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My daughter has always loved bricks, anything from her Mega Bloks First Builders, to her Alphabet Train have been a big hit and so I knew when she received the Fisher Price First Blocks that she would love it.
~What it is~
The Fisher Price First Blocks is a shape sorting toy for little ones. It is a bright coloured tub with a handle and removable lid which has shaped holes for you to post the bricks through. The bricks are a good size and easy for little ones to hold and grip. You get a total of ten bricks - 2 of each shape (cylinder, star, triangle, cube and a plus sign).
The toy is lightweight and easy for little ones to hold via the handle and carry. My daughter loves that she can carry this herself, and that the lid is easy to remove to retrieve her blocks. The toy is brightly coloured and eye catching, and is very easy to wipe clean. It is very well designed and is of excellent quality I really can see this lasting well and being passed on to another child/children.
As my daughter gets older this you would be a useful aid in teaching both shapes and colours as each set of shaped bricks are a different colour.
~Price & Availability~
The Fisher Price First Blocks Shape Sorter is widely available in stores and online and currently costs £9.99 on the Amazon website.
My daughter absolutely loves her shape sorter and will happily sit and play for ages, carefully sorting the blocks and then removing the lid to retrieve the blocks so she can start over. It is extremely well made and designed and easy to wipe clean and I cannot recommend this toy highly enough. She has a number of shape sorting type toys, but this is by far her favourite.
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We bought this set for our eldest daughter when she was a baby when we found it on offer in Asda, the set is still available in many places such as Argso and Amazon despite being on sale for a few years now.
The set is made by Fisherprice and it is suitable for ages 6 months upwards, the set comprises of a bright red rectangular tub with a sticker across the front brightly coloured showing all the shapes with eyes and smiles as if they are characters. The tub has a bright yellow lid which sits over the top and then there is a blue handle for your child to carry it around with although obviously not at 6 months.
The set comes complete with 10 brightly coloured shapes which are to be put through 5 shaped holes on the top of the tub, you get blue circles, green squares, orange stara, red triangles and purple crosses. There are two of each of the shapes and each is about an inch and a half each way meaning that they are very easy for a young baby to grasp.
The set is made of hard plastic so is durable, the sticker on the front actually stayed on for the time in which my daughter played with it which is surprising as I find toys played with a lot tend to deteriate in this way. The whole set is bright and colourful so attracts young children to play and of course they only manage to use the set properly to begin with but after much cheering and clapping when our daughter accidentally got it right she got the idea and became very good at this.
We ended up giving the toy away as after much playing with it our daughter could do it no problem and got bored eventually just using the tub to carry toys around in, the toy was great fun and we would also use the blocks to stack up and for her to knock over. This is a well priced fun and durable set and we would recommend it.
For christmas with my son being just 6 months old we found it difficult to coem across toys we didnt already have for him passed down from his brother or sister. While shopping in argos we seen this and a giggle pal in the two for 15 toys so decided as fisher price is usually good quality we would give it a go.
It is a little smaller than I expected made of bright red and yellow sturdy plastic the shape sorter comes in two parts. The bottom part the bucket which holds and stors the bricks once they have been sorted through the top. This is red and deep enough to hold the blocks comfotably.
The top has 5 different shapes cut out square triangle etc for baby to push the shapes through and into the bucket. This also has a handle attached so its easy for little one to carry around. The bricks come in pairs there are 10 in total 2 of each shape all in different colours.
I think these bricks are really good. At 6 months it helps children with hand eye co - ordination and are just the right size for a baby to hold and play with. But as they get older they learn to use the sorter properly fitting the pieces into place removing the lid which is easy even for a young child to do and starting all over again.
Even my older children who are 2 and 3 like playing with these bricks they have used rthem to identify shapes colurs and like pairiing each brick with the matching pair. The bright colours attract the children and help hold there interest. It is well made and provides lots of fun and can be used by different age groups all round at around £8 I think it is a must have for young children.
We were lucky and got lots of presents for our daughters first Christmas. We actually got two different shape sorters and this was one of them.
The Fisher Price Baby's First Blocks is a shape sorter in a carry tub. The tub itself is red with an easily removable yellow lid with five shaped holes in the top. The tub has a blue handle that fits past the lid so can be picked up even with the lid on. There is a large sticker on the front of the box with shows what it is which is brightly coloured.
