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      28.01.2013 22:14
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      A great toy which my son loves

      I bought this from Asda in a 2 for £20 offer just before Christmas with another toy, so I paid £10 for this toy. This is a bargain, as it is such a brilliant toy which will last for years. It is by fisher price and it is a toy which is supposed to be a cookie jar, although looking at it, you would never think it was a cookie jar unless you knew it was supposed to be!

      It looks like a yellow barrel, which has a big smiley face on it, and a lid which looks like a hat. It has shaped holes in the barrel which you can put shapes through. There is a triangle, heart, star, circle, and square shaped hole. The toy comes with the shapes to put in the hole and there are two settings you can have this toy on. If you switch it to the tunes setting, when you put the shapes in the holes it will say the name of the shape,and something about loving cookies, such as mmm, or I love cookies. If you switch it to the numbers setting, each shape also has a number 1-5, so when you put the shape in the hole, it says the number, so it is great for learning numbers and shapes.

      The nose of the face on the front also flashes red and you can press it for it to say different phrases. When my son shakes the cookie jar, it plays different tunes, which are quite long, but very catchy and fun for a child to sing along to. This volume button is right underneath the jar, so you can have it loud or quiet.

      The cookie jar's lid comes off, so you can get all the shapes out of the jar again, or 'cookies'! The jar is easy for an adult to pull off, but my son is struggling to get it off, although he is only 8 months old, I am sure he will learn in the future. It is a little heavy for him to pick up or hold at the minute, and there are no easy ways for a young baby to grasp it even thought it is for babies over 6 months. He enjoys knocking it over though, and hitting it, even though he is too young to know how to put the shapes in the holes.

      It is bright and colourful, and instantly attracts my babies attention when he sees it, he loves to sit with it on his lap and touch it, and explore it. I think it is aimed for older children really, with the shape sorter and numbers, so I am sure I will get years of use out of this when he is a toddler. I am glad I bought it, it is a cute and fun toy, and for the price I paid, I cannot complain! It is currently selling for £17 on Amazon, and I think this is a lot to pay for this toy, I wouldn't pay that much myself, but it is a great toy, I am glad I got it before Christmas cheap! If you are looking for an educational present for a small child, I would definitely recommend this singing and talking cookie jar!

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        30.12.2011 13:03
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        Cookie shape sorter

        Although this cookie jar doesn't house any real cookies it's almost just as fun to play with because it has songs, lights and laughter.

        This toy from Fisher Price is from their laugh and learn range and is a shape sorter but it's much more fun than just your standard boring plain shape sorters.

        For starters it looks and is shaped like a cookie jar but it has a big smiley face on the front. The jar has a purple lid which opens and when you reach your hand in the cookie jar plays a tune, "two little cookies in my cookie jar, open the lid and there they are!" the song completely sticks in your head as its quite a catchy tune!

        It comes with five different shapes to sort. The great thing about these is that they have different learning aspects to each one, a shape, a colour and a number. For example there is a yellow circle with the number 1 on it, a red heart containing 2, a green triangle containing 3, a blue square containing 4 and a purple number 5.

        The button on the front allows you to select between the two different learning modes, either shapes or numbers as well as being the off button. When you have it on the numbers mode as you put one of the shapes through the cookie jar will say the number that has just passed through. When you have it on the shapes mode the cookie jar will say the name of the shape. I think this is a great way for kids to learn by hearing the number or shape as well as seeing it and it actually saves you as a parent having to say the number or shape the whole time. In order for this function to work you have 3 AA batteries. These came with the toy when we got it and are still going strong.

        Fisher Price recommend this from 6 months of age and while I would say the lights and sounds entertain at this age they probably don't get the benefit of its actual function, being a shape sorter, until about 18 months of age but until then it's just a fun toy to play with.

