I previously wrote a review on the natural bowls. The bowls are heavily loved in this household, by me, J and I think my husband too.
The colored bowls are made of alder wood and are hand painted with water based colours whereas the natural version is finished with natural oils. The set includes 5 bowls – with my little guy under 1, I decided to store away the smallest piece just to take precaution.
This makes an excellent toy to practice fine motor skills and sorting. I also like that it’s still open ended. My husband and I decided to lay out the bowls and tried to toss the wooden balls… extra points for matching the ball and bowl.
Off the bat, the stained versions of the wooden stacking bowls have a much rougher feel than the natural version. Which is interesting because they feel different than all the other stacking toys we own.
Grimm’s Stacking Bowls in Lollipop
When I first saw this online, it instantly caught my eye. I hate to say it, but I think my favorite color is pink… I naturally gravitate towards it. Overall the colors in this set is so cheerful to look at.
Grimm’s Stacking Bowls in Ocean Blue
This one surprised me in store. There’s another Rainbow variation where the outer bowl is blue, but I wasn’t a fan of it. This set is also lovely. I forgot to put this one away the other day after taking pictures, and J seems to enjoy it as a new toy (the pink and natural bowls are out on his shelf).
Grimm’s Stacking Bowls in Natural
I have a separate review for the natural version. I think it just comes down to preference when you’re choosing between colors. My only negative comment is that the natural one has the strongest scent. Which does fade over time, but even to this day I find this one has a stronger scent compared to it’s colored version.
In terms of packaging, most of Grimm’s toys are vacuumed sealed with plastic. I like that there is technically less waste and it display the toy well. Some of the smaller Grimm’s item come in a small cardboard box with a colored tissue paper.
I noticed my newest additions now have two holes on the second largest cups. Basically the extra holes is to prevent accidental suffocation since it’s the perfect size to cover the nose and mouth and suction on.
I think you can tell that I’m a fan of these bowls… since no one needs three sets! My hope is that the bowls will grow with him. I’m hoping to create a sensory table for him, let him practice pouring beans, sort and match colors, use it as pretend bowls and cups in his future pretend kitchen… etc.
I think if you have a little one, these bowls make a great gift for kids under one and even older kids. At 11 months, I notice J loves to dissemble the bowls, knock them down, mouth on them, place a wooden ball in and swish it around, and even start to stack some of the bowls together.