Pretend play, fun and learning doesn't have to stay on dry land, with our beautiful range of bath toys your child's fun-filled development can continue in the water. Bath toys aren't only great to keep children amused as they wash but they also serve as helpful aids for children with a fear of bath time or water.
Baby bath toys are great for starting to develop hand-eye coordination, as they reach through the water to grasp at moving rubber ducks or boats. Child's Bath time has become a popular step as part of a bedtime routine, it's important for children that quiet play and development should continue in the bathtub to help them wind down.
For fans of the rubber duck, we stock the beautiful Oli and Carol Elvis duck. The rubber duckies are available in different colours to suit bathroom decor or favourite colour of your child, there's even a gold spotty one for fans of sparkle. Also in the Oli and Carol range are beautiful Origami boats. This range of toys are made using rubber from the Hevea Malaysian tree and are completely BPA, PVC, phthalate and Nitrosamine free.
As well as a humble yellow duck we also stock wonderfully exciting bath toys such as fishing boats with cute characters that encourage hand-eye coordination and fine motor development There's a floating island that encourages pretend play, where children can use the little characters to create adventures as they dive in and out of the water. The just B wee B splashy set comes with different toys and a set of water sieves that stack nest and as they have holes in help to begin teaching basic physics. This set comes in a handy bath toy storage tub.
The rubber duck or rubber ducky toy as it is affectionately known is traditionally a yellow rubber duck with an orange beak, that floats on water. They were first created in the 1800s using vulcanized rubber that didn't float and as they were cast from solid rubber they were intended to be a chew toy. By the 1940s the ducks had been made to float and were used in the bath. The popularity of the rubber ducky intensified when the television series Sesame Street released the song "rubber duckie" that Ernie sang to his favourite bath companion. In the song rubber duckie's Birthday was January 13th, therefore, this date is now regarded as national rubber ducky day. In modern day, charities and groups regularly use the toys in a rubber duck race or rubber duck regatta to raise money. Racing ducks have a USB flash drive tracker implanted into them to either find which travels to a certain point in a river first or which has travelled furthest. The Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman created the world's largest rubber duck sculpture which featured a giant rubber duck which was 46ft high and 55ft wide. It was even found that the ducks are imprintable so have been used for orphan ducklings to imprint on as they grow and learn to swim.
Our bath toys are made from BPA free natural rubber latex or wood and come in wonderfully bright colours. Bath toy storage is important to ensure bath toys air dry properly, this, in turn, will help to reduce mould and mildew build up. There are many storage solutions available at great prices that use suction cups to attach to the wall and have many holes in for drainage.
Natural rubber begins it's life on rubber plantations, although many different plants can be used the most popular is Hevea brasiliensis. Rubber trees are grown around the world in countries such as Sri Lanka, Thailand and India. The sap from the plant is the basic raw material in the production of natural rubber. To gather the sap an incision is made into the bark of a rubber tree called tapping and a cup is used to collect it as it runs out. In natural rubber production, the sap is then refined and made into a jelly before it is rolled flat and cut into rubber sheets. Another way to work with the sap is called vulcanising. The vulcanization method of natural rubber production prevents polymer chains from moving so vulcanized rubber has a greater tensile strength and is more elasticated and reforms it's original state once it is let go.
Synthetic rubber is a man-made polymer that is created using a mixture of petroleum bi-products. Different types of synthetic rubber include Acrylic Rubber, Butadiene Rubber, Isoprene Rubber, Silicone Rubber and Styrene-Butadiene Rubber. The process used to create these are similar and use Petrochemical feedstocks with crude oil being the main raw material. This is then mixed with gases to become a dry rubber latex which is shipped to be formed into different products. Although some products require the different chemical versions of synthetic rubber, our natural rubber toys ensure that your child won't come into contact with any harmful chemicals.
Although the properties of natural and synthetic rubber are similar, each can be better suited to particular jobs. Rubber degradation due to environmental factors such as heat and light can be worse in natural rubber but this is widely accepted as it's only drawback. High abrasion resistance, tensile strength and other desirable physical properties of natural rubber mean it is well suited as a material for rubber bands, conveyor belts, shoe soles, toys and car tires. The exceptionally high water resistance of this material means it is perfect for the production of bath toys as well as latex gloves. Care should be used when giving your child latex rubber-based products as some can contain allergenic proteins which can cause allergic reactions in those with a latex allergy.