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My son got this for Christmas when he was a few months old. He is now two, and still enjoys playing with it!
As you would expect from Fisher Price, it's good quality. It takes two AA batteries which I think we have replaced once! The lid of the 'cookie jar' comes off to reveal five shapes in different colours. There's a heart, triangle, square, star and circle. The shapes also have numbers on them. The holes of the cookie jar act like a shape sorter, but they also have numbers on too, so it grows with your child. My little one started off just shaking the toy to play the two different songs, or pressing his nose to get it to make noises. Now he enjoys the shape sorter and in time he will enjoy learning to count and differentiate colours using it.
My only criticism is that the shapes can be quite difficult to get through the holes for little fingers. The lid is also quite difficult to get on and off. However he soon got the hang of it.
Be warned: the tunes are quite catchy and you end up spending all day singing them!
We bought the Fisher Price cookie jar shape sorter when our daughter was around 8 months old, and from the word go it has been one of her favourite toys to play with. At first she preferred putting the shapes in at the top. 9 months later, she still prefers to do that, but does know where the shapes go. It is recommended from age 6 months until 3 years, I feel as a learning toy, it is more suited from a year plus. My daughter is 17 months and only started to use it 'properly' after she turned one.
So what does it do? Well, in short it's a shape sorting jar that sings songs and lights up.
It has two settings, shapes and numbers. On shape mode, when you put a shape into the correct hole it will say the name of the shape and sometimes say 'Mmm' or 'Yummy' after, when number mode it will say the number that is on the shape. When you take the lid off and put your hand in the jar, it starts to sing automatically. I admit that the songs are annoying but there is a volume control at the bottom of the jar. Sometimes our jar will go off on it's own in the middle of the night if left on, usually says something along the lines of Mmm Circle.
The jar itself comes is in unisex colours with a friendly face on the front, the nose being a button that you press and it will say or sing something. It comes with five shapes, circle, square, triangle, star and a heart, they are all different colours and are labelled 1-5. It's quite a heavy toy, but my daughter has no problem picking it up and throwing it around. Saying that, it's a very strong, durable toy and I have a feeling it will last for years to come.
All in all, I think it's a good toy, entertaining, helps teaching sorting skills, colours and numbers but I don't think it's worth the prices I've seen it for (we bought it for £11). My daughter loves it and I would recommend to others, but I wouldn't buy it again I would probably go for a plain wooden shape sorter next time around, just because I find it quite irritating.
I bought this shape sorting toy for my baby when he was around 6 months old. It is far more entertaining than your normal, standard shape sorting toy. With music and flashing lights to keep your baby's attention.
Made from bright, chunky plastic with a smily face and a flashing red nose, all children are attracted to it. It is unisex as the colours are mainly yellow and purple. There are 5 shapes to sort, with the corresponding holes placed around the sides of the cookie jar. Every time your child manage to fit the correct shape into the right hole your child is rewarded with music.
To get the shapes out you just lift up the lid and again when the shapes are placed into the lid a song is played.
My baby at first just enjoyed placing the shapes into the top and taking them back out again, he didn't actually push them into the right holes he was at least 2 years old. For this reason I would say it is a toy that grows with your child.
Lovely, well made Fisher Price toy, that brings lots of enjoyment to my children.
I guarantee anyone whose child has this you will be singing "What shapes are in my cookie jar - triangle, heart and star. Theirs a circle over their here's a square!!"
It's a great interactive shape sorter and true to form for Fisher Price has produced a top product.
Purchased for £11.99 off Amazon I believe this is very reasonably priced compared to others on the market.
The cookie jar is a good size for little fingers to grasp. The cookie jar itself is approximately 20cm x 30cm. It has a removable purple lid which sit's snug on the yellow jar. It comes with 5 different shapes - Star, heart, triangle, square and circle. Each shape is a different bright colour and has a number on it also.
The cookie jar bears a smiley face and has a flashing red nose. When your little one manages to fir the shapes through the hole it sings a song or you can change the setting to tell you the number it is.
Many parents will be please to know this toy does have a volume control on the base.
I am generally not a lover of battery toys as I feel I'm forever replacing them but it only contains 3 x AA batteries and we have owned it for 2 years and not replaced them as yet!!
This toy is very good for development from 6 months - 36 months, but also lots of fun. The toy promotes that it is educational assisting with shape sorting, counting, motor skills and hand eye co-ordination.
