Pros: Provides entertainment and skill development opportunities.
The Bottom Line: This is a great toy that provides entertainment and skill development opportunities.
My daughter has a set of toys over at her grandparent's house that allow us to not have a need to pack the bag full of toys and offer her different items to keep her entertained. One of the toys that she has been playing with ever since she was an infant was the Fisher Price Rock A Stack. This toy was originally inherited from my niece and nephew and has had quite a few hours of play between them all. When my daughter was an infant, she did not play with the stacker as a whole; she preferred the individual parts and has since grown into the problem solving aspects of the toy.
The Fisher Price Rock A Stack is very simple in design and usage. The stacker has a white base that is approximately 5 inches square. It has a curved bottom allowing the toy to be rocked back and forth slightly. The Fisher Price logo is on the front of the base. In the center of the base, a vertical yellow pole stands approximately 7 inches tall and has a tapered design. This pole is used to hold the 5 colored included rings. The rings are in the colors of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. As you move down these colors they get larger in size. Due to the tapered shape of the pole, the larger rings fit on the bottom of the stack and work their way up to the smallest creating a nice tower of color. If a smaller ring is pushed down before a larger one, it will only go down to its intended place due to the tapered design of the pole. The base, poles, and rings are all made of a soft plastic.
The rings are plain colored with the exception of the smallest red ring. The bottom of the ring is red but the top has been given a clear plastic top. Inside there are printed colorful shapes on a silver background and small balls are allowed to bounce freely within this area. The seam of this ring is extremely and unless the hard plastic is actually broken, they are held firmly inside.
The Fisher Price Rock A Stack is simple to use and caters to the development of a baby or toddler on many different levels. The different colored rings allowing for opportunities to help learn colors. In addition, this toy helps develop manual dexterity skills as the goal is to place the rings on the pole. In addition, a baby or toddler can work on their logic and problem solving skills as the rings need to be placed in the proper order to allow for them all to fit on the pole. The soft plastic material holds up quite nicely to a teething baby as well.
Keeping the Fisher Price Rock A Stack is extremely easy as it can be washed with a towel and soapy water. I have not tried putting this in the dishwasher as I am not sure that the rings can handle the heat. After many years of play, this toy still looks relatively new.
My daughter enjoys putting the rings on the pole and taking them off about 20,000 times in a play session. She is now two years old and still enjoys playing with the Fisher Price Rock A Stack. She is much more successful in getting the rings in the proper place and seems to now understand that they need to go in a particular order. When she was an infant, she simply enjoyed the bright colors and the shape of the rings for grasping. As she became older, she became more involved with placing the rings on the pole. She never seemed to express any frustration when a ring would not slide all the way down as she simply enjoyed taking them on and off. She seems to play best with this toy when it is on the floor. We have taken the rings in the bath with us a few times but she does not play with them much there but they held up just fine in the water.
This is a nice and simple toy that requires little maintenance and no batteries. It does not make any sounds (except from the rattles in the red ring) or light up and will still keep a young one entertained. The only bad part is you cannot find the rings sold separately if one is lost. However, the entire toy cost about $5 and is often found at garage sales so a replacement ring is possible.
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Challenging and fun, Rock-a-Stack teaches your baby important developmental skills, such as hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Over time, your baby will figure out that the rings stack best from large to small, but don't be surprised if she prefers nibbling on them in the meantime they make great teethers. The smallest ring has a clear plastic top to view three colorful beads as they swirl around a reflective metallic surface.Recommended Ages: 6 months & up