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        10.08.2011 08:37
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        A fun shape sorter from Fisher Price

        Not only do my twin boys have a (huge) collection of toys in their own home, this collection also extends to grandparents houses. Rather than take toys with us when we go to visit Mr Lools' parents have purchased some toys for the boys to play with. This includes the Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Cookie Shape Surprise.


        ***Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Cookie Shape Surprise***
        The Laugh and Learn Cookie Shape Surprise is basically a cookie jar themed shape sorter. The cookie jar is made from yellow, purple and orange plastic with a smiley face on the front. The toy has a purple lift off lid. There are five different shapes cut out of the jar. The jar comes with five different shapes (cookies). These are all a different colour and include a yellow circle, a red heart, a purple star, a green triangle and a blue square. On each of these shapes a number from one to five is on the cookie.

        The jar is around 30cm high and 20cm wide (at the widest point at the base).

        The toy has two different modes a counting and colours mode. The toy requires 3 x AA batteries.

        The toy is suitable from aged 6 months.

        The toy is available from a number of retailers including Argos, Toys R Us, Debenhams, Smyths, Amazon, Tesco and Asda. The RRP of the toy is £19.99. Prices for this toy vary but the boy's grandmother paid £9.99 for this from Tesco. I think this is excellent value for money if compared to other brands of shape sorter which are in the region of £15 especially as Fisher Price toys tend to command higher prices.


        ***Playing with It***
        My boys were 11 months old when they first started playing with this toy. They already had a number of shape sorters and were starting to grasp the concept that the shapes fit through the holes but required some direction to put the shape in the correct hole and also were not quite able to push the shape through most of the shape sorters that we own. And they were more interested in holding the shapes that go with the shape sorters and chewing them so at this age.

        As soon as they saw the Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Cookie Shape Surprise both boys were draw to the jar and immediately wanted to start playing with it and proceeded to tip the jar upside down and started to gnaw on the cookie shapes.

        The toy does not need to be turned on to play with it. A child can push the shapes through the holes. However to get the full learning and entertainment benefits you need to turn the toy on. The on switch is on the front of the jar. This is a slide switch with the middle setting being off. You have the option to turn this toy to "counting" or "shapes" mode. Unfortunately there is no volume switch therefore the toy only has one sound level which is reasonably loud.

        Initially at 11 months my boys were more interested in just holding the shapes and lifting the lid on and off and putting the cookies in the jar this way. When you reach into the jar the catchy song is played. The jar sings " 2 little cookies, in my cookie jar, open the lid and there they are, put your hand in, and take a cookie out, 2 little cookies make a yummy snack" my boys love this music but as a parent this does get very frustrating when you hear this played over and over. There smiley face on the front of the jar has a light up nose which flashes as this song is played which made my boys giggle and attempt to press.

        When I played alongside them I would encourage them to push the shapes through the correct holes but they needed to be shown which hole the shape fits into and needed some help pushing all of the shapes through the holes. Over the last 7 months my boys have learnt how to push the shapes through the holes on their own but the star and the heart shape are still quite difficult for them to push through and require some force to do so. At 18 months old my boys recognise the holes for the circle, triangle and square but still need some direction from me. I feel a coloured rim around these slots which match the shape that goes through this slot would be beneficial so a child could match the shape to the hole easier. Many of the other shape sorters we own have this and I feel my boys are more content playing with these as they can play more independently and actually recognise the correct hole themselves and did this from around 16 months.

        The toy is very educational and the counting and shape setting means it benefits from learning features. On counting mode when the shape is pushed through the correct hole the cookie jar states what number is written on the cookie. When in shape mode the cookie jar states what shape this is. The different coloured shapes also allows you to teach your child about colours. My boys are now able to pick up the correct coloured shape when I ask them to and are also trying to repeat the name of the shape. One of my boys say "star" quite clearly and my other son attempts "triangle" which sounds more like "tie-an".

