've seen cuter toys, but still he is quite sweet! My son is now six months and has had this from birth. From about three months he was very attracted to the big ears with their eye catching colours and also likes to try and spin the ball on the end of the trunk, which is encouraging both hand to eye co-ordination and his grip. The bright colours made this toy stand out to him and it's one of the few he began being interested in, he would start kicking his legs and waving his arms as soon as it came out of the toy box! Now he is a little older he is more interested in the little star in the pocket, he knows it is in there and will spend ages passing it from hand to hand and trying to chew on it. He also likes the dial and is in awe of the clicking noise, although he can't manage to turn the dial himself yet.

          As I said at the beginning, we also bought some of these for christmas gifts and my friends daughter is still playing with hers at fifteen months old and it still looks as good as new, so I'm expecting Logans to weather just as well! The label says the toy is machine washable and able to be tumble dried, although it does not give any heat instructions. I'm not sure how the mirror and spinning ball will do in the machine, so I'm more inclined just to sponge clean which has been fine. Let's hope he doesn't get too dirty!

          However, being a perfectionist, there is something which slightly annoys me! The elephant is in a sitting position, so all activities are on it's front. It will sit freely so you don't have to hold it, but the slightest touch makes it topple forwards, probably because of the size of it's head and the weight of the trunk with the ball. This then means that if it falls on to a baby who is lying down, the baby gets hit with the hard plastic ball. As I said though, it's only a slight problem as we alleviate this by lying the elephant on his side but, I think maybe just the addition on a bean bag in his bum may help to weigh him down at the back and make him more sturdy.

          This usually retails for around £15, although I've seen it on the internet for £12.99 which is about the going rate for these kind of toys. We bought some at christmas from Boots as part of the 3 for 2 deal which means we paid £10 each and I think that reflects the value better.

          American toy manufacturers Playskool have been around since 1928 and are owned by Hasbro. They also produce well known toys like Mr Potato Head, Play Doh, Weebles & Mister Frosty. (I had all those when I was a kid - very retro!)

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