Product Type: ELC baby toys
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ELC Wooden Stacker
Member Name: juicy_lucy
ELC Wooden Stacker
Advantages: Sturcy wooden toy
Disadvantages: Quite heavy
When we are learning about size in the classroom, stackers are one of the toys we frequently use, and this is one of the better ones I have found.
**Product and Packaging**
The stacker comes nicely boxed and without lots of bits of paper with the instructions- it's really self explanatory! There are a few ideas on the side of the box with the different ways it can be used - Smallest to biggest hoops and vice versa, and talking about smallest and largest hoops. I don't know whether these little tips are strictly necessary because it seems to me fairly obvious what you would talk about, but I suppose they have to have something on the box, and it serves as a reminder.
Inside the easily opened box is the stacker- thankfully with no plastic packaging. The stacker can literally be taken out of the box and used.
The stacker is made up of:
* 7 colourful wooden discs- pink, red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue
* 1 natural wooden base
* 1 natural wooden pole, which sits on the base
* 1 natural wooden ball to go on the top when it is completed.
**Who is it for?**
The box suggests that it is for children from 12- 24 months. I would tend to agree with this, but would see no reason why children couldn't use it before to help manipulate objects and generally explore toys.
**Price and Availability**
Available in store and online, www.elc.co.uk. The stacker costs #10
A sturdy toy which has taken some use in the classroom.
We have used it to help children see the difference in size and to differentiate between colours as well as the usual stacking from smallest to biggest and biggest to smallest. The colours are bright without being garish and I like the fact that there is a light and dark blue, helping children talk about the shades of colour as they get a bit older than the suggested age range. We try to sort them into rainbow colours but can't! Children enjoy stacking the hoops according to their own criteria, and can sometimes be encouraged to explain why they have stacked them this way- I find they usually use the colours to describe the different hoops rather than the sizes.
The whole toy is nice and smooth, so even if children put it into their mouths, they shouldn't do any damage. The actual hoops are large enough for children to get hold of easily but not so big that small hands are stretched.
There is no warning sign stating that it is not safe for children under a certain age, so I assume that it's safe for all.
A great toy to encourage discussion, increase coordination skills and the decide independently what goes next.
A built to last toy from one of my favourite suppliers of children's equipment
Thanks for reading.
Summary: Wooden stacker
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