I would recommend this toy to anyone with a child between the ages of 6 months - 2 years old. A great birthday/ Christmas present. Fisher Price have 2 colours of this product now. Yellow or Pinky-Purple
My little boy turned one recently, and his big sister wanted to buy him a present (conveniently, of course, with my money!). So we went to the big Early Learning Centre near us, where my daughter was so distracted by all the toys they have laid out for little ones to play with, that I had to do all the choosing by myself!
I wanted something quite small, and with music as my little boy seems to love things that play tunes and make noises. This caught my eye partly because it was reduced, but also because it looked so bright, fun and cheerful.
The basic design of this toy is that of a big, plastic cookie jar with a smiley face on the front. It is bright yellow with a purple lid, that has a chunky handle on the top that is easy to take on and off. The "nose" of the face is in fact a bright red light that flashes, and also plays a song when it's pressed.
The jar also comes with five plastic shapes, with holes around the side of the cookie jar to insert the different shapes into. Each hole has a small button on the edge, so when you place a shape thorough the correct hole, the jar can sing or speak to you. Each shape is a different colour and also has a number on the top.
There is a simple switch on the front of the jar with two settings - shapes and numbers - and the blessed off switch! Depending what setting you have the cookie jar on, it says either the relevant shape or number when you push the correct shape through the holes.
My little boy loves playing with this cookie jar, and the shapes are the perfect size for one year old hands to grip and, in his case, throw. They are light and hollow which is a good thing! He isn't at the point of delivering the shapes through the relevant holes, but he can easily take the lid off and likes to pull the shapes out of the jar and put them back in through the hole at the top, before replacing the lid once all five shapes are in. And the rim of the jar actually has a sensor, so a song is played when he does this which I think is a clever idea, as he gets rewarded for putting them in this way.
My little girl is way too old for this toy, but likes to play with her brother so she does join in, and of course she can push the shapes through the holes with no problems - although she gets bored of this rapidly! However she has learnt all the words of the (annoying) tunes the cookie jar sings, and we like to change the words slightly to make silly songs that make her laugh.
And like all these toys, the songs and sounds can get a bit irritating, but I have heard worse and I find this one relatively easy to ignore.
In summary ...
Overall this is getting five stars from me. It cost me about £10 and I hope my little boy will enjoy playing with it for a long time. It is well designed for little hands, and he can play with this easily and although he isn't ready to use the holes for the shapes, the fact he can take the lid off himself easily, and gets rewarded with a little song if he posts the shapes into the top of the jar, is great for him at his age, and is a good idea by the manufacturers! It is really sturdy and the shapes have survived being chucked down the stairs several times (despite not being able to post the shapes through their holes, he has no problem delivering them through the gaps in the bannisters). It is also bright and colourful, so it looks nice on his shelf when we're not playing with it. All in all, this is a nice, bright, fun toy for early learners.
This currently costs £11.89 in the Early Learning Centre, but at full price costs £16.99.
I got this toy for my little girl when she was around 6 months, she loved it from when she first seen it. OK she is 14 months old now and still has no interest in putting the 5 different shapes that come with it through the right wholes. But she loved banging the shapes together, learning how to make noises with them as they were her first hard plastic toy, and she would constantly put the shapes in and back out of the cookie jar, and loved the fact each time you stick your hand inside it would sing its song, that entertained her for ages, which is what its all about.
On the down side the pieces can get everywhere and go missing, but on the plus side my daughter is still entertained by this toy and I guess she will be for a couple of years to come. I would definitely recommend this toy for your little one.
My mum has a bad habit of buying noisy toys; it's highly irritating as she patently doesn't understand the logistics of having four children and can't fathom why ridiculously and excessively loud toys aren't particularly appropriate. So I wasn't really surprised to find an all-singing-all-dancing cookie jar in Hollie's stocking when Nanny arrived with her contingent of Christmas presents for the spoilt little people residing at the chrisandmark residence.
I deliberately didn't include it in Hollie's regular playtime for a while, furious with mum for buying something she knew (by her own admittance) I'd hate. In the new year however I was starting to feel childish so I'd sit Hollie on my lap and let her poke around at the cookie jar; she was around seven months old by then and liked the flashing light, the tinkly voice and cute cheerful music entertained her for a few minutes (if that!) but she soon got bored of the cookie jar in general and despite my minor thawing towards the toy it went away again.
