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VINE VOICEon 17 July 2009
The tilted base is extremely robust made from thick plywood covered in clear varnish. A large safety mirror is securely fixed in the centre for the pool. A wooden palm tree with felt leaves is attached by thick cord from inside the trunk to the base. The tree can be bopped around returning back to the upright position each time.

A wooden girl and boy are to one side of the pool. Cut out sections in the base allow each to be guided along to 'go for a walk' while they remain attached to the base, so they can't wonder off!

The sturdy metal 'wires' are extremely thick with a super paint finish and very well secured to the base; Royal Blue, Pastel Blue and Bright Yellow. There are 15 very chunky wooden beads. These include a Red and Yellow sun, White cloud and Yellow crescent moon each with a smile, 2 Red fishes and a White ring which a bead sphere can pass through.

Base Measurements Approx:-

Length 16 1/4 " just over 41 cm
Width 11 3/4 " just under 30 cm
Base only Highest Point 4 " just over 10 cm
Thickness of Base 1/2 " 1.5 cm
Total Height including wire just over 1 " 30.5 cm

As well as the pleasure my little one has exploring all aspects of this toy, it's great for hands on learning too. We have giggles saying "up, up... over, over... down, down..." as we move the beads along, have races who can get their beads to the end first, noisy, quiet, fast, slow the list goes on. Hand and eye coordination, fine motor skills, listening, copying and repetitive words are practised too.

This is by far the most robust and stimulating bead frame I have seen. In use this also stays put due to being quite heavy and having a decently sized base. It was unavailable for quite a while but I kept waiting and watching. Very highly recommend, also for Special Education or Therapy sessions. Wonderful purchase!
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