Product Type: Fisher Price baby toys
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Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Stacking Blocks
Member Name: kat1234
Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Stacking Blocks
Advantages: helps baby develop, durable
Disadvantages: quite pricey
My son was given these Fisher Price Brilliant Basic Stacking Blocks from a friend whose son had played with and outgrown them. I was very grateful for these firstly as babies can never have enough toys (mummy's can get bored playing with the same ones too!) and secondly as they were in really good condition despite having been played with a lot - a testament to how well made they are. Fisher Price is a brand that I have many baby toys from and have always been really pleased with and these are no exception.
Looking around online, these blocks can be purchased for around £12.99 which is a little expensive for a baby toy that consists of just three blocks but if you have the money to spend, I would say that they are good fun and your baby will probably play with them a fair bit. The blocks are suitable for babies from age 6 months upwards.
The toy is simple and, as I say, just three cube blocks. Each block has a different activity on it's side to encourage baby to explore and improve their manipulation skills. On another side of the block, each has a letter A, B or C. I'm not too sure why this is as it is far too advanced to expect a baby to learn their letters (even an older child would probably learn these from lower case first) and the toy too basic for use when a child is ready to learn their letters. I can only assume that this is for the benefit of the adult when helping the child to stack the blocks to ensure that they are stacked in the correct order but each block also has a number on one side too which would have sufficed for this purpose.
The blocks are brightly coloured - red, yellow and blue and each has a little head popping out of the top in one of these colours too. This is a smiley face and appealing to babies. It can be pressed in like a button and this is what the blocks stack onto. Once stacked in the correct order, the top head can be compressed and some of the activities on the edge of the cubes move e.g. the spinning wheel. As I have mentioned, each block has a different activity to explore. One has a flap that can simply be flipped to reveal different pictures underneath, another has a green plastic 'wheel' integrated that can be rolled and the other has a shiny silver spinning wheel that can be rotated to make the coloured beads within it move around.
My son was intrigued by these blocks from the moment he got them and loves to explore them. He doesn't tend to pick these up as he would his other toys, so I'm not sure the shape is particularly conducive to doing this - there is nothing to grip his hand into and the blocks are pretty large. Instead, he likes to move them about of the floor and poke his fingers around the blocks, particularly at the activities. He especially likes the block with the silver spinning wheel and soon learned how this worked. He will spend a long time spinning this and it holds his attention well. He also enjoys pushing the heads down into the block and this has encouraged him to learn to use his thumb. The blocks are great for developing fine motor skills.
My son is too young to be able to stack these blocks yet but does enjoy to watch whilst you do this for him. I think that, once he old enough to do this for himself, he will gain further enjoyment from them. The toy is well made and has no sharp edges as you may worry about with the cube shape. They seem pretty durable too and have withstood a lot of bashing. The stickers on them have also remained in place without crumpling or peeling off, and the faces on the heads too. These have been played with a fair amount and still look as good as new so they seem to be a pretty good investment!
Summary: A good learning toy
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