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Manufacturer: Ikea / Type: Stacking Rings / Age: 12 months

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      02.03.2014 12:49
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      Whenever we go to Ikea, I always end up coming back with a few extra items which I had no intention of purchasing and this was one of these items.

      ===Price & availability===

      The item is exclusive to Ikea and is available online and instore, Ikea does have a stock checking facility which I like because if I have a specific item in mind, I can check its availability before I have a drive down. The item costs £7 which I think is quite competitive when compared to similar products on the market.

      ===The product===

      The concept of the product is very simple; it has seven rings which decrease in size and the top section which is designed to look like a lighthouse. These are all stacked on a wooden base which has a rubber stick running through the middle. I really like the fact that this part is made from rubber as it means that there would have been less chance of injury should Lauren have fallen on or near this part.

      The rings are brightly coloured which I love as it makes them look more appealing, the wooden elements are also made from what seems like quality wood as we haven't experienced any splitting, chipping or paint falling off. I really like the product is wooden, a lot of toys nowadays are plastic which to me doesn't have the same quality and textures that wooden toys do.

      The product is designed for children over 12 months, I must say that Lauren had this when she was just under that but play was always supervised and we have not experienced any issues. I also found that because the parts are quite chunky, Lauren found it easy to hold the pieces and manipulate the parts to build the tower.

      The base if the product measures around 13cm in diameter which I found make it quite sturdy and during the time played with, we were never able to knock it over. When fully assembled, it measures around 20cm which I think is a nice height for a sitting toddler to play with and Lauren didn't have to stretch or stand up when playing.

      ===In play===

      Lauren was immediately attracted to the look of the toy and enjoyed it even more when she got the hang of what she needed to do. I think that the item is great for improving hand and eye co-ordination and developing her fine motor skills, it took a lot of practise and patience for Lauren to learn how to stack these in the right way but it was definitely very rewarding when she did it right, we used to give her a big clap and cheer lots so I feel it help with her confidence too. It was funny to observe her playing alone too, there has been many a times when she has managed it all alone and just started clapping on her own, looking to me with a big beaming smile.

      As Lauren grew a little older, we also used this item as a learning tool, talking about different colours, counting as we stacked the rings up and also using as a problem solving tool by building it incorrectly and asking her to 'make it right'.

      ===Overall===

      Overall, for £7, this has been an excellent investment and one of the most played with toys we purchased when she was little. I would recommend the product and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

      Thanks for reading.

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        04.12.2012 13:00
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        A good traditional toy

        I really like wooden toys, I think it is something about them looking very traditional, but also it's a nice change of material as most hard toys these days are plastic.  One day we net to our local Ikea when my son was a baby and spotted these stacking rings, I had to get them as they were attractive bright, simple but I felt they would have real worth in my son's playtime.

        These stacking rings, called Mula, were a success.  To begin with my son would grasp a ring and shake it around - I think he thought it was going to rattle and then put it in his mouth for a good suck and later when he was teething a good chew.  To begin with I would stack the rings in front of him talking about the colours, they are the rainbow colours and stack in rainbow colours.

        Idea recommends them for babies of 12 months and older, I got these for my son at around 7 months which was too early for him to stack them but with my interaction we could still play.  I think watching me stack them eventually taught him how to do it himself as around 12 months he got really into copying me and started to stack the rings himself, even if not in the right order!  It was a good way of getting him to learn colours as I would tell home the green one goes next, he would then find the green one, for example.  This stacking toy is great for developing motor skills.

        The rings are made out of very nice wood, I guess it is beach and varnished or painted.  The centre core which the rings sits on is a hard kind of rubber, it's supposed to be soft so the baby wont hurt themselves if they fall on it, however it's not that soft, just softer than the wooden parts.  The toy is 20cm high and 13cm in diameter at its widest point.

        I think this toy is supposed to be a lighthouse, or at least it looks like a lighthouse and also makes a nice ornament in a kid's room!  It's certainly very durable, we have a few bit marks on ours plus the odd chip along the edge but nothing much considering the battering it's taken.  We paid £6 I think, I just checked the idea website and then are now on sale for £7, which for such a good solid wooden toy is great value.

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          29.11.2012 22:11
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          A great well made stacking ring set that is built to last and fun to play with

          This set of stacking rings from Ikea was a present for our first son and is now coming back into use for son number two which has prompted me to write a review on this great little baby toy.

