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Fun Activity Cube
Wooden Multi-Activity Cube
Member Name: AmyP1985
Wooden Multi-Activity Cube
Advantages: Colourful, fun, sturdy, safe
Disadvantages: Side with slidey coloured pegs could be better
I bought this Activity Cube for my son at Christmas, he was 18 months old at the time, which is the recommended age for the toy (he is now 21 months). I ordered the Activity Cube from Toys R Us and paid £39.99 but it is currently on offer for £29.99. The cube arrived packaged and ready assembled, apart from the lid which was in "storage mode" (see below).
The Activity Cube is good quality and made from wood, which is a very nice change to all the plastic toys! The wood is painted various bright colours, such as blue, orange and yellow. Each side of the cube has a different activity.
The first side has a colourful wooden xylophone attached, two wooden hammer type sticks are included for playing the xylophone (and bashing any other noisy surfaces in the home of course!). The xylophone plays well, although I always find metal xylophones to be better.
The second side of the cube is a magnetic white board, four different coloured/shaped wooden magnets are included, which stick well to the white board. I was worried about magnets being included as I thought they would be like standard fridge magnets with a magnetic strip on the back, but the magnetic part is safely hidden inside the wooden shapes, completely out of view and reach! The magnets are also a good strength, strong enough to easily stick to the white board but not strong enough to trap little fingers between.
The third side of the cube has five horizontal wires, each containing a row of ten wooden beads, each row of beads is a different colour. My son enjoys sliding each bead across and counting them, so it has been a great educational tool.
The forth side of the cube is a wooden sheet with thin squiggly lines cut out of it, there are different coloured wooden circular pegs to slide around the cut outs in the wood. Personally I think this is the weakest side of the cube as my son never uses it, even when I try to encourage him.
The top of the cube is painted green to represent grass, with a blue lake in the middle. There are lines cut out in the top of the wood, which hold a wooden seal, giraffe, polar bear and lion. These animals can all be slid along the cut outs and there is also a stationary tree. There are also three sturdy wires (blue, red and green) that are attached to the top of the cube that all twist and turn in different directions. Twelve chunky wooden beads slide along the wires. The beads are different colours and shapes and display images of a bird, fish, stars, flower, buttfly etc. My son enjoys sliding the beads around and pointing out the different images.
The top of the cube can very easily be removed by twisting two small plastic triangle locks on the edges of the lid. You then remove the lid of the cube and can flip it upside down to store inside the cube, and lock back into place. Once in this "storage mode" the lid is just a flat piece of green wood.
My son does enjoy playing with the Activity Cube and seems to be playing with it more often the last couple of months. He does play with it in the intended way but also asks for the lid to be removed quite a lot so that he can climb inside or fill with other toys!
Overall I would definitely recommend this Activity Cube, it's good quality, a good price and seems very sturdy and safe, and most of all, it is a toy that my son actually plays with! It is also a good toy for toddlers to start to learn the concept of sharing as it's big enough and has enough activities for more than one child.
Summary: Good quality toy that I would recommend!
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