What you may ask is a Wondercube? It’s a toy invented by a mum and inspired by the fun that babies have when pulling wet wipes out of a packet. Wonder cube inventor, Helen Twigge-Molecey watched one of her children pulling wipe after wipe out of the packet. This process happened again and again; the repetition being the joy. Helen thought about how she could design something that allowed babies to do the same actions, was beautifully made, fun but also educational in some way. She has achieved this and the toy was picked up by ITV’s This Morning and then the national press catapulting the toy into the marketplace and winning awards on its way. The Wondercube is packed with tactile textile squares that children can pull apart, stick back together and rearrange in any order. The characters used throughout the different fillings are The Wonders, four cute little illustrations.
My kids have been playing with it all week and this is what happened.
He was seriously chuffed to see what was inside.
He got stuck in straight away; trying to work out what it was.
S started pulling out the insides and throwing them behind him.
Let’s not forget that S has two big brothers. This became his “hulk hand” for a while and he ran around the room with his fist inside the Wondercube! (I’m not sure that this would have happened in toy testing).
The Wondercube is for birth upwards and with extra add-on fillings (such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears shown here) and it is designed to grow with your child. Three year old C got involved later in the week.
He really enjoyed the sensory angle of sticking the story pieces together with the velcro attachments.
The filling came with a storybook, I read the sections out and C found the corresponding picture. He was really proud of himself when his little brother came in and he could tell him the story. He wasn’t so impressed when the same little brother began dismantling his hard work and stuffing it back in the Wondercube!
The Wondercube is not only fun but it’s educational and can help with
- developing fine motor skills
- identifying shapes and colour
- learning letters and making words
- counting and doing sums
The company have just launched an interactive storybook app read by Imelda Staunton, we are going to download it for the five year old and see how he likes it. Blog to follow!
To find out more then visit My Wondercube