“ Brand: ELC / Age: 3 months „
We bought these for our baby when he was first born as they were bright and very cute and he loves playing with them today even though he is now two.
The blocks come in a cardboard packet and you get 6 in total. These contain characters from the Blossom Farm range which is associated with The Early Learning Centre. These are cute farm animals in bright colours. We have a few of them as soft toys and the children seem to like them a lot.
These blocks are suitable from birth as they are soft and chunky so no danger. They measure approx 6cm x 6cm and have various pictures on. They shoe the sheep, the cow and the dog. Each block has either the body or the head or one of them on so you can match them up if you wish. There are various other pictures on too including things like flowers, numbers, letters and so forth. The colours are all pastel colours and none of them are particularly feminine or masculine so they're fine for boys and girls.
The blocks are soft so they are kind of padded but not in a squishy manner, they are still robust so they can be built up without falling down under the pressure. The blocks have different textures on too. Some are soft, others like fleece so this makes them interesting.
When our baby was tiny he used to hold them in his hands and just feel the softness. He then began to turn them around and look at the detail. He would watch as we built it into a tower for him to kick down and he'd giggle. Now he is two he likes to build them up himself and knock them down so he has learnt and progressed with them.
These are really cute. They are only wipe clean so they have become a little grubby but it's really lovely for little children to have something bright and colourful to play with. You can also use these in an educational manner to teach about the animals, colours and numbers.
These are well designed and will appeal to little ones.
I bought these cubes for my daughter for Christmas when she was 5 months old. I wanted something she could build with or throw around without hurting herself or other people.
The set is 6 soft blocks with letters, numbers, animals and soft sections to touch on them. They also contain noises - 2 have rattles, 2 have bells and 2 have squeakers. The letters are A-F and numbers from 1-6. They also each have half an animal on them so they can be matched to make a whole.
My daughter was more interested in the wrapping paper at Christmas than the soft blocks inside. She really liked it when I juggled with them as she enjoyed looking at the bright colours and hearing the noises. She also liked me stacking them up so she could knock them down.
Now that she is a bit older, she is starting to try to stack them on her own. I will also use them as she gets older to help her learn numbers and colours.
These cost me £10 which was standard for this type of product. At first I didn't think they were worth the money, but now I believe they are worth it and would be happy to purchase them again.
Last year I was looking for a toy that was suitable to give to my 3 month old baby for Christmas and I surprised to find that there was not a lot of choice for this age group. The majority of toys available are either for newborns or suitable for 6 months plus. However whilst browsing on the Early Learning Centre website, I came across this toy and decided to purchase it.
This set of 6 colourful soft cubes are from the Blossom Farm range which is the Early Learning Centre's 'own brand' character range, which consists of Lavender Lamb, Buttercup Cow and Pogo Puppy to name a few. These are the three characters which are used on the soft cubes that I purchased, although the cubes do not have a full picture of the animal on it. Instead each cube either has the head or body of one of the creatures on it, so that you can match up the two pictures.
The animal pictures mentioned above only take up one side of each cube and no two sides of the remaining cube space are the same. Each cube also has a slightly fluffy textured side, a plain coloured side, a side with a number on it, a side with a letter on it and the remaining side either has an additional number, letter or a small picture on it.
For example, the head cube of Pogo the Puppy has a picture of Pogo's head and front legs on a pink background, a pale blue textured side, a number 7, a number 1, the letter a (in lower case) and a pink plain side.
Each of the animal cubes has it's own colour scheme which is the same for both of the matching cubes making it easy to distinguish which ones are the pairs. The 'Dog' cubes are pink, purple and blue. The 'Sheep' cubes are green, white and purple. The 'Cow' cubes are purple, orange and pink.
In addition to this 2 of the cubes have a bell inside them, 2 have a rattle and 2 have a squeaker, which adds interest to the toy.
I really like these soft blocks and my little one does too. It was great to find a toy suitable for her age and she initially enjoyed knocking them over when I built a tower for her which helped with her hand to eye co-ordination. Now that she is older she enjoys picking them up and shaking them to make them rattle and although she is a little too young to use the squeaker herself, she enjoys listening to me doing it and tries to work out where the sound is coming from! She still enjoys knocking over the towers of blocks that I build for her and also just generally picking them up and banging them against other objects or chucking them across the room (thankfully without damaging furniture or herself as they are soft)!
I also love the fact that these cubes are so tactile, with the textured side being a nice contrast to the rest of the cube's fabric and with the letters and numbers being in relief to the rest of the cube meaning that my little girl is able to touch them and feel the difference between the background and the letter/number.
One of my favourite things about these cubes is that they are washable! With small babies you never know if they are going to be sick all over their toys or dribble all over them and it was great to know that I could just shove them in the washing machine and let them dry naturally afterwards. I found that they wash really well, although they are slightly harder to stack after washing, probably due to the cube going a little bit out of shape in the washing machine.
My daughter is now 8 months old and is still enjoying playing with them and I would expect that she'll still be playing with them for quite some time, especially when she figures out how to squeak the squeakers and stack the blocks herself. I will also be able to point out the different colours and letters/numbers/pictures to her and this will hopefully help to develop her speech and vocabulary.
I would recommend these for both boys and girls as they are not at all gender specific and I think that the age range of 3 months - 1 year is about right for this toy.
I purchased these cubes from www.elc.co.uk for £10.00, but they are also available to buy in store.
Six colourful cubes contains a bell, rattle or squeaker.