Tomy Hide And Squeak Eggs £4.49 @ Amazon
It's funny, you know, I was sure I'd written about Tomy's Hide and Squeak Eggs loads of times before but, having searched through the archives, it turns out that I'm imagining things as I've only written about them once before.
There are six eggs in an egg box and when you crack each one open, different coloured press-and-cheep chicks are revealed - I hope the cheeping doesn't drive you mad - my daughter had a set of Tomy Quack-Along-Ducks when she was little. They didn't have batteries you could replace, there wasn't an off switch and the internal battery lasted FOREVER!
Each egg has its own unique space in the egg box, thanks to their different shaped bottoms, so your child will have to work out which egg belongs in which hole in the box in order to put them all safely away until next time.
You don't need any batteries for your Hide and Squeak Eggs, they're suitable for little ones aged 12 months and older and well help them to develop their sorting and fine motor skills, and if you want to read one of the best reviews for a toy, ever, then read this one (there aren't any bad reviews for these Tomy Hide and Squeak Eggs, actually):
I bought these for my daughter in a charity shop initially. Although they are suggested for 12m+, she loved them from 7m. At first she just held them and bashed them together, but something about them (colour? shape? I could never work out what) seemed to particularly appeal to her, and she favoured them over all her other toys.
Now she is 14m, and still loves them just as much, and has graduated to squeaking the chicks, and fitting the eggs together with their shells. I can see they will continue to grow in play potential with her, as eventually she will figure out the bases of the eggs need to be 'sorted' into the box, and later still that the faces on the shells can be matched to the chicks. I have to say her nine-year-old cousin always volunteers to 'sort' them for her, just to be helpful, you understand!
I noticed any other babies or toddlers who were visiting seemed to be very keen on them, and have consequently given them as gifts on birthdays etc. I really don't know what it is about the eggs, but babies seem quite transfixed by this particular toy.
I would highly recommend it for any baby or small child, it has lots play potential, which changes as the child grows and develops new skills. It represents eggsellent (sorry, couldn't resist that) value for money. It is also very compact, a great toy to stick in your bag when you are heading out on a visit, as it holds their attention for ages
Thanks to tremblyseren at HUKD