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My brother is away at University and therefore doesn't get to see my daughter as much as he would like, so when he comes home he likes to spoil her. On one occasion he bought her a chunky wooden toy called Galt Sorting Wheel. This was something I hadn't seen before and he had seen it in a small toy shop in the town where he goes to University. At the time she was around six months old so I was a little wary about giving it to her with it being a sorting toy because I knew at that age she wouldn't be able to do the activity. However we realised there were other ways to play with it so he gave it to her.
The Sorting Wheel is a circular wooden sorting toy that is designed to help develop a childs early skills. I would describe the appearance of this toy as a cylinder with bars as the sides and the top and base a large circle with holes in various shapes cut out. There are six chunky wooden shapes - triangle, circle, square, cross, semi-circle and L shape and all six are brightly coloured in red, blue, yellow and green. It is very well made and sturdy, there's no sharp edges as it is all rounded and in all the time we have had the toy it hasn't broken thankfully as that is something I worried slightly about because we were slightly more physical with it than meant - I was worried about splinters mainly but that worry was totally unfounded.
As with all sorting toys, the idea of the sorting wheel is for the child to push the shape through the correct hole. This is a great version of the toy as the holes and shapes are quite big and aren't overly fiddly for the child to do. The toy doubles up as a large rattle, as when the shapes are inside the wheel it makes a great rattle sound for the child and this was something my daughter liked about the toy. Another way of playing with the wheel is to roll it along the floor, again this makes a fun sound for the child but also encourages movement when they have to go and get it. I used this to try and encourage my daughter to crawl as she really wasn't that interested in crawling much but I think this is because I used to do everything for her so she had no need! When she realised the game was fun and that when she got it we would roll it again so she could again crawl after it (sounds like a child version of fetch doesn't it ?!?!) her crawling came on in leaps and bounds
The toy is recommended for children aged 12 months+ but I really don't see why a younger child can't enjoy it with adult supervision. Of course they won't be able to put the shapes in the holes at a younger age but my daughter had it at much younger and absolutely adored it.
I really like how this toy enhances development:
Hand/Eye Co-ordination - putting the shapes in the holes
Shapes - learning the names of shapes
Colours - learning the names of colours
Physical - as I say I used it to encourage my daughter to crawl.
The cost of the toy is around £12 I think online although I am not sure how much my brother paid for it at the time and he still to this day won't tell me! It is a really good well made toy and stayed in fantastic condition and only recently we passed it onto a friend who has a six month old and she was surprised that it was second hand so that is testament to the quality of the toy.
Thank you for reading my review :)
After sorting out all of my 2 year old twins toys I have come across loads that have just been gathering dust in the bottom of boxes for months now. One of these many hidden wonders have been the Galt Wooden Sorting Wheel.
The sorting wheel is shaped almost like a barrel, it's a chunky wooden toy, strong and surprisingly durable considering it's wood. Although shaped similar to a barrel it has a completely different design. The top and bottom surfaces are chunky, thick wooden circles with different shaped holes in them. Joining them together are, again, chunky wooden poles, making it look very much like a cage.
Within this 'barrel cage' there are different coloured wooden shapes these including a purple circle, yellow triangle, orange cube, green L shape and a blue cross amongst a few others. Each shape, as you have probably noticed is a different colour but equally as bright and eyecatching. The colours liven up the look of the toy as the wooden sorting wheel itself is all one plain colour.
The spaces within the surfaces of the sorting wheel are for your child to place each coloured shape in. One of the bars, within the cage section of the sorting wheel, moves so you are able to remove the shapes from inside to use them again.
This toy allows your child to learn colours, shapes, problem solving all at their own pace with no interuption from flashing lights, loud sounds, magic doors and opening windows. It is such a plain and simple toy that offers a lot of independance for a child. It helps their hand eye coordination when learning where each shape goes too. There are just 3 holes on each surface so your child will have to learn how to move the barrel itself to get to the right end and then of course learn which shape fits where.
This toy is suitable for children aged 12 months plus which I'd say is right, it is quite a weighty toy and a child much younger would not be able to cope with this. A child aged 12 months plus is more adventurous and curious when it comes to toys and life in general so they would enjoy the feel of this toy the fact it looks different to others and it is one that they would have to work out for themselves without it doing or playing anything for them.
This nice chunky wooden barrel is a whole heap of fun for young ones who are learning about shapes and problem solving. The wood is a lovely pine colour and it looks like a really classic children's toy. The shapes inside are different colours, adding a colourful touch to the item.
The barrel is 14cm high with a diameter of about 15cm. The shapes are all quite different, which I think aids the learning process for young children. They are a red semi-circle, purple circle, blue cross, yellow triangle, green L-shape and an orange cube. One of the bars of the barrel has been replaced with a red band of elastic, meaning the shapes can easily be removed from the barrel (and slipped back in by any cheats!).