        The toy states it is suitable from aged 6 months. For a child of 6 months they would enjoy the colours and flashing lights but obviously would not get the full benefits of the learning features. But the shapes that go with the shape sorter are very easy to hold therefore would encourage their motor skills by simply picking up the shapes. All of the pieces are rounded as is the jar itself but the jar is quite heavy. Personally I would not leave a six month old with this toy unsupervised based upon my own personal experience with plastic toys and my sons which I'm sure other parents can relate to. Young babies tend to go from sitting up to lying down very quickly. When they lie down they attempt to carry on playing with a toy and before you know it they have usually pulled a toy onto themselves. With smaller lighter toys this isn't an issue but with larger plastic toys bumped heads and screams seem to go together!!

        For older toddlers I do think this would probably interest under 3's but then the toy would seem a little too basic and babyish once they have played with it once. Older toddlers seem to like to use the toy for more imaginative play and my friends little girl who visits usually carries the jar around putting teddies inside of the jar.

        Durability wise this is a very durable toy. My boys like to carry the jar around and as a result it has been dropped on a number of occasions. There are no scuffs or cracks to the plastic and the toy is still fully functional with sounds. The plastic pieces are also very durable however do tend to get lost in toy boxes or under the sofa like most shapes from shape sorters. The toy can be wiped down with a damp cloth if necessary. I have found my boys like to put other things inside of the jar, including food but the neck of the jar is wide enough for a parent to put their hand in and give the inside of the jar a wipe out.

        In terms of batteries I was slightly disappointed. The toy comes with batteries supplied however after 7 months of use we have already replaced the batteries. Considering the boys only visit their grandmother fortnightly and play with this toy I think this is quite disappointing.


        ***Overall***
        This is an excellent value for money shape sorter from Fisher Price which is fun, engaging and educational for little ones.

        The design of the cookie jar could be improved slightly by making the shapes easier to push through the cut out holes for little ones. I also think each of the cut out holes would benefit from having a coloured rim matching the shape that goes through that hole. For older toddlers they can recognise what hole the shape should go through but for younger toddlers I feel they need more direction.

        For £9.99 I think this was an excellent purchase although parents should prepare to be frustrated by the "catchy" repetitive music played by the toy!

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          06.10.2010 18:57
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          I Brought this cookie jar for my son for his first Christmas when he was 6 months old. It is bright with various colours which is good for holding baby's attention.Painted on the front of the jar is a smiley face. It has a red nose which is a button and lights up.
          Around the middle of the cookie jar are 5 different holes in different shapes which are the main function of the toy. With the cookie jar you receive shapes to be sorted in each of the holes in the jar.

          There is a choice to have it in numbers mode or in shapes mode and depending on which you choose when shapes are inserted it will sing a song of encouragement to the child. Each shape has a number so if it is in number mode then this is what the jar shouts out and in shapes mode the child is told which shape they have correctly entered.
          Also there is an on/off button which is handy for saving batteries.If a child put there hand in the top of the cookie jar it starts to sing a song to them and when they take there hand out it stops. My children all liked repeating this over and over which does result in a headache for the adult.

          As it is so bright attractive and teaches children shapes and numbers i believe it is brilliant. It kept my two children occupied for hours and it is one of the toys that is always pulled out of the toy box first. It has a number of phrases and a very annoying catchy cookie jar tune that i find myself singing while pottering around the house.

          While they were younger my children just enjoyed the songs and phrases and as they grew older they grew with the toy user the shape sorter and singing along to the songs and phrases.

          My only downsides are like many other toys this has a rather a lot of noise which can drive you mad but mainly the position where the holes are to sort the shapes are a little annoying as for younger children to sort shapes they have to turn the cookie jar on its side. This meaning it can then roll away from young children and be a bit of a nuisance.


          This was a huge hit with my two children and I'm sure it will be the same with little man too.The cookie jar is advised for 6 months+ although i found that at 6 months my children were not able to do much with it so would recommend from 1 year+. It retails between £15 and £20. It requires 3 AAA but these were provided and have only been changed once in 2 years.

