Color Fun Fish Bowl
“He even wants to
take the toy with him
to bed at night.”
The winter months are arguably challenging with toddlers. As a parent, I am always trying to find toys for my 2-year-old son to engage with on cold, snowy days. If I don’t, one of two things will happen:
I become the designated toy, and there is no hiding.
My 2-year-old will find something creative to do, like color on the hallway walls with a mystery pen he found somewhere in the house.
I equate this challenge to having a puppy; if you don’t give the dog something to do, he will find something to do. Toddlers are no different. I am not a fan of just simply putting him (the child, not my dog) in front a television all day. I need to find something that will hold my son’s attention for at least 5 minutes, so I can maybe do laundry or maybe use the bathroom in peace (a mom can dream, right?).
I find that educational toys are a great solution. My son (and sometimes the dog) enjoys toys that make noise. Me? I’ve invested in a nice pair of expensive headphones that blocks noise, so I have no problem spending a little extra money on learning toys that not only help my son maybe learn something but also offer me a little sanity.
While shopping one day, my spunky toddler spotted “fishies” in the toy section. The fish were from the “Learn with Me, Color Fun Fish Bowl”, it’s an educational toy designed by The Learning Journey International. Immediately, I noticed two things that I already loved about this toy: it is already assembled, and batteries are included. SOLD! Plus, the price wasn’t too bad.
How it Works
The Color Fun Fish Bowl toy comes with several colored fish. The goal of the toy is to help kids learn colors through a “discovery” game and a “find it” game. If the setting were on the “discovery” game, the educational toy would announce what color of fish was inserted into the bowl. If my kid put a blue fish in the bowl, the game would say “blue” and so on. The “find it” game would prompt my son to put a specific color of fish into the bowl.
Challenges with the Game
Now, my kid already knows colors; he was more interested in putting the fish in the bowl. The one issue I noticed with the game is that the prompts were too long for the mind of a toddler, especially at the beginning of the game. If the game called for a specific color of fish (the “find it” game), my son would put whatever fish was in his hand into the bowl before the 5-second prompt was complete. I would need to help guide him through this game as it appeared this part was a little too advanced for a 2-year-old. The “discovery” game was more on par with his mindset.
“Toddlers by nature love repetitive movements, so the Color Fun Fish Bowl educational toy was perfect for my tot. It holds his attention long enough for me to shove a couple of crackers into my mouth without him seeing me.”Carla Pruitt
There are two design issues with this educational toy in general. The first issue is the fish would sometimes stack up to the point that my son couldn’t put more fish in the bowl.
The second issue is he couldn’t quite understand how to get the fish out of the bowl. There is a cap at the bottom of the bowl that you have to remove in order to get the fish out. I found myself constantly having to help my kid get the fish out of the bowl. If I stepped out of the room for a second and Stephen wanted the fish out, he would try to do so by simply throwing the fishbowl on the floor. I would like to see a button that he could push that would release the fish.
Kid Tested, Mom Approved
Toddlers by nature love repetitive movements, so the Color Fun Fish Bowl educational toy was perfect for my tot. It holds his attention long enough for me to shove a couple of crackers into my mouth without him seeing me. We worked through the minor challenges with no problem, and Stephen even wants to take the toy with him to bed at night.
I’m sure as he gets older, he will understand the “find it” game more. He will also understand how to retrieve the fish from the bowl. No assembly is required, and the educational toy does come equipped with batteries, which are bonuses in my mind.