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Product Spotlight: Plan Toys Balancing Monkeys by Kitty Robertson Morse, Heirloom Wooden Toys

April 21, 2011

Balancing Monkeys from Plan Toys offered by Heirloom Wooden ToysSome of our favorite toys can also be great learning tools, and the Balancing Monkeys game from Plan Toys is one of them.  This is a balancing game rated for children 3 and up.  It comes with a tree and six little wooden monkeys whose arms link so they can hang on the tree or each other.  The “branches” of the tree sit in a notch on the trunk.  I love this product because it can be used as a game, a teaching tool, or just a toy.  It also comes with an instruction sheet to show you how the math works, so if your kids are ready, you can introduce the concept of the two sides being equivalent.

Don’t worry, it’s not that hard!  For example, in the picture at left:    On the left side, two monkeys in the second hole = 2 x 2 = 4.  On the right side, one monkey in the first hole = 1 x 1 = 1, plus one monkey in the third hole = 1 x 3 = 3, so 1 + 3 = 4.  The left side is 4 and the right side is 4, and voila! It balances!  We sold several to a local nursery school who use them in their multi-age group with a parent helper.  The youngest kids just see what happens when they hang monkeys on the tree.  The older ones play a balancing game to see who tips the tree first.  The oldest ones get the math lesson!

To add layers of complexity, try asking kids to predict what will happen with a certain configuration, or set up one side and ask them to balance the tree but with a different number of monkeys.  You can see the possibilities are many!  It’s just a simple, well-designed, fun and whimsical toy with a lot more going on than meets the eye.

If you are looking to buy a gift or toy for your child or grandchild, think of Heirloom Wooden Toys where we provide sustainable, safe wooden toys, games and furniture that will last for generations to come.  You can shop by Age, Price, Brand, or just browse hundreds of products for all kinds of kids.  Many of our products are Made in the USA so you can support businesses that are keeping jobs at home.  Looking for custom products?  We have a large selection of items that can be personalized or engraved with your name or message.  Free Shipping on orders over $99!  Contact Kitty Robertson Morse at or (866) 202-8073.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 16, 2011 12:24 pm

    The elephant and trailer is a very simple design, elegant looking and functional. It certainly is a toy that children would love to play with.

  2. May 24, 2011 6:43 pm

    Hi Ian, thanks for the note! So glad you stopped by. I really like that elephant too.

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