Lauri Tall Stacker Pegs

Design and construction are trades that are often overlooked in our education, yet they have very practical applications in our everyday lives. From the time we are babies, we begin stacking blocks on top of each other to make towers. Legos do a fine job of enhancing this idea, but there is an even better toy in my opinion that is very simple, but effective in furthering this concept: the Tall Stacker Pegs by Lauri.

I have worked in the design and construction industry for over 13 years, so the fact that I want my kids to understand how buildings and other structures work is important to me. It follows the idea that the food we buy at the grocery store didn’t just appear out of nothing, but it originally came from a farm and was delivered there for us to enjoy. It gives us an appreciation for what we have. We live in houses, drive on roads, play at parks, go to school, build bridges… all of which were designed and constructed at some point.

The idea of the Lauri Stacker Pegs is essentially the same. It’s building a structure using the pegs and placing “floors” of shapes in between. Then more pegs are placed on top with another “floor.” My son likes to place pegs that are unsupported from below on the shapes, causing the shape to bend. I show him that it’s unstable and have taught him that if he wants to put a peg there, he has to support it. He’s learned the idea of correctly supporting the structure this way and not randomly placing pegs where any hole is. You can see a few of the unsupported ones in the picture. He found out that there was no way he could support those because he didn’t have anything underneath it to hold those pieces. He’s gotten pretty good at being able to make the structure fairly tall. His favorite thing to do after he’s constructed it is to crash it; he’s all boy!

Another way to use these pegs is to teach patterns, an early math skill. We have lined them up along the thick blue bottom piece, alternating colors (red, green, red, green,…) and he’s able to finish the pattern.

Supplies: I bought mine used at a homeschool sale for $5, but they can also be found on Amazon here.

Preparation: None.

Author: Olivia

I am a mom and a homeschooling teacher of two little ones. I am also a Biblical Studies major with a hobby in Creation Science. I love to research Biblical topics and how science and the Bible live in harmony with each other. I learn beside my children when we read, build, and explore with the help of our glorious classroom - God's green Earth!

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  1. my child has had this toy for 2 mtonhs and is now 10 mtonhs old. i mounted this toy on the wall so that my child would have something to play with that isn’t on the ground as the rest of his toys are. here are the benefits of this toy:- helped bring his awareness and gaze off the ground where 90% of other toys are (because i mounted it on the wall), strengthening his neck muscles and trunk, helping to bring his arms up and away from his body- fine motor helped improve his grasp as the pegs are really easy to hold onto in his hand helped strengthen his grasp because they take a little effort to tug out- fine motor tactile input of the holes helped him learn to use his pointer independently putting his finger in the holes on the board and the pegs- oral motor taught him how to blow through the pegs some make a slight whistle noise- cognitive i lined the pegs on the floor two feet apart from the living room to the bedroom and he followed them – kaboom stack the pegs up high on the floor and taught him to knock the tower down- pull apart improved grasp and shoulder strength by pulling these pegs apart tries to put them back together but isn’t there yet has learned to twist as he pulls them apart- can hang other toys like rings on these pegs which serve as hooks when the board is mounted- can put the pegs in a clear container and teach him in and out haven’t even gotten to stringing the toys together with the shoelace it comes with, haven’t gotten to counting or colors either as he’s still too young to really get that. great toy if you have the time and patience to be creative and teach the baby. plus the colors are great and my friends without kids think this is akin to mod art in my living room.

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