July 15, 2004

Cuboro: a cool toy, too small for babies

cuboro.jpgCuboro is a beatiful-looking game/system from Switzerland. You build intricate marble trails using 5cm wood cubes with various holes and channels cut into them. The birch cubes seem as Swiss-engineered as a, um, Swiss watch.

I don't know how young a kid can be and not choke on a marble-- I'm guessing a 3-year old can eat marbles all day, with only a frantic parent and a clogged toilet to show for it--but I don't want my 4-month old kid to be a test case. Still, it's pretty cool.

Cuboro is available in about a million stores around Europe and Asia, and on three nerdtoy websites in the US. Who says we're winning the science education race? Oh-toys.com has the Cuboro standard set for $134.95.


I've got it - you roll Kix, the kid-tested mother approved cereal, through it!

I remember these from Montessori school back in the day (circa 1965). A most excellent toy, er, learning experience. The blocks fit together so nicely that even as a 4 year old I was impressed.

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