A, B, C, easy as 1, 2, 3!!
This is once again another toy that I had for my little girl when she was a baby that we passed down to my son who now enjoys playing with it although I think he's almost reach the end of finding it interesting as now he has a few more advanced toys but right from an early age he loved this shape sorter.
A shape sorter is a classic childrens toy designed to teach children about problem solving and different shapes. Also, according to an article I read there are many other benefits and I quote, "all shape sorter toys provide numerous benefits for your child . In order for them to put these shapes back together, your child has to dexterously work with his/her hands and fingers. As they're working with these baubles, they also learn how to categorize and familiarize themselves with various shapes--thus helping them develop their spatial knowledge.
On top of that, shape sorter toys require problem solving skills. This is because, unlike other toys, shape sorters have an objective (put all the shapes in their proper place). And, as your child tries to put each in to place, they also learn about the concept of cause and effect (i.e., putting the wrong shape on the wrong hole). Lastly, this type of toy allows your child to develop their imagination. That is, they could experiment on how they could "solve" these sorters through different means."
This shape sorter is quite a simple one but in my opinion is perfect from when babies first start to pick up items and explore them by putting them in their mouth. Obviously it will take a few weeks longer until they are actually trying to put the shapes into the holes but its never too early to learn in my opinion.
This shape sorter is a fairly large roundish plastic ball and has a handle at the top which is handy for carrying it around. On one side there are three holes for A, B, and C shaped blocks and then on the other side there are shapes for a circle, square and a triangle. The shapes themselves are plastic and quite bright and colourful and fit in the holes well although you do need to make sure you have got the right one in the right space before it will go in which is good. I think its a good problem solving ball and one that requires a bit of thought from babies.
On one end of the shape sorter is a round hole with some rubber flaps around it, which allows you to put your hand in to retrieve the shapes but stops them from falling out by themselves. The hole is just big enough for me to get my hand inside but its a bit of a squeeze so I never like it when my kids ask me to get the shapes out. My little boy has found a way of putting all the shapes in this shape sorter without using the proper holes, he just sticks them all in this end, but then I guess he has a very clever mind to figure out the short cut to this toy!
All in all a classic toy that is great for kids.