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When my daughter Lauren was younger, she always seemed to like playing with stacking cups where were at playgroup so when I spotted these in Ikea, I just had to buy them. ===The cups=== The RRP of the cups is only £1.50 for seven stacking cups which I think is excellent value for money, especially when I had been looking at these previously and the cheapest ones I could find were £5. Ikea have a stocking checking facility which I really like, although you cannot reserve stock online, you can get a clear indication of how many are available so you don't have a wasted journey. The set consists of seven cups, all of which are brightly coloured and have a slight pattern to them. All the cups have a little lip on the bottom which I found made them easier to stack, especially for little ones, it also gave Lauren more confidence and she didn't become frustrated easily like she had with more complex toys. I feel that Lauren practising to stack the cups has helped with her hand eye co-ordination and memory, and also her problem solving skills; understanding which order the cups needed to be stacked in to create the perfect tower. A bit like Russian dolls, when not in use the cups stack neatly inside each other so I find that they take up little room in the toy box. As the patterns are raised, I feel this helps with the sensory element, some of the lips on the cups are also different (some have jagged or scalloped edges) again, helping to keep Lauren interested. The cups are made from quite sturdy plastic, over the years the cups have taken a bit of a battering, yet they still look like new, none of the paint has scratched off nor have they broken. Whilst Lauren was younger, we mainly spent time just stacking the cups up and knocking them down, we used to play for hours doing this, she used to giggle like made when I used to pretend to get angry when she knocked them down, and clap with glee when she had built them up all on her own. As Lauren grew a little bigger, she used to like building the cups and then making her cars and trucks "crash" into them, again, she used to find it hilarious when the cars crashed. The cups have now migrated to the bathroom, because some of the cups have hols in them, she likes to transfer the water from one cup to another, which I feels encourages her problem solving skills. ===Overall=== I would really recommend these stacking ups, don't waste your money on more expensive models on the market. For £1.50, these have probably offered me more value for money than any toy we have brought Lauren and for that reason; they get 5 out of 5 stars from me. Thanks for reading.
The simplest toys are often the best and, happily, these stacking cups from Ikea retailing at just £1.49, have to also be one of the cheapest. The Mula set is recommended from 6 months up and consists of seven cups made from sturdy, brightly coloured plastic. Each cup varies by colour, size (obviously!) and shape/pattern around the edge and side. In addition, a few of the cups have holes in various patterns on the bottom. Like many of the Ikea toy range, these cups encourage imaginative play and lend themselves to a range of games beyond shape and colour recognition. My son little Loz is not quite 5 months so his favourite game, apart from 'chew the rim', is 'Build 'em up and I'll knock 'em down'. Basic but fun for him whilst developing his hand eye coordination. He also enjoys banging the cups together and, somewhere in his head perhaps the different sounds the different sizes make is registering! Together we also play peek a boo hiding games, secreting either another toy or smaller cup under a bigger one. Although we haven't tried it yet, we intend to use these cups in water to practice scooping and comparing quantities as well as enjoying the patterns that water falling through the holes in the bottom will make. In the summer we will probably also take them to the sandpit in the park to make some sandpies. These are good quality cups that should stand up to many years of use. They are light and compact to carry so will also come away on holiday with us - hopefully to a warm sandy beach somewhere! Highly recommended.
Our nearest Ikea is at least an hour away by car, and so we only visit once in a while. However, when we do visit, we end up spending quite a bit, because we see so many things that we 'think' we need (!) and most of the things are at reasonable prices. The last time we visited we had our baby daughter with us and picked up a few things for her such as toys and storage items for her bedroom. One toy that we picked up were these Mula Building Beakers which cost a tiny £1.49. Our daughter was too young at the time to be interested in these blocks, but we have recently just brought them out for her to use. These blocks are recommended for children 6 months plus, and my daughter is now six months old and much more interested in things like these. In total there are 7 decreasing sizes of beakers, which all fit inside one another for easy storage and to be able to build these up into a tower, as shown by the picture above. Each beaker is a different colour with different edging around the cup and some of them have textured features on the side. The smallest cup is rounded at the bottom and therefore when all stacked up, the feature resembles a rounded tower. Ikea market these beakers as being 'durable....easy to clean....makes play easy to vary (eg) build, do a puzzle, scoop water or bake sand castles.' Well, the main reason we actually got these out for our daughter at this time, was to use in the bath. Our daughter is still not that fond of the bath, and at present only gets a bath once or twice a week, so we are currently trying to make bathtime as fun as possible by getting her some toys to look at. It was then that I remembered I had these beakers, and we thought she might like looking at the water being scooped up and poured out of the beakers. What we didn't realise at the time was that these beakers are ideal for the bath, as some of them have holes in the bottom and one in particular has lots of tiny holes meaning that my daughter can watch the water showering out of the bottom of the beaker, which she enjoys. These are now used at every bath time but we have let our daughter use them to play with as well, and she likes to try and chew on the edges of the cups. She isn't at the stage yet where she is able to build these cups together or knock them down, but it means we should have plenty of mileage in these cups to do my daughter quite a while. I also envisage us taking them to the beach with us come the warmer weather to let her pop sand into and build sandcastles, and the fact that these cups are able to be stored within each other, means they are perfect for taking out and about. All in all, this is a very versatile and cheap toy that provides fun in many different places, and is perfect as baby develops. For us at the moment, this is proving to be a great and cheap bath toy which is helping out daughter start to enjoy bathtime a little more.
