Product Type: Asda baby toys
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A cheap, impersonal plastic product that may or may not be 'educational'
Asda Play & Learn Stacking Rings
Member Name: lights84
Asda Play & Learn Stacking Rings
Advantages: Very cheap price
Disadvantages: Cheap in quality
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.
Summary: I wouldn't recommend it, although it might provide some fun in the bath or outdoor pool
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