Fast forward another couple of months, Hollie was sitting up and I decided she was ready for another crack at the Cookie Jar. Proving that babies really do grow and learn incredibly quickly, this short period of time took the toy from 'ignore' status to gurgles of 'this is my favourite toy; gimmegimmegimme'. The bright colours appealed obviously but Hollie loved to sit and activate the various sounds, and wonderfully these sounds are not irritating in the slightest - in fact they're very sweet!
So, you might be thinking, what the heck is a Cookie Jar. It's a crazy cross between a musical activity toy for babies and an educational prop designed to help you teach your little one number skills... at six months old. Yep, it's strange I know - as a cute fun toy it's excellent, but by the time your toddler is at number recognition stage I doubt the Cookie Jar will hold much appeal for them. I'm all for educational toys and have always looked for things that will help my kids to learn as they play - but this toy simply isn't age appropriate as far as number work goes, Hollie was (and still is) very quick to pick up on numeracy but had tired of the Cookie Jar by eighteen months old so the numbers aspect simply passed her by. Moan over, apart from that it's been a fab little toy.
The Cookie Jar has holes cut out of the side, with each one corresponding to a plastic 'shape' of which five are included. The shapes are all different colours and each have a number painted on the top, using a small slider switch you can choose between number or shape modes and depending which one you go for you'll get a short and sweet comment from the Jar. There is also the option to turn off the electronic effects and use it as a quiet-time toy. It's not overly loud and on the bottom of the Jar there's another slider switch where you can set the volume to loud or quiet - there's an audible difference between the two, I like to keep it on the quiet(er) setting if possible! The sound works by a push button that's activated whenever you slide a shape through a hole, or alternatively you can simply press this button down with your finger if you feel the need to hear the Jar speak to you! There's also a sensor located across the top of the Cookie Jar so the action of a toddler placing their hand into it will activate a short musical burst, the same thing happens if you press the Jar's cute little flashing nose. This is great as it allows less dexterous children who can't manage to slide the shapes through their corresponding holes to make the toy do *something*, there are enough short statements and jingles that the toy doesn't become (too) repetitive - although after four years of intermittent use I'm finding the phrase 'yummy' slightly irritating now.
Hollie used it for around a year all told, but we didn't get rid of it with our regular charity shop deposits as it's such a substantial and attractive toy that I wanted to keep it for a while. Then David came along and I was glad I did as he adores the Cookie Jar! My only issue with David playing with it is that it weighs a tonne and I'm scared to death that he's going to throw it at someone and fracture their skull (or at least their foot)! David, or demon-babe as I like to call him, is a miserable little sod and this is one of very few toys that will sometimes calm him if I activate it as he's about to go into full screaming mode - presumably the bright and tinkly voice is what does it, but he'll often literally beam with delight at the sound of the Cookie Jar beginning its song.
I like this toy, I really do. It's bright and colourful with not too many garish flashing lights and Fisher Price have chosen an excellent voice, which in my opinion is the main draw of the Cookie Jar as so many of these 'talking' toys are just plain annoying as such ridiculous (and usually highly Americanised) voices are used - this one is so sweet that you can't help but smile sometimes when you hear it.
I brought the Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Cookie Jar for my daughter on her very first Christmas. I got it from Tesco (or was it Woolworths? Does it even matter!?) for around £15.00. It's still widely available in most toy shops and is currently selling on Amazon for £14.67 (July 2012) with free delivery.
The cookie jar is an electronic shape sorter. It comes in an open-fronted cardboard box (you can try before you buy) and requires 3 x AAA batteries, which are included - we never had to change our batteries. The age recommendation is 6 - 36 months and it's a unisex toy. It has 3 settings - shapes, numbers and off. The settings can be changed by a button on the front of the cookie jar (an easy task for adults and children). It is very visually pleasing and will appeal to all young children. It is a large size, mainly yellow in colour (with purple lid and base) with a big happy face on the front. The face has a red nose which flashes as the cookie jar talks and sings (you can also press to nose to make the cookie jar talk and giggle)!