Ikea's MULA Building Beakers, especially for the price has to be one of the best value toys we've ever bought. For less than £2 (currently £1.49) you get 7 durable beakers suitable from 6 months. Initially we'd bought these for my nephew. While he elated at building them up and crashing them down he's also had plenty of use out of them in other ways. When he was still under a year he used to love it when I'd spin the white one especially on the laminate floor because of the texture around the lip and of the blue pattern as it touched the floor would make a sound he'd probably not heard before (unless he'd thrown a plastic plate on the floor). The larger beakers have also held balls and other toys and they've all had a turn in the bath and sand/water pit. As he grew older we could ask him which colour was which, ask him to find a specific colour to build the tower back up, count them or tell us which shape is on them. My niece is now 18 months and also quite a fan of the beakers. She tends to just stick to stacking them up and batting her hand so they fly across the room but she's good at stacking them up herself. The bottom beaker is a good size so it makes it quite a sturdy stack but still easy enough to knock over. With so much use from both niece and nephew I'm surprised the beakers still show no sign of damage so they'll still be usable for years to come. I'm also surprised none of them have gone missing but this is probably because they are so easy to tidy away by putting one inside the other like a Russian Doll. If one of them does disappear it makes it really difficult to stack them because they're just resting on top of another rather than slotting onto it which makes it a little frustrating if it is one of the middle ones because they tend to slip off while trying to put another on top. I like that these beakers are so easy to clean. Most of them may be textured but they don't really have any areas for dirt to get stuck. There are also no sharp points either so unless standing on the scalloped edge (mainly for the adults!) there's very little chance the child will hurt themselves. I'd have liked the smallest beaker to have a design on it though because when placing it on its curved edge and spinning it, although they can see it's slightly moving around on the floor and magically staying upright, it doesn't actually look like it is spinning. Other than that thought I can't really fault them. They're all different but all equally used. They're durable and have many uses making them well worth the price.
Stacking cups are one of those versatile toys that every small child should have. This particular version from Ikea is highly recommended for both its design and its excellent value for money. There are seven cups in the this set and they are brightly coloured with a variety of patterns and textures. The smallest cup is red and is dome-shaped which gives the completed tower a lighthouse-like shape. The cups have a lip which, along with their regular circular shape, makes them easier to stack for a smaller child increasing their confidence and encouraging them to continue building. Liam has another set of stacking stars, but he found these trickier when he was younger, and he much preferred the Ikea version. Several of the cups have a single hole in their base and the green cup has a perforated sieve-like base making them ideal for playing with in water too. Because they nest inside each other, they take up very little space and are extremely portable. We have taken these on holiday and I have been known to fling them in my handbag to keep Liam occupied on various outings (and even sitting on the pavement waiting outside the school during the finer weather.) Made of plastic, these are durable and easily cleaned. Hot soapy water does the trick, although baby wipes have sufficed on occasions too. I think these are just brilliant. Liam seems to love them and looks so delighted with himself every time he successfully builds them. He tends to celebrate with a self-congratulatory round of applause. These were a good distraction for Liam when he could sit up independently but not really move about and, because they are made of plastic, they have (so far) failed to cause any damage to property, other people or himself when he has chucked them about the room. The educational possibilities of this toy are numerous - counting, colours, patterns, comparative size, hand to eye coordination, patience and memory. But more importantly building a tower gives a child a real sense of achievement - and knocking it down is great fun! Suitable from six months, these are an ideal stocking filler. Our set was bought for £1.69 in Ikea.
