Product Type: ELC baby toys
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ELC Discovery Cylinder
Member Name: CrazyEgg
ELC Discovery Cylinder
Advantages: Light, bright, multiple imaginative uses
Disadvantages: Cannot be machine washed
Baby CrazyEgg loves things that are encased in plastic. All her feeding bottles and syringes (for feeding via nasogastric tube) come individually wrapped and she likes to have a good old scrunch before we use them. It is possible that this is the reason that she has enjoyed the ELC Discover Cylinder so much. She received it last year as a Christmas gift when she was almost 4 months (corrected age). One end of it is made of clear plastic, revealing the treasure within: five scrunchy shapes to shake and feel and throw. I suspect it is not just the scrunching that she likes: it is the mystery. HOW can these items be inside something else? WHY can you see them, but not get at them?
As far as this type of toy goes the ELC Discover Cylinder is a fairly simple affair. It is essentially a fabric drum, the base being covered with clear plastic, and the top having an opening for Baby to put their hand in. There are two squishy fabric handles one of which has three teething rings attached. Around the top are a number of silky tags to fiddle with. Inside there are five soft shapes: a sphere, a tetrahedron, a cube, a sort of 3D semi-circle thing (if you could have a 3D circle, without it being a sphere, which you can't...and yet...that's what it is) and a small square of fabric, silky on the one side, fuzzy on the other and crunchy in between. The shapes are made from a variety of different fabrics, silky, fuzzy, shiny and corduroy, helping develop baby's sensory perception in their first few months.
It is worth noting that the small square of crunchy fabric has probably had more play than the drum or the other shapes, as Baby CrazyEgg was fascinated by it and spent ages just twiddling it. It was a good one to chew and was consequently washed many times. Emboldened by my washing success I ignored the instruction that this toy was 'wipe clean only' and washed the cube after a visit from a particularly dribbly friend of Baby CrazyEgg's. It was a mistake. The cube burst at the seams and the wadding spewed forth. The frayed silky fabric that had formed part of the cube was beyond repair and I threw it away. This might be regarded as a weakness of the product, but actually it does wipe down very well and I was just being lazy. After several wipe-downs the drum remains bright and in good repair.
During the year I have seen larger, more complex toys of this type with music, lights and more contents. But sometimes simple is best. Baby CrazyEgg needed small and light toys last Christmas, and this brightly coloured toy which stands at approximately 16cm was perfect. She could lift it herself, and posting the shapes in and taking them out was a skill we had to work toward. She particularly liked playing peek-a-boo with the drum, which had the novelty factor that you could look right through it.
I put this toy on one side in the hope of a clear out before this Christmas, and so of course Baby CrazyEgg has shown fresh interest in it. Now though, rather than taking the shapes out slowly, she takes them out with gusto and waves them in the air: "Ta Da!", or as she would say, "Ging-gee-ging-gee-ging-gee!". She squashes her face against the plastic and blows raspberries on it. She looks in the mirror...closer...closer.... LICK! She wears it on her head. She uses it as a drum. She puts other toys in and out of it, and laughed fit to bust when Elmo popped out of it. Don't know how he got in there, but he says it was a bit of a tight squeeze.
To an adult the Discovery Cylinder may look a bit feeble. But Baby CrazyEgg has had a ton of fun. A great purchase for a baby of 4 months upwards, (though product says from six months).
Summary: A great introduction to shapes and posting
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