Product Type: ELC baby toys
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ELC Wooden Stacker
Member Name: gandie
ELC Wooden Stacker
Advantages: Good quality durable product
Disadvantages: A little expensive
The ELC wooden stacker is a series of brightly coloured different shaped rings, which stack onto a central base and pole, and is topped by a big wooden ball. It is aimed at children between 12 and 24 months.
The stacker is beautifully made from FSC certified wood. There are no sharp edges - all the surfaces have been very well sanded and smoothed. The base, pole and top are unpainted, but lightly varnished. The seven rings are painted in bright (non toxic) colours, which are largely excellent for helping your child to learn their colours. That is, however, apart from the two blue rings at the top, which my daughter seems to be unable to distinguish between - perhaps the ELC would have been better painting these in two completely different colours rather than two slightly varying shades of blue!
The central pole slots into the base, but remains loose and wobbly. The base and top are rounded. The ELC states that this is to prevent injury if a child falls onto the toy. There are several reviews on the ELC site where the reviewer is unhappy with the central pole not being fixed to the base, as they feel it makes this toy difficult to use. This could be the case for a child at the younger end of the age range the stacker is intended for. However, I feel that it is safer for the pole to remain unfixed, and that by 18 months at the latest it is definitely easy for a child to play with.
This is an incredibly simple toy, but is brilliant for a child's development and learning in many different ways, including hand eye coordination, counting skills, and colour recognition. It is also very well made and durable - we have had ours for approximately a year now, and it has been bashed around by our nearly two year old and her 4 year old twin sisters, and it is still in very condition, albeit with a few small chips on the paint!
I have seen several stackers of this type on the market, some of which are cheaper. There is a similar polka dot wooden stacker in ToysRus retailing at £5.99, which seems very reasonable although I am unable to comment on the quality of the item. The ELC wooden stacker is available for £10 on the Early Learning Centre website. Whilst this does seem a little steep for a basic child's toy, I think the quality and durability of the stacker makes the item a good, if slightly expensive, buy.
Summary: A nice, simple toy, but a little expensive.
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