The cookie jar includes 5 colourful plastic shapes (triangle, square, star, heart and circle) which are all numbered (1-5), these are effectively the 'cookies'. The main aim of the cookie jar is to get the shapes inside the holes which are in the walls around the cookie jar. Each time a shape is successfully placed in to the cookie jar, it makes a sound - either by saying the name of the shape (if on shape mode) or saying the number on the shape (if on number mode). It's very encouraging for little ones to get praise from the cookie jar when they get it right. The lid can also be lifted off to retrieve the shapes. A sensor is set off every time the child reaches their hand in to the jar and a song is played. You will get a shape song if the cookie jar is set to shape mode and a number song if the cookie jar is set to number mode (we slightly favoured the shape song, which goes "Shapes are in my cookie jar. Triangle, heart and star. There's a circle over there. Here's a square!").
Although our Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Cookie Jar has been sitting in our loft for a year or two, I still remember it clearly (as well as all of the words to the songs!) as my daughter played with it so much and was one of her favourite baby toys until she was around 2 years old. Some of her baby toys went totally unplayed with so I definitely got my moneys worth with this one. It's fun, bright and has catchy songs - something which my daughter loved and something I'm sure all children would love (babies and toddlers are captivated by bright/flashing lights and noise!).
From a parents point of view, the cookie jar is quite loud and can become very annoying (especially if your child keeps sticking their hand in and out of the jar to set the song off!). I like the fact it's an educational toy too, not only can it help to teach shapes, colours and numbers but it can help to develop fine motor skills (such as hand-eye coordination).
As I've already mentioned the age recommendation is 6 - 36 months, I personally think the cookie jar is a little too heavy and bulky for babies under 9 months. I would say the best age range would be between 12 - 24 months. The shapes can also be quite awkward to push in to the holes (the walls of the cookie jar are quite thick) and so may be easier for older babies to grasp, I had to help my daughter for the first few months.
Overall this is a lovely little baby toy that I'm happy to recommend.
"Shapes are in my cookie jar, triangle, heart and star, there's a circle over there here's a square". This is one of the very catchy songs that kept playing in my head over and over to start with as my daughter would not leave the jar alone. I brought it when she was 5 months old, I must admit, buying this was one of my impulse buys which is not like me when it comes to buying toys. I was in mothercare looking for something else when this toy caught my eye. I never seen it before or researched it but I liked the look of it and so I purchased it.
***What is it?***
Fisher price cookie jar is interactive toy aimed for babies from 6+ months, this is the recommendation, my daughter played with it from 5 months by sitting down with the jar between her legs playing with the shapes and pressing buttons.
The name of it "cookie jar" gives a hint that it is a shape of a cookie jar however to me it looks like a kitchen pot but I don't think my daughter is actually bothered whether it is a cookie jar or kitchen pot. Anyway, this cookie jar is very colourful and cheerful looking. I love the look of it, I have multi-coloured version but you can purchase pink one if you prefer it.
Cookie jar is of purple yellow and orange colour, the lid is purple in colour with prints of cookies, hearts and stars on it. Jar has a smiley face painted onto it and a button nose that can be pressed. It comes with the lid which has quite big handle so it is easy to grab on to however i would say that baby might struggle to open the lid, my daughter is 16 months and still cant do it herself as the lid clips onto the jar. I do not have a problem with this though, I normally leave the lid on the top of the jar without clipping it on so it can be easily opened. There are no stickers on the cookie jar which is great; I am not big fan of stickers on the toys as they rub off really quickly making toys look tacky.
Exact product dimensions are 17.5 x 27.2 x 28.2 cm and it weighs approximately weight 1.1kg
Play modes - shape mode and numbers mode. Selecting between the modes is very easy just by sliding the button either to the right or left side, by leaving the button in the middle, cookie jar volume will be turned off. It has two volume setting - low and high.
5 different coloured shapes included with the toy, each shape has allocated number so it teaches your baby colour, shapes and numbers all in once. Shapes are: yellow circle (number 1), red heart (number2), green triangle (number 3), blue square (number 4) and purple star (number 5).
When baby puts the correct shape through the correct opening they will get the name of the shape or the number that is on the shape, this depends on which mode is toy set to. In addition, pressing the nose button rewards baby with the giggling sounds or it says "hmm yummy". My daughter loves pressing it; it makes her giggle every time.
We have had this toy for 10 months now, I must say that couple of song really stuck in my mind of them being "Shapes are in my cookie jar triangle, heart and star there's a circle over there here's a square".
