Friday, October 23rd, 2009
My Wondercube: the tissue box baby toy
My Wondercube replicates the fun babies and toddlers have pulling tissues from a box and stuffing them back in.
At first I thought, oh how dumb. But no, it’s not as if you’re going to give your baby a real tissue box. Wonderube is so simple, so brilliant.
The toy consists of a fabric cube with fabric swatches stuffed inside. The cubes comes in three styles — organic cotton jersey, fairtrade organic woven cotton and a wooden cube. The fabric cubes are machine washable and rated from birth on up. The wooden cube is rated for 2-year-olds (which isn’t so strange, see below).
Each cube style differs in artwork and the number of swatches included, 4, 5 or 6 pieces. Some swatches make crinkly noises, others offer differing textures such as silk, corduroy, velvet and denim. Best of all, the swatches can be linked together at their Velcro corners, creating a magician pulling scarves from a hat effect.
And, you can buy extra swatches, what the company calls “fillings” — dinosaurs; rabbits; alphabet letters; shapes; and numbers with plus, minus and equals signs. The alphabet is available as a set, or sold by individual letter. A teacher could presumably incorporate the letters, alphabet and numbers into a preschool or kindergarten program.
There’s only one downside to My Wondercube. The dang thing is only sold in the United Kingdom and no one seems to ship to North America yet. The cubes retail for £15, £18 and £24. The filling sets range in price from £7 to £20 (£1 each for individual letters).