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            23.08.2010 22:33
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            It is not something I would buy myself however would not give this gift away as my Daughter likes it

            We were given this toy as a gift and already had another shape sorter. It is basically a new version of the old type shape sorter - that was originally a box with holes at the top.

            This one resembles the shape of a cookie jar with different shaped holes around the sides for the 5 pieces to fit through. The shapes are made of a heart, triangle, star, round and square shapes. The pieces are the same shape but in different colours and each piece has a different number (1-5) on it.

            The toy either plays a short melody or makes a short statement every time you post a shaped piece through the correct hole. My Daughter likes it when it says "mmmm yummy!" The lid of the cookie jar comes off to enable you to take out the pieces - which I presume are supposedto be cookies - though they do not look like cookies!! When you put your hand inside the jar, the toy sings a song which my Daughter seems to like.

            My Daughter seems to like the different shapes but needed help to put them through the holes as some of them were difficult to put through. She is more interested in trying to eat the shapes at present, although if I put the pieces in halfway, she will push them the rest of the way.

            Not sure what the theme of a cookie jar is intended for as the shapes are not cookies, however she seems to like the toy. There are two different options for the sounds, one is for shapes and the other option is for numbers. Each time you put one of the shapes into it's hole, it will state either what shape or number it corresponds to among other statements or songs.

            The toy is very colourful and upbeat but you only really need one shape sorter and a lot of Fisher Price toys have the same voice and same silly smiley face. So if you have a lot of other Fisher Price toys like we do, you may just want to purchase an old fashioned shape sorter that does not sing the songs or make statements!

            This toy is not something that I would have bought for my Daughter, however she does seem to like it and I would not give it away.

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            18.08.2010 18:51
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            A cute toy most kids will enjoy

            Anyone with children will know, toys are a must and they will be everywhere you look for the next few years! Everytime I go to my sisters flat, my niece has her toys out everywhere and one of her current favorite toys ( she changes her mind a lot!) is the Laugh and Learn Cookie Shape Surprise made by Fisher Price. We know it simply as the singing cookie jar!

            Basically, this toy is a colorful, smily, singing cookie jar that provides great entertainment for a child and sticks a cookie song in your head! It comes with 10 shaped pieces, each made from different colors and each one has a number from 1 to 5 written on it. There is two of each shaped piece, which is helpful as kids toys do seem to disappear slowly piece by piece! Around the sides of the cookie jar are 5 holes, each one the same shape as one of the pieces supplied. These get pushed through the shaped hole, and Mrs Jar will tell you the number of the piece you have put in. From what I can work out, these pieces are meant to represent cookies.

            The lid for the jar comes off (this is currently a missing part - what did a 9 month old do with it??) and your child can easily reach inside the cookie jar and pick out the pieces. When this happens, the cookie jar really comes to life and starts to sing at you! From what I can work out ( I may have the words wrong!) the song goes like this: " 2 little cookies, in my cookie jar, open the lid and there they are, put your hand in, and take a cookie out, 2 little cookies make a yummy snack" Amazingly the song does not change no matter how many cookies are in the jar, but my niece loves to sway along to the song and she has learnt that putting her hand in makes the song start again.

            The cookie jar has a really cute smiley face on the front of it, with a light up nose, that lights up and flashes along with the song. The pieces that come with the cookie jar come in red, green, yellow and blue, and the cookie jar itself has red, yellow and blue on it. My cousin also has the same jar, but his is more blue than yellow. I assume they come in different colors but not sure which ones they come in, these are the only two I have seen.

            My niece has hours of fun with this cookie jar, and I think most kids would enjoy it. It is cute and educational, and is brilliant at keeping children amused. It is recommended for 6 months and above, although my niece has has hers since about 5 months. The smallest parts are the "cookie" pieces, which are no where near small enough for a child to swallow or choke on. There is also an off switch on the front of the cookie jar, so if the song is doing your head in (trust me, it will get to you after a while!) then you can turn it off. This enables your child to continue playing, without you wanting to scream! I have found myself humming the song many a time though, even when I am no where near the cookie jar!