Cookie jar requires 3xAA batteries that come with the toy already installed. Battery life seems to be good, so far I haven't changed the batteries and I had it for 11 months now; however my daughter doesn't play with this toy every day now. Still pretty good as it used to be on all the time.
This is very good quality toy as I would expect from Fisher Price. Believe me, it has had some rough time when my daughter tries to carry it around, it was smashed, banged and thrown on the floor (by my friend's older kids) and so far I can't even see a scratch on it!!! Tough toy, that' how it should be. It keeps my daughter entertained when she plays with it, now she can put all the shape through correctly on her own she enjoys it even more.
As mentioned, I purchased this toy from Mothercare on impulse buy for 16.99 (full price) which is ok however if I would have shopped around I could have brought it cheaper as Argos has it on offer quite regularly. Amazon is selling it in range from £18 - £22.50 (new) which I think its overpriced and would not pay the top price for it.
We bought this from Amazon for £19.99 as part of the Fisher Price learning and development range, we've had it for over 6 months now and it has worked, I wouldn't say it has been a roaring success but it has been used.
It is a round jar shape, probably around 5 inches high by 6-7 inches wide, it has a purple cookie jar lid, a friendly face with a press-able flashing nose and large shaped windows to place circle, triangle, square and rectangle shapes through.
It is nice to look at, very colourful and with lots of different things to see.
Basically it is simply a more expensive, noise and colour filled version of the old toy where you place shapes through holes, I find the sounds off-putting after a while and it can be difficult even for an adult to immediately push the shapes through the holes, I often found when used that my little one preferred simply lifting the cookie jar lid and removing or placing the shapes within the jar that way. I found this positive as it showed some lateral thinking but still felt like we'd wasted £20.
There is a faux american voice which sings about putting cookies in the cookie jar and a few other noises, there are some flashing lights too, but nothing is particularly impressive about this item, it is simply an example of updating an old toy without really improving it. Sounds are limited and don't really do much for my child.
I have to admit had this been called the 'Biscuit barrel' I might have shown a bit more leeway, this is an american toy which is loud, flashy and doesn't particularly do much. It is heavy and I find when my little terror picks it up and drops it there is a real risk of someone being hurt.
Putting shapes in holes isn't as simple as it sounds as the walls of the jar are too thick and even when my little one is successful sometimes the shapes don't go through . I don't like this as it discourages further use and nowadays this gets about 4-5 minutes of use every few weeks.
I think the item is overpriced and not overly entertaining, it takes up a bit of space, doesn't provide enough learning opportunities and is overpriced at £20, for £9-£10 I would probably raise my review level, but this is not great value, doesn't do much and the sounds and lights annoy rather than entertain.
This Fisher Price Cookie Shape surprise toy has become a firm favourite with my little ones since they were bought it as a 1st birthday present. The recommended age is 6 months plus to 3 years although I think mine will have moved on from it before then.
It is essentially a shape sorter toy which comes with 5 shape 'cookies' all of which are numbered and different colours, 1 yellow circle, 5 purple star, etc. to make it more entertaining and educational for your little one it has 2 modes of play 'Numbers' and 'Shapes' and says either the number or the colour of the shape when it's put through the correct hole. It has a sensor inside which starts the music playing when baby puts their had inside, again the songs are about either numbers or shapes. Very catchy little tunes that you will find yourself singing!
As the holes are on the side of the jar it is harder for baby to put the shapes into than a shape sorter with holes on the top, but a good extra challenge for them. It took my little ones a while to be able to put any of the shapes in the proper holes but they had great fun just taking them in and out of the jar to make the music play. The nose of the cookie jar also flashes and says 'yummy' when pressed, it gets pressed a lot!
The toy has been very durable and despite great efforts the cookies have no teeth marks or damage to them. There are 2 volume settings which you can change by sliding a switch, I've always had mine set to the lower of the 2. It takes 3 x AA batteries which are included and last for a reasonable amount of time, not as power hungry as some toys.
It would be at the top of my list of gift ideas if I was buying for a baby between 6 months and a year.
This is a review of Fisher Price's Cookie Shape Surprise. We were bought this toy as a gift for my daughter's first birthday. I'm not sure who came up with the idea that a cookie jar needs shapes posting through it but who needs something to make sense when it's a child's toy?
