Before Jacob was even a twinkle in anyone's eye, we stumbled across an original Octonauts book in Borders and as the style appealed to our kawaii-sensibilities, we bought it. We subsequently had a child, and when he became old enough to enjoy
Of course, because Jacob is a sensible child, he loves the Octonauts with a passion second to none, and we are overjoyed that we can indulge our whims with him, rather than having to put up with interminable games of things we don't care tuppence about (like ... I'm struggling to think of another CBeebies show with a comparible amount of merchandise that we actually dislike. We do like our children's TV shows. We used to record Charlie and Lola to watch before bed ... again, pre-Jacob).
Anyway, today marked our fourth consecutive nappy-free day, so we decided to get Jacob something to say well done. By chance, Tesco had the Peso playset which is usually impossible to find (and which is why we have several Barnacles and Kwaziis from various playsets, but no Peso), so we snapped it up. Jacob was practically shaking with excitement when we told him what it was for :D
And by pure coincidence, I spent much of yesterday evening progressively freezing layers of Octonauts toys into a tupperware container, ready for a Science experiment on liquids and solids today. When we got home, I presented Jacob with his very own Octonauts iceberg (Peso even came with an iceberg, we really could not have planned this better) to investigate.
He also had a bowl of warm water, a sponge, a pipette, a blunt knife and a salt-shaker. Peso oversaw all the ice-breaking action.
Jacob had a whale (ha) of a time, scrubbing the iceblock, sprinkling it with salt and hearing it crack, and biting it with the shark-like teeth of the Gup-B.
As he rescued each Octonaut/Creature from the ice, they were lined up and attended to by medic Peso, who wrapped them warmly in the towel so they could recover from their iceventure.
We ended up with a bowl of freezing cold water, a soaking wet carpet, and a very happy child who understands the properties of ice, the differences between liquid and solid, and why things float or sink. Perhaps an activity better suited to the garden on a hot day, but a winner nonetheless.
Disclaimer: post not sponsored by Mattel. But if they would like to send me a shed-load of free Octonauts toys as a thank you, they would be most welcome :D