Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Play With Me ~ Cylinders and Cubes

This month our Play With Me toy is actually TWO similar, but equally wonderful, wooden toys ~ Guidecraft’s Cylinders and Cubes.

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Each 12 piece set is brightly colored with non-toxic paints. The pieces graduate in color from dark primary to a light pastel version of the color. Each piece also has a fun pattern painted on the edge of the piece, giving an added detail to an already wonderful toy.

Here are some more fun and creative ways to play with the Cylinders and Cubes.

To help with color recognition, grab some colored craft sticks and match the color of the sticks with those of the blocks.


Hide a small toy or a rock underneath one of the pieces and have your child guess where the piece is hidden. Make it more educational by talking about ordinal numbers.


Make cakes! These blocks can stack inside each other or on top of each other. Have fun pretending and create birthday cakes and towers. Since the paints are all non-toxic, it’s fine if your little one even wants to ‘taste’ the frosting. :)


Jenn also came up with a GREAT game idea using her Education Cubes


First, remove all of the blocks from the yellow base. Roll the Education Cube and read the color name. Find a cube or cylinder that color and add it to the base. Take turns doing this until your base is filled. First one to fill their base wins! You can read more about the game here.

Other ideas on how to use the Cylinders and Cubes:

  • Sort by color
  • Sorting by sizes
  • Stacking to make tall towers
  • Nesting the graduated sizes
  • Mix the Cylinders and Cubes together and sort by shape or size
  • See how many beans or other object fit inside each cube or cylinder
  • Trace each cube or cylinder and then cut out and color them

Due to the size of the smallest pieces, both the Cylinders and Cubes are recommended for ages three and up, but the paints used are non-toxic and safe for any child. Both the Cubes and Cylinders are available through the Guidecraft website and also available from Amazon {Cylinders and Cubes}. 

Much thanks to Guidecraft who provided this toy for us to use and review as a part of the Guidecraft Mom Bloggers team.

1 comment:

Jdaniel4smom said...

There are some many ways to use this wonderful tool.