The toy is suitable for 6 - 36 months so we should get a lot of use out of the toy from now onwards.
This toy varies in price online but you can buy it for anything between £16 and £25 on Amazon. To me this puts it in a 'premium' category of toy.
The toy comes ready to play but takes 3 x AA batteries when it comes to the time to replace.
There's lots of bits to this toy! Five shapes that are also numbered and a lid accompany the main 'cookie jar' toy and it's all made of colourful plastic.
My daughter's not quite there with the shapes but I've had a go and some of them are a little bit awkward and need a good shove, the heart shape needs to be spot on for it to slide in. At the moment my daughter likes playing with the lid and fixing it in place on the cookie jar. She likes putting the shapes in at the top so it does work as a toy for a younger child too.
There are songs and encouraging sounds with this toy which interacts with your child. Words like 'yummy' and silly sounds increase the child's enjoyment of the toy.
Criticisms of the cookie jar
When all the shapes are inside it's quite a tight squeeze. Because the toy is quite short and squat there is competition amongst the shapes to fit in and it can be a bit tight for getting the last shape in there. Not sure if you'll ever have a full set of the shapes once they start a journey round the house, it's amazing where they can turn up!
Celebration of the cookie jar
Well, at least it's a fat free cookie jar! The jar is interactive and has a red 'nose' button you can press for songs, words and music. The jar and parts are all easy to clean and nice and bright.
We like playing with the cookie jar, and as with many toys it can take a while to locate all the relevant parts to play with! It can be played with in a few different ways and has been great fun so far.
As a new mother I like to purchase toys for our daughter that are suitable for her age, well constructed, bright and fun to play with as well as being educational. Fisher Price's Laugh and Learn range fit the bill perfectly. The products are suitable for both little boys and girls and include a smart phone, soft puppy, a chair, interactive table, tea pot and a camera.
Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Cookie Shape Surprise
This product is a Cookie Jar which features a very jolly face with a nose that makes sounds and lights up when it is pressed. The jar has five shapes cut out around the sides where the shapes can be inserted. The purple lid on the top of the jar can be taken off so the shapes can be retrieved.
A sensor is located just inside the top of the jar so when a hand enters the jar music is played. There are two settings - shapes and numbers. Both tunes are very catchy but my daughter absolutely loves the shapes song and her face lights up every time it is played. It goes like this 'Shapes are in my cookie jar, triangle, heart and star, there's a circle over there, here's a square! (sorry!) Two noise levels are also available to keep parents sane.
The five shapes consist of a Yellow Circle, Red Heart, Green Triangle, Blue Square and a Purple Star. My daughter also uses these as teething toys too!
Depending on what setting you have set when the shapes are put through the holes the cookie jar either states the shape or the number that is on the shape.
At 8 months old my daughter is a little young for the learning aspect of this toy but I know that this toy will grow with her and she will be able to put the shapes through herself and name the shapes just like my nephew did with this toy as he was growing up.
Fisher price states that this is suitable for children aged 6 - 36 months. It takes 3 AA batteries - these are supplied ready to go when purchasing the item.
This is available at a variety of stores including Amazon, Toys R Us, Boots, Early Learning Centre, Tesco and Argos. The best price is £12.97 which is a very good price for something that is so well made.
I would give this 4 out of 5 stars as I don't have to worry that my daughter is going to choke on any parts, it is going to last a fair few years and it's a delight to watch the smile on her face! The only thing is it is quite heavy and she has hurt herself a couple of times.
My son received this cookie jar as a gift from a relative recently. He had just turned 6 months, which is the minimum age recommended for the toy, so we let him have it straight away. Alot of the features are for slightly older babies, as I will discuss later, but he still gets alot of enjoyment from it already.
The Cookie Jar is from Fisher Price, a well known toy manufacturer and one that I do trust alot. It is priced at £14.99, which is still quite a bit for a baby toy and therefore I would expect quite a bit from it. The jar itself is brightly coloured - predominantly purple and yellow - and has a large smiley face, both features that appeal to baby. The nose is a red light that flashes as the melodies and songs play from the jar. It has a purple lid that can be completely removed as well as shaped holes in it's side through which you can post the shaped pieces. These are different shapes - circle, square, star, triangle and heart. Each are a different colour and have a number from 1 to 5 on their front.
