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Shapes are in my cookie jar!
Fisher Price Cookie Shape Surprise
Member Name: pinkprincess24
Fisher Price Cookie Shape Surprise
Date: 17/09/11, updated on 31/10/11 (18 review reads)
Advantages: Bright, encourages skills
Disadvantages: Freakin annoying!
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!!!
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