“ Manufactuer: Asda / Age: 18 months+ „
This toy was bought for my baby as a present and she loves it! What is it? I'm sure you will know what a shape-sorter is- it is basically a toy which helps children to learn about the different shapes by having holes cut out with pieces designed to slot through them holes. This shape sorter is a really good take on the traditional shape-sorter toy. It is a plastic bucket which is made to look like the body of a lion- the lid is a lion's face with a big smile and a red nose which twists round and clicks. The handle folds down so it looks like green feet. The body of the lion is bright orange and has lots of holes cut out of it-12- all different shapes. Inside the bucket are the 12 plastic, hollow shapes which are small enough for small hands to hold and light enough for them to be able to manage to slot through the holes. What does it do? The pieces are designed to fit through the relevant holes in the side of the bucket. The baby/toddler pushes them through the hole and they fall into the bucket and gather inside. The pieces are all different shapes so it is up to your child to understand and establish which shape belongs in which hole. They will only fit through the hole which is the same as the shape. This activity helps your child to learn about different shapes as well as helping them with hand/eye co-ordination as they learn to post them through the slots. It also teaches them about depth as they push them through and hear them fall. Baby friendly? This toy is designed for babies 12 months plus. This toy is definitely suitable for this age group. The pieces are all bright in colour, just one bold colour per shape which is great for babies as it makes them look bright and interesting so attracts young children's attention! The shapes are small enough for little hands to hold and push through the holes and they are made from plastic so they are very baby proof. The baby can chew on the pieces if it wants to without you having to worry about ruining the toy. It is easy to clean with it being plastic you can immerse it in water and it comes out just perfect. Although the plastic on the bucket is not the thickest plastic it is very durable. Baby B has managed to throw this bucket around the room many times and it is still all in tact! The pieces themselves are a little firmer and therefore more sturdy so they are all perfectly in tact and durable! In conclusion? This is a fantastic toy! It is very clever how it is designed to look like a lion. It can come in other guises too, I have seen an elephant version too which is equally as fun looking! Because it's a bucket and has a lid it means storing this toy is easy- you just put the lid back on and the pieces are all inside so kept together. Also it means that your baby can carry it around too as the legs move up to create a handle. My baby has had hours of fun with this toy already and I know there are many more hours of fun yet to come. It is great that a toy which has been around for years is still made today and comes in so many different guises. This is available from Asda's for £5 which is an absolute bargain as it really does keep your bay entertained as well as helps to educate them and heighten their senses.
We have this shape sorter for days when my brother's children come round they don't play with it very often but we bought it because it was cheap and didn't want to spend out a lot of money on something that they would loose interest in quickly. It is made of plastic and has an animal face on the front of it ours looks different to the one in the picture ours looks like a lion I think. You can take the face off and on and get the shapes out as they are pushed through the holes. There are lots of different shapes there are the main ones circle, triangle, squares and then you have the more difficult such as a star and a cross. What I like about it is that there is a lot of variety of shapes in the pack and lots of them so it doesn't matter if some go missing. Although I don't like the toy that much because even getting it out of the packet was a challenge. The animals face always comes off and is very weak fit on to the tummy and we find that because there are so many shapes to it they are so difficult to find the hole to each one. It wasn't expensive it was only about £4 and picked it up in our food shopping but we are defiantly going to invest in a fisherprice one and a wooden one from early learning centre because I feel they are such a good learning toy.