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Keep kids busy
Wooden Multi-Activity Cube
Member Name: janimoo23
Wooden Multi-Activity Cube
Advantages: Keeps kids occupied and entertained,
Disadvantages: Steep price, short live entertainment (for my daughter)
***Reason for buy***
My daughter loves puzzles including those you can find in the doctors surgery or dentist with the labyrinth on the top where they have to move shapes from one side to another. While ago when she started getting into the puzzles, I wanted to get something like that for her and came across this multi-activity cube and instantly liked it.
As the name gives it away, this is a multi-activity cube for toddler made out of wood. It is aimed at toddlers of age 18 months+ however we have had this one since my daughter was 12 months old.
Cube's dimensions are 34x34x34cm. It is not the smallest toy in the word and it cannot be stored flat so you would have to find the place for it to store it as it is. Cube is multi-coloured with main colours being yellow, red, blue and green.
Each side of the cube has different activity on it such as a maze, xylophone, abacus and white wipe clean magnetic board. The cube comes with the wooden stick for the xylophone (which we have lost and replaced with small wooden spoons) and some magnets to use on the boards. We also used our own magnets which stayed on the board fine.
What I really liked about this cube was the fact that not only it had labyrinth on the top of the cube, and a little Zoo which is basically a lid of the cube with movable animals. Labyrinth has 3 different coloured metal wires which are bending around to test / develop your child motor skills. The shapes on the wire include cloud, star, sun as well as the usual square or ball. There are also some animals including monkey, parrot or butterfly.
"Zoo" includes animals such as polar bear, seal, elephant, giraffe, lion as well as one tree and Zoo house. All animals again are made out of wood. Animals can be moved around but cannot be detached from the lid. I like those cute animals and the way they have been painted with really vibrant colours, as a matter of fact, whole cube is painted really nicely with vibrant colours.
This cube is designed to help develop essential early learning skills in children such as motor skills, problem solving and for older kids maybe maths using abacus.
Cube is hollow on the inside - ideal storage, top can be easily removed however it can be secured on the top so it's safe for child to play with.
Cube is hollow on the inside which can be ideal for storage. It has removable top which can be easily removed however it is secured on the two sided of the cube so your child will not be able to remove it just by holding on it. I found this really really useful, I use it to store my daughter wooden building brick.
Cleaning of the cube is easy I just use slightly damp cloth to wipe it.
I brought this toy for my daughter when she was 12 months old. Even though its recommended from 18 months, my daughter at 12 moths was confidently walking on her own and was able to stand up against it and enjoy playing with Zoo or labyrinth. She loved this cube and the fact that there were few activities, her favourite is labyrinth, xylophone and Zoo animals. She now knows that her wooden building bricks are stored inside so she wants the top of the cube off to access her bricks. I must say this cube kept my daughter entertained loads, she also would take the bricks in and out quite a lot which again keeps her busy. The cube always attracts attention of other kids as well that come to visit. We have had this cube for about 8 months now and my daughter recently stopped playing with it and it is now sitting in the corner of our dining room.
This particular cube is available from Toys r us as a steep price of £39.99, currently on sale for £29.99. I think it's a lot of money to be honest, I was lucky and managed to get mine on eBay in mint conditions for £4.99 which of course I was happy with. There are similar activity-cubes available from Amazon or Mothercare, features might differ slightly thought but price seems to be around £40.
This is an excellent toy in my opinion and would recommended it however it seemed to be short lived entertainement for my daughter but to be honest i only paid just under £5 so I can not complain. At the end of the day, this is just my daughter and all kids are diffent and maybe other kids will play with it for much longer.
Summary: Great to keep kids busy