The Carousel version of stacking cups is a Tesco own brand, which my family have found to be strong, safe and great value for money.
Stacking Cups are a versatile traditional toy, with uses only limited by the imagination of those playing with them.
To start with my grand-daughter didn’t have the co-ordination to place them one on top of the other, but enjoyed knocking them down, once I had built them up. Judging by her giggles it is very funny to see all my hard work of stacking them up come tumbling down.
Although they can look messy when spread over the floor, they are easy to store when all placed in order inside the largest, and lightweight for ease of throwing in a bag when wanting to take a toy while travelling.
My grand-daughter’s favourite toys are those which can be associated with animals, but there are no obvious animals on these cups, instead they have numbers on them – 1 for the biggest, working up to 10 for the smallest. But with imagination, we use them to make the clip-clopping noise of a horse’s shoes going along a road.
We have also used them to play with in the bath and sandpit. Each cup has a different number, or pattern, of holes in the base for the water or sand to fall through.
If you buy these for a baby of about 6 months, they should get at least 2 years’ worth of fun out of them, because as the child develops, they will be able to find different uses for them.
The Tesco.com website currently has this reduced from £4 to £3.
A few weeks ago we went to stay overnight with family and when we got there they had bought Jayden a few little presents as they hadn't seen him for a long while. One of the gifts was Carousel My First Stacking Cups, despite Jayden already having some stacking cups he was very pleased with these and has spent a lot of time playing with them.
The Carousel Stacking Cups are packaged in a red cardboard box. The Carousel logo is displayed all around the box and the front shows a picture of a baby playing with the brightly coloured cups. The box also informs the customer that the stacking cups are for babies ages 6 months plus. The rest of the packaging gives a small statement about the cups and how they are designed to help with your baby's hand / eye co-ordination and also gives some care instructions.
Inside The Box
For your money you get 10 stacking cups made from sturdy plastic, each cup is numbered with the number being pressed into the plastic on the bottom of the cup and each number is within a different shape such as a star, circle square or triangle.
The cups are all different colours, ours are orange, green, purple, yellow and red. The box does state colours may vary but ours are the same as the pictures displayed the box. All the cups have a small lip around the top with small raised shapes on them making them tactile for your baby. Each cup has small holes in the bottom making them suitable for water or sand play. The cups stack by either sitting inside each other or stacking on top of each other.
Price and Availability
The Carousel My First Stacking Cups are available from Tesco, this is where Jayden's were bought but I don't know if anywhere else sells them or not, they cost just £4.00 which in opinion is a good price.
Jayden has been playing with his Carousel Stacking Cups for a few weeks now and really loves them, they are nice bright colours which catch his attention and all the cups have nice rounded edges at the tops an bottoms there are n sharp plastic edges.
The stacking cups are ideal for developing coordination skills and also learning colours too. He prefers to play with them by stacking the cups inside each other but we do play stacking them the other way on top of each other too but this usually results in us stacking them for him to knock down.
Jayden does have another set of stacking cups which are bigger than these however when stacked inside each other the Carousel cups are quite small making them easy to pop into my bag when we are going out to visit family,
All in all I would definitely recommend the Carousel My First Stacking Cups, they have provided Jayden with a lot of interest and fun while at the same time teaching him valuable skills, there are a lot of stacking cups on the market that are more fancy and detailed than these but for £4.00 in my opinion you cant go wrong.
I have already reviewed a great purchase of Stacking cups that we bought our daughter in Ikea, but we now tend to keep them with her bath toys and she loves using them in the bath. So, I wanted to get her another set of stacking cups that she could keep with her other toy, and since we don't live particularly close to an Ikea it wasn't practical to get another Ikea set. When I was in Tesco doing my weekly shop I looked down their toy aisle and noticed that they were selling these stacking cups as part of their Carousel Range for a very reasonable £4 for 10 cups.
This set of 10 cups, as you can see from the picture above are brightly coloured which I liked from the beginning. These cups are suitable from birth however, I wouldn't think there would be too many young babies showing much interest in these cups. My daughter was about 9 months when I got these cups, and she has loved them ever since.
Around the edging of each cup are different textured shapes, and my daughter loves to chew on these and must get some relief from sore gums while she gnaws at them. The great thing about these stacking cups is that they are so versatile - they can be stacked up, then can be placed inside each other, they can be used alongside other toys. My daughter sometimes puts her little afternoon snack inside these cups, she puts them inside her little bag and them takes them out again. She also likes to bang 2 cups together.
These cups are probably the first thing that my daughter reaches for in her toy box. Despite me buying her some new toys for our recent holiday, we brought these cups with us, and they were still her first point of call when it came to playing with her toys.
All in all, for £4 these are brilliant stacking cups. My daughter absolutely loves them, and can spend ages playing with them, and using them alongside her other toys. Obviously as she gets bigger she will be able to stack them herself, but at the moment she is having plenty of fun knocking them down when I stack them, and making noise and simply playing with them. A great buy.