Product Type: ELC baby toys
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ELC Stacking Cups
Member Name: kat1234
ELC Stacking Cups
Advantages: versatile, good for various ages, fun and educational
The cups are pretty basic - a set of ten plastic cups each of different sizes that slot on top of one another to build a tower. Each cup is brightly coloured and has a number from one to ten on the top of the cup. The cups stack together and hold by way of a narrow groove in the top and bottom of each cup so the stack numerically from 10 (the largest cup) to one (the smallest). They are a smooth plastic around the edge but on the top of the cup there is more texture for baby's fingers as the numbers are more prominent and small circles are indented into the plastic.
In each cup there are also three small holes drilled out of the top of the cup. These are to enable the cups to be used during water play. As the cups are filled with water, you can watch as it trickles from the bottom of the cup, or into another cup and learn about movement. The circle and number indentations on the top of the cup also make these great for sand play as you can use them like buckets, fill with sand and make a sand castle. The number and circles will be imprinted onto the sand.
These retail at £6 at the Early Learning Centre and I think that this is a fantastic price, really great value for money. My son first started playing with these at 6 month when he was first learning to grip hold of things in his hand. These helped him to explore his new found skill and learn how to pick up and hold larger objects as well as small ones. They also helped develop his fine motor skills and learn to grip things in different ways. He has also found them quite useful teethers - biting nicely on the rim of the plastic. The colours are really stimulating as they are so bright and he enjoys holding one in each hand and bashing them together, learning that his actions have a consequence - NOISE (I enjoy this rather less!).
At 8 months, my son has yet to truly benefit from all the learning and fun that these cups can bring. He enjoys watching as I build a tower and loves to knock it down but has yet to gain the skills to build the stack himself. That is why I believe the cups are such good value, he has had enough enjoyment from them already to warrant the £6 purchase price but he has still so much he can get from these that I can still see him playing with them in a years time.
The educational value that these cups have should also not be overlooked - I intend to use them to help him learn colours, numbers and counting as well as help him to further develop his motor skills, hand-eye co-ordination and problem solving abilities.
The cups themselves are well made and really durable. They have been thrown around our living room, dropped, bashed together and bitten more times than I care to mention but the plastic has not dented or even marked at all. They are really easy to clean and I tend to just wipe at the end of the day with an anti-bacterial wipe. They store neatly by packing away neatly inside one another into the largest cup.
In summary, these are just 10 cups but they are so much more than that. I would really recommend these to everyone with a baby of 6 months plus as they offer hours of entertainment and a great platform for your baby to learn and develop in a fun way.
Summary: fun stacking cups
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