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      16.02.2013 13:40
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      Overall a great toy cheaply made but robust and durable.

      Introduction:-


      Asda seems to be where I have picked up a lot of the more simple toys purchased for our daughter, as they are sold really cheaply and the build quality of the simpler toys is easily as good as competitors; where as I have found the more expensive supermarket own toys (not just from Asda) seem to be noticeably lagging behind the big brand names in respects of quality. It was therefore a simple choice to purchase the Asda Play and Learn Stacking Rings for me when I saw them on sale for just £2, from previous experience I knew that this kind of cheap toy from Asda usually matches up to brand name toys as they cannot really go wrong. The main reason we bought these



      Appearance and packaging:-


      The stacking rings were supplied in a simple box that had 1 open side and 2 half sides and a full top and bottom. This allowed for a clear view of the rings inside and central tower inside which were contained in a net and held in place by cardboard inserts top and bottom so that I could see exactly what I was buying. This meant that the rings were easy to unpack by just unfolding the box at the bottom which just left the net bag to open which once I had wiggled my fingers into the opening at the bottom was easily ripped open. No cable ties or impossible vacuum packaging and not a screw in sight, it really does make a nice change to have a toy that is easy to unpack for an excited toddler, and the fact that the assembly is the child's job is a great added bonus.

      The central stacking tower has a sturdy red square base with rounded edges and corners with a taper added to the tower that rises from the middle meaning that if the smaller rings are put on first they don't drop to the bottom giving a clue other than the size of the ring as to the order that they are supposed to be stacked on the tower. The rings are 5 different colours, yellow, green, purple, blue and orange, which makes for a nice bright display once they are neatly stacked on top of one another, the blue and green rings are of a smooth finish whilst the purple has diamonds embossed, the yellow stars, and the orange dimples.

      Both the rings and tower are of hollow construction however neither feels at all flimsy, in fact they are very robust whilst also being very light which is an advantage when they are being used by little ones not only for their own safety but the safety of my TV and Laptop whilst she is charging round the sitting room with them. The other great bonus that comes out of these being made from plastic is that they are great for bath toys which we can never seem to have enough of. The fact that they are hollow made wonder if they would fill with water that would be near impossible to get out but thankfully both the rings and tower have remained watertight, which I feel is a testament to the build quality.



      Age Recommendation:-


      The Asda Stacking Rings advertise that they are suitable from birth which I guess that they would be however our daughter didn't really start showing any real interest in these until she was just over a year old when the brightly coloured rings started to seem more interesting to her. The stacking rings and tower are quite suitable for a young child to play with without excessive supervision or adult intervention, making these a nice distraction at times like preparing dinner when they are needed within sight but not under your feet.




      Education and Development:-


      At first glance a toy like this doesn't seem to provide a great deal of educational or developmental properties however there is a little more to them than what just initially springs to mind.

      The colours of the rings are bright and eye catching and our daughter can now name the colours of the five different rings as she stacks them, and she will now also count the rings onto the tower as well. Admittedly this toy wasn't our first aid in teaching her colours or to count as she seemed to learn so much more quickly from from books and colouring. The fact that the repetitive nature of this toy allows her to count the rings and name the colours time after time by herself as she stacks them or slides them up her arm is the main benefit of this toy as repetition is something I see as key to making sure what she is learning actually sinks in.

      The other main benefit which is helping both of these areas is the whole idea of the toy which is stacking the rings. The fact that the tower is tapered and the rings only slide down to roughly where they are meant to sit when stacked along with gentle prompting from us started to make our daughter think about the order she was putting the rings onto the tower. So not only is this helping refine her eye hand co-ordination it is also helping with her problem solving and realising the actual size difference in the rings affects the order in which they go onto the tower.

      So overall nothing here that you wouldn't really be able to teach using other toys that are probably more exciting and will hold the attention of a child for a longer time, but from a cheap toy that is obviously cheaply yet adequately made I do not really think that there is anything else I could really ask of it.



      In Conclusion:-


      Overall whilst this toy is nothing really exciting and is one of them toys that will get played with for a few times each day for 10 minutes at a time over a period of a week or so then forgotten about for the week after then dug out of the bottom of the toy-box again and so it all repeats. There is nothing really that could prevent this toy from being like this, it is a cheap take on a classic wooden toy which whilst better aesthetically would not provide any extra real play or educational benefits.

