We’ve had the same set of stacking cups forever. I have no idea exactly when we got them or where we got them; they are just a part of the decor, moving around occasionally from bedroom to bathroom to living room and, heck, sometimes the car. Now that Andrew is able to (mostly) sit up, I brought them out and let him go to town.
The first thing I always like to do when I have a new toy is to just kind of put it out there and see what happens. I’ve learned a lot of structured play ideas over the years, but I have a great appreciation for the organic. (Plus, what better way to get 10 minutes of time to fold laundry, or eat lunch, or sit and read than to toss a new toy at a kid and say, “Here! Have at it!”)
I know that, when I first got the cups, I was mystified by them. I knew how to make a tower with them, but baby Eric couldn’t do that. So now, enlightened as I am in baby play, here’s how Andrew and I roll:
Now, being a mom of a CI kid, it goes without saying that I narrate the whole process. Up, down, crash, in, out, on top, big, small, colors… For older kids, there are plenty of language games to be had, but at this point I’m just pouring the language in.
What fun stuff do you do with stacking cups? I’d love some more ideas!
Eli loves making an upside down pyramid for Rosie to knock over (somehow it’s more exciting that way). Rosie also loves it when I throw them loose into a larger bin/bucket and let her pull it over to dump them out all a once, pull them out one at a time, or to just pound the side of the bin with her hand to make them rattle inside.
Kate STILL loves her stacking cups – they are one of the few toys that have stuck around for well over a year. She now counts them, connects them, lines them up, builds a tower, nests them in all kinds of order. But obviously she’s at a much different level of play than Andrew, lol.
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