Dimpl

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We like

Promotes tactile learning and motor skill development

Can be placed in the dishwasher to remove germs and clean the toy

Is BPA-free to ensure the safety of your child if they put the toy in their mouth

The silicone is 100% food-grade, which means it is non-toxic

Stimulates all of your child’s senses

It is enjoyed by all ages and members of your family

We don’t like

The simplicity of the toy can cause it to be overlooked by your child

Washing it in water that is too hot could cause the toy to warp

How it works

Dimpl is the sensory learning toy by Fat Brain that helps your infant learn motor skills and sensory skills as they play. The Dimpl toy is five colorful silicone bubbles that can be pushed through to the other side of the plastic mount that the bubbles are embedded in. The toy can be played with by pushing the bubbles and it can be placed in your child’s mouth as well. All babies put everything in their mouths as that is the first step in their learning process, and the Dimpl is safe for kids as it is BPA free. Dimpl is an inexpensive way to entertain your baby and help them grow and learn.

 

Design

Design

The design of the Dimpl is quite simple and easy to use. Dimpl is a white, flat plastic piece that is rounded in several areas allowing for your baby to grip on to the toy with ease. Embedded in the plastic frame are five bubbles of various colors and sizes. The bubbles are made of a silicone-based material that is flexible enough to be pushed through to the other side making the bubbles reappear underneath the frame. The frame can then be flipped and the bubbles pushed through again. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the toy as what it can offer your child in the way of learning both tactile and the motor is priceless and comes from a toy that is simply a handful of bubbles.
Safety

Safety

The Dimpl has been designed to be safe on almost every level. The edges of the toy are round and won’t pose any poking hazards, and the toy is too big to be choked on. What’s more, is that the toy is BPA free. BPA stands for bisphenol A, which is a chemical used in plastics. There is much debate over the use of BPA in certain drinking containers and plateware and how safe it is to use these materials. The Dimpl is free of BPA’s making it safer for your child.

Since the Dimpl is made for children who are six-months-old and older, it is almost impossible to keep the Dimpl out of your child’s mouth. Mouthing is the term used for how babies begin to explore their environment. Babies are quite smart when they are between the ages of six months and one year as they want to use all five of their senses simultaneously to learn. The Dimpl, in this way, was designed for your child to use all of their sense, including taste. As a result, the manufacturers created a BPA free plastic for when your child puts the Dimpl in their mouth.
Sensory Stimulation

Sensory Stimulation

The Dimpl was designed to stimulate a lot of learning in your child. At the age at which your child will start to use the Dimpl, they will be coming to understand their five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touching. Although a lot of these senses will be honed through interaction with parents, other babies, and other family members, certain toys have been created to keep the stimulation going for when your baby is on their own playing and learning by themselves. Dimpl is one of those toys.

Sight: The Dimpl helps stimulate your baby’s sight sense by being as colorful as possible. The five bubbles of the Dimpl are all different colors. The bubbles are colored yellow, orange, hot pink, green, and blue. The brightness of the colors, especially the hot pink, will attract your child’s eye to playing with the device. All of the colors pop even brighter because they are set against the white background of the plastic frame. These colors will excite your child’s mind and cause them to pick up the toy.

Sound: The Dimpl is not a noisy toy; however, your child will get to hear the movement of the silicone as the bubbles are pushed through the frame. The softness of the silicone sound will enable your child to safely explore sound without the risk of damaging their hearing or creating an annoying sound that will bother parents. The sound will also be created when your child pushes the bubble allowing them to experience cause and effect as they play with the toy.

Smell: Although the toy does not have a pungent smell, your baby may pick up on some scents of the materials especially when the toy is placed in their mouth.

Taste: The manufacturers of Dimpl knew from the get go that babies would mouth the toy. Although there is no taste to the Dimpl, your child can still use their mouth to explore the toy. It is chemically safe for your baby to place the toy in their mouth. The bubbles are made of 100% food-grade silicone, which means that the silicone is non-toxic. Food grade silicone is used in cooking molds and will not leave behind any harmful chemicals or materials that may cause illness, so if your baby mouths on of the bubbles, you can rest assured that they will be safe.

