I bought the Fisher Price Stack and Roll cup stacker for my daughter's first birthday without really looking at them, thinking that they were just traditional stacking cups. However I was pleasantly surprised to find that they do so much more!
These were bought from Argos, who currently (and have done for some years) have a selection of toys on a 2 for £15 offer. This meant that instead of paying the full price of £9.99, I was able to buy them for £7.50 with another toy. However I do think that they are worth paying full price for.
Instead of being traditionally cup shaped (cylindrical with a flat base), these stacking cups are domed, and come in 10 graduated sizes, and different rainbow colours, with a round jingly ball to put on the top. Each cup is numbered which eventually helps to teach children their numbers up to 10, and helps them identify and stack the cups in the correct order. The cups don't just sit on top of each other, but they actually clip together which not only aids fine motor skills, but prevents them getting separated and lost.
As well as stacking on top of each other, the cups can also be nested. And the real feature that makes this toy different to other stacking cups, is that they can be clipped together in pairs to make balls for rolling around. The jingly ball can be put inside the balls so that they jingle when being rolled. The colours come in pairs - red/orange, 2 shades of yellow, 2 shades of green, 2 shades of blue and 2 shades of purple - and it's these pairs that clip together to make balls. These colours make up the colours of the rainbow, but also help children identify shades of the same colour when it comes to pairing them up.
There is so much mental stimulation from these stacking cups/balls, and such a lot of thought has gone into putting a modern twist on what was once thought as a basic toy. These are aimed for children aged 6 months and over - but even my nearly 6 and 9 year old children have got enjoyment from playing with them! A 6 month old would probably just bang them together and roll the balls around (which would encourage crawling), but an older child would take pleasure in the more complex tasks of arranging the colours and numbers.
For such an inexpensive price, you really can't go wrong with the Fisher Price Stack and Roll cup stacker, as it's a toy that will really last and be enjoyed for a long time.
Recently Jayden has really got into stacking things, he will try to stack anything he can no matter what the shape, he has a bath toy which comes with 4 stacking cups and he loves these so I decided to have a look around for a larger set of stacking cups. I bought the Fisher Price Stack and Roll Cups, these were ideal for what I wanted, they are a larger set of stacking cups but can also be used for other things.
The Fisher Price Stack and Roll Cups come in a white and blue cardboard box, at the top of the box is the Fisher Price logo with the name of the product at the bottom, next to this is the age that this product is suitable for. The whole front of the box is cut out allowing you to see and touch the cups inside. On the back of the box is the Fisher Price logo along with a picture of a baby playing with the stacking cups. There is a small amount of product information on the back of the box this states what is included and also what this product will help to teach your baby. The cups are held in place with clear plastic which can easily be removed.
The Stacking Cups
The Fisher Price Stack and Roll Cups are basically 10 multicoloured cups of varying sizes, on each cup is a number written inside a white circle, the number is in the same colour as the cup, with number 1 being the largest cup and number 10 the smallest cup.
There is a hole in the top of each cup which helps your child to grip them. The cups have ridges going all the way around the with a small star pattern around the top of each cup. The cups are made from a tough and strong plastic and are all the colours of the rainbow.
As well as the 10 stacking cups you also receive a small yellow plastic rattle ball with a smiley face on the front of it. The Fisher Price Stack and Roll Cups can be used in 3 different ways, they can be fitted inside each other creating a nest, or they can be stacked on top of each other with the rattle ball placed on top, when stacked in this way the cups click onto each other to hold them in place, the third way is that the cups click together to create plastic balls that can be rolled, certain cups fit together for example cups 1 and 2 create a ball, as do 3 and 4, 5 and 6 and so on, again the rattle ball can be placed on top of a ball to create a little person. This particular toy is said to be suitable for children aged 6 to 36 months.
The Fisher Price Stack and Roll Cups help to teach and introduce your child to a range of skills including size, shape and how to fit things together, as well as these skills playing with these cups will also help to teach your child counting (with the numbers on the cups) colours and counting.
By practising stacking the cups whether it be as a tower or as a nest your child will develop their co-ordination. Although this is quite a simple toy it really does help your child to develop a range of skills.
