Friday, September 5, 2008

Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Cube

Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Cube

Two-year-olds like to be independent!they are surer of themselves and of what they can do as they grow
A great deal of time is spent exploring, pushing, pulling, filling, dumping, and touching.
easily frustrated, You will need to teach children how to express affection appropriately.
They needs considerable time to change activities.
Provide spaces where toddlers can spend time alone.
An old cardboard box or doug wooden works great.

Mleissa & Doug Shape Sorting Cube

Manufacturer Recommended Age: 24 months - 6 years

From the Manufacturer
The ultimate shape sorter! Features 12 chunky, vibrantly colored shapes that make a satisfying `clink¿ as they drop into the natural finished hardwood cube! Then open the lid, take them out, and start all over again!

Product Description
Challenge little minds with the ultimate shape sorter! Bright and cheerful, it features 16 chunky, vibrant shapes that make a satisfying "clink" as they drop into the hardwood cube. Then open the lid, take them out, and start all over again.

Customer Reviews

62 of 64 people found the following review helpful:
3.0 out of 5 stars Challenging Shape Sorter, Great Toy, Manage the Frustration!, January 23, 2004
By Colorado reader & parent (Colorado Springs, CO) - See all my reviews
Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars
My 22 month old daughter plays with this toy, but there are 2 major sources of frustration.

1) The lid doesn't stay on well - whenever you try to put a shape into the side with the lid, the lid flips over. An older child could probably figure out that you have to hold the lid (or just drop the shape neatly into the hole without touching the lid) - but a younger toddler just isn't going to get that. It is very frustrating. Other people have pointed it out as well - perhaps the designers will respond in version 2. It's needlessly frustrating.

2) Some of the shapes are very similar /complicated - it is frustrating for a young toddler. BUT!!!! my daughter is slightly younger than the recommended age, and, it is a learning toy - it isn't supposed to be immediately easy. Just know that for younger toddlers, you should play with them and help them select the right hole.

A bit of guided play is called for while they are learning and it will increase fun/decrease frustration. My daughter has learned some of the shapes on her own, and is getting 'closer' on some of the others, but I frequently play with her and talk to her about the shapes and help her find where they go.

All in all, it is a good toy. We have several Melissa & Doug toys, and have been pleased with them all. They are safe, high quality, and nice looking. And you can never have too many small, brightly colored pieces of wood underfoot. :)

Melissa and Doug Stack and Sort Board

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