When you have the lid off and encourage baby to place the pieces in the jar (my baby is too young for the shape sorting function as yet), the jar senses baby's hand and a tune plays or the jar 'talks'. My baby enjoys reaching for the shaped pieces and rolling tihe jar around, as well as listening to the music. There is a switch on the front which can be used to turn the jar from number mode to shape mode, which help baby to learn to identify numbers or shapes. There is also a volume button so you can control the level of the music (it can get a little annoying!) or even switch it off. The jar runs on 3 AA batteries, which do seem to last for quite a decent length of time.
Overall, I think this is a really nice toy. At £14.99 I think it is priced fairly as I can see my son playing with this for months and getting different things from it at each stage. I like the fact that it is fun but also teaches baby alot. At the moment it is helping my son with hid manipulative skills as he picks the shapes up and encouraging him to explore. When he is older, the shape sorting function will help with problem-solving. It is a nice looking toy that holds his attention and it is always the first toy that he goes for when we get them out of the box. I would recommend this for babies from 6 months as, although alot of the features are too advanced for them at this age, it means that you will get good value for money from the toy.
My daughter received this for Christmas when she was 12 months old. I thought it looked like a great toy, something she'd enjoy exploring.
It is widely available at most toy shops. My dad bought it from Toys R Us, priced £24.99 which seemed very expensive for a baby toy! Little did I know, it is also available in pink. If I had known that, or if indeed my dad had, I'm sure he would have purchased the pink version!
The Cookie Shape Surprise is basically an electronic shape sorter - the type of toy my daughter loves and has a variety of. The jar is yellow, with a smiley face, and a red LED nose which lights up and flashes when being played with. The lid is purple, as is the base of the jar. On the base is a green on/off switch which also changes from music mode to learning mode. The jar comes with plastic shapes - triangle, heart, star, square and circle. The lid is not heavy but very easy to put on and off. It can't be used to lift or carry the jar, but even small babies should be able to take it off and put it back on with ease.
The voice is English, and very clear. There is a volume control for half volume but it is very difficult to actually use. The jar requires 3x AAA batteries which are securely behind a plastic flap which has to be screwed / unscrewed to access - this is reassuring as it means curious fingers are safe!
When in 'shape mode', the jar will make sounds and sing a song when shapes are pushed through their holes. The song "shapes are in my cookie jar! Triangle, heart and star..." etc is very catchy and becomes annoying very, very quickly. It is very repetitive and quite loud! You also get "mmmm star" etc. and "I love cookies" when shapes are pushed through. It works by the shape pushing a button on the inside of it's hole as it passes through - you can easily just press the buttons yourself too.
When the child puts it's hand through the main part of the jar, there is yet another song and more sounds which become irritating very quickly.
The jar itself is very solid - my daughter has dropped this many many times and there isn't so much as a scratch. The lid itself looks flimsy but also appears fairly robust. The jar and lid are wipe-clean, and quite easy to clean. The shapes are plastic and hollow, in different colours, and have a number on (1-5) but they are very strong and my daughter hasn't managed to break them yet (she's now 21 months) despite throwing them regularly etc.
The age suitability is questionable - 6 months to 3 years - I think for small babies or babies small for their age, this would be quite heavy for them to pick up and / or hold. I also think younger babies might be too young to understand how to turn the shapes to get them into their holes. Having said that, my daughter grasped this very quickly but she was 12 months. The on/off switch is quite stiff, my daughter has only just managed it at 21 months and sometimes struggles with it even now. I don't think a 6 month old would be shape sorting, but would enjoy the lights and sounds. At the same time, a 3 year old would probably have outgrown the toy.
The aim of the jar is to help teach colour, shape and numbers. When the child gets the right shape through the right hole, he/she is rewarded with flashing lights and sounds which encourages him/her to repeat the task again and is quite enjoyable. It also helps develop fine motor skills and problem solving.
The jar does the job it is supposed to - it teaches how to shape sort and provides encouragement. However, the songs and sounds become irritating beyond belief after a while, and the battery consumption is so good that you'll be tearing your hair out after about a week when they don't run out.
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Would I buy it? Probably yes - but I wouldn't put any batteries in!!!
Learning fun with a magical surprise! Teaches shapes, numbers, colours and sorting skills. Stop-and-start songs teach about making things happen. Visually stimulating blinking nose, fun sound effects and cute phrases.