Sometimes you see a product which blows your socks off. These Stacking Hoops from Play to Z are one such product. Taking the classic stacking rings toy and mixing it up with treasure basket principles a brand new sensory toy is born.
There are twenty different stacking hoops made of diverse tactile materials including banana leaf, recycled sari thread, mother of pearl, bamboo, recycled leather, wood, soap stone, metal and felt to name but some. The various rings are made around the world and use ethical projects which support communities in Africa and India. There are also rings produced in the UK by craftsmen and members of Thaxted Centre for the Disabled. The stacking hoops come with their own gingham bag, differently textured mini bags and an activity card to give you some ideas on initiating play and exploration.
We were sent a set for Betsy to play with and they were an instant hit with her. I considered us to have a good range of baby toys but I have never seen her respond with so much excitement and interaction as she does with the stacking hoops. She grasps them, chews them, practices her pincer grip, wriggles across the mat to retrieve them and is pretty much inseparable from them. It’s not just Betsy who loves them, Milla and Monty love to get them out and play with her. Showing her how they stack, passing hoops to her and even describing them to her.
I love this new twist on an old toy. It is functional long before traditional stacking rings interest babies and holds the interest of much older children. It is a toy which provides an amazing amount of potential play value and sensory exploration.
Â£40 form Play to Z.