“ Manufacturer: Ladybird / Type: Baby Toy „
This was a present that Liam received on his first Christmas last year and which has proved a pretty popular occupant of the tox box.
This is described as a shape sorter, but for me it is more of an activity toy with a shape sorter as one component as there is so much more going on with it. Visually it is a very appealing toy - it's very colourful and bright, with lots of shapes and textures and it is of a good quality construction.
It's a vaguely cylindrical toy with a shape sorter on one end and six spindles, each with something for little people to explore. Because of the shape it is designed to be rolled across the floor and is good to encourage crawling babies to move about. It makes plenty of noise too, as the shapes and beads and rings rattle against each other.
The activities include a mini-rainmaker, spinning paddles, rings on a squiggily stem and a revolving mirror.
There are lots of different shapes for baby to investigate and the mirror is perfect for peek-a-boo (and ideal for admiring how handsome you are!)
The shape sorter element consists of four basis shapes - circle, triangle, square and hexagon - and the hatch, which just clicks down into place and is very easily lifted up. This, I feel, is a small flaw in the toy and I would prefer if it was slightly more difficult to open. Liam just "cheats" if he doesn't immediately master the shape sorter and I think he would persist with it for a bit longer if he couldn't just lift the hatch and tidy the shapes away the easy way! However I suppose the upside of this is that he doesn't come running for me to open it for him everytime he wants to get the shapes back out again though.
The whole thing is made of plastic. I do prefer wooden toys on the whole, but gift horse, mouth etc and, to be fair, plastic toys do tend to be easy to clean and on the robust side generally. This has proved very durable, despite the battering that it receives on an almost daily basis; it has been kicked, chewed, thrown, rolled, chewed, dribbled on and sat on - and it still looks pretty much as it did when new.
This toy is easily cleaned with a damp cloth or a baby wipe.
This cost approximately £15 from Amazon last Christmas but seems to be priced at £17 on various websites currently. I consider that this is reasonable value when compared to similar toys.
Recommended from 12 months up.
I'm giving this four stars - it keeps Liam busy, it has reasonable educational benefits and it's colourful and robust.