How To Play with Grapat Nins, Rings and Coins

Grapat Nins Rings & Coins Little Toy Tribe

The Grapat Nins, Rings and Coins and Carla Set is definitely the most used in our home and many others.

This set is so versatile and can be used for a variety of ages and stages.

This set is recommended for children aged 1+ years but can be used earlier under supervision. Below are just a few ideas of some ways to play.


This is one of the first photos I can find of our youngest playing with the rings and she is about 3 months old here. 

I simply tied the rings onto a piece of ribbon and secured it to the play gym.

She loved the sound it made as she batted it and they rings hit together.


This activity is by Liv at She taped a piece of contact onto the wall and placed the rings and coins onto it letting her daughter take them off and also try and stick them back on. She is 8 months old here.

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Nins, Rings and Coins are the perfect size for little hands to hold. The Nins have also been our daughters favourite teether, chewing on their little heads!

Simply placing all the pieces in a basket can be a great transferring activity if you provide a few jars, baskets and containers for them to put the lids on and off.

Cutting a hole in the top of a formula tin (or pringles tin) is great for a posting activity. When the items hit the bottom of the tin it dings on the bottom which children LOVE!

You can also do the same with a cardboard box and add the top of a wipes packet over the top for them to open and close.

Photo on left is by Ashleigh at @ourdiyday and right by myself, Alison at @toddleractivitiesathome.


The Grapat Rings go very well on a mug tree (right) or jewellery tree (left).

For young children this activity is perfect for building their fine motor muscles and hand eye-coordination. You might also find that older siblings enjoy doing this with them as well.

I have done this activity with my little one since about 10 months old.

Pictures below are by Caris at @little_smiths_play (left) and Liv at (right).


If you don't have a mug tree theres also this great DIY mug tree idea by Kara at @2_sweet_boys. She simply cut holes and put paddle pop sticks into paper towel rolls to hang the rings off.

This activity I have done a few times on the highchair and also on a tray. I simply placed the rubber bands on the highchair (or normal tray) and placed rings and coins underneath. 

The rubber bands hold the concentration for young children having to manoeuvre them through the rubber bands and a bonus is that the rubber bands also make a great noise when they fling them.

Photo is by myself at @toddleractivitesathome.

This activity is by Hannah at @play.and.learn.activities. It was adapted by an earlier activity that I'd made but she had the genius idea to stick it to the wall!

In an egg carton cut holes and thread the ribbons through with rings tied to the ends. Both young and old kids enjoy pulling the rings and following which one will pull in and out.

This activity is by Caris at @little_smiths_play. She made this as a word document but you could also just photocopy the rings and coins. Simply laminate it and children can use it as a puzzle to match the pieces.

Pattern making and sequencing using an egg carton by Lisa at

She simply took pictures of different patterns for her children to match.

Another fabulous activity by Caris at @little_smiths_play is this fabulous colour sorting box! She simple coloured the tops of wipes lids and hot glued them onto a box cutting holes in the cardboard for the rings and coins to be posted through.

This activity is by Erryn at @racing_to_play. Simply threading the rings onto a Sarah's Silk. This takes alot of persistence for children as the silk is harder to thread through the rings than just a string. This is an activity that we have done together with both children as my eldest would thread them and youngest would pull them off, teamwork!

This activity is by @little_smiths_play. On a cube she stuck stickers to roll and move the Nins to the corresponding colours.

You could also do the same with a number dice and move the Nins the same amount of rings whilst practicing counting.

Nins, Rings and Coins can also be used for so much more. Below they are pictured made into a mandada for our #mindfulmummamonday. They can also be used for simple colour matching.

Our daughter loves to stack the rings ontop of the Nins to hide them, stack the coins up high and make patterns.


If you have some more great ways to play with this set send me a message and I'd love to add them on!

I hope this blog post has helped with some ideas and inspiration on how to play with this set.


Cover picture is by Storm at @through_our_days.

1 comment

  • Amanda Shenker

    This is such a fabulous guide! Thank you

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