Product Type: ELC baby toys
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ELC Activity Triangle
Member Name: CrazyEgg
ELC Activity Triangle
Advantages: Develops fine motor skills
This has been a fantastic toy for us, and is still providing plenty of entertainment. It comprises a number of activities that develop fine motor skills. These vary in difficulty allowing your child's play to develop as their skills progress.
According to the Early Learning Centre's website this product weighs 0.728kg; its height and width are 27.8cm and depth 10.6cm. The weight is sufficiently great for it to be hard for a very young baby to lift and for it to remain steady and in position when they are playing with it. It is marketed for babies from six months, however, and at this age most babies would I think be able to lift it. We received the Activity Triangle as a gift when baby was 7 months/ 4 months corrected and it has been a favourite since this time.
Sturdily constructed the triangular end frames are made respectively of red and blue plastic. This colour theme is continued on one side of the toy where the bars that join the end frames, and hold one of the activities are also red and blue. The three main joining bars are transparent and contain helter-skelter shaped pieces of plastic that rotate as a consequence of plastic beads falling on them when the triangle is turned over.
Each of the five sides has an activity:
1. A single bar across holding two rectangular pieces of plastic for baby to bat in order to make them spin. One is yellow, the other green. They have raised plastic on either side creating different visual patterns and textures to feel: a swirl and a cross on one side, dots and wavy lines on the other. This is in my view the easiest side to play with as the pieces are sizable and easy to manoeuvre.
2. Two bars across each holding four shapes that can be spun round: two spheres on each bar, an eight-pointed star and a triangle on one bar, a five-pointed star and a cross on the other bar. You can spin several at once using the whole hand, or spin just one when the skill of just using one or two fingers develops. Greater precision is encouraged by this part of the toy. When the shapes spin they make a satisfying 'whirly' sound.
3. The side with the red and blue plastic bars is the hardest side to work. On each bar there is a kind of cog that can be moved from side to side. One requires you to spin it fast using one finger to make it zoom across, the other, so far as I can tell needs to be manipulated by holding between finger and thumb and twisting. This is much harder than just batting a shape round. At 13/10 months my baby has intermittent success with the former and is frustrated by the latter.
4. Two wiggly lengths of solid plastic along which two beads can be threaded. They can also be spun round. Baby has never shown much interest in this side.
5. A black and white disc that can be spun round at high speed resulting in optical illusions. One side has a spiral, the other stripes.
Baby has been playing with this from a young age. Whilst she sat supported in a chair we were able to have the triangle in front of her on a table and she was happily occupied by it. She was very happy when people clapped at her achievements with it. After a long time in neonatal care, Baby had not had the same muscular development as a term baby. It was important to have toys that could be played with easily without requiring much strength. The triangle was excellent for this since very little pressure is needed to create a pleasing result. A tap of the finger and you get spinning and rattling, colours whirring. It is bright and interesting enough to arouse curiosity and require investigation and the various parts are easy to grasp and rattle. A truly interactive toy.
Summary: An excellent low-tech toy that provides lots of interest.
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