There are three shapes cut out of either end of the barrel, so to complete the activity the barrel needs to be turned this way and that.
I really like this toy and my daughter, at just under two years, is really enjoying playing with it at the moment. I do help her out with the shapes but she is starting to get them on her own now and I have definitely watched this process develop, which is very rewarding.
In terms of appearance I think this is a lovely toy. It's a nice change from brightly coloured plastic and it will last forever (in fact this belonged to my much older nieces for many years, yet it looks as good as new still). The wood gives it a classic feel yet the brightly coloured blocks give it a contemporary edge and ensure it doesn't look old fashioned. I think once MissD has mastered the toy, she will start to lose interest in it, but even then it will still look nice on display, or can be stored away with no danger of it deteriorating or getting damaged.
This would make a great gift - it looks smart and expensive and I think would be much loved by all children - both boys and girls. It is suitable from 12 months (although there are no small parts so I think it's fine from a younger age) and costs £12.99 or so.
I bought this product for my daughter. She was 6 months at the time and i thought it would be fine for her although the product guide said from 9 months. It turns out they were correct! I bought it as she enjoyed playing with one in the hospital waiting room that she was rolling back and for.
She did play with it a bit but she was not ready for posting the correct shapes through the correct holes and almost miraculously around 9 months she really did start to use it as intended.
So if you want your child to use this as intended then it would be worth waiting until they are 9 months old. but if you want them to have a toy that rolls around - which they may then crawl after, then this is probably fine from 6 months old.
It is well made and there are no little pieces of wood sticking out, which i have found with many other wood toys i have bought in the past. This is very sturdy and it is still going well after 4 years of use and has been played with by about 3 of my friends children before coming back to us. The mechanism for getting the shapes out is surprisingly easy to use for a small baby of the correct age.
it's a great all round toy that will teach your child about shape, and colour.
We had bought a wooden shape sorter from ELC for our little one - and it was almost completely useless (they don't sell that version any more, so they must have seen the error of their ways and took away my chance of slagging it off) as most of the blocks fitted in more than one hole!
This Galt wheel was intended as a correction of this error, and it is a very good and a good value for money too.
It's a wooden cylinder with the side made of wooden pins, one of which can be removed to take the blocks out (it's indicated by a large red bead) and solid circular ends which have shape-sorting holes.
The sorter features six shapes: three easier ones (triangle, circle, square) on one side and three more complex ones on the other. The shapes will only fit into their correct hole, and they are quite long (tall?) so they will only fit the right way in. This is crucial for a shape sorter as this is the whole point of teaching the child the principle of matching solid and hollow shapes.
Each shape is in a different colour, so you can also introduce some colour naming, although generally toddlers would be able to deal with the shapes much sooner than they will be able to actually name colours - but no harm in exposing them to the colour names anyway.
This toy is probably ideal for children aged about 9 to 18 months, although younger ones (especially if crawling) might enjoy manipulating the bricks and rolling the cylinder, and older ones might still get some fun from fitting the shapes in.
We bought it from Amazon for around £10 and considering that it is a great shape sorter and looks good too (it's made of real wood) it was well worth it.
Very highly recommended.
Galt sorting wheel is a wooden shape sorter. It is aimed at children 12 months upwards but I would think it is safe for children from 6 months. The shape sorter is made from wood so it is very safe and strong it is long lasting. We have had this shaper sorter at work for over 3 years now and it is still in excellent condition.
The shape sorter is round on the end and there are bars keeping the pieces inside and allowing the children to see the pieces. The shape means it can be rolled across the floor and the bars make a nice rattling noise.
The sorter has six shapes holes 3 on the top and 3 on the bottom to but the shapes in. The shapes fit into the holes well there is a bit of space around the shapes so they are not a tight fit. There are six wooden shapes to go into these holes a yellow triangle, blue cross, a green L shape, red square, orange circle and a blue half moon shape. The shapes are about 2 cm deep and very easy to little ones to grip onto.
There is one bar that opens the sorter to get the pieces back out I must admit it is quite hard to find that bar as they all look the same but one does slide upward to release all the shapes. This is a bit of a downfall as children would not be able to do this bit and they would need help. In addition, when you open it by sliding the small piece or doweling up there is a chance it could be snapped or it could be dangerous to a small child.
This toy can be used to encourage children to learn about colours and shapes as well as promoting hand eye co-ordination. I have often asked children to pass me the circle, square, red piece, yellow piece etc.
We bought this item from the Galt catalogue years ago. The wooden shape sorter can be bought from Amazon for £12.72 I think this is amazing value. This product is very high quality and durable. It is suitable for children from 6 months up to about 5 years. A good toy that will last years!
Shape sorter in handsome wood. Wooden shape sorter is easier than cloth versions, plus great for banging and chewing.