Monday, January 9th, 2006
Review: No-Spill Bubble Tumbler by Little Kids, Inc.
A three-girl family in our neighborhood recently clued us into the latest advancements in bubble technology.
I feel like a dinosaur. We’ve had Little Miss playing with bubble bottles left over from our wedding. Mom or Dad holds the bottle while Miss dips the wand. At 19 months, she’s not quite ready to hold a bottle without dropping or tipping it.
Little Kids, Inc. manufactures no-spill bubble bottles, and a variety of other bubble toys.
Miss now holds a No-Spill Bubble Tumbler in one hand and dips a wand with her other hand. The dipping process is slightly more complicated, sort of like inserting a key into a keyhole. The wand resides in a slit in the top of the tumbler and has to be reinserted after each blow. Miss can handle the wand, but needs help in the blowing department.
Spilling is difficult. I had to remove the wand, and then turn the tumbler upside down and shake it. Spillage was minimal.
Merely turning the tumbler upside down wouldn’t cause leakage. I’m not sure how to explain how the interior chamber or lip of the tumbler functions, but it all makes sense when you see it in action.
The marketing photo at right is erroneous. The boy is holding the tumbler upside down, and you can clearly see the soapy liquid has fallen with gravity into the orange portion of the tumbler. No matter how hard that boy tries, he will not prime the bubble wand upside down. The wand is being inserted through a tube which will poke out near the green portion of the tumbler where there is no soap.
Anyhow, the tumbler comes in regular and mini sizes. Wrapping my hand around the regular tumbler base, there is an inch gap between my thumb and index finger. Somehow though, Miss has no trouble holding the tumbler. Updated correction: the regular tumbler is rated for 18 months and up, while the mini tumber is rated for 2 years and up. I had thought the mini would be better for younger hands, but apparently not.
A No-Spill Mini Bubble Bucket is also available with three wands for group play.