Product Type: Galt baby toys
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A good solid shape sorter for a reasonable price (Galt sorting wheel)
Galt Sorting Wheel
Member Name: jenjade
Galt Sorting Wheel
Advantages: Good quality, great value, well made, strong, and fun!
Disadvantages: The doweling that opens the shape sorter could be better.
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!
Summary: A great shape sorter that will last years for under £13