Product Type: ELC baby toys
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Bright and colourful bus fun
ELC Shape Sorting Bus
Member Name: bush1
ELC Shape Sorting Bus
Advantages: bright, colouful, on wheels
Disadvantages: Door fell off, confusing shape
We already had 2 shape sorters for our daughter and were not looking for another one. However, we received this as a present for her first birthday.
The Early Learning Centre Shape Sorting Bus comes in a box with a clear front with 6 shapes for putting through the holes on top. I got the red bus but it also comes in pink as well. The bus has six holes in the top and a door at the back which opens to allow the shapes to be removed. There are shapes of heart, flower/star, square, hexagon, triangle and trapezium. There are also shapes in the side but there are no shapes to go through these.
The shapes themselves each have things inside them to make them more entertaining for babies. Five of them have things that make them rattle including one that has a mini replica of the red bus inside. The last shape - the flower/star - has a smiley face on top of it and has mirror in the bottom so baby can see them selves in it. The age range given for the shape sorter is 6 months to 2 years.
I got this when my daughter was aged one. The first problem was the amount of packaging on this and so it took me a long time to get into it. Eash shape was individually packaged with plasic and the bus was fixed with wire ties. Once I had got into the packaging, the bus was good fun to play with. My daughter liked being able to push it around and I played with her showing how to put the shapes in the top. She quickly learned that once in, she could get them out of the back of the bus - she then tried to put them back in there as well!
The overall bus is quite sturdy as she likes to climb on top of it and it takes her weight (though I wouldn't recommend this!). She likes playing with the shpaes on their own as well and enjoys shaking them so they make noises; I don't think she has noticed the mirror though.
I have two main problems with this toy. The first is that after my daughter played with this for two days, the bus back door fell off and although I put it back, it would not fit properly again. The other problem is that one of the shapes is a star on top, but is a flower shape when put into the bus so it is hard to give the shape a meaningful name when telling them to my daughter.
Other than that, I am pleased with the product. It has taken the abuse my daughter gives it and survived her staning and riding on it. It is nice and bright and colourful and has lots of different ways it can be played with. The bus costs £16 new from ELC and I think it is a little pricey as it is a basic toy. I would probably not have bought this myself, but it is a nice present to receive.
Summary: Bit pricey for simple shape sorter