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Children have been playing with stacking toys for generations, they are a classic children's toy that can be found in most children's toy boxes. The original basic plastic stacking ring is suitable for babies from 3 - 6 months. The plastic pole has several coloured rings of differing sizes, there are now several other incarnations of this popular children's toy that are available today made in different materials and textures.
Although a popular classic toy for some reason it is not a toy I purchased for my son in the first few months. I like to have a browse on Amazon to look through the different toys available, as I like to find new and exciting toys that will stimulate my son's mind. I prefer to buy toys throughout the year that are well made and that are built to last as children learn so much through play. As I was browsing I noticed the Brio stacking owl which immediately captured my attention as it looked so unusual, I really liked the appearance of it and it looked like it was high quality.
Brio is a reputable and trusted toy manufacturer that produces innovative toys, so I knew that it would be of high quality. I wasted no time in ordering, and I was surprised that it was only £5.99; I thought this was excellent value for money for a wooden toy. The stacking owl is suitable for toddlers from 19 months onwards; I always take this as a guideline as my son was only 16 months of age when I purchased this toy. I couldn't see any reason why it wouldn't be safe for him as it has no small parts.
The owl arrived in a neat little box; it fitted snugly in the box so there wasn't much packaging to discard. The owl is of high quality, it is constructed from solid Beachwood and it is beautifully crafted. The owl is very eye catching and appealing with its contrasting bold black and white colouring, so it will grab the attention of a little one. It is very tactile and endearing; it has a smooth finish to it and is built to last. Wooden toys are far more appealing than plastic toys, they are more resilient and they are less likely to suffer any damage.
The owl is just less than 11cm in height, so it is a lovely size. It has two rings which make up the body, and its wings are made from one piece of soft material with a hole in the centre to slot it over the stick. The head then sits on the top of this to complete the owl. The owl also has soft tuffs on its head which will also encourage touch and sense development. The two rings have an orange pattern which a more advanced child will be able to line up to join the pattern together. The owl has two large raised black eyes, and an orange bill, these are firmly attached so there is no worry that they will be pulled off.
My son was delighted when I presented the owl to him; it didn't take long for him to work out how to take the parts off to closely examine them. The toy was an instant hit and my son was intrigued while I showed him several times how to make the owl again. The rings make a lovely clunking noise as they are dropped back onto the stick. My son tried several combinations and it held his attention while he focused on putting the owl back together. He didn't quite realise that the head didn't go on first, until a couple of months later. When he finally figured it out and he realised he had slotted the parts on in the correct order as I praised him, he looked rather pleased with himself.
He didn't make the owl perfectly every time as he would still muddle up the middle rings as there isn't a huge difference in width. It has kept him intrigued and he kept going back to it to take it apart and put it back together again, and again. Over the months he has continued playing with it and it has kept him occupied for quite a long time. My son is now 28 months old and he has started to learn to join the pattern together. He is a little bit too old for this toy now, but it still keeps him interested and attracts him to have another look at it. It is a great toy for building his concentration as he sits and examines each piece before he decides which one he is going to put on first, if he realises that it is the wrong piece he will take it off to put the correct piece in place. It is also great for boosting his confidence as he feels pleased when he completed the owl, which gives him a sense of achievement.
The toy is incredibly well made; it has been fully tested by my boisterous toddler. The poor head has been rolled around the floor, and dropped on several occasions. As it is solid wood it has not suffered any real damage. The wings are a little crumpled, but other than that it still looks as good as new. The paintwork is immaculate and there are very little signs of wear. The only place that has any paint that has worn away is on the stick from heavy usage, which is a good sign.
It is easy to keep clean as it can just be wiped over. It looks elegant displayed in a child's room and it will probably be a toy that will be kept and treasured as it so charming.
Although it is just a basic toy, it is still great fun and it has many educational values. It will help a child to understand sequencing and patterns, which will develop basic logic skills. It will also develop hand-eye coordination and motor skills.
This is a fantastic toy that is suitable for a child from 19 months of age and it will still appeal at the age of 36 months.
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