Toys of the Eighties, UNKNOWN - balls in a bowl bath toy
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I'm looking for the name of a toy my sisters and I had when we were very small. We used it in the bath, but I'm not sure if it was specifically designed for the tub. It consisted of a large red plastic bowl with very small holes in it, about the same size and design as a kitchen colander. It had a flat yellow lid with 7 large symmetrical holes arranged such so that one hole was in the very center and the remaining 6 holes circled around it perfectly. It also came with 6 lightweight plastic balls in pastel colors - one pink, one pink, blue, white, etc. - and a long-handled aqua-blue plastic mallet, also with holes at each end (to let water drain out?). You put the balls in the bowl, fitted the lid on top, then submerged it all in bathwater until the balls floated to the top and stuck out partway through the holes. Then you could use the mallet to "tap" the balls back through the holes, a la 'Whack-a-Mole' style. I remembered being fascinated by this toy as a tot, even though it didn't really have logical purpose and was somewhat simple and "cheap" - just a lightweight plastic thing. I do know it was definitely made by either CHILD GUIDANCE or GABRIEL and probably manufactured in 1976 - 1977, though we did most of our playing with it in the early 80s. Any takers?
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