“ Brand: Tesco / Age: 18 months / Type: Activity Toys „
While searching for birthday presents for my youngest son in Tesco I came across this activity cube it was priced at just £4.99 and as all the other activity cubes I had looked at were £20 plus I decided I would purchase it. Ours is very similar to the one pictured above although it does not have the bead maze on top.
The cube itself is made from wood rather than plastic which I really like as it stands out from the sea of plastic toys we already have in the house and I prefer the wooden toys we own.
The clock - On this side of the cube is a simple clock face with movable arms so you can help little one learn about the time. Although this is not aimed at the lower end of the age recommendation my son loved twirling the arms around the clock. What I really like about this clock face is on every second number there is an animal next to the number. This allows me to use this as guidance for my children and I can direct them using the animals as well as the numbers until they become confident.
Shape sorter - With this side of the cube it is a simple shape sorter as you receive 5 shapes inside the box for little one to filter through the correct holes in this side of the cube. After they have fallen inside the box if you turn it upside down you are greeted with a removable panel to retrieve the shapes and start all over again. It is great simple fun for little one that my children like to play over and over again.
Magnetic side - When you receive the cube there are around seven to eight magnetic shapes hidden inside the box and these can be used to make up a picture of shapes on the magnetic side of the cube. Little one can reform the shapes in any way they wish as they learn each shape and how they can all be fitted together.
Animal game - This a noughts and crosses style game for children to play made up of hippos and lions instead which my children find great fun. My youngest son just tends to flip the animals round until they are all matching but he still loves playing with this side.
Shape game - on this side of the cube is a cut out puzzle game for the children and there are 5 different shaped pieces of wood for little one to move along the put maze for them. My children like this they aim to put all the pieces in the same place and although it is simple it helps with their motor skills and while I play with them I can introduce them to the different shapes. Each shape is a different colour so it also helps them recognise colours as we play.
My children all love this activity cube it is bright and colourful and very well made there are no sharp edges that little one can hurt themselves and it is well made and durable. The bright colours hold little ones attention while the range of activities keeps them occupied rather than getting bored within five minutes. The top of the cube is easy to open to store all the pieces inside meaning they do not get lost and little one can do this independently.
All my children play in different ways with this toy as some of the activities are basic that can entertain a younger child they also grow with little one and they can be used to play games and learn about the time so it can cover a good age range. It is recommended from one year up which I think is correct as the small pieces could be dangerous for a younger child but my son who is five next week still likes using this cube to play the animal game and using the clock face to learn about the time.
My only negative would be the magnetic shapes do not always sit well on the magnetic side provided and can fall off very easily which is frustrating for children when they are trying to complete a masterpiece so the magnet on the shapes could have been a little stronger.
We love this cube we have had it for around 13 months and each one of my children like to use it. It is durable and long lasting and has enough activities to keep little one occupied. Although it is a lot smaller than other activity cubes we have came across it has a much smaller price tag of just £5 which I think is fantastic for the amount of play we have received from this toy. It is a Tesco range toy and therefore only available at Tesco but I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for an activity cube for their child.
My son was 10 months when he got this at Christmas time. I had chosen to buy him wooden toys because I feel they have a better craftsmanship than plastic toys which seem to be very cheaply made and break a heck of a lot easier. So I was pretty pleased when I noticed this in the shop.
It was around £10 and came with a host of different things to keep my little man entertained. The cube itself was secured to a cardboard base with those plastic tie things, which was a bit tricky to cut through. However once I opened up the top of the toy I found inside wooden magnets that attached themselves to the white board side of the cube and little wooden shapes to fit through a shape sorter.
It sounds silly but I wasn't expecting the magnets so was pleasantly surprised to find them inside! On the box the recommended age is 18 months, however that's only a recommendation and my son was happily pushing through the shapes in the shape sorter portion of this cube at 10 months so there we have it! Just obviously be supervising the play as some of the pieces may present a choking hazard.
I found this toy to be very charming - with the 9 different cubes that reversed into different animals (on ours) and the wooden shapes on a track that you would lead through a maze-like structure.
And of course, there is the magnet and magnetic white board. Well...me and the husband had a lot of fun making all different patterns on this! Haha. So, as you can see, it entertains all age groups ;).
I would recommend this toy to parents who're looking for an alternative to cheap plastic made toys - and to develop hand to eye co-ordination skills. This is a toy that can entertain a toddler so I know I won't have to donate it to any charity shop or our Church's nursery just yet as it will stick around in our toy collection for a little longer.
Also you'd think wooden toys would be that more expensive but like I said, it was £10! Look out for it in sales as it may even jump down in price but I think £10 is a decent price to pay for something that's so well made and you know you'll be hanging onto for a while.
My son recieved this as a gift for his birthday, although the recommended age is stated as 18 months he has just turned 1 year old.
The cube has a different activity on each side to keep your toddler entertained!!!
One side is a white magnetic panel that has 7 different coloured magnetic shape you can put on and make designs with. The next side is a shape sorter with 5 different shapes all in different colours to post through the matching hole. There is a side with 9 rotating squares that have a different picture on each side- ours has 9 squares with butterflies on one side and flowers on the other. The last side on the edge has a maze type puzzle where you can move the coloured pegs along the pathways. The panel on the top has a wire bead maze on it with 3 different pathways.
The top panel with the bead maze on lifts out so you can remove the shapes, store the magnetic shapes and you can turn the panel upside down so the bead maze is inside the cube which makes storage easier.
It is colourful and well made, with a variety of different activities that can engage your child for some time.
Keep young hands occupied as they move the various shapes around the cube.