“ Brand: ELC / Type: Baby Toy / Type: Role Play „
My daughter received this as a Christmas present when she was 4 months old with a view to being used when she was a little older as the elc say this is from 6 months of age. It is a nice little shape sorter as a first basic one, it is nicely coloured in yellow with a blue door and red roof, the roof has a circle and square hole for the shapes to go into and 4 chunky different coloured shapes, 2 square and 2 circle. On each shape on the top there are different pictures which will be great for printing into play dough when she has this. The shapes can also be stacked together.
I introduced this to my daughter at aroud 6 months of age, of course there was no way she was going to be able to fit the shapes into the holes but she enjoyed holding the shapes and exploring them. I put the shapes in the house and she likes to shake it around, which means the roof comes off and the shapes fall out so then she can get back to holding them. Now at 8.5 months I try to show her what the purpose of they toy is and what to do with it, she is taking interest in the door and tries to open it, also holds each shape and bangs it on the roof. I think she is slowly getting the idea but is a good toy in the fact that will be used for quite a few months.
She enjoys bashing the house for now and I can't wait until she learns to put the shapes in the correct holes.
I like this shape sorted and think its cute with a variety of uses as you can fill it up with other objects and shake it to make noise when they're younger.
My daughter has family up country so whenever they come to visit they always come bearing gifts for her. At around 11 months old, Kacie received this Shape Sorting House from the Early Learning Centre.
The house can be purchased from ELC or Mothercare for £8. It's suitable for babies between the age of 6 months and 2 years.
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The shape sorting house is quite small for the pieces that go inside it. At 20cm wide and 10cm tall (roughly), it isn't the largest of shape sorters available to buy nowadays.
The house is very colourful, with the main colours being red, yellow and purple. The roof of the house houses the holes for the pieces to go through, there are two holes, one circle and one square. This roof can be pulled off for a quick way to access the pieces, the other way to get the pieces out of the house is through the opening door on the front.
There are four shape pieces that come with this house, two circle and two squares. Each one has a different shape etched into the top. The pieces are also hollow, with a raised edge on one end meaning that they can be stacked also.
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I think Kacie received this shape sorting house at the ideal time, she couldn't fit the pieces into their holes very well so it definitely helped her hand/eye coordination, and it didn't take long until she mastered the art!
The pieces are quite large so are quite easy to grasp, even for smaller hands. Even though these are large they still fit into the holes in the roof of the house with a little room to spare, so it isn't too hard for little hands to get the pieces into the right place. The roof of the house is quite hard to pull off, I find it quite difficult so I imagine children will not be able to do it. I'm not sure if this is meant to be like this and it's designed to get children to get their pieces back through the door, but it's stiff nonetheless. The door is the perfect size for one brick to come through so I don't see a problem in getting the pieces back through here.
The fact that there are only two holes means that playing with the house is very limited. With four pieces of two different shapes, it doesn't take long before it gets boring. Kacie enjoyed it at first when she found it tough to get the pieces in the correct holes, but as soon as she worked out how to achieve this a couple months down the line it got quite boring for her. The house was defeated when Kacie was around 18 months old, and it's been sat in her 'do not use anymore' toy box ever since.
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At only £8, I think it is fantastic value for money especially for an Early Learning Centre toy. The only problem is the lack of shapes, which means children get bored of playing with this easily. It's a great first shape sorter toy though as the chunky pieces make it easy for younger children to hold. Just don't expect it to be played with a lot!