Product Type: ELC baby toys
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Love love love these cups, oh, so does my 7 month old
ELC Stacking Cups
Member Name: ecoelle
ELC Stacking Cups
Date: 03/04/12, updated on 03/04/12 (15 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to clean, compact to store, easy to transport, many different games to play
Disadvantages: Not enough different colours
I bought these for my daughter on her '6 month birthday' as her first educational toy and I love them. They sit one inside the other forming a nest about 3" high making them really easy to store. You can also stack them upside down into a tower one on top of the other.
The cups are made from plastic and are therefor very easy to clean, as the carer of any young child knows they will undoubtedly end up in a mouth at some point and so the ease of cleaning is very important. Each cup has a number embossed into the plastic from 1-10 and the cups get larger as the numbers go up.
My daughter is only 7 months old and so our games at the moment are limited to me building towers and her knocking them down, and, her chewing on the cups. My hope is that as she gets older she will appreciate the many things you can do with these cups other than stack them, such as...
Counting, using the cups you can obviously count from 1-10 in order, but also counting backwards, counting in twos and even basic + and - sums
Size of the cups, such as, which is the biggest/smallest? or which one is bigger/smaller?
Building dexterity of hand movements by building towers rather than knocking them down.
Gaining better hand eye co-ordination
Use them as bath toys, the cups have 3 small holes in the bottom of each so the water can trickle out over baby while in the bath, or they make excellent boats
Use them in the sand pit or on the beach for building sand castles of different sizes
Use them in the garden for making mud 'pies'
Colours, the fact that the cups are different colours is great as you can start to introduce the names of the colours, however i would say that this is the only downside to the cups. The ones i purchased are
10-white, 9-opaque blue, 8-red, 7-black, 6-yellow, 5-opaque green,4-blue, 3-green, 2-white, 1-opaque blue. So you only actually get 6 different colours.
My suggestion would be that they varied the colours more, such as
10-white, 9-red, 8-orange, 7-yellow, 6-green, 5-blue, 4-dark purple (indigo), 3-lilac (purple), 2-black, 1-grey.
This way you would be able to do the rainbow song, talk about primary and secondary colours, and talk about which colours we get when we mix two together
All in all a great toy for girls and boys
Summary: The best £6 I've spent on a toy so far
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