      So in conclusion I feel given the bargain price of £2, the fact that this toy is nearly indestructible, and does actually provide some educational benefits makes it well worth the money, yes it does look like a cheap toy as it is made from plastic but by the same account this also makes it honest as this is exactly what it is and doesn't detract from the fun of it for the child. I feel as mentioned above the fact that it doesn't captivate a child's concentration for long periods is in the nature of the toy and lets be fair what actually does?

      In my opinion Asda have done a great job of recreating a toy styled on a classic here and provided it at a better than reasonable price. Every time I try to think of trying to mark this product down and knocking a star off for something I cannot seem to do it Asda have provided a good quality toy when the cost is taken into consideration. The Play and Learn Stacking Rings are a simple honest toy that do exactly what they are supposed to do so it's going to have to be 5/5 stars from me.

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        29.07.2012 14:01
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        One version of the essential stacking toy- works for us!

        At just £2 this toy stacks up both physically and financially. We have had loads of use from it in the last month with Baby CrazyEgg now reaching a corrected age of 11 months. There are many versions of stacking rings you can buy: soft; wooden; or with bells, flashing lights and music. This Asda model is the classic: simple, plastic, colourful rings over a red conical base. Of the three sets of stacking rings we now have (the others being respectively a soft and spiny set forming a dinosaur, and a traditional wooden version), this Asda interpretation is the current favourite since it best meets Baby CrazyEgg's needs.

        To begin, a brief word about our other two sets: the dinosaur has found some favour as a soft toy, but Baby CrazyEgg is perplexed when his head falls off. It falls off unless you squash all the other rings down hard and then push and twist the head down onto the main spine. The fabric of this central spine also creates resistance for all the rings so they have to be pulled down to the base: they do not fall. These features render the dinosaur a model for the more advanced stacker only.

        The wooden set is heavy. Baby CrazyEgg often likes to roll, grab a ring, reverse roll and chew or bash the rings together whilst lying on her back. If she drops the rings on her face they hurt. Even more alarming, the central spindle here, which is of an even 1cm diameter from base to tip and about 20cm long could do her some damage as she swings it wildly around. In fact this set, that we received as a gift, is only recommended for ages 18months plus, when co-ordination will be better and Baby likely more stacking-savvy.

        Light, bright and chunky, the Asda set is therefore getting the most use currently.

        With this model Baby will not be sidetracked into shaking, rattling, watching lights or listening to tunes. There are no distractions here: the gauntlet is laid down, the problem presented. Baby must work out how to remove the rings and then restack them; a task that will require analysis and then precision of hand-eye co-ordination if they are to succeed.

        It could be considered a disadvantage that the Asda stand is conical and the holes of the rings vary in size so they will only all fit on in a certain order. The corollary is that Baby is deterred from developing any innovative stacking styles of their own: something which the wooden model with its cylindrical spindle permits. Alternatively the conical centre can be seen as extending the challenge as it leads baby eventually into an analysis and comparison of the size of the rings. For us, this is many moons away, giving us great value for money.

        Another feature is the base which is curved on two sides so the ring tower will rock. This adds a frisson of excitement when it is placed almost out of reach and Baby attempts to attain it.

        We have of course started preparing Baby for evenings of Quoits with this toy.

        Baby CrazyEgg loves this toy. She will take off each ring, often in something of a frenzy, and then tests each one for deliciousness before rejecting or passing to Mum: "Here. Try this." We are still working on the stacking itself.

        The only real downside I can see to this toy is that the round of applause Baby CrazyEgg receives for divesting the cone of its rings may be implanting a subliminal desire to possess traffic cones.

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          28.07.2012 22:44
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          I wouldn't recommend it, although it might provide some fun in the bath or outdoor pool

          I bought these stacking rings from Asda for £2 when my daughter was 8 months old. The rings are part of the Asda Play & Learn range. She was not at all interested in them, so after a week of trying to interest her in them I put them away for another day. When she hit the year mark I brought them out again, as she has started developing stacking skills, so this seemed like the ideal toy.

