White Outside, Colourful Inside Stacking TowerRaduga Grez £25.50
The "onion" on top of the stacking tower can turn into a castle dome or crown a vizier's lavish palace, depending on what you're playing today. Or maybe it's not a building at all, but a birthday cake. A rainbow lighthouse that welcomes ships? Or a Christmas tree? Playing with the stacking tower is fun because there are no rules, so there are no limits. It gives you faith in your abilities, teaches creative thinking and flexibility of mind.
The wood is grown and carefully harvested in Russia. It has been sun and air dried for 2 years to achieve absolute quality. Parts of the pyramid are covered with safe paint in deep shades of summer pond, blueberry with milk, first greens, peach, melted butter and eggshell.
How to play:
- Play that the stacking tower is a cake, have a tea party for the dolls
- Roll the parts like wheels
- Disassemble and assemble in different ways
- Play who can come up with more names for the hues. For example, the lowest disk may be called blue, the color of the sea, ultramarine, cornflower, the color of Grandma's favorite bag, and so on
Why we love blocks
Like puzzle pieces, blocks fit together. Unlike puzzle pieces, they can do so in a variety of ways. Learning to predict what fits where is the work of many years. Which pieces will I need? Do I have enough? The expert can see simply by turning the blocks over in her mind.
Small world play
Is your castle missing a section of wall? Does your railway need a tunnel? Never fear! Here is your humble set of blocks to the rescue. Infinitely versatile, blocks provide the canvas upon which to paint your stories.
Red, blue, red, blue; big, small, big, small. So much of early mathematical thinking is about making patterns. Can you see how it's a small skip from here to odds and evens or the two-times table? A set of blocks like the one above can even illustrate a number's relative size and how it can be combined to make ten.