Product Type: Ikea baby toys
Newest Review: ... and therefore when all stacked up, the feature resembles a rounded tower. Ikea market these beakers as being 'durable....easy to cle... more
Knocking them out the park
Ikea Mula Building Beakers
Member Name: sirg0508
Ikea Mula Building Beakers
Advantages: Fantastic value for money, durable, range of uses
Disadvantages: None really
Ikea's MULA Building Beakers, especially for the price has to be one of the best value toys we've ever bought. For less than £2 (currently £1.49) you get 7 durable beakers suitable from 6 months.
Initially we'd bought these for my nephew. While he elated at building them up and crashing them down he's also had plenty of use out of them in other ways. When he was still under a year he used to love it when I'd spin the white one especially on the laminate floor because of the texture around the lip and of the blue pattern as it touched the floor would make a sound he'd probably not heard before (unless he'd thrown a plastic plate on the floor). The larger beakers have also held balls and other toys and they've all had a turn in the bath and sand/water pit. As he grew older we could ask him which colour was which, ask him to find a specific colour to build the tower back up, count them or tell us which shape is on them.
My niece is now 18 months and also quite a fan of the beakers. She tends to just stick to stacking them up and batting her hand so they fly across the room but she's good at stacking them up herself. The bottom beaker is a good size so it makes it quite a sturdy stack but still easy enough to knock over.
With so much use from both niece and nephew I'm surprised the beakers still show no sign of damage so they'll still be usable for years to come. I'm also surprised none of them have gone missing but this is probably because they are so easy to tidy away by putting one inside the other like a Russian Doll. If one of them does disappear it makes it really difficult to stack them because they're just resting on top of another rather than slotting onto it which makes it a little frustrating if it is one of the middle ones because they tend to slip off while trying to put another on top.
I like that these beakers are so easy to clean. Most of them may be textured but they don't really have any areas for dirt to get stuck. There are also no sharp points either so unless standing on the scalloped edge (mainly for the adults!) there's very little chance the child will hurt themselves.
I'd have liked the smallest beaker to have a design on it though because when placing it on its curved edge and spinning it, although they can see it's slightly moving around on the floor and magically staying upright, it doesn't actually look like it is spinning. Other than that thought I can't really fault them. They're all different but all equally used. They're durable and have many uses making them well worth the price.
Summary: Building beakers proving you don't need to spend a lot
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