          The stacking cone is bright red in colour and it comes with 5 plastic rings of different sizes and bright colours. They are easy to stack on the cone, but they sometimes get stuck if they have been left on it for a while, as the plastic is a cheap material and does bend out of shape after a while. It is not that easy for a small child to stack the rings in size order, because the rings are thick and not particularly easy to hold, while the cone is small and weighs very little so it easily falls over and can become bent out of shape. A few of the rings have raised bobbles on them but these differences have not interested my little one, perhaps because the rings do not interest her in the first place.

          For her birthday she was given a wooden set of stacking rings and that has engaged her more despite the fact that they are not as bright in colour as the plastic Asda set. I think she likes the feel of them and the weight, as the Asda rings are very lightweight; the red cone is easily knocked over and this might be frustrating for some young children.

          The claims made about this toy are that it is educational, but that's only true if the child is interested in it- otherwise you'd be better of sending it to the charity shop. Due to being so lightweight, this toy set might be ideal for taking to other places with you, but on the other hand your child might get more fun out of a set of stacking saucepans- my daughter certainly has, when we have been visiting people who don't have any toys. I think the different materials thing definitely makes a difference- there aren't many metal toys out there for very small children, so pots and pans are very interesting and education for them. On the other hand, cheap and brightly coloured plastic toys are the norm, so they can get boring quickly. The ring stacking set is easy to clean however, and we have had some success introducing it to bathtimes, as all the pieces float in the water.

          I therefore only recommend this product if you want to try it at bathtime or in the pool, if you don't have similar toys already. Otherwise, save yourself £2.. I know it's not much, but if you think that way about the entire Asda range then you'll end up with a house full of cheap plastic toys that don't last very long, and that aren't particularly engaging either! The wooden set we have cost under £15 and it is much more engaging, hardwearing and it also has a personal touch to it due to being handmade.

          2 stars for the plastic set from me.

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            25.07.2012 09:54

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            Great, simple, cheap toy!

            I got my little boy this when he was 12 months old. At the time he was just starting to figure out about shapes and stacking etc. The price was fantastic (as Asda normally is) and i thought it was worth getting even if he didnt play with it much. The colours are lovely and bright, its lightweight so he has no problem picking it up, and some of the rings have different textures. Its a simple toy, but thats often what keeps babies amuzed. Hes now 19 months and still messes about with this. It took him a while to get the point of it but after that he often managed it and liked tipping the rings off once he had piled them up.

            Apart from its actual use, my little boy also enjoys rolling the rings along the floor, chucking them about, putting them over other things that will fit in the gap in the middle, and using the base as a bat to hit things with!

            I did have one from Mothercare but where the plastic joins it had some little sharp bits, and i ended up throwing it out, this one was smooth and safe.

            No complaints, worth the small price for the amount of time hes spent playing with it!

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            16.07.2012 12:05
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            Value for money soft plastic ring set

            If you're looking for something cheap and durable, then it may be worth you getting a set of these. We used a similar set (not from Asda) for our eldest son, and he loved using them and it was very helpful for his development.

            What you get is a series of five rings stacked on top of each other, on a pole that screws into a solid base. While the plastic of the base and pole are harder plastic, although still slightly malleable, the rings themselves are very soft. The rings are different sizes and colours, and some of them have a rougher texture to them on the outside, encouraging recognition by size, colour and texture.

            These rings are very basic, and one thing you may be worried about is their durability. They are soft and chewable, and the shape does return back to its original form even after severe manipulation. Also, they have been chewed over and over, squashed and other things, and they're still intact. They each have a slight tiny hole around the middle of the ring, which allows them to be squeezed and still return to their shape. They're hollow, so they're also very light. We have a set of harder plastic rings from the Early Learning Centre which are better than these in many ways, but these are actually less likely to cause damage or injury as they're so soft.

            I firmly believe that one of the main things for your child's development is your own parental input. The more you help them to learn then the quicker and better it may actually happen. We find that using these rings certainly helps our 11 month old son, and he has started to recognise how to get them on the pole, and I'm sure it won't be long before he's able to do it all in size order as well. We use both sets of rings, but are more likely to leave him with this one if we're not sitting with him as he's less likely to hurt himself if he decides to swing one and accidentally hits himself with one.

            At around the £2 mark for one and often on offer if you want to buy more than one set, this is value for money where your child's learning development and fun is concerned. An enjoyable, colourful and simple toy, it won't be as involving as some more complicated toys, but the durability and price certainly make it something well worth buying.