          The design is very simple it has 7 rings of varying sizes and a top section that looks like the top of a light house. The rings all stack on a wood and rubber stand to give the effect of a brightly coloured light house. The stand Ikea claim is soft to protect children if they fall on it and whilst I agree it is soft compared to the wood of the rings it is still fairly tough rubber and if a child landed on the top of the stand it could still hurt them. We have been lucky so far and this has not happened. The other thing about the stand is once my son got into the idea of hammers I had to make sure he was always supervised with the stand and it was kept out of the way when not in use. The reason for this is it did make a bit of a lethal weapon when he held the rubber section and banged with the wooden base on things causing some damage to smaller toys and a plate.

          Each wood section is nice and chunky to hold for young babies and toddlers and whilst Ikea recommend this toy from 12 months my 7 month old whilst not able to stack them does love holding them and manoeuvring them around to look at the bright colours. My first son received this for his first birthday and whilst not able initially to get them on to the stick in the correct order used to love putting them on and off the stick or just stacking them by themselves in different ways. It has to be said that both of my children have tried to give them a bit of a chew as part of their exploration of the toys and the wooden sections have all coped very well with this with no damage to the rings in any way. There are no teeth marks or problems with paint being chipped off and indeed when I got this out for son number two it still looks bright and colourful and like new.

          The toy is great for helping them develop their finer motor skills as they have to learn to co-ordinate putting the rings on to the stand and as they get older it is a simple way of taking about sizes with your child for example which is the biggest to go on first when they are laid around. My son used to love this game or our other version of putting the colours on when he was able to identify for example which one was blue then red.

          The overall look of the rings is great and very appealing to children with their bright colours and actually looks great to on the toy shelf.

          At a cost of £7 this set of stacking rings is great value and certainly is one I would recommend for all young children. They are well made long lasting and great for improving hand eye co-ordination and fine motor skills. A full five stars.

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          17.09.2010 22:50
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          One of my son's favourite toys!

          One of my son's favourite toys! Time to review!

          My son had this from a very young age. Her used the wooden rings to chew on when starting to teeth and being wooden it has survived a good chewing and bashing on pretty much every surface in my home!

          The bright colours had him hooked from day one. He loved the vibrant and simple design of this toy.

          The height is 20cm and diameter of 13cm. It is relatively small enough that when we travel this toy is sqeezed in as an essential belonging. The pole is a soft rubber type material so injury is less likely. It is also another fav part for my boy to chew although this may bear some teeth marks due to the material.

          It is recommended for 12 months and up although my son was playing with it from about 6 months but supervised by my at all times. I think the pole poses the biggest "threat".

          At £5.99 it is a reasonable cost for a toy of its type, especially when made of wood. It was worth every penny for the first time my son managed to slide the ring onto the pole. He was extremely proud of himself!

          The parts are chunky so great for fumbly hands making hand eye coordination development continual.

          At 15 months we are just starting to learn the pattern of it rather than focusing on just threading it on. I can see this toy being passed down to all of my children.

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          02.09.2010 23:08
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          Another great product from Ikea at a great price.

          The Ikea children's stacking rings was one of the first toys we bought from Ikea for our eldest son when he was a year old. We have bought many things from Ikea before and have always been happy with the quality so when we say this lovely looking toy we couldn't help ourselves. It seems to be a problem for us at Ikea, always giving in and buying things.

          This stacking toy is made from wood and is of good quality. The wood it is made from is solid beech. I have found a couple of ours do have the odd chip on some of the rings after lots of use but that was to be expected when you only pay six pounds for something. The pole you stack the wooden rings onto is made from rubber and has a slight bend to it. I guess this is for the safety of your child. I will say neither of my son's have hurt themselves with this toy and they love it to bits.

          The size of this toy is perfect. It is 22cm tall and the base is 13cm across. Each ring is 2cm in depth so they are easy enough for your little one to hold in their hands.

          This toy comes with seven wooden rings and a plain cylinder shape for the top to make it look like a lighthouse, well I think so anyway. The colour rings you get are red, purple, green, yellow, orange and two blue ones.

          This toy has an age range of 12 months plus. I would recommend you don't get this for any child younger than this as it is wooden and it's not the best thing for your child to be putting in their mouth!

          I have found the different colour rings useful with helping my son learn colours. And of course the main use of this toy is to help your young child improve their motor skills when placing the rings onto the pole. It has taken my son some time to get this right and he is now mastering getting them in order.

          Not only do my sons like giving the stacking ago and playing with it I am also very happy to have it sat on my window sill. It looks nice sat on a shelf. I have to say it looks a lot better than the plastic stacking rings you can get. I think most parents would be happy to receive it as a present for their child.

          So if you take a trip to Ikea I would highly recommend you buy one of these lovely simple toys.

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