            My sister bought the cookie jar from Argos for around £20 ( I may not have this completley right!) but you can also buy it in Mothercare (I have found them to always be more expensive though!). If you have a look around on the internet, you may be able to find this at a bargain price.

            I truly recommend this cookie jar for any child over 6 months old, as I believe they will really enjoy it as much as my niece does.

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            My Daughter was given the cookie jar for her first Birthday. I was expecting high things of this toy as it is a fisher price one and in my opinion they are the leading manufacturer of children's toys.

            What is it
            The Cookie jar is fundamentally a shape sorter however for those who remember the yellow Fish a price shape sorter that looked like a post box be prepared for shock !

            The Cookie jar is made of bright yellow and purple plastic with a smiley face. The jar has two settings one is shapes and says the name of the shape for example "Heart I love cookies".
            The other setting is numbers it giggles and says "one yummy" .
            The toy has five shapes, square, heart, triangle, star and circle.

            Cost and stockists
            This toy is stocked by most leading toy stockists and retails for about £14.99

            Recommendation
            I hate this toy I think it is incredibly expensive for what it is. I personally do not like the cookie theme and find the high pitched voice goes straight through you added to that is the giggle argh!

            I actually sold this toy almost straight away only to be given one for Christmas!

            I really have to say that I do not think this is worth the money and would get a traditional shape sorter which is what we did and that got lots of play and the cookie jar well not a look in evidently the face is horrid my eldest advised me in a slightly pitying way as if I was totally stupid!

            So in summary buy this toy as a gift for someone you are not that fond of or leave well along!

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              16.06.2010 11:58
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              A well recommended toy

              I bought the Laugh And Learn cookie Jar for my daughters first birthday, and now at over 2.5 years old she still loves it. It is a brightly coloured shape sorter which immediately grabs the childs interest and it has a catchy song that plays when the sensor in the middle of the jar is activated. The "cookies" are different shapes - a square, circle, star, heart and triangle and each one is a different colour and they are also numbered so it is teaching colours and numbers as well as shape sorting. As the child pushes the cookie through the correct hole, it says the name of the shape also which i think is great.

              The only thing i would say against this toy is the songs are a little anooying after the 20th time!! But the children love it so its worth it if it keeps them happy.

              In my opinion this is a brilliant learning toy and as i say, even now at 2.5 my daughter still enjoys playing with it so at £14.99 it has been a great buy for us. I would recommend this toy to parents for sure!

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              07.02.2010 22:15
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              fun educational toy but a bit overpriced!!

              I brought this for my daughter from argos retailing at £14.99 it looked bright educational and fun all at the same time!!
              It comes with a triangle ,heart , star, circle and a square each with there own number written on the front.
              The actual jar sings a song 'shapes are in my cookie jar,triangle,hearts and stars theres a circle over there heres a square'

              It has a sensor which detects when your hand goes into to the jar to which it says 'mmmmm yummy'
              when the shape is put into the right hole it will say depending on setting the shape or the number on the shape.
              The sound level can be changed at the bottom of the jar and the number or shape setting can be changed just under the nose!
              The nose can be pressed and it lights up and says different phrases.
              My daughter loves this product she gets them all out and then has many hours of fun putting them all back in again and she loves the singin part too!!
              I must say the american voice does get quiet annoying though and you will find yourself singing along with it look at me i know the song off by heart!! lol

              This fun learning product is ages 6months and over and requires 3x AA batteries which are included if brought from Argos but cannot be sure from any other retailer.

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                09.01.2010 20:35
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                A nice little shape sorter, but wouldn't spend my own money on it.

                My daughter was bought this for her first christmas as a baby and seemed to like it. It is a nice shape sorter and very colourful etc. There are the usual square, circle, heart shapes but unlike quite a few shape sorters there is very little leeway in the holes they are to fit through making it very hard for young babies to negotiate. This frustrated my daughter early on and she got bored of it very quickly until she got a bit more patient with it!

