I had been looking around for a good shape sorting toy for my younger daughter for a good while before I encountered this toy. I had looked at the Fisher Price Baby’s first blocks among others, and was very worried with that one because of all the chemical warnings. After hearing that this toy was possibly one of the best toys for toddlers that you can buy, I went ahead and ordered one.
After giving it to my daughter (who was just 11 months at the time), she immediately began playing it and trying to figure out what to do. With the Fisher Price toy she almost always seemed to be able to open the end of the toy herself and then of course give up trying to get the shapes into the correct holes. With this Tolo shape sorter she was pushing the shapes into the slots within minutes of me giving it to her. Very happy with this.
Another thing about this shape sorter which makes it that little bit better than a lot of the other shape sorters that you can buy at the moment is the fact that it comes with 6 different shapes and each shape is of a different color. Most shape sorters only have 4 or so shapes and the shapes are typically of the same color. When the shapes are different colors it makes it that little bit easier for the child to determine which shape is which.
The whole toy, once loaded with shapes, even acts as one big rattle, each little shape makes a rattling noise when you move them, and so the whole toy rattles with a pleasing sound as well. My daughter delights in rolling the toy backwards and forwards across the floor, this can go o for some time as well, great fun for her, not so much for daddy.
Slightly negative points might be that there is no inclusion of a square shape, there is a couple of flower shapes included but no square. As one of the most elementary shapes the missing out of the square shape does lead me to believe that Tolo has missed a trick here. Also the circular shaped toys opening is a little wider than it could be and the spherical shape falls out from time to time. All that said, this is most definitely the best shape sorting toy that you can buy at the moment, I strongly suggest you check it out.
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