“ Brand: Mothercare / Type: Training Cups „
We received lots of different presents when my baby boy was born and one of the best and the ones he plays with the most are these stacking cups from Mothercare. We had some stacking cups when our little girl was born too and we only just put them away as she is now into dolls and kitchens and things like that but it was nice for my little boy to receive a set too.
The thing I love about these cups is that you can do lots of different things with them and as well as using them for their primary function of stacking you and your little ones can think of lots of different uses and games for them. Sometime it is the simplest of toys that kids love the most which is why these stacking cups from Mothercare are so great.
The cups came in a cardboard box and were stacked together. In the box there were ten stackable cups and what I really liked about them was the bright primary colours. In my opinion they really catch a toddler and baby's eye and are great for teaching about colours as you can mention the colour to your baby and show them and then when they get a bit older you can ask them to pass you the red cup, blue cup etc. The colours included are green, blue, red, orange and yellow.
The cups are numbered 1 to 10 on the bottom of them. The number is sort of printed in the bottom of the cup and stands out in plastic although its still the same colour as the cup. I think this is great because the cups also teach about numbers too. The numbers are fairly big on each cup so its easy to tell what it is and its also made well as well, its in a big bold print and looks good. What I like about the number being raised on the bottom of the cup too is that if you you are playing with these in sand it will make an imprint of the number in the sand. The number is also surrounded by little circles too that are indented so these also make a pattern making it more exciting for kids to play with.
Each cup is a different size with the number 10 cup being the biggest cup and the number 1 cup being the smallest cup. All the cups fit inside the largest cup so this makes them very easy to store and also they teach about shapes and size. In fact, there are two different ways to stack these cups. They can be stacked like I said one inside each other but they can also be stacked on top of each other which then makes a big tower of cups. Each cup has a rim which fits on the top of the other one so it keeps them fairly stable when stacked into a tower. That being said though they are very easy to push and topple over, something my little boy likes to do time and time again and a action that produces many laughs! The cups are plastic so they make a bit of a noise on our wooden floor but apart from that they will not damage anything as they are quite light. They probably stand about a foot tall when stacked (I'm terrible at heights but I think this is about right) so its easy for a little one to stack them all the way to the top although we never manage to get there as they are always knocked over before that!
Theres no real age guide with these cups but I think they are great from birth. You can see the different ways kids play with them. My ten month old boy really likes knocking them down at the moment whereas my two and a half year old will build them up and also use her imagination with them. At the moment they are used to make cups of tea in to give to mummy and daddy, very sweet.
In my opinion a perfect toy for developing manipulation skills, introducing colours like I have mentioned above and give a sense of achievement and repetitive play.
These stacking cups are a great toy. They don't seem particularly interesting to the untrained eye, but just imagine all the fun a baby or toddler can have picking them up and chewing them, banging them together, knocking down towers that you've built, taking them all out of each other, carrying them round the room, trying to drink out of them, hiding them under the sofa, taking them out of the toy box, putting them back into the toybox, putting them into each other, trying to fit other things into them, rolling them around, throwing them, balancing them on tops of things, knocking them off things, and hopefully eventually he'll learn to stack them!
They come in a nice array of colours and have numbers on for educational purposes, they also have some small holes in the bottom so presumably they can be used as sprinklers (or non-effective cups) in the bath too.
Originally when i got given these 10 brightly coloured cups i thought "how dull" but i was so wrong - my wee boy 8 months loves them!! They have so many uses it is unbeleavable what games he finds to play and amuse himself with them! He originally at 6 months loved to chew them then we progressed to drop and pick up and then of course threw off the highchair! It is just fantastic that there are 10 as you just put 3 of them out at a time and he will bang them away and threw quite merrily while i tidy up - a life saver and a lot safer than the electronic games he has which are heavy and hurt when he hits them off his head - you can do no harm with a light cup while Mummy is busy!! Also i can see uses when he is older for learning about volume etc but right now the best thing is i can see his fingers developing and him realising when he drops it where it has gone and also they are fab for hiding toys under and him discovering them!
These cups are simply a brilliant buy. The set consists of 10 coloured platic cups, of graduated sizes, which can be stacked on top of each other, or nested together. These are great for developing co-ordination, and for satisfying the 'putting small objects into larger containers' stage that babies go through. In addition, some of the cups have different raised pattern on the base, and some have holes, and seive like bases. This means that they are excellent for sand and water play as your baby grows! My daughter also uses these as pretend cups. I can't think of any other toy that I've bought which offers so much fun and versatility for such a bargain price! Highly recommended, you might have to hunt for these in the shop though amongst the aisles of electronic toys. These would suit babies from 6 months to pre-school.
These stacking cups from Mothercare have to go down as one of my best buys for my daughter. They cost just £3.49 and she plays with them for hours! It is ten brightly coloured cups that fit inside each other and also stack to make a tower, this is the bit Lauren likes, you build it, she knocks it over, this is repeated time and time again. She shreaks each time and the smile on her face makes you do it again and again. Some of them have different shaped holes in the bottom which make them good fun in the bath. I think that these are a really great buy and would recommend them to you.