The Ikea Mula building cups were, surprisingly enough a star buy during a recent trip to the Bristol branch of the Swedish home-style giant superstore. 'Children's Ikea' (where we picked this up), I've often thought, especially since I've had kids of my own, is pretty much placed in a genius location (which is common to both the Ikeas I've ever visited myself, and I suspect is part of the stores' standard floor-plan); directly at the exit of the Ikea in-store restaurant and just before you go into the 'Ikea Marketplace' area. It also works as a half-way point between the 'showrooms' (ie the fake rooms they've put the built-up flat-pack furniture in) and said Marketplace - a good point at which a harassed parent can pick up a little Ikea toy bribe for any accompanying little 'uns. The ever-varying waist-high bins of brightly-coloured, £1 stuffed animals - need I say more: is there any other point for these things than this? So sprog #1 (aged 5) had her £1 toy shark or whatever; for #2, the one year old who doesn't understand bribes yet I got this £1 set of stacking cups as a toy for later. The cups come all nested together in what I have to say is a fairly unprepossessing cellophane-wrapped bundle. Made of plastic - in China, of course - they're fairly thin-walled, but moderately sturdy enough, I suppose. They're surprisingly attractive when you stack them up in sequence however. Each cup is a different colour, some are plain, and some have a border of curving decorations or zig-zag lines. They're all flat-bottomed, so can be stood on end, apart from the topmost / 'lighthouse top' / last one, which has a curved base. They stack together to build a tower in a - again, surprisingly - satisfying manner. The tower you build from them is quite high - well over a foot tall, which is, yet again, surprising as none of the individual cups are much more than about 10cm tall. And it looks like a lighthouse - the last, red curved and smallest cup being the beacon on the top. It's a cheap and cheerful attractive little budget toy that looks much better than you'd think. The only downside being that as the cups are separate (bearing in mind I'm pretty sure they are still all in the house SOMEWHERE) and have to be stacked in sequence, if you lose some (as we have done) then your tower-building capability goes 'kaput'. The reason we have lost some is my daughter sequestered the set to play teddy bears' teaparty with, having been exposed to the reprehensibly geneder-specific notion of little girls only wanting to play dolls' teaparties during a recent viewing of (gah) 'Toy Story 3'. But at least that demonstrates another use for Ikea Mula Building Cups, if any were really needed.
I am sorry but who can knock a toy that costs a mear £1.49! My son absolutely adores these stacking cups. We bought them as he was starting to show signs of hand eye coordination coming on so we sought out some basic stacking cups. Not an easy task I must say. They are a fabulous selection of bright colours which really appeal to my son. We started by stacking and encouraging him to knock them over. He loved the applause after being allowed to destroy something! He then started learning to put them all together which he managed really well. Then moving on to the proper stacking. The lips and ridges on the edges of the cups make stacking them easy for heavy handed boys. These cups have also been dragged and dropped on various surfaces in various countries! They bear no battle wounds despite being thoroughly beaten. They are so easy to clean and to be honest I chuck them in the bath once a week for a different way to play and give them a good rinse. The base diameter is 9cm and height of 34cm. There are 7 cups in total and are suitable from the age of 6 months. I have yet to find another set of cups this good. My brother paid double this price for cups with no lips on the edges. My nephew got bored very quickly and a set of these were bought for him after he tried to steal my son's ones! Teddy also likes his dinner provided by these great Ikea cups too - you can't say they don't encourage kids to use their imaginations!
We bought the Ikea building beakers for my eldest son when he was eight months old. He is now two and a half and they are still going strong. Both my son's enjoy playing with them. When I saw them I couldn't resist buying them. Our nearest Ikea is nearly two hours away so when we make a trip it is like a day outing and we always buy a little toy for our son. This was a bargain toy at only £1.49. So for £1.49 you get seven different coloured beakers all a slightly different size. The idea is they stack on top of one another to build a tower and then when you have finished with them they slide into one another for minimal storage. These are great to take out with you for those moments when you're having lunch out and your little one if fed up of waiting. For my eldest all I need extra is a spoon and he thinks he is cooking with his pots and pans! The beakers are made out of strong plastic. This makes them very easy to clean. Once the tower is built it is about 34cm high and the base is 9cm across so it doesn't make a bad size tower for a little one. The colours of the beakers are red, white, blue, green, black, yellow, and red again. Not only is it great for your young child's motor skills and logical thinking it is great for teaching colours too. It took my son a while to work out the order the beakers sit on one another to build a tower but he has cracked it. We are now working on it with my one year old. Now building a tower can become a little tiresome for a young child but we have found other uses for them too. Like I have mentioned they make great mixing bowls for pretend cooking. We use them at bath time too. My son's love to fill them with water and pour them into one another. As well as water they are great at the beach or in a sandpit too. You can make some cute little sand castle with them. They are very easily cleaned with soapy water. We have had ours for nearly two years now and they are still in great condition. We do tend to lose a couple of them from time to time but they always turn up again. The age range for these beakers are six months plus. My eldest still plays with them now so that must say something about the toy. It is simple yet creative. How many things can you think of to do with these seven beakers? For £1.49 you can't go wrong with a multipurpose but simple toy. Yet again Ikea gets it right.