Price and Availability
We purchased our Fisher Price Stack and Roll Cup from Argos and they cost £9.99 Personally I think this is an excellent price for this item as the cups can be used in several different ways so your child will get a lot of use out of them, also they are excellent at helping your child to develop, personally I feel they are definitely worth the money.
Since Jayden received his Fisher Price Stack and Roll Cups he has been extremely pleased with them, he loves sitting and stacking the cups on each other and into each other, he has not yet made the cups into balls, however if we make them into balls for him he will roll them backwards and forwards to us.
The cups are of an excellent quality, they are strong and durable and will withstand the rough treatment they may get with a baby. I particularly like this product as it is much more than just cups, also I know that as Jayden plays with them he is also learning and developing.
I would highly recommend this product to anyone, for us this is an educational toy that Jayden loves and will spend ages playing with, it is definitely worth the money.
My children have a number of different stacking toys. I find they are one of those toys that every child should have, as they are simple but really help them master fine motor skills. They are also attractive to a large age group so can be used for a long time. My son received these stacking cups for Christmas and they have been a huge hit since. With the set you receive 10 stacking cups and a smiley face rattle ball. Each of the cups is bright in colour, so it instantly attracts little ones attention. They also have 1-10 printed on the sides for early introduction to numbers. This is great for slightly older children as it means they know number 1 starts at the bottom and then they need to work their way up to 10. It is also great for putting introducing numbers to smaller children.
The stacking set is made of durable plastic that can easily be wiped clean, as there are no stickers or anything else that could cause a problem. This is great for younger children, especially when everything makes it way towards their mouths. The ball is a bright yellow with a smiley face pictured across of it and it acts as a rattle. Even with a tiny shake it produces a satisfying rattle sound which is great for younger children. It is not too small that I would worry about a baby putting it to their mouth, but the perfect size for smaller hands to move around easily. They can be nested inside each other, and then clicked into a ball, so the largest of the cups store the other pieces inside. This makes them very easy to store and keep in the same place.
Of course this is a stacking toy, so the different pieces can be placed on top of each other to form a tower. The cups need to be built up in order, or they will just not sit in place correctly. Once built up the tower is stable enough that it can endure a few knocks while little one admires their work without falling over. Of course most of the fun is knocking them back down, and with a slightly harder push they will come tumbling down. Then you can nest the cups inside each other. To be honest my children do not do this often , as they prefer stacking or rolling the pieces around. But it introduces another way to play to keep children happy when the other games becoming boring.
What makes these stacking cups different from the rest we own is that they can be made into balls. Each pair of stacking pieces can be clicked together to form a ball. This means you can not only stack, nest and generally chuck the pieces around, but you can also roll them across the floor. By matching the corresponding pairs (cup 1 and 2, 3 and 4 etc ) you can make 5 balls all of different sizes. Each one is big enough to fit the smiley rattle piece inside, so you can make a game of hiding the ball and little one has to roll each ball and listen for the rattle. They are great fun to roll around and it really adds a whole other area for little one to explore.
The set is perfectly designed for smaller hands. Even at 6 months old a child is able to hold them and play even if it is not in the way intended, but they still interesting to my three year old son as well. They are a good size for little hands and are very light despite being made from thick plastic. Making the balls is a little more difficult, and breaking them apart again even more so. My eldest children are able to form the balls easily, but my one and three year old are not able to at all. To make them into cups again you can unscrew them, but at times this does not work, especially with the smaller balls. My children have found bouncing them on the floor works well, but some of the smaller balls need to be thrown rather than dropped, which is not a good thing to encourage with young children.
I would recommend this stacking set to anyone with preschool children. We have found them to be one of the better sets we have owned. They are well made and designed perfectly for small hands. The simple addition of making the pieces interlock to make balls adds a whole new level of play. They still work as normal stacking cups encouraging fine motor skills, but there is a new game to explore. They retail at around £10 which is a fantastic price for such a well loved toy, but even better you can get it as part of a 2 for £15 offer at Argos. They are widely available and a quick Google search brings up a number of places to buy them.
Includes 10 colourful cups to grasp, stack or nest, with grooved surfaces for a snug fit and easy stacking. Different colours, sizes and numbers help build early identification skills. A smiling jingle ball nests inside any cup, or fits on top of a whole stack! General information: Size H22.2, W18, D13.1cm. For ages 6 months and over.