Who can remember a time without Thomas the Tank Engine? I adored watching the show as a child and listening to Ringo Starr’s voice always brings back fond childhood memories. I want to pass on these memories to my own son, so when we were given the opportunity to review a new Thomas toy: My First Thomas Activity Plush, I was over the moon.
As soon as I got the toy out of the box it was packaged in, Dexter’s eyes lit up and a big smile formed on his face. It certainly is eye catching with its light blue colour but I suspect his love for Thomas has already begun after me reading several Thomas books to him.
Thomas’ face detaches revealing a shiny mirror beneath and reattaches with a small Velcro tab while the face itself crinkles as you touch it. Hidden in a pocket on the side is a red teething toy shaped like a train which baby can pull out but remains attached by a red ribbon. The toy is very soft and cuddly; I love the plush aspect of it meaning it can be placed in the cot to be cuddled before a nap.
Impression of the Activities
At ten months old, Dex doesn’t quite have the dexterity to pull out the teething toy from its pocket, but once it is out, he enjoys pulling on it and putting it in his mouth. He is teething like a monster at the moment, so it really is welcome relief for him. It has a rubbery texture and must feel very soothing on his gums which is a bonus for one exasperated Mum who is at the end of her tether with the screams of pain.
The hidden mirror behind is a decent size taking up the whole of Thomas’ face. I don’t know about other babies but Dex is obsessed with mirrors so this is a winner in my book.
The toy has a little jingle bell placed inside of it which makes a cute sound as you shake the toy gently. This is great for grabbing baby’s attention, especially when he is in the middle of one of his aforementioned screaming meltdowns!
The crinkle that Thomas’ face makes when touched is an extra dimension which adds to the sensory aspects, along with the soft velvety touch of the upper body of the train. The roof of the driver’s cabin is ridged adding another sensory element.
Thomas makes three sounds when you squeeze his chimney. (I must admit here that took me a long time and research on the Internet to finally understand how Thomas made these sounds.) The first is the sound of a train’s horn tooting, second is the sound of a steam train running across the tracks and the third is Thomas saying, ‘I’m the number one blue engine’. Dexter is unable to press the button to make the sounds himself, but as soon as I press it, he beams with absolute joy. I adore the sounds that Thomas makes. It really drives home to baby that trains make a ‘choo choo’ sound which helps with their auditory development.
The toy comes with a battery already attached but unfortunately if it runs out, the instructions recommend that you cut open the toy. Not great if you are rubbish at sewing like I am. Perhaps a Velcro tab could have been better.
The toy retails £22.99 which for me is a tad on the expensive side when you consider the price of other toys in the same category, however everybody has different opinions on value for money and to others this price could be very reasonable.
Despite this, I do love this My First Thomas Activity Plush which would make a beautiful gift for a baby of any age, especially those who already love Thomas. It’s soft and cuddly and captures baby’s attention with its bright attractive colour and interesting sounds. The sensory elements will definitely help baby learn more about the world around him.
Disclaimer: I was sent the My First Thomas Activity Toy for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions are my own and were in no way swayed by the receipt of this product.
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