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            14.07.2012 09:55
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            Great value for money toy

            This is a review of a set of stacking rings that my daughter plays with when she visits her Nanna, they are kept at Nanna's house and were originally bought from Asda.

            Description
            The rings are all brightly coloured plastic and different textures (although three are totally smooth). Each ring is a different size so that they can be fitted on to a stacked position on the pole. It is very lightweight and virtualy impossible to break this set.

            In play
            At 19 months, my daughter's interest has now started to wane in this sort of toy as I don't think it poses enough of a challenge to her. She has played a lot with it in the past though. The rings are great for chucking around and generally when supervised she will place them onto the pole but not necessarily in the right order!

            Price and availability
            We have had our set for quite a while yet but they were around the £2 mark when bought. I seem to remember there was a deal involving buying three toys too so it's worth looking out for offers at Asda who have a great range of toys for babies.

            My thoughts
            It can be hard to buy the right toys for babies as their ability levels differ and it can be tempting to buy toys that are suitable for older ages but sometimes the simplest toys are the best. Yes it can be irritating having to delve under the sofa for that missing ring but it shows that they have been played with and enjoyed. I especially like the way each alternate ring is textured as it helps with touch and feel and also organising the six rings in to the right order.

            Final word
            Every baby must have a set of stacking rings! We have them at our house and both sets of grandparents' because they can be tidied away neatly when not in use and each set is a little different. It was interesting to compare the new with the old as there is a 1970s set at my parents from when I was a baby and I can see I had a good old chew on them back then. The modern versions are a little smoother and brighter colours but basically the same concept. I am not sure what you can do with the set once the baby has grown out of them (other than pass them on or sell at a car boot!) but I am sure there is a garden game with pegs that might work with the rings.

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              11.07.2012 14:33
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              Good cheap toy

              I bought these stacking rings for my son when he was about 7 months old when they were on a 2 toys for £8 promotion in Asda about 18 months ago, Asda do this promotion most of the time so they are easy to pick up.

              The toy is designed to help your baby with dexterity and also colours, the toy is made of plastic and has 5 plastic rings each of a different colour (mainly primary colours) and each ring is a different size, so they stack like donuts from small to large, or large to small on a conical tapered base unit. Each ring has raised bits on them which are different shapes, they are hollow, as is the base and this makes them light to hold and easy to carry around, but the base is still fairly sturdy when the rings are put onto it. They are easy to clean with a cloth or a baby wipe.

              The toy is aimed at babies from 6-18 months and I would suggest that is about right, a first my son was more interested in chewing the rings or just flapping them around, but as he got older he was able to but the rings on the base stand, now he is aged two is able to play with the toy very easily and he can recognise the colours and different sizes of the rings.

              Overall I would recommend this toy to others as it is cheap, fun to play with, helps learning and is easy to clean.

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              09.06.2012 22:21
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              Basic stacking rings but lots of fun for only £2

              - Why We Bought -
              We bought my son a set of Asda Play & Learn Stacking rings for Christmas when he was six months old. I wasn't looking for these but as they were a good price they were put in the trolley with a selection of other toys.

              - The Rings -
              The set consists of five brightly coloured hollow plastic rings and a stand on which to put them which is made from the same hollow plastic. The rings ascend in size from the smallest being the orange ring, then blue, purple, green and finally yellow being the largest. The blue and green rings are smooth while the orange has little round nobbles on it, the purple has diamond shaped nobbles and the yellow has star shaped nobbles. The stand is red in colour with a square base with rounded corners and a pole coming from the centre of the square where you can put the rings. The rings slide easily onto the pole but as the pole is wider at the bottom and narrower at the top you need to put the rings on in the correct order, largest first and smallest last, otherwise they won't fit on properly. It looks colourful and so appeals to babies. It doesn't look as good as a beautiful wooden version but the quality is fine, especially considering the price. The advantage over the wooden versions is that this set is very light making it ideal for taking with you when staying away from home. We picked this as one of the toys to take with us on a recent trip to a hotel on the coast. I would never choose to take my son's lovely wooden shape sorter or hammer set for a trip away as they would be far too bulky and heavy.

