“ Brand: Early Learning Centre / Type: 5 stacking coloured pieces with 3 balls „
My daughter received lots of lovely gifts for her 1st birthday one of which was the ELC Stack and Drop Froggie.
The ELC Stack and Drop Froggie is a stacking toy creating a course for balls to travel through when dropped through the frogs mouth before coming out at the bottom. It is really well designed and durable easily standing up to the rough play of a small child. With beautiful bright colours and a friendly face this toy is really eye-catching and appealing as well as easy to wipe clean. Always handy when sticky hands may be involved!
The sections are easy to stack together, and my daughter loves to both build and take apart the tower. There are 5 sections to the tower each in a different bright colour and 3 balls. Two of the balls rattle and one has a switch which turns the light feature on so that the ball flashes. The switch is small so this is something that little ones would need help with. However the balls are a good size and easy for little ones to hold and grip.
My daughter loved to put the balls into the Frog's mouth at the top, watching the balls travel through the course and drop between levels before coming out of the bottom and she will quite happily play for ages often standing for a better view.
The ELC Stack and Drop Froggie is suitable from 9 months.
~Price & Availability~
The ELC Stack and Drop Froggie is widely available from shops and online and currently costs £12 on the Amazon website.
My daughter absolutely loves her Stack and Drop Froggie. She loves to watch the balls move through the sections before dropping out at the bottom- she especially likes the flashing ball and building and taking apart the tower. This is a really lovely toy for little ones.
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This is a nice toy that we leave set up in my little girls bedroom as its a nice looking toy and also one she can play with when she wants to without having to set it up again each time.
This toy is a stacking toy and comes with 5 different sized plastic rings that are more like stacking cups, just open at the top with a hole in them.
There is an orange ring on the bottom which is the largest, then yellow, then red, then blue and smallest at the top is the green. What makes this a fun stacker is that the green ring at the top is in the shape of a frogs mouth. The frog has two big googley eyes and his wide open mouth looks great, just like a real frogs mouth.
The stacking rings have grooves at the top so each ones fits over the other nicely. Like I've said above there is a hole in which you drop the balls that come with this toy through, the first hole they go through being the wide open frogs mouth. The rings each have a bit of a slope to them so the balls will roll down the slope and obviously don't want to line all the holes up because then the ball will just drop straight down so you need to twist them until you set up a bit of a slide for the balls to run down.
There are three balls that come with this toy, two normal ones and then the coolest one of all, a ball that lights up!! This one has clear plastic on one side so you can really see the red light flash in it. What I really like about this ball is that it doesn't light up all the time, just when your child touches it, this is really quite exciting and my little girl loves it when this happens.
The toy is about 1 foot high when stacked so quite large and better for children who are standing. I love that it has different aspects to it such as the stacking as well as lining up the course for the balls to run down.
My daughter recieved this as a present for Christmas when she was 17 months old. We hadn't asked for it and when we saw it we thought that it would be too young for her, but after 2 months playing with it, we realised we'd been a bit hasty!
---Features of the toy:
The Early learning Centre Stack and Drop Froggy is a toy with 5 coloured stacking pieces and 3 balls that can be dropped through. When we first got the box, it was easy to get the toy out and it was very easy to fit together. You get 5 coloured pieces which have a circular hole in the top and a large hole in the side. Each piece is a different size so they can be stacked on top of each other. The bottom four colours are orange, yellow, red and blue. The top piece is green and has eyes on the top of it and is coloured to look like a frog (hence the name!). There are also 3 balls that come with the toy. two of them rattle when you shake them and the third one has a switch on the side to turn on the red flashing light inside it. It flashes for a while when switched on and will then stop. It will start again when another ball hits it or you roll it through the toy. To play with it, you play the balls in the hole in Froggy and watch as they drop to the bottom. They can then be rescued using the hole in the side of the bottom piece to start again.
When we first got it out and put it up for her, my daughter was really not interested in this at all. She looked at it and wandered round it then knocked the top off it and that was that. Even when we showed the balls dropping through, she still didn't show any signs of interest. We packed it up with all the other Christmas presents ready to get out again later. A couple of weeks later I got it out again and the difference was amazing! She was instantly trying to stack them up and take them down (not throw them across the room as she normally does...), and was interested in playing with the balls as well. Having had it now for nearly two months, she is still playing with it most days. If I put it away, she will try and get it out again to play with.
As well as the standard play with it, my daughter also enjoys trying to put the pieces inside each other in the correct order. We also play with the balls separately and she really likes the ones that make a noise. other uses we have found for the pieces are hats, helmets (she looks so sweet with the biggest one on her head!), steps and seats.
I have been quite impressed with this toy. It has helped my daughter to learn about different sizes of things so that she is able to stack them up or fit them inside each other. They seem to be quite robust as my daughter has a habit of sitting then standing on everything and they have survived this although they do bend a bit when she stands on them and I wouldn't recommend them for this use.
We've had a lot of fun with these, showing my daughter how to stack them correctly and starting to teach her colours. We've had great entertainment stacking them on Daddy's head and she's watched Mummy juggling with the balls and then tried to have a go too. When she's older we can also show her how to arrange the pieces so the the balls either fall straight down, or you can turn the pieces so that the ball takes longer to fall down.
I would definitely not have thought of buying this for my daughter but I'm glad she got it as a present. It's kept her amused for longer than a lot of toys and it can be used to teach different skills which is nice. That said, it is just a more sophisticated version of stacking cups that can be bought for a lot less than this. It costs £15 which I think is quite expensive for the toy. It is aimed at children aged 1-2 years but I think it is suitable for children who can sit up unaided. It is a toy that can easily be played with as parent and child so would be suitable for younger too.