How to choose children’s cubes
Baby cubes are the very first child’s toy (after the rattle, of course). This is not surprising, because playing with them, the child not only develops hand motor skills, perseverance, logical thinking and memory. The toy itself does not impose ready-made solutions on the baby, so cubes are also a great way to develop children’s imagination.
Material of children’s cubes
The first thing you should pay attention to when choosing children’s blocks is the material from which they are made.
Children’s cubes are of the following types:
Plastic cubes are the most popular and sold in contrast to other types of children’s cubes. This type of cubes is widely used for the development and education of children both at home and in kindergartens, as they are often supplied in different quantities, sizes and types.
( + ) Advantages of plastic cubes:
wide range of manufacturers;
easy to wash (colored cubes without stickers).
(- ) Disadvantages of plastic cubes:
can be pressed in when pressed (due to voidness).
Wooden children’s cubes
Wooden cubes were very popular, they had their place among toys, almost in any family that has a baby. Blocks made of wood have not lost their popularity to this day, and even improved in order to meet modern children’s needs and interests. The tree that is often used for making wooden blocks is maple (sycamore) or beech.
Wooden cubes can be of two types:
Non-toxic, odorless, water-based paint is used to paint wooden children’s cubes, and then it is varnished. Unpainted cubes are simply varnished and also odorless.
( + ) Advantages of wooden cubes:
(- ) Disadvantages of wooden cubes:
Soft baby cubes
Soft cubes are mostly 100% cotton. The filler of soft cubes is foam rubber. This type of cubes is designed for the youngest children, as they are very pleasant to the touch and do not cause allergies. When you squeeze a cube, its shape does not transform and returns to its original form.
Soft cubes are of these types:
Soft bathing cubes have a waterproof coating. They are used for games in the bathroom, in the pool or in the open water.
Soft rattle cubes are equipped with a special element-a bell that emits a cheerful ringing sound when they are shaken, as well as some models of music cubes that run on batteries.
( + ) Advantages of soft cubes:
safe, as they do not have sharp corners;
soft and pleasant to the touch;
easy to wash;
suitable for the smallest.
(- ) Cons of soft cubes:
Cardboard cubes for children
Cardboard cubes are the least popular and almost not in demand among young children. This type of cube is less durable and is intended for children, rather, preschool age, as it is designed for accuracy in use.
( + ) Advantages of cardboard cubes:
(- ) Disadvantages of cardboard cubes:
not strong, easily pressed.
Children’s silicone cubes
Silicone cubes — another interesting type of children’s cubes, which is designed for the youngest children.
( + ) Advantages of silicone cubes:
soft and easy to squeeze;
you can bite;
do not have sharp edges;
suitable for swimming.
(- ) Disadvantages of silicone cubes:
Educational children’s cubes
The second thing you should pay attention to when choosing children’s cubes is that they can be not only game, but also educational.
One of the popular sets of children’s cubes are:
cubes with pictures (animals, vegetables, fruits, and transport);
cubes with numbers (numbers and mathematical signs);
cubes with letters;
Thanks to these cubes, the child can not only determine the colors, but also assemble a picture from several elements. It will help you learn the Russian, Ukrainian or English alphabet and collect words, know numbers and add up whole mathematical examples, learn the names of domestic and wild animals, household items, and even identify car brands.
The dimensions and arrangement of the sets of children’s blocks
In order to choose the right cubes for children that match their age, you must also pay attention to their size. The sizes of children’s cubes range from 4-4-4 cm to 12-12-12 cm. Children under 3 years of age are best to choose cubes of at least 7-7-7 cm in size, since they will not be able to swallow them.
The number of cubes in the sets is also different. Sets can consist of 4 pieces of cubes, or 6 pieces, 9 pieces, 12 pieces, 16 pieces, 18 pieces, 20 pieces. the Maximum number of cubes in sets is 24 pieces.
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