My boys love to build, create and play so we are always looking for new and exciting building toys to help encourage this passion. At Toy Fair NY 2015, I found a building toy that I knew my boys would love and play with for hours!
Crystal Color Stacking Blocks by Roylco offers a change from the traditional building experience as it uses plastic cups instead of blocks, bricks or rods. We have been fans of Roylco for some time now as we love the straws and connectors set. We know they make good quality, brain boosting products so we were so happy when we were offered a sample of the Stacking Blocks in exchange for our honest review.
Roylco Crystal Color Stacking Blocks comes with 50 colorful stacking blocks (or cups as I like to call them). The grooves on the bottom of each cup allow for a wide variety of building options. Each cup can be carefully placed on another to make a tower, a castle, a city…the possibilities are endless. Kids can work independently or together to create their own building masterpieces.
My boys had a great time playing with the Stacking Blocks. They worked alone and together to build various towers and buildings. The cups are light in weight making them very easy to manipulate and stack; however, this also means they are very easy to knock over. With this set, kids need to build with more care and use a gentle approach if they don’t want their creation to fall.
At Mommy University, of course we want our kids to have fun while playing, but we also want them to learn. Crystal Color Stacking Blocks offer wonderful opportunities for growth and development. They allow kids to learn through play while enjoying a multi-sensory experience. They are perfect for playing with at home as well as in a classroom. They may also be a wonderful tool for occupational and speech therapists.
Benefits of Playing with Crystal Color Stacking Blocks
Encourages Color Recognition and Experimentation
The bright colors of the cups are perfect for helping kids learn, recognize and label colors. Kids can also learn to sort by color as the cups easily stack into each other. Another fun activity you can engage in with the stacking cups is combining colors. Kids can use their artistic side when seeing what happens when they put the blue cup inside the yellow cup or what happens when they have stack 2 purple cups inside 3 green cups. The color experimenting is endless!
Sparks the Imagination
Building toys are great to help spark the imagination and inspire creativity. Due to the vibrant colors of the cups, kids can use their artistic side while also using their building skills. Kids can decide what colors should be at the top and which should be at the bottom. Maybe the blue cups can be used as water and the yellow cups create the bridge or buried treasure can be hidden under and throughout a castle. Kids can create countless stories to go along with their amazing creations.
Enhances Fine Motor Control
Since the cups are so easy to manipulate due to their light weight, kids can really work on fine motor control when playing. They have to learn how to carefully place each cup on top of each other so that it does not fall over or knock over the entire creation. This involves motor planning and good hand-eye coordination. This toy would be a wonderful addition to an occupational therapist’s tool box!
Introduction to Engineering Concepts
As kids play, they have to decide where and how to place each cup. They learn the importance of proper weight and balance when building as well as how varied angles can make a building stronger. Kids also learn to test out their ideas and discover how to improve them and make them stronger and more efficient.
We had so much fun playing with Crystal Color Stacking Blocks from Roylco. It is a brain boosting building toy that kids can enjoy for hours. It can also be easily stored as the cups stack into each other. This also makes it easier for the kids to clean up after they are done playing. Now that’s a PLUS for any mom!
To learn more visit the Roylco website: http://www.roylco.com/product/R60310/Toys/Crystal_Color_Stacking_Blocks.
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