Product Type: VTech baby toys
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VTech Sort and Soar Rocket
Member Name: kiwiii85
VTech Sort and Soar Rocket
Advantages: Musical, fun, long lasting, hours of fun
Disadvantages: None really.
I believe that every baby should have a shape sorter of some kind when they are growing up. There are so many to choose from that it's often difficult to see which is best for your child and which toy they will get the most satisfaction and use out of. The vtech sort and soar rocket covered everything for me.
******What is it******
The Sort and Soar Rocket is a fantastic little shape sorter that mixes shapes, counting, colours so the fun will last a lot longer than your average shape sorter. It is also possible to change the shape sorter mode so it can do music or numbers or shapes and so on. There are six different modes altogether.
The shapes themselves are a great size for little fingers to hold and big enough that they can't choke or swallow them, believe me this is a must if your little one is like mine and puts everything in their mouth! There are five different shapes, each a different colour: a red moon, blue square, green cicrle, purple star and an orange triangle. These colours are a great choice in my opinion - different enough to make learning the colours easier. Some shape sorters i've seen tend to use similar colours to each other, making it harder to learn.
An important point i should mention, it has volume control! You can turn the sound up or down depending on where you are and what you're doing. It also has an off switch, a must for any toy.
There are six different activities or modes for this shape sorter. These activities are chosen by a slider at the front on the toy and i doubt they could have made it any easier. The activities are represented by pictures so your little one will soon learn which activity is which picture.
To put the shape sorter onto colour mode, you turn it to the rainbow, music is represented by a musical note, counting by 123, shapes by pictures of shapes, sounds by a whirlpool and the last option is free play and is shown by a smiling face. When you select free play, whichever piece you put in first determines which mode you'll play. (Each piece has a symbol on one side).
When all five of the pieces have been inserted into the rocket it sets off the sounds and a melody. I think there are 6 different melodies and the ones i've figured out are twinkle twinkle little star, this old man, pop goes the weasel, sing a song of sixpence and he's a jolly good felllow - if you know the last please let me know!
When you press the button at the top it will set off one of three phrases, usually 3,2,1 blast off. This shoots the rocket up and the shapes come spilling out the side. The fun can then start all over again. I should probably also mention that as you put in one piece the rocket rotates from side to side and tells you the colour, number etc.
******Why is it different?******
There's a very simple answer to this question. Shaped like a rocket it not only rotates, talks to you, plays tunes but it helps a child to understand colours, numbers and shapes from an early age. Some of the shape sorters we'd looked a previously were just bits of plastic with beads on the side and i'm sure my daughter would have tired of this easily.
I can't really think of that many but the button being where it is can be set off accidently but then i'm sure my daughter does it when she gets stuck on the moon shape. For some reason the moon seems to be harder to push through than others but she still manages most of the time. Other than that, i can't think of anything else that could have been improved.
We bought this from Woolworths in the sale for £9.99 but i think the usual price is around £14.99. This is worth every single penny, my daughter has had hours of fun with it and i'm sure she'll have hours more. I don't think i'd pay anymore than about £17 for it though, as it is a shape sorter and there are basic ones around for about £4. Definately value for money.
This is suitable for children from 9 months plus and i can see my 1 year old playing it for a good year yet. I don't think i would give it to a child any younger than 7 months though as the point of it would be wasted.
A must buy! Hours of fun that helps to teach your child some of their basics at a young age.
Summary: Hours of rocketing fun, this is definately one to spend money on.