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I received the Fun Time Shape Sorter Castle as a free gift before I actually had Jayden. He has since received several shape sorter toys but this one is a little bit different to the others and I think its Jayden's favourite one.
The Shape Sorter Castle is as the title suggests made in the shape of a castle, it arrived simply packaged in just a brightly coloured box.
The castle measures approximately 19 x 17 x 15 cm's and is made from plastic in lots of lovely bright colours which are blue, pink, yellow, purple, orange and green. The two ends of the castle are where the actual shape sorter holes are, there are four each end. On the front of the castle there is a purple door which opens outwards like a little draw bridge, the other side has 2 holes cut out of it allowing you to see inside the castle and a window which is made in a reflective plastic so it acts like a little mirror. The top of the castle has a little carrying handle and four turrets each of which are a different shape.
Apart from the 8 little plastic shapes that fit through the holes in the ends of the castle this shape sorter also comes with four little characters each with a different shaped base and hat, these measure approximately 7 x 4 cm's and they all fit into the corresponding turrets on the top of the castle. They all have faces painted on them which are appealing for little people. The little men, as we call them, do fit inside the castle along with the other shapes but they don't fit through of the holes.
To open up the castle you simply pull it apart at one of the ends, the castle swings open on a plastic hinge allowing you to open it right up.
Jayden has played with this shape sorter so much, before he could sit alone he would play with it while sitting in his play nest. He obviously didn't understand the shape sorting side to it then but he loved to just sit and open the door and open the castle right up and take the shapes out.
Now he's a bit older and much more mobile he has a fascination with the carrying handle, he likes to keep picking it up and putting it down in a different place, a simple game but he loves it. He can now push the shapes through the holes with a bit of adult help to show him which one.
Jayden also loves the little men, although once again he cant exactly get the right man in the right turret he likes to put the men in the castle through the door and take them out again.
I am really pleased with the Fun Time Castle Shape Sorter, it can be used as a shape sorter which helps to improve co ordination but also I like the fact that the castle opens right up so could be used for imaginative play when the child is older.
As I mentioned I was lucky enough to get this as a freebie but they can be bought online at different sites such as Amazon or The Works, where the price is £5.99. In my personal opinion its well worth the price and my little man loves it.