Stacking Action Blocks - My Superb 'Accidental' Discovery
Stacking Action Blocks
Some time ago I made an 'accidental' discovery -- the Fisher Price Brilliant Basics Stacking Action Blocks. What a wonderful discovery! But let me tell you how this happened.
I have three kids and my youngest is a girl, who was 9 months old at the time of my discovery. Normally my house looks like a store house of toys and strangely I find that all my kids keep complaining about lack of toys.
The Stacking Blocks
My 10 month old grandson was actually difficult to buy toys for this past Christmas. He's too old for teethers and fabric blocks that don't do anything, but too young for hammering or stacking blocks. This set was perfect for him. He can hold them on his own and flip the little doors or push the top buttons. He will play with these for 20-30 mins at a time - which is a lot for a 10 month old! I've even seen him try to stack them up himself. I'm very pleased with this product and would recommend it for those "in-between"(not infant, not toddler) babies!
One day my husband pointed out that the kids were irritable since they were all exposed to the same toys that were of course not age appropriate for all of them. So while the musical piano was great for my four year old boy, it frustrated the living daylights out of the nine month old daughter and was a sheer waste of time for my ten year old.
Grudgingly accepting his logic I decided to sort out the toys so that the kids could have a better time.
While I was sorting the stuff, I found this unopened stack of presents that the kids got over time which I had put away to open gradually later.
One of these presents was the Fisher Price Brilliant Basics Stacking Action Blocks, which was given as a present for my now four year old boy when he was about six months old. It was given by Martha, one of my play date mom group member.
What my kids liked about the Stacking Action Blocks
When I gave the blocks to my nine month old, I did not have too many expectations, but I was going to be pleasantly surprised.
I always check to see of the toys I give my kids are safe. On this front the blocks fared rather well.
There were no pointed tips that could hurt the kids in any way. No tiny parts that came off and became potential choking hazards and absolutely no tiny slots that could pinch the skin of the babies.
There were three blocks and each one of them had its own activity and movement. Children simply needed to press the head on the top and the activity would begin. I thought it was a great way to drive the cause and effect point home.
In fact the colours on the blocks were also impressive and the range stuck to the primary ones like blue, yellow, green, etc. My youngest kept squeaking in delight while she would press each cube and watch the motion on the block get going.
The size of the stacking action blocks also seemed to be the perfect fit. There were not too tiny and neither too large.
My nine month old could hold them easily and even raise them up and fling them across without a problem. In fact it was this very activity of hers that attracted my four year old towards the toy too. He joined in the play and began to stack the toys in a tower like fashion and then press all the heads at one go to make the movements begin all at once.
Both my youngest daughter and four year old son seemed to laugh their heads off seeing this crazy movement tower.
This got my 10 year old daughter out of her room too. She came with a frown to complain about the noise the younger ones were making, but the blocks caught her attention.
She soon started explaining to my four year old the difference between the motions of each block. ‘This is a spinning movement’; ‘this is revolving, while this one is rotating’. I had no clue she even knew these words, leave alone their corresponding movements.
It struck me then that all my kids were sitting together and playing with the same toy -- the stacking action blocks... and having lots of fun! Indeed children make everything magical, if only we adults would not try and sort out their lives for them.
I called Martha to thank her for the blocks that seemed to be the perfect stimulating and educating gift not only for the nine month old kid but also my older ones.
She really laughed a lot when I told her that there is going to be no more sorting out and that the kids shall continue to learn from each others toys and personalities in all ways possible.