              - Playing with the Rings -
              My son instantly loved these rings at six months old. Mostly he liked to chew on them, throw them from his highchair, bash two rings together or watch us stack them. He also found it hilarious if we inserted the rings over the head of his soft toys. He is now nearly 13 months and his favourite new game is to take a toy and put it into something, usually his ball pit or my washing basket. These rings suit his purpose perfectly. It is possible to stack the rings on top of each other without the stand. My son loves it if we do this for him and as we put the last ring on top he will suddenly crawl towards them at great speed, sending them all flying! Of course the main purpose of these rings is for the baby to stack them on the stand and my son has got the hang of this now, although he hasn't worked out that they have an order to be placed in. They are a great toy to have around as there are so many games to be played with them and they are an easy shape for babies to hold onto. As they are light they don't do too much damage if they are thrown around. They are educational as they help improve motor skills as the baby learns to place the rings on the stand. They can be used to help teach babies about colours, sizes and completing a task. The textured rings are also good for stimulating baby. I'm not sure what the age recommendations were for this toy but I would suggest 6-18 months is probably when most babies will be interested in this.

              - Price and Availability -
              These stacking rings are available from Asda and I have seen them in store on a number of occasions since we purchased ours. They are priced at £2 which is an absolute bargain, I certainly haven't seen stacking rings cheaper anywhere else.

              - Would I Recommend? -
              I would definitely recommend these stacking rings as they are reasonable quality, lovely bright colours, can be played with in many ways, are educational, are light for travelling with and all at £2. You can't go wrong.

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                17.04.2012 14:20
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                Budget, bargain, plastic toy with good educational benefits - recommended!

                This is another toy box staple which comes in many different versions. My personal preference would be for a wooden version (Ikea do a nice one), however Santa, being canny with his pennies, bought this cheaper plastic set for Liam last year.


                The Asda Play & Learn range has a good selection of predominantly plastic toys at pocket-money prices. This one consists of five hollow plastic rings which nest in order on a central pole to form a cone-like shape. The central pole screws on and off the base and is also made of hollow plastic.


                This is a lightweight toy and I was concerned that, being plastic and hollow, the base and pole would end up squashed and mis-shapened, but both components have proved fairly resilient to date and are still in good shape.


                The rings are colourful and three out of the five are textured on the surface to give added interest to the toy. They are graduated in size so as to require them being slotted on the pole in the correct order for them all to fit. Again, they have so far resisted being squashed despite the boisterous treatment they have been subjected to in the past year.


                Educational possibilities with this toy include learning about colours, relative size, hand to eye coordination, counting, memory, shapes as well as teaching persistence and trial and error when the rings won't all fit on the pole at the initial attempt!


                The hollow rings do have small holes in them so I would not recommend them being used as bath toys as I imagine that it would be difficult to ensure that all the water had been removed from inside them. It is a good set to take along on holiday or on day trips etc, as they are light, difficult to damage and reasonable compact.


                Being plastic, they are easily wiped clean with a damp cloth or a baby wipe, and there is no worry of paint flaking off or the like, if they are chewed on by a teething toddler.


                Liam loves this wee toy and can be absorbed in it for quite some time. He loves stacking the rings in the conventional manner as well as sliding the rings across our laminate flooring at some target or another across the living room floor. He is already showing some early DIY promise as he unscrews the base and pole and then screws them back together again and again and again and again..... The largest of the rings also seem to make a very nice bracelet - and of course they are good for target practice as we take it in turns to try to fling them into the toy box from distance.


                I recommend these as a versatile toy with good education benefits at a bargain price. If you are looking for something that is going to stand the test of time more and be handed down through the family, you would probably be better to invest in a more durable and classic wooden version of this but if it is a cheap stocking filler type toy this is ideal.


                Currently £2 in Asda, but I have seen them on promotion at 3 for £5.


                Recommended - four stars.

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                  16.04.2012 15:57
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                  My mom purchased the Asda Stacking Rings for my son as a stocking filler for his first Christmas at a price of £2.

                  The stacking rings consist of a red base which is attached to a middle pole and five rings of varying colours (orange, blue, purple, green and yellow). Three of the rings have a textured pattern and the remaining two are smooth, once stacked, the order of rings alternates between textured and plain. The whole toy is made from plastic. The pole unscrews from the base but I think this is just for manufacturing purposes as I can't see any other reason for it to do so.

