Product Type: ELC baby toys
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ELC Stacking Cups
Member Name: CrazyEgg
ELC Stacking Cups
Advantages: Teaches stacking and nesting
The CrazyEgg's have been living in interesting and turbulent times. November disappeared into a whirlwind of hospital stays and visits to the doctor for Baby CrazyEgg. We regressed to tube feeds only and Elmo started to develop a bald patch. But in the midst of all this there were moments of progression and delight. Baby CrazyEgg can go 'clack' with her tongue. She used the bars of the hospital cot to pull herself onto her knees. And one night Mr CrazyEgg and I were woken (yet again) by the sound of the oxygen saturation monitor blaring out, only to find Baby CrazyEgg sat bolt upright in the cot putting Elmo on Mr Snappy, and Dog on top of Elmo, and Rabbit on top of Dog. It was seriously crackin' stackin'.
Seeking to harness this new skill we collected the ELC stacking cups on the next 'home-dash' and eagerly waited to see if the stacking triumph would be recreated.
We have had the stacking cups since the end of May when Baby CrazyEgg had a corrected age of 9 months. The ten sturdy plastic colourful cups have been in regular use since that time. They are numbered on their bases 1-10, with 1 being the smallest and 10 the largest. They nest neatly within each other, and make a great jiggly sound when shaken in this form. Turned the other way they can be stacked one on top of the other to make a tower. The cups have a raised circle on their base and a ridge around the inside at the lip of the cup enabling them to slot together cosily if they are stacked in numerical or the expected size-decreasing order. No pressure is needed to fit them together in this way, they are quite loose, and this feature helps babies develop their hand-eye co-ordination. The ridge provides the tower with a very slight, but very effective extra layer of security. It's clever because it still allows for easy destruction.
It is the destruction of towers that Baby CrazyEgg has been keen on up to this point. So much fun does she find this that it has been rare to manage a full ten-cup stack before they are sent hurtling down to the floor.
But the cups have been used for other things. "Let her play with cups!" said the speech therapist. And so we did. Baby CrazyEgg will bring these to her mouth as if drinking from them. She has discovered that if you blow a raspberry into them the sound resonates and is magnified. The differently sized cups produce different notes. She is a kindly soul and often offers her cups to her soft-toy friends, as well as visitors to our house. They have become a socialising device.
She has been keen on the nesting aspect for a long time: trying different combinations of nest, putting other objects in them and taking them out again. Shaking the cups when they have things- megabloks, plastic fruit- inside them. We have even played with them in the bath! They all have holes in the bottom so the water runs out, which is very curious. Where did the water go?
When she is older we could use them to play in sand. They could be used to stamp out shapes as the numbers on the bottom of each cup are raised. And they could be used to build sand towers too.
We were not disappointed when we waited to see whether Baby CrazyEgg would finally stack the stacking cups. She didn't stack in size order, but instead went for a more adventurous 'big-small- upside down-big' style tower. She then moved on to 'big-small-big' all the same way up so the tower looked to just be two levels high, the third cup slotting right over the second. Sometimes she is not precise enough and has to start again, and sometimes she creates a teetering, wobbly tower that defies gravity and the laws of physics.
These simple stacking cups have had months of play and still the numerically correct 1-10 stack eludes Baby. They continue to offer challenge and excitement.
What a great buy! An essential item for the toy box.
Summary: An essential toy
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