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Plan Toys Plan Toy Balancing Cactus

4.2 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews

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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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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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Product Description

Plan Toys Balancing Cactus Plan Toys Balancing Cactus is fill of wacky fun. Build the cactus piece-by-piece. But, don't topple the tree or you'll lose. Why You'll Love It: IThis prickly cactus keeps kids playing. Age:3 years and upFeatures Joining cactus pieces stimulates coordination between children Colorful pieces ABOUT PLANTOYS Founded in southern Thailand in 1981, PlanToys was the first company in the world to manufacture wooden toys from rubberwood. We are always looking for new ways to improve and preserve our environment. PlanToys takes a step to go beyond Green by taking the concept of "Sustainability" into practice with the belief that everyone can contribute to a better world by playing sustainably. PlanToys uses a variety of materials, including; organic rubberwood, e-zero glue, water-based dyes, recycled and recyclable materials, soy and water-based ink and our proprietary PlanWood. PlanWood is a high density fiber composite wood made from reclaimed wood particles left from the manufacturing process of toys in the factory. This material allows toys to be made safe, stronger and more durable. PlanToys is again the first wooden toys company in the world's been using this method to make toys since 2010. Recommended Ages:3 - 12

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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.

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Product Dimensions 9.3 x 9.3 x 8.6 inches
Item Weight 2.6 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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ASIN B0009B0M4E
Item model number 0410101
Manufacturer recommended age 36 months - 12 years
Best Sellers Rank #19,282 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#66 in Toys & Games > Baby & Toddler Toys > Stacking & Nesting Toys
#66 in Toys & Games > Learning & Education > Early Development Toys > Sorting & Stacking
#9,209 in Toys & Games > Preschool > Pre-Kindergarten Toys
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4.2 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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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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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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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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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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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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At 16 months, my daughter loves this. We started out with the orange, red and yellow pieces (and sometimes i'll throw in a couple green; but i found at her age, she was very frustrated if it fell over). It's a toy that will definitely grow with her as she figures out how to balance the heavier pieces.
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We haven't played with this yet, but I was thrilled with the looks of it, and the reviews that were so positive. Once we're passed Christmas,
we can settle down and teach the grandkids how to use it and play the topple-over game. Fun times! It's cute.
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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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