Disclosure: Tubby Table provide me with a table to facilitate this review, and is providing another to give away. No other compensation was received. Opinions are my own.
Last month we were introduced to the Tubby Table, a brand new bath toy created by parents of twins. I thought it was a fun idea so wanted to try it out with the kids, who love playing with toys in the bath. And it looked like a great holiday gift idea to share with you!
From the Founders:
“When our twins grew into very curious and VERY active toddlers, the evening ritual of fun, suds and giggles always ended with water all over the bathroom floor.” With degrees in early childhood education and business, plus experience working at major toy companies, they started brainstorming. “How can we minimize the mess? How can we make bath time even more fun? Might there even be an opportunity to use this special time together at the end of every day to do a little learning? “
And the Tubby Table was born.
Just launching this month, Tubby Table gives kids a play surface in the middle of the tub, allowing the water to flow back into the tub instead of all over the bathroom floor. The Tubby Table is not only fun, but educational as well. We integrated 5 multi-colored and numbered shape cups to help reinforce key fine motor, cognitive and developmental skills such as counting, sorting, color differentiation, as well as cause & effect, and filling and pouring. Kids will have a blast learning as they play. It also allows for siblings to play together and share their toys.
Tubby Table is recommended for ages 1+, and is currently in pre-order. Tables pre-ordered (through November 15th) will receive $5 off. Retail value is $39.99 and this pre-order special is $34.99.
Ellie and Ronin were quite excited when ours arrived. Of course they wanted to take a bath immediately but mean mom that I am 😉 made them wait until bath time. So they decided to play with it on the kitchen floor. They immediately began dividing the colored blocks between them. Ronin got 5 and 1 because they add up to his age (he loves math.) And Ellie of course got 3 since she’s 3 and also got one more. Then they argued a bit over the 5th block. (Kind of a weird suggestion to the company–and maybe this only happens with MY dear children–but perhaps they might consider including an even number of blocks.)
We tried it out at bath time and they really had fun with it. In fact, this was about a month ago and they have continued to use the table at every bath. No lie. That’s a win.
A few other observations of mine that I’d like to share:
The table is large as you can see, which is certainly a nice surface to play on and stack toys, etc. But with two larger kids in the bath, there’s less room in the tub for both kids. They obviously seem fine with it. And if you only bathe one child at a time, no worries on that score.
Also, we’re lucky enough to have a bathroom that only the kids use. So the Tubby Table can stay put in the bath. If you share a bathtub with your kids, you’d have to pull it in and out, as well as have room to store it.
The table only comes standard with one suctioned cushy bath mat. The kids have been taking turns using it so its been fine. I do know that Tubby Table plans to start selling additional mats.
A few observations from my 3-year-old:
“I like the square purple shape. I like the number 3 one with green on it and its a circle. I like the sticky thing on the bottom of the Tubby Table because its really sticky. I like the yellow on it (that the table is yellow.)”
Obviously the blocks, numbers and bright color-scheme of the table are very appealing to kids. And she loves to stack things on top of it like this.
All in all, two thumbs up.