“ Brand: The First Years / Age: 9 months „
Stacking rings are just that. They are brightly coloured rings that can be stacked up - largest first and smallest last! I would put these in with some of the classic toys that have been revamped. There is nothing hidden, nothing too complicated, and nothing electronic in these rings! It is simply a plastic pole in the middle with 6 plastic hoops of different sizes to fit on and a ball stopper at the top. However, you can get different variations such as material stackers, ones that make a noise, different colours, shapes etc.
I bought these for my little boy when he was 9 months old. He didn't really know what to do with them apart from chewing on the plastic and/or throwing it! Now that he is 1 he likes to roll the rings and put them on the pole - however he still hasn't grasped the sizes yet! He seems interested in these every time I take them out and loves the different colours. I also use them to count which helps him develop his mind. I am hoping that over the next few months he will start to put the largest one first and work up with the stopper at the top - but for now he seems happy throwing and rolling these with his dad!
I have washed them with fairy and the colour hasn't run or faded. To which I am a bit surprised as he has chewed them loads - however there are a few teeth marks which will remain forever. I will be buying again for my next child but didn't [pay much for them and so would not mind replacing them.
I believe stacking toys are the ebst learning toys for little babies. I used to look around the toy stores to find out what toys would be the best for my would -be child's best growth while he is learnig other things about his surroundings. I found several stacking toys and I was also gifted one after my son turned 6 months old. That was a musical toy with star shaped rings stacked on a plastic pole.
This stacker also has plastic rings, actualy 6 rings stacked on a yellow pole with a red round stopper at the top. The best part of this toy is that the rings are absolutely round and the toy does not have any hard or rough edges and so it's not dangerous for babies even if they use the rings as teethers. My little one just loves to use the rings to ease up his teething tension.
My son loves to scatter the rings or even displace them from the pole and wants me to rearrange them on the pole any way I like. Soon I am going to teach him to stack the rings himself and this will enale his organizational skills and make him understand the concept of bigger ans smaller. The rings come in vivacious colours like red, yellow, orange, purple, blue and green and are perfect for the novice eyes of your baby to learn from.
Stacking rings are a must for any toy box and come in an amazing array of colours, textures, styles and materials.
A quick internet search has shown the simplest stacking ring sets to be made from smooth plastic with each ring a different colour, however, this is the most basic model. Slightly further up the complexity scale comes the same plastic style rings (hollow plastic centre pole and slightly curved base, generally with 6 rings to the stack and a top ball) but at this level the rings have textured shapes protruding softly from them, for example raised circles or bands around each ring.
As well as plastic stacking rings there are also soft fabric rings. These often contain sound effects (rattles, bells or crinkles) and their appearance may be more intricate than the simpler plastic models, sometimes with the fabric casing of each ring hosting several colours in a pattern or presenting a series of different black and white geometric shapes.
Some stacking rings are themed, and this appears to be more common with the wooden variety. I have seen green frogs, yellow and orange chickens, black and white cows and red and white ladybirds. Each stack is topped by a stopper representative of its characters head. A common theme seems to be clowns, perhaps because this makes sense, particularly when the rings are each a different colour.
As well as increasing in complexity regarding texture, material, colour and theme, the number of rings in a stack also varies. Those stacking ring sets designed for infants under 18 months generally contain 6 rings and a stopper whilst I have seen some with 13 rings for older children. The shape of the stack also alters as the age of the anticipated user increases, from the standard conical shape whereby each ring decreases in circumference from base to top, to more complex figures such as policeman and trees which involve a narrow base and top with a wider middle.
Stacking rings are a must for any toy box because of the variety of play and educational uses that they can be put to. In the early days they can be chewed and tossed about, later they can be used to learn about colours, size and seriation (putting things in size order). They are great for getting older toddlers to play 'with' young babies, and, if you have more than one style, they are wonderful for teaching children about different materials and their properties.
Prices range from around £4 to £17+ depending on the style, material, complexity and make that you go for. LittlesHonest Bob has progressed from his simple textured mothercare stacking ring set (approximately £6) iand s about to be spoilt with 9 ring wooden stacker setting me back £6.99 plus £2.02 postage.
A very simple but very effective learning toy for very small kids is stacking blocks. A vertical pole with several coloured hoops in this case 6 hoops and a plastic ball stopper type thing to go on the top. On the set my youngest had the hoops were red, orange yellow, green, purple and blue as in the picture Dooyoo has of them but the round top was white.
Although a very simple toy where the idea is of course to fit the rings to the pole in the correct order (large through to small) it is a very robust little toy that can easily be kept and passed down to future kids or family members.
The reason this toy is so effective for kids learning is that it helps them to understand size and does wonders for hand eye coordination as their tiny hands try to manoeuvre the rings in the correct order on to the vertical pole you can watch them become more accomplished at the task each time they play with the toy.
My wife tells me that she paid £3.99 for the set my kids had and that they came from the superb toy store, toys R us. You can also find this or similar sets in places such as Woolworths, the early learning centre and also in Argos. I am sure there will be plenty other stores that will also stock them but those are probably the biggest name ones.
My youngest enjoyed playing with these from around one year old through till he was over two although he had a different use for them by two years old he was taking the rings into the bath with him but still also sometimes took the pole and fitted the rings on even then so not only is it a learning toy it is a toy that your youngsters will really take to and enjoy.
So when you are considering first learning toys for your little ones this is a very good place to start, inexpensive, long lasting and most of all great fun for little hands and minds!
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Before I was even born my parents had this toy ready for me, mainly because my brother had grown out of it, and I'm so glad they did. Eighteen years on I still wish I had held on to it. When I first saw it, I remember I threw it in the air and I was suprised at all the pieces flying off. For some reason I was a bit of a neat freak, even for a baby, and I just had to put them back together. Luckily my siblings were there to help me figure out why the pyramid kept turning out upside down. Throughout my entire adolecance, I feel that this was always my favourite toy, and I am in high consideration of buying one just to keep as a momento, or to perhaps give my own kids should I get married. Just make sure not to lose a middle circle, it will confuse you!
We got these rings as a present when my son was about 2 months old and when I first saw them I thought that they wouldn't last. However, 3 years later and looking in the toyroom I can still see these rings helping my son to count and recognise the colours of the rainbow. These rings contain 7 chunky different sized rings which neatly fit on to a tube like stem and a base. I found this great for storage as there were no loose rings lying around the house. Unlike many of the toys today these rings have no sound and have no need for batteries, some people may think this is an disadvantage as the noise distracts the baby and gives the baby something to look at, but for me it was the quietest toy which gave me some peace. Also these rings can be used in the bath as they are waterproof, and they float when placed in water. I think that these rings are great value for money and will certainly last the years. From a teething baby who just wants to bite on them to a toddler whos learning to count or recognising colours. These rings are a great inexpensive toy for a baby.
From 9 months - Throw! Roll! Stack! This popular classic is challenging and fun, providing an early lesson in shapes, sizes, colours and counting.