My children all loved just bath time when they were babies and toddlers except my oldest son who went through a phase of screaming at the merest mention of a bath. This was at around 2 1/2 years old. One of the ways we tackled this was to try and make bath time more exciting with toys and playing new games. One of the bath toys we purchased was this Percy bath time squirter. We also bought the Thomas version.
The squirter is a smallish (around 10cm long) train made from rubber. It is all in one moulded piece but has a small hole in the front of the engine. The idea is to fill it with water and then squeeze it. This results in a squirt of water which can be directed at mummy!
Positives: this is a fun toy and did help with bath time tantrums. The idea of being able to squirt me was very amusing for a 2 year old! The jet of water produced when you squeeze it is surprisingly powerful and the soft rubber is easy for little hands to squeeze. The toy is well made and has lasted well.
Negatives: the train is too difficult to fill up for a 2 year old. The concept of having to squeeze the air out of the train and then hold it underwater to refill it is too difficult for them to grasp. Even at 4 years old I end up doing this for them. Am the other negative point is that because there is no access to the inside of the toy you cannot clean it. After a while you will find that little black bits squirt out with the water and you need to replace the toy.
There are a range of Thomas and friends squirters available including Percy, Thomas, James and Rosie. With more than one of these children can enjoy a squirt battle in the bath with their siblings.
Highly recommended if you don't mind getting a bit wet at bath time!
Now here's another Thomas item from my son's collection.
He has the Percy bath time squirter and also has Thomas and James too.
They are fun bath toys made from a sturdy rubber. These have been in use for a couple of years now and show no sign of wear and tear.
We got ours from Tesco in store and cost around about £2.75-£3.00 mark that is from memory. There are six different ones to collect, Thomas, Percy, James, Rosie, Stanley and Bertie. Considering you pay anything from £5.00 for a little train these are a bargain and twice the size but they don't have moving wheels so can't go on the tracks...
When it comes to bath time you hold them under the water and squeeze all the air out and then let go keeping under the water and they fill with water. Then to release and squirt simply squeeze them once out of the water.
Percy squirts from his funnel (is it funnel or is that just for a boat?) where as others can squirt from their mouth. Percy the number 6 engine squirts straight up wards not too high but make sure you are supervising your child or you could end up with water on the floor rather then in the bath.
These are suitable from 12 months old.
The one issue I have with these bath squirters is that you can't clean the inside out. If water is left in them it will become stale and mould will form. I know this as sometimes when they squirt out water black bits come out of them too. I have to keep filling and squirting to clean them out. There may be a product out there that is safe to use and mix with water to stop them clogging up but in the mean time they need to be completely emptied of water after each use and rinsed out several times.
Apart from the cleaning issue these are a great bath toy and being trains my son loves playing with them and saves him taking his proper trains in the bath with him.