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Malakai absolutely LOVES his stacking rings! We've got a set of stacking cups as well, but he much prefers the rings for what ever reason.
If he is upset or wound up it completely calms him down & settles him if I sit him down with this. I think this is because it gives him something to concentrate on and he enjoys putting things together and completing tasks.
The bright colours (including yellow, red, orange, green & blue) are obviously really appealing to a baby of Kai's age and he always eyes them up, but I think he is slightly too young to understand the aspect of actually sorting/stacking them by colour!
When I first bought him this toy, me and my partner made sure to show him how to use it and he immediately wanted to try him self and kept trying to put the rings on, but he couldn't quite grasp the concept at first which led to an angry Kai. I think because it has a rocking base it does make it a bit harder, but it also acted as a great distraction when Kai was struggling to put the rings on and he enjoyed making it rock himself.
However although he did struggle at first with the rings it only took him about 3 days (and plenty of encouragement) to fully understand and master the skill, leading to him being a right little mr big head! But a younger baby would definitely find it difficult to stack the rings independantly (Kai is 12mos and we got this when he was nearly 11mos).
The whole time that he plays with this he has the biggest , proudest grin on his face, it's so cute! We have had this toy for about a month & he still loves it. The pole and rings are a soft plastic so really durable and easy to wash and keep hygienic. I tend to avoid plastic toys because of the chemicals used in some of them & I'd prefer it to be wooden especially because he puts it the rings in his mouth.
This toy was perfect for my baby because he really enjoys putting things together and investigating stuff and the taking things off and putting them back on amazed him at first. He also likes the different textures and the blue 1 with a raised & dotty texture seems to be his favourite. The stacking rings help to keep him entertained and he has had heaps of playtime with these making them well worth the £6 I paid, and they're half price at the min too so definitely get some!
Simultaneously fun, safe and developmental, these play rings from Mothercare are ideal for your little one. We've had a set of these as well as some other stacking rings from other places, and while these aren't the cheapest, the plastic element of them makes them slightly safer than others and also you can let them do a bit more to them as they're less likely to cause damage.
There's a yellow pole that screws into a base, and this gets thinner as it gets towards the top. There are then a number of different coloured and different sized rings that fit perfectly over the pole to form a completed declining pile of rings as it goes up. These soft rings are squeezable and have the tiniest holes to allow air in and out for deflation and reinflation.
For the kid, they ideal for play on their own. Easy to grip, they roll and it doesn't matter if you lean on them, squish them, throw them or they accidentally hit themselves on their heads with the rings. There are also different textures on the rings, designed specifically to improve baby's hand eye coordination and the help them realise what they can do with their hands and fingers.
Mothercare are leaders in child development, are create toys in conjunction with the Early Learning Centre. These rings are fun and educational, helping them learn about sequences, size, cause and effect and colours as well. It's magical watching our kids learn new things every day, and toys such as this really go a long way to helping them help themselves in this way. The base rocks, and our youngest at 16 months loves pushing it to see how it can go before it falls over as opposed to rocking back again. It makes him laugh loads, which is so rewarding.
Our eldest son also enjoyed these when he was younger, and now he's a bit older it's hard to stop him using them as projectiles across the room! He still stacks them though when we ask him to tidy, he just does it absent mindedly. He also helps with our youngest playing, and the two of them have loads of fun with this.
One other thing that this can really help with is teething. When our eldest first started putting this in his mouth I really wasn't so sure about it, but then I realised that this is actually designed for chomping as well as playing. Of course, it's up to you to make sure the pieces are clean before they do this. I thought this was really helpful with teething, as teething screams can be so hard to manage and you really want to help but it's hard to. Having something to massage the gums like this is really handy, and the rings always head back to their original shape.
This costs £6 from Mothercare. Other stacking rings from places can be cheaper, but these have clear quality distinction over the others, and the main thing here is about what your little one gains from the play and fun. Is it worth £6. Yes, sure, but bear in mind that there are other stacking rings around that you can get as well. Recommended.
"At a Glance The Mothercare Stacking Rings set is both fun and educational, with the textured rings and base teaching your baby key developmental skills. Features and benefits for Mothercare Stacking Rings Different textured rings Rocking base Develops hand-eye coordination Develops auditory and perception skills Mothercare loves...??this simple toy that is great fun for your little one as well as fantastic for development. Want to know more?The Mothercare Stacking Rings set is an indispensable addition to baby's play routine; fun, brightly coloured and educational all at once! Baby will be mesmerised for hours by the different textures and colours in this set, whilst learning important lessons about sequences, sizes and cause and effect. Stacking the different textured rings onto the base is fun, but their help in developing baby's hand-eye coordination makes these a key developmental toy ? crucial for little ones. These Mothercare Stacking Rings include one rocking base for baby to stack the rings on, as well as five different coloured, different textured rings. Not only is this set great for playtime, it is also perfectly safe for teething.Don't forget...Mothercare stocks a great range of developmental toys for little hands to get to grips with. What's in the box: 1 x Base to Stack Rings 5 x Rings"