The First Years Stack Up Cups
The First Years Stack Up Cups

Don’t let the simplicity fool you. These stack up cups are great learning tools! They seem so basic, but truly – that’s the beauty of them.  

It is such a simple and inexpensive toy that has entertained my 10-month-old beyond anything else.. He started by just grabbing and tasting them. Now he puts them inside of each other and looks for other toys that could fit inside..

They are numbered (smallest 1 to largest 8) so they can be used for teaching numbers, volume, quantity, and so much more. The numbers are embossed on the base, so the older child can practice counting. The label states this product was tested for lead and BPA, although I’m not 100% sure if that’s really the case. They also have tiny holes in the bottom in various shapes so they are fun to use in the tub. My older child, a two-year-old girl, sometimes uses them as pretend cups, which is great for fostering imaginary play. She usually loses interest in a toy after 10 minutes so that’s a big deal, plus it doesn’t take batteries and doesn’t have a screen!

As all stacking cups, you can stack them inside each other or flip them to make a tower, which is good for developing reasoning and fine motor skills, as well as hand-eye coordination. The bottoms of the cups have a rounded rim which helps steady the cups when stacking them in a tower. They are stable enough to stay standing but allow our daughter to tip them over with one good reach. I think the ease of knocking over is part of the reason why she enjoys them so much! She can stack them without them tipping over unless she wants them to. Some stacking cups are not steady and it causes toddlers great frustration when they are trying to stack a tower and it falls midway. These nesting cups are great for many applications, are easy to clean, easy to travel with and can be used well into a child’s toddler, preschool and kindergarten years depending on how you go about using them.

However, these cups are a little smaller than expected, so I was a bit disappointed because I thought they would stack higher, but they are no bigger than baby food jars. They came with a linking ring but I’m not exactly sure what the ring was for. I don’t really see how it would hook to any of them to help keep them together. Still, this ring was great to attach certain toys to the infant car seat. Also, I wish there was a strap to keep them all together in a bag or toy box, so I use a fat rubber band instead.

Anyway, for parents like myself who want to get the most bang for their buck, I think these are great and my child loves them. I will be buying this as an additional gift for every birthday or a baby shower that I need.

Check out the Stack Up Cups here.

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