A few weeks ago I bought a new toy from Ikea – I love that none of their toys have any connection to movies/TV shows. Actually, I bought a few toys but only this one has been introduced into the playroom so far.
Yes, we already have a lot of stacking toys but they are not all out at the same time and each has something that makes it a little different from the others. This one is a ‘lighthouse’ – the older children recognized it right away. The toddlers don’t know what a lighthouse is so they just think that top blue piece is in the wrong spot. They prefer to put it like this;
Matching it with the other blue one – they don’t care that it doesn’t have an outer tapered edge, colour is more important.
I like the colours too. Finally a toy that has all the primary and secondary colours and arranges them in colour mixing order – green between yellow and blue, purple between red and blue. Last year I wrote Colour Hunt about how some colours are left out.
I also like that this stacking toy allows the children to try other arrangements too. Some stacking rings have a tapered center post which makes it impossible to put the rings on in reverse order. The younger children get frustrated when they can’t push the smaller rings to bottom of the post.
The older children enjoy arranging this toy ‘backward’ or ‘upside down’. These are some of the patterns they’ve made with this new toy;
So many options from one simple toy. I wonder how many more they can discover?