Product Type: Galt baby toys
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Great Shape Sorter
Galt Sorting Wheel
Member Name: MagdaDH
Galt Sorting Wheel
Advantages: shapes fit as they should, looks nice, well made, colours a bonus
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.
Summary: highly recommended
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