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Plan Toys Plan Toy Balancing Cactus


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  • A Fast Paced Exciting Game For 14 Players Ages 38
  • Choose Which Pieces To Add To The Cactus Without Making It Fall
  • Develops Basic Math Foundations Through Fun Play
  • Encourages Cooperative Play
  • Winner Of Good Toy Award Thailand Spiel Gut Award Germany German Design Prize And Good Toy Award Japan
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 8.6 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: Thailand
  • ASIN: B0009B0M4E
  • Item model number: 0410101
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 36 months - 12 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,074 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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Product Description

The Player who can balance the cactus without making it fall is the winner. The game is an exciting challenge for 1- 4 players.

Playtime Ideas:

  • Each player can construct a cactus tree by adding or removing a cactus stem.
  • The game starts by putting the base of the cactus tree in the middle of a table.
  • The first player begins by trying to add a cactus piece to the base and the next player adds to this.
  • Each player must try to balance the cactus as a new stem is added.
  • The player responsible for making the cactus fall down first will lose.

From the Manufacturer

Plan Toy Balancing Cactus Game is a fun exciting game for 1-4 players. Each player takes turns adding pieces to the cactus, trying not to let it fall over. The players must estimate weight, size and placement to keep the cactus balanced. Sorting and decision making skills come into play. Balancing cactus is a fun way for a child to develop early math and analytical thinking skills. It is great for ages 3-8, winner of four awards.

Customer Reviews

Great vivid colors.
Tina P.
My children love this game and it is great for children of different ages to play.
P. Parks
This Balancing Cactus game fits the bill!
Natasha

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By goonius on February 15, 2010
This is a fantastic toy, one of my favorites in the Plan Toys line, and we own more than a few of them. I don't mean just fun for the kids; my husband and I like playing with it also!

My children, two and four, were immediately taken with it. We haven't yet played it as a 'game' but that's really just a bonus interpretation of its uses anyway. It's fun to just stack it in really precarious ways (ie. those other than what's pictured) and see how long you can keep it from toppling while building it up as tall or wide as possible. If you were to build the cactus, as is pictured, it is very attractive and proves to be quite stable. This is nice for shelving the toy when I'm too busy to supervise my youngest with it. The real challenges are not in building what is expected, but are self-imposed; pushing the limits of what can be balanced atop this generally stable base.

This toy/game consists of a total of 19 pieces that fit together with a peg-and hole system. Each progressively smaller piece has less holes, and the coral-orange pieces have no holes, and so cannot be built upon. Another reviewer mentioned that the pegs fit loosely in the holes and this is true. A piece will often swivel downward from the weight of a successive piece. This doesn't bother me, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

Here are the pieces that come with this set, and their measurements (information that seems difficult to come by per my observation before ordering):

- 1 Unfinished Wooden Base (5 holes): 3.5" tall x 2.5" (widest point at top) 1.5" (at bottom)
- 3 Large Dark Green Pieces (3 holes): about 3.25" tall x 1.75" wide
- 3 Medium Green Pieces (2 holes): 2.75" x 1.5"
- 3 Medium (Slightly Lighter) Green Pieces (2 holes): 2.75" x 1.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By cmeg42 on March 6, 2011
I picked up this toy on a whim because I love simple, durable wooden toys and the cactus shape was so novel. I wasn't fully expecting that my toddler (26 mos) would take to it as he has, but it truly is one of his favorite toys. He loves to try different combinations and when it topples is eager to "try again." He seriously will play with it for an hour. I also love that it teaches cooperation- it's been a great vehicle for teaching my toddler the foundations for social game-playing. I use the cactus to teach "my turn" and "your turn," and now he uses this language as well and LOVES it. Honestly the best toy I've found in months- wish other toys were such a hit for him. Fun and educational!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Karen A. Bryant on June 30, 2009
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I purchased this product for my twin 3 year olds. They love it! They play with it every day. My only complaint is that the pieces seem to fit less snug after lots of use so the pieces turn as you add a new piece but I would absolutely buy this again based on this purchase. My twins love building the pieces as high as possible and I know they are learning in the process. Great toy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Natasha on January 11, 2011
I was looking for a skill-based game that would be entertaining for both my 3-year-old and myself. The purely luck-based games like Candyland are rather mind-numbing for me! This Balancing Cactus game fits the bill! Since it is Plan Toys, it is of course beautifully made, and lovely to look at and touch. Both of us find it very fun to build up the cactus until it topples over, seeing how tall or lopsided we can get it before it falls! It is a fun game, and I think it will provide entertainment for a very long time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nells on November 25, 2009
My daughter's one and a half and she adores this toy. She got the concept quickly and easily, though she doesn't understand the 'game' aspect of taking turns, she enjoys stacking the pieces and it keeps her well occupied.

Not only that, the design is beautiful and the craftsmanship is top notch. We really love this toy. I'll be buying more from this company.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Glover Park Mom on December 14, 2010
this is a great game. both my three year old and 20 month old enjoy it at different levels. my three year old is learning how to take turns, and my younger son, how to balance. sometimes, vice versa. it is not only fun, but a well made and durable toy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By m on May 15, 2009
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This is one of very few toys that is entertaining for all. Excellent quality and great concept. Helps to teach balance and concept of gravity. Educational and fun!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Reisor on January 20, 2010
We gave this toy to our granddaughter for Christmas. She turned 2 in November, so she was under the recommended age requirement. She really enjoyed playing with it, but didn't quite get the whole balance aspect. I had to hold the base steady while she added the pieces, so it wouldn't fall over. She made some amazing configurations, and some actually looked like a cactus! I loved the bright colors of this toy, and how my granddaughter enjoyed fitting the pieces together just for the joy of building something. Would highly recommend it!
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