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My little boy has Autism which leaves him seeking sensory input, as such, this makes me more inclined to find sensory toys. I tend to look for affordable options rather than seek out specialist toys where possible. Whenever looking at toys now I tend to consider how it will benefit my son. We often visit the Early Learning Centre, with the intention of looking and playing with the toys rather than buying, however, that plan fails almost every time. I often find something that catches my eye, or my son's attention.
I like to have a good look around, and I look at all of the toys for different age ranges. I personally take age ranges to be a guide, and I go with my parental instincts when selecting toys. I have a good idea about how my son will play with a toy to know whether it will be safe and suitable for him. Whilst perusing the shelves in the Early Learning Centre I was instantly drawn to the Jungle Wonder Cubes. The vivid colours attracted me, and on closer inspection I knew this would be a toy my 4 year old son would love, despite the recommended age of 6 months.
Whilst the Jungle blocks are geared towards younger children, I knew they would appeal to my son. At £10 for nine blocks, I thought they were reasonable value, so I decided to purchase a set. The blocks come in a box with a transparent window which allows you to view the toys to get an idea of what they are like. I love the different colours and patterns that are featured on the blocks, but what I liked most of all is that each block has a different top to stimulate the senses. This was perfect, and just the kind of toy that I wanted for my son.
Opening the box I was delighted to see the fun and colourful blocks. My son was instantly intrigued and was drawn to them immediately. He curiously inspected each one and was fascinated by them. The blocks are an ideal size for little hands. They are sturdy and well made with each of the blocks being hollow to allow you to look through to see what's featured in the top. The blocks are of varying colours from red, green, blue, black and white. They majority of them feature an animal on the side of the block, with the black and white one featuring stripes and spots.
The top of each block is different with some having a coloured semi-transparent window, one has sparkly shapes that move around as you move the block, two have convex windows that act as a kaleidoscope, another has a holographic top with the last featuring a mirrored top. There's quite a good variety to fascinate and stimulate the senses. As well as this, the bricks can be stacked on top of each other which need to be pressed down slightly to slot together. They have various educational aspects for a baby, and are great for children with sensory processing disorders.
My son loves to build the blocks on top of each other, as well as push them together when they're on their side. This can keep him busy for quite some time as he will build them up and take them apart to start again. This is great for building on his concentration and focus, as well as his fine motor skills. He finds each block to be intriguing with the different tops, and these can keep him fascinated for quite some time. Whilst the play may seem limited, it is perfect for a child with autism, as they keep my son engaged and work on developing his skills.
We have had this set for quite some time now, and I'm surprised that none of the blocks have become cracked, as they are constructed from a fairly thin plastic. None of the pictures on the sides have faded and the blocks are in good condition with just a few marks from frequent play. The mirrored top is the only one that has suffered some damage from getting wet. However, it still functions as a mirror perfectly. They are a basic toy, yet offer plenty of play value. The simple toys are often the best.
These come highly recommended, at any age, depending on the child's abilities and interests. These have been perfect for my son, who is nearing 5 years old and he still plays with these from time to time.
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At a Glance Nine colourful stacking cubes combine to create exciting visual effects. Features and benefits for ELC Jungle Wonder Cubes Nine colourful stacking cubes combine to create exciting visual effects. Great for stacking.Suitable from 6 months.