“ Brand: Asda / Type: Baby Toy / Type: Push, Pull & Roll „
After extensively trying to pry the toy apart, I finally figured it out. Well, actually it's more of a work-around:Step 1: Pull the two finger grips outward, exposing the rubber-band that connect them.Step 2: Remove the rubber-band.Step 3: Push the two finger grips back onto the sphere.Step 4: To open or close the sphere, simply grab the two hemispheres and pull or push, respectively.
As my parents are my childrens childminders whilst myself and my husband work we have a set of toys in their house aswell as our own, we bough this toy from Asda in their 2 for £8 promotion as our youngest daughter loves her shape sorter at home so much we felt she would like to have one at both houses. The toy is a white plastic ball which has different shaped holes around the surface as usual shape sorters do, the edge of each shape is lined in a different colour so it adds some colour to an otherwise boring looking toy. The toys also has different coloured paw prints around the ball although I am totally unsure what paw prints have to do with sorting shapes. There are two half circle indentations in the ball with a strip of plastic inside each one for you to grip hold of and pull the ball apart to empty out the shapes which is easy to grip hold of and when released the two pieces of the ball fit back together smoothly. The toy comes with eight different shapes there is square, cross, hexagon, pentagon, star, circle, heart and triangle and of course these are 3D shapes. The shapes are all brightly coloured in yellow, green, pink, purple, orange, red, light blue and dark blue an each of the shapes has a different number from 1-8 embossed on it. The colours of the shapes match up to the outlines of the shapes on the ball making it easier for your children to match up the shape to the correct hole. My daughter loves playing with this and she has got to grips with shapes very well and knows which shape goes where although she can't always get the shapes at the correct angle for them to go through and then she will get annoyed and fling the shapes. The pieces of this toy are all made of hard plastic which is grwat as it means they are durable and even when she flings them in her temper there is no damage caused to the toy although she has managed to hit her older sister a couple of times which doesn't go down well. My daughter is unable to empty the ball herself and so if you are not paying attention you will get the ball thrown at you when it needs emptying although her older sister has now worked out how to do it so she has started to go to her instead. This is a great value toy that my daughter plays with for a long time and she will return to it many times within the day, whenever I pick her up from my parents house the toy is always out so I know it gets a lot of playing with. I think this is a great toy and I remember having and loving something very similar when I was a child.
My cousin has a four month old baby girl and me and my daughter often go round there to visit. As our cousin is so young, she doesn't take any interest in her toys, my daughter, however, does and since visiting we have a small box of toys that my daughter brings home with her from their house. She's babysitting the toys until our cousin is older! One of these toys is this shape sorter from Asda. The shape sorter is in the shape of a football and has holes for the shapes all the way around the outside. It is a basic white colour with flashes of bright colours dotted around the outside in the shape of paw prints and these bright colours also line the outside of each shape hole. There are eight different shapes in total, these are all pretty easy to identify with a circle, heart, square etc. These shapes are each made from plastic, whilst the plastic isn't the best quality I've come across, they certainly aren't flimsy either. Each shape has a different colour, the colour represents the same colour on the ball where the shape needs to be inserted. The one downside about this shape sorting ball is the way in which you have to get the shapes back out again. One each side of the ball are two little handles that you have to twist then pull so that a gap appears in the middle of the ball and the shapes are supposed to fall out. I have a hard time pulling the two parts apart enough for the shapes to fall out of the whole so I have to pull them apart as much as I can then try and squeeze the shapes through the small hole. There is no way a child could do this themselves if I can't do it! My daughter, although she was two years old when she started playing with this, still enjoys playing with this even though it is suitable for younger children. She can get the shapes in the right places almost immediately but we are now learning what each of the colours and shapes are before she puts them in the holes. I think this toy is best suited at children around the 12 months old mark as they can master their fine motor skills. I'm amazed at how much my daughter enjoys playing with it despite it being a baby toy! This shape sorting ball is available to buy from £6, it is also part of the two toys for £8 promotion.
My son was given the Asda Play and Learn Pull Apart Shape Sorter for his first Christmas by his Aunt and he has really enjoyed playing with it. You can purchase the toy exclusively at Asda in store and online for £6, though it is often in their two for £8 deal. The shape sorter is a white plastic ball that has little multi coloured paws dotted all over it and 8 different shaped holes that include a circle, square, heart, cross, triangle, star, hexagon and pentagon, the holes are also bound by a different colour which match the shapes to help in identifying where they should go. The shape pieces are made of plastic and come in the following colours, red, yellow, dark blue, light blue, orange, purple, green and dark pink, they are quite sturdy though they are not solid shapes each shape also has a number on it. The shape sorter is aimed at children between the ages of 12-18 months and seeks to help them learn colours, numbers and shapes. To use the shape sorter you need to pull the small handles on the side of the ball apart and shake out the shapes, then you need to identify which shape goes where, put them in the correct shaped hole and start the process all over again until you loose the will to live, or your child gives up and finds something else to play with. Now the pulling apart action of the toy is in my opinion far too difficult for a small child and when my son first had the toy this was always my job, when he did get the hang of it he would pull them and shake the ball so all the pieces would fly all over the place and on occasion he did get his fingers trapped, though no serious damaged was caused. My son really enjoyed playing with this toy and would sit, repeating it over and over again, it really helped him recognise his shapes, we have even taken it on our travels abroad as it kept him amused for quite some time. He has now, aged 2 years stopped playing with it as much in favour of his toy cars, but he does still come back to it every now and again so it is not destined for the charity shop yet!. Overall I would recommend this toy to others as it is educational and fun to play with, though it looses 1 star due to the fact that the pulling part mechanism is a little stiff and can catch little fingers.
This is a review of ASDA Play & Learn Pull Apart Shape Sorter, a baby toy which we keep at my mother in law's house as our daughter has a shape sorter at our house and her other grandparents' . This particular toy is one that most people will be familiar with. What is it? This toy is a way of learning shapes and coordinating little hands to put each shape through the right hole. There are eight shapes like circle, oval, cross, square, heart, triangle and each is made of a different colour plastic. The holes are also edged in the same colour to help give a clue where each shape might belong. What does it look like? The shape sorter is made of plastic and a round ball shape. Amongst the white plastic are lots of holes that fit each shape. They are colour coordinated. The mechanism to remove the shapes is clever, with a small handle each side that you pull to open the equator a couple of centimeters. With a shake you can remove the shapes and start again. In use We play regularly with this toy at MIL's house and it is always a favourite. My daughter at 16 months does need supervising and a little help with this toy as she doesn't quite get how to match up the hole and the shape. However, if the right shape (in her hand) is opposite the right hole (parent supervising) she can push it through and often gives herself a round of applause for her achievement. When all the shapes are pushed through she often wants another go on this game. After three goes she normally wanders off to find another toy leaving the adult to play the final round on their own. It is impossible for a young child to open the ball themselves as it is really stiff and quite hard for an adult to do. Price At the moment Asda charge £6 for this toy but it is also in a 2 for £8 promotion which is a great price for a toy that we get a fair bit of mileage from. Storage As the shapes all fit in the ball at one time it is easy to store it together. Missing pieces will spoil the game somewhat so it is good to check they are all there every now and again (either that or check under the settee). Final word This is a traditional toy that all children should get to play with. Although it is heavily made of plastic it is bright and fun to look at. Younger children will just enjoy the shapes on their own and the older ones will enjoy pushing them through the slots. Whilst you don't need two of these toys they are a good staple to have in if you ever have young children or babies visiting.