Product Type: ELC baby toys
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Expensive set of stacking cups
ELC Stack and Drop Froggy
Member Name: bush1
ELC Stack and Drop Froggy
Advantages: Fun, colourful, teaches different skills
---Features of the toy:
The Early learning Centre Stack and Drop Froggy is a toy with 5 coloured stacking pieces and 3 balls that can be dropped through. When we first got the box, it was easy to get the toy out and it was very easy to fit together. You get 5 coloured pieces which have a circular hole in the top and a large hole in the side. Each piece is a different size so they can be stacked on top of each other. The bottom four colours are orange, yellow, red and blue. The top piece is green and has eyes on the top of it and is coloured to look like a frog (hence the name!). There are also 3 balls that come with the toy. two of them rattle when you shake them and the third one has a switch on the side to turn on the red flashing light inside it. It flashes for a while when switched on and will then stop. It will start again when another ball hits it or you roll it through the toy. To play with it, you play the balls in the hole in Froggy and watch as they drop to the bottom. They can then be rescued using the hole in the side of the bottom piece to start again.
When we first got it out and put it up for her, my daughter was really not interested in this at all. She looked at it and wandered round it then knocked the top off it and that was that. Even when we showed the balls dropping through, she still didn't show any signs of interest. We packed it up with all the other Christmas presents ready to get out again later. A couple of weeks later I got it out again and the difference was amazing! She was instantly trying to stack them up and take them down (not throw them across the room as she normally does...), and was interested in playing with the balls as well. Having had it now for nearly two months, she is still playing with it most days. If I put it away, she will try and get it out again to play with.
As well as the standard play with it, my daughter also enjoys trying to put the pieces inside each other in the correct order. We also play with the balls separately and she really likes the ones that make a noise. other uses we have found for the pieces are hats, helmets (she looks so sweet with the biggest one on her head!), steps and seats.
I have been quite impressed with this toy. It has helped my daughter to learn about different sizes of things so that she is able to stack them up or fit them inside each other. They seem to be quite robust as my daughter has a habit of sitting then standing on everything and they have survived this although they do bend a bit when she stands on them and I wouldn't recommend them for this use.
We've had a lot of fun with these, showing my daughter how to stack them correctly and starting to teach her colours. We've had great entertainment stacking them on Daddy's head and she's watched Mummy juggling with the balls and then tried to have a go too. When she's older we can also show her how to arrange the pieces so the the balls either fall straight down, or you can turn the pieces so that the ball takes longer to fall down.
I would definitely not have thought of buying this for my daughter but I'm glad she got it as a present. It's kept her amused for longer than a lot of toys and it can be used to teach different skills which is nice. That said, it is just a more sophisticated version of stacking cups that can be bought for a lot less than this. It costs £15 which I think is quite expensive for the toy. It is aimed at children aged 1-2 years but I think it is suitable for children who can sit up unaided. It is a toy that can easily be played with as parent and child so would be suitable for younger too.
Summary: Excellent, fun toy with lots of play but also expensive