My grand-daughter is 16 months old, and I am reviewing our experience of playing with this together.
In the box you get a double sided blue and yellow bench, with different coloured shapes to fit in the holes. There is also a hammer.
THE ONE DISADVANTAGE for a YOUNG CHILD
The recommended age on the box is 12 months and up. Despite this, when she first received this present, we were a bit worried about what she might get up to with the hammer. She is nowhere near co-ordinated enough to use it properly yet, so we decided to put that part away for later.
However, she loves shape sorting and this is what we enjoy doing together. It is a lot more advanced than the simple 4 (square, circle, triangle, star) shape sorter than she already had. Therefore, she does need help if she is not to get frustrated quickly with this toy that is a little too advanced for her to play with on her own yet. This toy is helping her learn extra, more advanced, shapes.
As well as helping with her co-ordination, and learning her shapes, it is helping her with colour recognition. We always try to say the colours as well as the shape names when we play with them.
The shapes are a snug fit on the bench, but she is still strong enough to push them from one side to the other with her fingers. Some may think the tight fit a disadvantage for young children who may not be quite strong enough to push them right through, but it does stop the pieces being easily lost, so I think it an advantage.
I believe memorising the order the shapes go into the bench may also be helping her get them in the right holes, as well as shape recognition.
Overall it is a good strong colourful toy, made with easy to clean plastic, which we enjoy playing with.
The ELC website currently have this reduced from £10 to £7.
Buy it for your own child if you think they are the right age for it.
If thinking of buying it as a present, think again. The hammer may cause problems for the parents/grandparents/carers, if used inappropriately.
Therefore, I think 4 out of 5 is the correct evaluation for this toy.
At a Glance Your child can tap the shapes through the holes with the hammer then turn over the bench to tap them back. Features and benefits for ELC Shape Sorting Hammer Bench Your child can tap the shapes through the holes with the hammer then turn over the bench to tap them back. Really satisfying fun for little hands.Suitable from 12 months. What's in the box: 1 x Hammer bench 8 x Shaped pieces 1 x Hammer