Product Type: ELC baby toys
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Good Simple Fun That Lasts For Ages
ELC Stacking Cups
Member Name: hotrock4
ELC Stacking Cups
Date: 20/01/13, updated on 29/01/13 (55 review reads)
Advantages: No batteries required, easy to clean and dry.
Disadvantages: Absolutely None
I'm quite a regular visitor to the Early Learning Centre when in search of a good quality but fairly priced toy for our daughter. When I saw these ELC stacking cups on offer for just £4.80 which seems to be one of those never ending offers as they are still available for the same price now, I couldn't help but pick them up as I instantly remembered how versatile these are from playing with a similar set during my childhood. Our daughter has had these since she was 6 months old and is now almost 2 years and they have fascinated her ever since I bought them if only for the colours when she was younger.
The stacking cups come neatly supplied as a pack of 10 inside the typical green and white ELC packaging, the cups are of a rigid plastic construction with all of the edges being rounded and smooth, which makes this product both child friendly and highly durable. Each of the cups are a different colour and embossed with numbers from 1 - 10 in the order that they fit together.
One of the first uses our daughter found for these was simply banging them together to make noise which kept her amused for quite some time until she figured out what they were actually for but they survived this well and all of the cups are still intact. As our daughter was a bit too young for these cups when we first presented them to her it was a little while before she started to put one on top of the other and she would get frustrated when they fell over. However by 18 months old she had figured how to stack them and with a little help could get the entire stack constructed, although chucking them all over the floor and putting the cups away in their "nesting" form seems to provide much more amusement at the moment.
The ELC stacking cups are also water tight so are great for using with water or sand, and are great for making sand-castles with numbers upon the top as the cups have an indent outlining the numbers on the inside. They are also just as easy to clean as they versatile and wipe clean with a bit of warm soapy water, and a little elbow grease.
Overall I would say that 6 months may be a little young to give these to a child unless they are supervised but they do give something nice and colourful to roll along to encourage crawling, in my opinion around 1 year is when a child would start to appreciate this toy most and actually give it valid attention with regards to figuring them out. At nearly two years our daughter can stack these and take them down again unaided but now much prefers to use them as cooking implements along with her toy stove.
As a development aid I would have to say that I see these cups are invaluable, not only do they build on hand eye co-ordination effectively, they are also good for teaching colours and numbers with our daughter now being able to name all of the colours of the cups as well as counting from 1-6 with me whilst laying them out next to one another in the correct order (we are working on 1-10 but the numbers 7 and 10 are tripping us up).
Our daughter has also become quite independent whilst constructing and putting away these cups refusing help when she is clear set on what she wants to do with them, meaning she will quite happily play with these for quite some time now without expecting help; although she will often bring them over and tell me the colour or enquire as to which number is printed on the top. As for use with water and sand they are great again for hand eye co-ordination whilst filling and emptying them.
Overall and most importantly these cups are plain good fun and have enough different uses to be interesting in many different ways, leading to a great useful life of this product, especially when left to the imagination of a young child who thinks a stacking cup as a hat is a great invention, and taking them up at bath time to make a mess with is even better.
In many ways I consider these cups to be pretty much the perfect toy, they require no batteries, they can be used indoors or outdoors, and it doesn't matter if they get wet or dirty as they are easily cleaned and dried, all of this on top of being next to indestructable So far they have provided hours upon hours of amusement in one way or another for our daughter, and given how affordable that they are I would definitely recommend these as a good buy.
So overall in conclusion I would have to say that these cups are a must have childhood toy, they are one that I remember playing with and I can see my daughter getting another year out of these yet. A product with a useful life of up to 2½ years for just £4.80 especially a toy that is this simple in design is in my opinion definitely worth every penny, and well worth the full complement of 5/5 stars.
Summary: Great Simple Toy With A Great Life
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