                There is a very repetitive song which is sang in an annoying american voice which i have to admit i hate, but my daughter liked it, so i learnt just to switch off from it or go in another room! It sings "shapes are in my cookie jar" and "i love cookies" which is perhaps not the best thing for a child to hear over and over if you're trying to promote a healthy diet, but i wasn't too concerned as my daughter never asked me for a cookie as a result of it! As you post each shape through it says the name of the shape as you do so.

                All in all a nice little shape sorter and nice to receive as a pressie to have as an extra, but i wouldn't have spent £15 on it myself.

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                04.01.2010 12:32
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                Great first hard toy for children 8 months up

                I think my children have too much but I still cant stop shopping. My new daughter however cant have alot because my older daughter had it all and it will be passed down.

                This cookie jar was my daughters favourite toy when it was bought for christmas 2 years ago. The music was cheaful and made her laugh. This is your shape sorter in the way that it has shapes that you put in the right shaped holes but this one plays music and looks child friendly.

                I payed £12.99 for this from boots which also helped me build up my points on the advantage card. It stood out to me because it was in a medium sized box with the shapes at the side of the cookie pot. It was a fisherprice toy so I was assured by the name that it would be a trusted toy.

                This was a yellow bowl shaped tub with a purple base and a plastic purple lid. The front of the cookie jar had a smiling face with a red nose. It has 5 different shaped holes around the bowl part one heart, one triangle, one square, one star and one circle. Each hole has a button in it so that when you push the shape through the cookie jar will sing and the red nose flashes to the music.

                The shapes are different colours which means you are able to teach them the colours when they are playing and the shapes also have numbers on them so the are able to learn the basic numbers in play too. The lid of the cookie jar comes off and you can put all the shapes in the top or take them out, when this is done it starts singing a cookie jar song. This song my daughter thought was very funny and would bounce on the spot and giggle.

                This has been dropped on many occasions because it was difficult for my daughter to carry when she was 1 and now she is two she tends to kick it or throw it. Although it has been thrown about it is very hard wearing it looks brand new no dents or pieces missing. I have only had to change the batteries in this once in 3 years it takes 4 aa batteries and they last for a long time. The batteries are in the bottom of the cookie jar. There is one button on the front of the cookie jar which is a volume control button which is off, volume 1 and volume 2 which is slightly louder.

                This is a very basic first hard toy. The parts are very safe so your child will not swallow them or break them. It is very colourful and has a flashing light to keep the children amuzed. It has big basic shapes for a child to hold and place in the jar. It plays music that is chearful and has a song that they will learn. It helps the child learn shapes, colours and numbers. I think this is a good toy that is worth buying for a child over the age of 8 months and will last them till they are three. It is hardwearing and is able to be passed down to other children when your child no longer wants to play with it.

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                  07.11.2009 13:07
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                  Good all round toy

                  This was another present my daughter received for her 1st birthday. Considering we already have a few shape sorters of various descriptions I was tempted to use the gift receipt provided and exchange it for something else. But once we extracted it from the box, saw what it did, and saw that the girls liked it, we decided to keep it. After all, you can never have enough shape sorters...

                  So what is it?

                  It's a shape sorter that is also a cookie jar with a removable lid! It's made by Fisher Price (who else?) and costs around £14.99 in various shops including Asda & Tesco. I have also seen it in B&M Bargains for £9.99.

                  The actual sorter has many different functions. First and foremost its main function is to be shape sorter. There are 5 different plastic shapes to use with the toy and these are a triangle, square, star, heart and a circle, and the holes that these shapes fit into are placed around the middle of the cookie jar. Depending on what setting you have the toy on, the child gets rewarded with sounds if they get the shape in the correct slot. They also get rewarded with sounds if they try and jam the wrong shape in the wrong slot but still activate the button!

