Product Type: Ikea baby toys
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Attractive toy for young kids
Ikea Mula Bead Roller Coaster
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Ikea Mula Bead Roller Coaster
Advantages: no batteries, interesting to kids, and can talk about colours, numbers
Disadvantages: a bit big and heavy.
I picked up one of these bead frames in IKEA when I first moved into this house 7 years ago, alongside a wooden train set. This was before we had kids ourselves, but I wanted to have a couple of items at our house that were hard wearing that my nephews could play with when they visited, or any other children to come to the house. Then we had our own children who also played with it.
Bead frames are really popular toys with kids. Although they are not that special in terms of they don't make a noise, and all you can do is make the beads follow the shape of the curved wire, there is something that makes you keep wanting to touch it and move the beads along the different shapes of wire.
There are a lot of these about. As well as seeing them a lot at places like playgroups and doctors surgeries, you also get them attached to cube boxes with other items to entertain small children, but this version from IKEA is one of the better ones I have seen.
It is quite a large frame, and has a sturdy wooden construction, with the metal coils firmly attached to the wooden base. The beads are all wooden, and big enough for a small child to grasp comfortably in their hand to move it around. The colours are all bright and attractive, and the mix of colours and shape was excellent to provide variety in texture, and give plenty to talk about when playing with a small child. E.g. shall we move this yellow one now? What happens when we get to the top of the hill here and let go?
The set was quite cheap when we bought it, and is now available for about £10. This is a bargain really, as it is a really hard wearing toy and will show no sign of wear and tear after being played with by lots of children.
I found that it was a good toy to sit in front of my two when they were big enough to sit, but not big enough to crawl. They were not strong enough to be able to pick it up from the floor, but they could get close enough to move the beads, especially once you showed them what to do.
I have only recently sent this to the charity shop, and not because the boys were fed up of it. They still liked to have a play now and again. Just because I was trying to create space for more used toys.
My only negative to this toy is that I sometimes would get my foot caught in it and trip over it if it was on the floor. I would register in my brain that there was a toy there and go to step over it, but not lift my foot high enough. I am honestly surprised I didn't break my foot in it. Even when it has been stood on, the toy held strong and the wires remained firmly attached to the base with no sign of them moving. I was sure I would have bent them or broken it in some way, but I just had a really sore foot.
This is a nice toy to look at, has the advantage of being attractive and interesting to kids without the need for batteries or loud sounds, and is a good value entertainment as it really will last years.
Summary: A timeless toy that seems to appeal to all kids.
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