Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Geometric Stacker, By Melissa & Doug - REVIEW

Nature/ Type:          Wooden stacking toy 

Rating:                     ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Recommended age:  2 year-old ++ 

Who would love this: Parents looking for colourful & fun toys for fine-motor skills  

Melissa & Doug Geometric Stacker is one of the most unique “ring-stacking” toys I have ever seen; it’s a rare 3-rods, 3-shapes, multi-coloured stacker. I think this is a fantastic toy for fine motor skill development, counting, shape-discernment, and colour-recognition. 

Why I love ❤️ this toy: 

(1) 3-Styles-In-1 - I love the three-styles-in-one design. I love the exciting look of the thick and chunky rectangles, octagons, and circles with drilled holes; I love the varying of sizes, colours and forms of the 25 stacking pieces. I love that the rectangular pieces are thoughtfully crafted in “matching” pairs of five different measurements. The pieces can be mounted on top of each other, either randomly or in perfect order, resting over the three separate central poles stemmed from a sturdy base. There are three special “top red pieces” in orb, octagonal prism, and cube. These top pieces give the three towers a “finish” look, which reminds me of some spectacular multi-tiered cakes. I love that there are different ways of sorting and stacking these blocks - the younger kids can do it “free-style” by mixing and matching them in variety of combinations; the older kids can practise their sequencing and dexterity skills by arranging the pieces in descending order. I love that the toy encourages exploration process and is “self-correcting” for kids. I love how Melissa & Doug designed a classic educational toy by giving it a lovely twist of variation and style. 

(2) Wooden Material - As usual, Melissa & Doug made their toys using durable, strong wood material, and safe, non-toxic paints. I love how sturdy the toy looks, although I think some of the blocks could have sanded a bit better with smoother finishes. 

(3) Colours - I love the bright and bold colours of the blocks. There seems to be two versions of this Geometric Stacker set available online - a “rainbow-inspired” version, and a “randomised” version (with a more challenging colours arrangement, like the one above). 

(4) Versatile - These wooden pieces are versatile educational blocks that can be used in open-ended play, including small world creation and building fun! 

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