Inside the box are 10 shapes, 2 each of 5 designs. There are blue circles, green squares, red triangles, orange stars and pink crosses. Each fit through the holes in the lid of the tub. The lid is easy enough for babies to get off themselves and the box is big enough to hold lots of other toys as well as the shpes. My daughter often puts her peek-a-blocks in there as well.
My daughter was 5 months when she got this and was not really intersted in it at all. The age states from 6 months, but she only really started to find it fun from around 8 months. At that age she really enjoyed taking the lid off and emptying the contents onto the floor. As she got older she liked carrying the tub around with her and taking the lid off and on. She also liked it when we built towers with the blocks as she could knock them down again. She had a go at putting the shapes in the holes but got bored easily so would just take the lid off and put them in that way. She's now 14 months and still struggles to put them in the right holes!
I like this toy. It is a classic make and design and as it is plastic it is very durable. The toy is brightly coloured to attract babies attention and has different ways of playing with it to grow with your baby. It was very useful to take away with us as it packed away easily and we could add extra toys into the box for her to find. It has lasted her well and although we now have more exciting shape sorters for her to play with, this one is still kept as a spare at grandparents. I would recommend this toy and it costs around £10 to buy.
Our little girl received this as one of many gifts for her baptism. She's just about the age it's designed to start from, 6 months. I was pleased to see that it was a Fisher Price, as it's one brand that I know is trusted and safe for even the littlest people. Incidentally, in case you didn't know Fisher Price is part of the giant Mattel.
So, Baby's First Blocks comes in a very colourful cardboard box with pictures on each side. Our little one likes the box just as much as the contents it seems right now, although she is just exploring everything new. I think she likes the pictures of other babies on the box, as well as the bright colours.
Once you get the product out of the box, you find a hard plastic red container with a yellow top and blue handle. There's a colourful sticker on one side, and a textured design on the other. The yellow top has 5 slots of different shapes - circle, square, triangle, star and cross. The top is easy to get off, almost too easy. Inside are the blocks themselves. 10 brightly coloured shapes which are made of hard wearing plastic. You could stand on these and they would take the weight of an average person. Chances are you'll be standing on them a lot if your little one isn't the tidiest of people. The colours of the blocks are green, red, blue, pink and orange and very bright and eye catching.
From 6 months the child will be able to empty the container, reach for the blocks, knock them over, taste them, throw them and possibly put them back in the box without using the shape sorter top if you are lucky. After they are a bit more advanced, they'll be able to identify the different shapes and colours, put them into the right slots, carry them around using the handle and build one on another.
They float too so can be used in the bath or paddling pool. After time they'll get a bit grubby, so can be easily washed and dried.
Every child should have building blocks. 10 is a bit limited for any serious building work, but you've got to start some where. I'd say that this product will last, unlike a lot of other stuff which is made in China (although this is too!) if you can keep the blocks from getting lost. The child will probably start to lose interest at the age of 3, and you'll still have a product in good condition to pass on to someone else.
Available worldwide in toy stores and supermarkets, and online from Amazon at £8.99 which is a reasonable price to pay to keep your child occupied for a while.
We bought these blocks when my son was 5 months old. We were on the lookout for toys that were easy to hold at his young age, were bright in colour to keep his attention and toys that would last a while. These ticked every box perfectly.
The blocks come in a sturdy rectangluar red box, with a strong blue carry handle and a yellow top. The top has holes, really making this toy a shape sorter.
There are 10 blocks in various bright colours and shapes. They are made of a thick durable plastic, so shouldn't snap.
Helps baby learn how to grasp objects.
Helps their sensory development by learning how to stack the blocks.
Helps baby learn 'actions and consequences', eg. if the hit the block on the floor, it will make a noise.
Helps baby recognise different shapes.
Helps baby learn colours.
Helps in identifying which shapes match which slots.
Age recommendation is 6 months-3 years.
We bought the blocks in Tesco for the bargain price of £4.99. I have also seen them on kiddicare.com for £7.97, which is quite a difference.
They are very easy to clean which is a must with little ones! My son tends to put them in his mouth alot, so the fact they are too big for him to swallow is great and also a must. He will also take them into bath as they float well. This toy gets used daily and was a great buy. I would definitely recommend as a good basic toybox toy.
These 10 colourful blocks are easy to grasp, hold and then keep inside the storage tub!