Product Type: ELC baby toys
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ELC Play Buttons
Member Name: sassypat456
ELC Play Buttons
Advantages: Cheap, great colours, educational
My crazy toddler has a neverending supply of energy and won't sit still for more than five seconds, so with this in mind we were looking for a cheap, new, 'grown-up' toy that would help her learn perseverance and patience, no mean feat!
I often buy toys from the Early Learning Centre as I have found that despite being pricier than some other toy shops, their products last well and stand the test of time, so I was really pleased when a friend told me about these play buttons for the bargain price of £6.
Apparantly her two-year old daughter loved them so much that she was recommending them to everyone she knew, so with that kind of praise I snapped them up in a mini online spree.
The play buttons come in a chunky, lime green plastic tub with a purple lid and comprise of 50 buttons in the shape of hexagons, circles, squares, stars and triangles. They all have holes in them, just like real buttons except some have only one hole and others have up to five, making them a little interesting and intriguing.
There are also four laces in the tub and these are used to thread the buttons.
As soon as my 20-month old daughter saw these she knew they were quite complex and this held her attention initially. I tied a knot at the end of the lace and threaded a series of buttons on and let her shake it like a musical instrument. She absolutely loved this and found the jingle jangle sound hilarious!
It is unheard of for my little whirlwind to sit still and focus her attention on something other than books for more than a few minutes, but this simple idea held her captivated and she watched intently as I showed her how to thread the buttons onto the string.
We have had these buttons a week or so now and she brings them to me most days and enjoys shaking the tub and making noise, as well as taking all the buttons out one by one before shouting 'back' in a stern voice, and then yep you guessed it, she puts them all back with great care, inspecting them along the way.
She knows how to thread the buttons and has tried to do it herself but without much success yet - she prefers me to do it as its quicker and at the moment that's fine by me as she gets so much enjoyment from watching me.
Another bonus is that these buttons all stack up on top of each other but this is difficult for young children to do.
I can't speak highly enough about this great toy as it ticks a lot of boxes for me - it keeps my daughter amused for at least ten minutes, is educational, teaches shapes and introduces problem-solving skills to boot. I also think these buttons would make a fantastic present as they are within an affordable budget and are quirky and unusual.
The buttons are aimed at 3-6 year olds but I would say toddlers over 18-months would get some benefit from them, once they are supervised to avoid them putting them in their mouths. As for the upper age limit, every adult who comes to our house likes playing with these. It's quite therapeutic!
The only problem I have is that I think there should be more laces included as they are very easy to lose, however you could easily make your own so its not a big deal.
Summary: A brilliant idea
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