                  There are two settings you can have this toy on and one is the shape setting and the other is the number setting (more on this one later). These are selected by using a sliding button on the front.

                  So if you have it on the shape setting and your child gets a shape in the correct spot, he or she will hear:

                  'Square....hee hee hee'
                  'Circle....yummy'
                  'Star...tinkling sound'
                  'Heart....I love cookies'
                  'Triangle....mmm'

                  Also on this setting, if your child places his hand inside the jar a sensor will pick up on this and a tune will play similar to that of 'London Bridge is Falling Down' but with the words:

                  'Shapes are in my cookie jar,
                  Triangle, heart and star,
                  There's a circle over there,
                  Here's a squeeaaare.'

                  Another thing when on this setting is that if you press the big red button which is actually the cookie jar's nose you will hear random sounds selected from the ones I have already described above.

                  The shapes also have little numbers on them (1-5) and when you have the cookie jar on the number setting, the child is rewarded with hearing the correct number if he gets the shape in correctly. It's very much the same as when in the shape setting, the only difference is you hear the number instead of the shape.

                  But when your child places their hand inside the jar they get to hear a different song and the words are:

                  'Would you like some cookies?
                  Here they are,
                  5 different shapes in my cookie jar,
                  You can take them out,
                  And you can put them back,
                  5 little cookies make a yummy snack'

                  And correct me in anyone thinks I'm wrong but I think this is sung to the tune of Incy Wincy Spider.

                  I often wondered about the point of adding this number function because the toy is aimed at 6 months plus, and children that young do not have a clue about numbers. Now I know that this is aimed to help them learn, but the numbers on the shapes are quite small and I don't think a child would make that connection between the number on the shape and hearing the number when he or she inserts it into the sorter.

                  Even my nearly 3 year old has not cottoned on to the numbers, and she knows her numbers up to 15, she just sees the shapes. When it's on the number setting I actually think it's quite confusing for a child to hear the number rather than the shape when they insert it.

                  To me it just seems like an added extra to make you buy it! After all, it's a shape sorter, not a number sorter, and really don't think this adds any value to the toy. What would have been better (in my opinion) is to have had 10 shapes, with 5 of them being the numbers 1-5 - now that would have helped them learn because they would be able to actually see the shape of the number.

                  So that's more or less everything about the toy. It's quite simply a shape sorter with a few extra gadgets and sounds to make it more interesting for your child.

                  I have found that my eldest daughter likes to play with it to activate the tunes, but because she's been there and done that with shape sorters, she's not particularly fussed about it (but she is nearly 3 and has probably outgrown this type of toy).

                  My youngest daughter however will attempt to use it, but she prefers to put the shapes in and out of the top and remove and replace the lid. I've found that because of the positioning of the actual shape slots it's quite difficult for a 'learner' to get the shapes to slide in correctly.

                  The slots are down the side of the jar and are slightly slanted which I think helps a little bit with manoeuvring the shapes into position, but I have found myself sitting with her and holding the jar in a position so that the slots are horizontal and she can just push the shapes in from above. She does try really hard to get them in while the jar is sat upright but fails every time and resorts to piling them all in through the top (which she does enjoy).

                  As shape sorters go I do not think this is the best design out there, first of all there are only 5 shapes (less to get lost I suppose) and secondly I don't like the positioning of the slots. It's also very bottom heavy, a good thing I hear you say, but because it wants to stay sat upright, it makes it difficult for my youngest daughter to move it to get into a position where she can insert the shapes.

                  We actually have a square shape sorter which has more shapes and is easier for a younger child to use. My daughter prefers to play with this one, it's easier for her to move around and find the right spot, and because it's square it's so much easier to put the shapes in. And it doesn't even make any sounds, but is still the preferred choice.

                  I think this Cookie Shape Sorter is quite a good toy with the added entertainment of the sounds, but as a shape sorter on its pretty basic.

                  I have just noticed there is a volume control on the bottom; you can either have it loud or even louder! Louder is extremely loud.

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