                  My son was 6 months old when he was first given this toy, at that age he would just chew on the rings. More recently(since around 18 months) he has started playing with the toy in its intended way by removing and re-stacking the rings. He also enjoys putting all of the rings on his arm like bracelets! He doesn't play with the stacking rings every day but does seem to enjoy playing with it when it catches his attention.

                  The toy seems to be good quality, the plastic is quite sturdy, it could be dented if pressed forcibly by an adult but I don't think a toddler could cause much damage to it, it's certainly surviving our toddler well so far and he has owned the toy for over a year now! Safe and child friendly!

                  I would recommend the stacking rings, they are a good price, good quality and most importantly a good learning toy to help teach about size, order and colours.

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                  07.03.2012 09:57
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                  cheap toy

                  I bought my son some stacking rings after seeing a set in asda when shopping for the bargain price of £2. Thinking £2 was such a bargain price for a baby's toy that I simply couldn't pass it up, in the trolley they went.

                  I have to confess, my husband was not that impressed with my bargain, and I quote, 'well, what do they do?'. In short, they don't actually do anything, but at £2 they aren't exactly going to be all singing and dancing are they? As a toy, it is pretty basic and the concept has been around for many a year. Basically, you are provided with five rings that are each of different sizes. These are then stacked on the base which is a large circle with a pole in the middle of it. The rings stack from largest on the bottom to smallest on top.

                  The set is made from plastic so is very lightweight. The rings are each a different bright colour - yellow, green, purple, blue and orange. Some of the rings also have different textures - with raised bumps and stripes. The orange ring looks like it is covered in baked beans! They sit on a red plastic base, which has an upright section that screws into it. My son loves to play with this too, unscrewing the two sections and chewing on them.

                  Once my son could sit up independently he loved to play with these rings. Even now, at nearly a year, they are still a favourite of his. He loves to pull the rings off their stand and has now, for a few months, perfected the art of placing them back on. It was fantastic to watch him when he first mastered this skill as he had an amazing sense of pride in doing so (and I was very proud too!). This toy has definitely helped his hand eye co-ordination and motor skills.

                  The rings also act as great teethers and he loves to chomp on these - particularly the middle sized ones. One of the issues that we have experienced with this toy is that we are always losing or misplacing a ring - they disappear under furniture very easily. By the nature of the toy, if a ring is lost the concept and look of the toy is slightly ruined. They rings are good for teaching colours and things like 'bigger' and 'smaller' too.

                  Overall, this is a really simple toy but one that my son loves. Definitely £2 well spent!!

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                    A cheap and colourful toy box essential :)

                    Lots of family members and friends asked me what to buy for my daughters first Christmas, after giving them all some ideas I was stuck on ideas to buy her myself. I ended up going down the savvy route and going for mainly clothes with a few little toys thrown in for good measure. One toy I bought her was these stacking rings from my local Asda.

                    These stacking rings come on a red base and holder and assemble together in size order. There are five rings of five different colours, purple, blue, yellow, green and orange. Three of these rings have a textured effect to them with stick out bits of plastic, the other two are just plain. Each ring is a different size, with a different size centre meaning if they are put onto the pole they wont slide all the way to the bottom, thus meaning all five rings wont fit on, so it is essential they go on in the right order to fit them all on.

                    Each piece to this toy is made from a light plastic and completely hollow, it's easy to transport and of a very light weight. This also means that it would be quite easy to squish, yet it hasn't squished for us... yet!

                    Since Kacie received hers when she was only a couple of months old, it didn't get much use for a while. When she started to teethe, the smallest of the rings ended up being in her mouth more than out of her mouth so it did obtain a few teeth marks, but it didn't squish it.

                    Kacie found these stacking rings the most interesting when she was around 10 months old and would spend ages trying to get the rings on the pole. Once she had mastered the technique of getting the rings onto the pole it didn't take her long to figure out that they had to go on in a certain order. After she did this, I thought she would tire of this toy, but it was played with regularly up until she was about 18 months old. It still gets played with occasionally now at 2 years old, but more so using the rings as bracelets than actually stacking the rings properly.

                    At a measly £2 we have got our monies worth and more. This toy, although it isn't the greatest quality, is an absolute bargain. It's a toy box essential!

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