Touch: The biggest learning experience of the Dimpl is the tactile learning and motor skill development it offers. These two experiences are truly what makes the Dimpl such a good buy for babies because they will spend minutes if not hours of time flipping and playing with the toy as they learn how to build their hand and arm muscles, their dexterity, and fully understanding cause and effect of actions matched with results.
Motor Skill Development

Motor Skill Development

The Dimpl weighs about four ounces, which means that your baby will have no problem picking up the toy. At this stage in their development, your baby may be holding up their own bottle or sippy cup, which will be heavier than four ounces. This first connection with the toy helps your baby develop their motor skills and build muscles in their arms, shoulders, and core. Your baby will learn how to balance themselves as they reach for and pick up the toy. The next step is the balance they will develop as they hold the toy and play with it for minutes and hours. Your baby will learn to hold the toy with one hand as they push the bubbles with the other. They will begin to build dexterity in maneuvering an object while holding it. When the bubbles are pushed through to the other side, they will then use these fine motor skills to flip the toy and push the bubbles again.
Tactile Learning

Tactile Learning

When your baby pushes the bubbles of the Dimpl, they will use their sense of touch to feel the silicone material. The silicone will be soft and pliable and will be a stark contrast to the hardness and firmness off the plastic frame. Your baby will begin to develop a sense of the difference in materials, and they will also begin to sense temperature differences that will aid them in keeping safe from hot or cold surfaces around the house.

When your baby starts to mouth the toy, they will then develop the knowledge of knowing the difference between what can be placed in their mouth and what cannot. They will savor food and begin not to savor toys, but the Dimpl is safe for them to put in their mouth so it is a great way for your baby to learn with this sense and stay safe.
Cause and Effect

Cause and Effect

When your baby pushes the bubbles of the Dimpl they will begin to understand cause and effect. Up to this point in their lives, a lot has been done for your baby. Rattles have been shaken for them or balls rolled towards them, but at six-months-old, your baby will start to initiate these types of activities themselves. The Dimpl’s design of allowing your baby to easily push the silicone bubbles allows them to learn that an action can cause another action to happen, and this knowledge will teach your baby about being safe in that they will begin to understand that certain actions can cause them to fall and get hurt or avoiding certain actions will keep them safe. They will see that pushing the bubbles causes them to move and reshape, and this experience will carry over when they play with other toys and start pushing them or pulling them or causing them to make noise, and your baby will begin to realize they have control over their environment and they will begin to develop the mental skills to figure out puzzles and toys and begin their education journey to learning as much as possible with their toys and the people and children they play with.
Versatility

Versatility

Even though the Dimpl has been created for children six-months-old and older, the older part of that age range goes on forever. Many parents have fallen in love with Dimpl as the repetitive act of pushing the bubbles can be soothing. Dimpl falls into the category of popping the bubbles in bubble wrap. Adults who play with the Dimpl find it’s a good way to keep their hands busy and helps give their minds and bodies an outlet for relieving tension. Many parents have found that the Dimpl has entertained their children in restaurants as they wait for food, and it is great to have in the car for short car rides to keep a child’s attention until they reach their destination. Dimpl has become popular enough for idle hands that the manufacturers have developed the Simpl Dimpl, which is a two-bubble Dimpl that is on a keychain. The bubbles come in a variety of colors depending on what you like, and it is a great way to have something for your hands to do while you are waiting in a waiting room or watching TV.
Price

Price

The Dimpl is a low-cost toy that has a lot of benefits. For the amount of money that you pay for Dimpl, you will find there are toys that are way more expensive and may not offer the type of learning you can get from the Dimpl. For what you would pay for the Dimpl, it is a smart buy considering it is the type of toy that does not get outgrown because even adults have expressed their desire to play with the toy as a stress reliever. For the low price of the Dimpl, a lot of people in your family can benefit from the purchase. Parents have found that not only do their babies love the toy, but their toddlers and teens as well. It’s a smart buy that costs almost next to nothing.

Conclusion

The Dimpl is a great buy for any parent who wants to buy their child an affordable toy with a lot of benefits. Dimpl was awarded the 2018 Best Toy Award for its versatility and high level of opportunities it gives your child to work on their skills both gross motor and tactile. The toy also stimulates the other senses of your child as they grow and develop and helps give your child a well-rounded learning experience. It is non-toxic, easy to clean, and colorful. Dimpl can be taken anywhere and can entertain your child whether you are playing with them or if they are playing on their own. It is a great toy for anyone of any age, and it is safe to play with. For the low price, Dimpl is a toy that every child should get the opportunity to play with as its entertainment value comes from how simple it is to use.
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