An incredibly well designed toy! The fun value alone surpasses most bath/water toys. Plus, there are ten large laminated activity cards that do an excellent job of introducing some fundamental early learning concepts, for example, that two differently shaped containers can contain the same amount. And five additional activity cards - including a recipe for ice cream - can be down-loaded from the Learning Resources website.
We also like that the volumes used correspond to real-life culinary measurements, so that the set could also be used in the kitchen for food prep. Even without the structured learning the activity cards provide, the open-ened play this toy encourages is even more effectively inpires the same intuitive grasp of proportionality that a good set of wooden blocks provides.
Note that in an attempt to keep the basic costs down, the activity cards require you to provide the following extras:
Activity 1: dry food (such as rice or beans)