Darling Fergus has a new favorite pastime: stacking. Here are his reviews of the sort-and-stack toys he inherited from Sweet William, along with a couple of others he picked up along the way.
Moving the wooden rings from one peg to another keeps Fergus busy, so we both appreciate the three-peg design. Fergus likes the noise when he slaps the rings on a hard floor. I like the non-toxic paint. Unfortunately, one of our rings cracked and split and had to be thrown away.
We have very few plastic toys because I’m leery of the chemicals they might contain. I make an exception for Green Toys, which makes its toys from recycled milk bottles.
In addition to stacking the pieces in different configurations, Fergus loves to clap them together or slide them across a tile floor to make a shrill squeaky noise (I’m beginning to realize how much he likes sounds). Turn the pieces upside down and you have wonderful spinning tops. This stacker also works well in the bathtub.
A classic stacker. For the longest time, Fergus only gummed the donut-shaped rings. No worries — Plan uses safe woods and non-toxic paints. Now he stacks them on the peg with impressive dexterity. We’re still working on the red ball topper, and I sometimes catch Fergus trying to thread a solid wooden block over the peg, so I think this stacker will continue to educate and entertain into our future.
Speaking of donuts …
The other day, I found a surplus of paper coffee cups from Dunkin’ Donuts among our party supplies. Wouldn’t you know, Fergus started separating and stacking them, spinning them, knocking them over, and pretending to drink out of them. They’re a nice reminder of the potential of everyday objects.