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Okay so I really do like this shape sorter once the spinning part is removed. I really wanted a more basic shape sorter with only a few shapes that could be placed specifically through the top for my son, unlike the majority of the ones you can buy these days. The shapes are quite small but my 1 yo has never put them totally in his mouth but like most toys they are probably meant to be used under 'adult supervision' I like that it has a door, another part of the reason I purchased it, the unfortunate part of the door for us is that you turn the small knob to make it lock and when its locked its locked securely, my son is too young to work this out at the moment so for now I have tied an elastic band around the locking part to stop it from dropping down as it was frustrating my son (and me) having to unlock it every few seconds 😂 It is a reasonable size, Its not too big and bulky and can easily be stored away without taking up tonnes of room. It seems pretty sturdy, my son has thrown it around quite alot and no signs of breaking. In terms of value for money, I would say 50/50 and to remember wooden toys are generally more expensive.
I bought this toy as a Christmas gift for my 12 month old grandson. Initially I was very pleased with the item as I could see straight away that he was enjoying trying to put the shapes in the holes and inside the box through the door. However that didn't last as within approximately 10 minutes of playing with it a magnet fell out of it's housing on the door. Luckily his mother was watching him play with it in the playpen and immediately picked the magnet up. I shudder to think what would have happened had she not done so. Very disappointed as the magnet was simply glued into the housing and was no way safe. Based on this I couldn't in all good conscience recommend this item to anyone.
Bought this for my daughter for her 1st birthday last year and it went down very well with her. We removed the rotating wheel for her to play with it as it's too complicated for a baby with the wheel attached but it's useful to have that extra level of challenge for when she's older. She also likes to use the shapes with her wooden building blocks to build towers. It seems well made and has lasted nearly a year so far with no signs of it breaking any time soon.
Other commenters expressed disappointment about how small it is, but personally I really like the size (about 5 inches/12.5 cm square & 3.5 inches/9 cm tall) as we're already swamped in toys as it is and anything that takes up less space is to be welcomed! Especially if it's a relatively attractive neat little wooden box like this rather than the oceans of plastic that tend to take over when you have kids! I'm not really sure why you'd want it to be any bigger, unless maybe you are buying it as a present and just think the size doesn't seem very impressive to give as a gift (take it from me though, the parents will be grateful for you buying something relatively small!).
Another comment mentioned that the shapes were very small and could be a choking hazard, but personally I'm confident they're too big to get lodged in a child's windpipe. They are a nice size for little hands but not so small they're always getting lost!
A couple of minor problems are the reason I gave 4 rather than 5 stars: Firstly, the trapezoid shape fits in all of the other holes, which seems to slightly defeat the point of a shape sorter! Having said that, this appears to be a common fault in other shape sorter toys. Secondly, the idea of the removable wheel is great but unfortunately the little wooden screw that fits in the top is very easy to lose - I have no idea where ours has gone although I thought I'd put it somewhere sensible! Given that it might be at least a year between removing the wheel and reattaching it I wouldn't be surprised if many people forgot what they'd done with the screw unless they are super organised or blessed with an amazing memory! In an ideal world it would be nice if the design eliminated this easy to lose piece, or if the screw was a little larger and could be safely left in place without creating a choking hazard if the child managed to unscrew it. Other than those two minor problems, this is a very nice toy that gives slightly more for your money than some other shape sorters and looks much more attractive as well!
This is a lovely wooden toy and will be great when my grandson is older. The wheel has to be matched individually for each shape and I don't think the recommendation to take it off is helpful - it would just get lost! The door is good, although the magnet is quite strong so we have put an elastic band round the door so my grandson can open and close it - keeps tiny fingers safe too. This toy is really suitable for older children not a one year old. Not your usual shape sorter and I am sure will come into its own in time.
Thank you for the comment, we took the circular top off and now my grandson can do some of the shapes by himself. I still think that, by the time they can do the puzzle with the top on, they will be too old to want to do the shape sorter.
Good quality toy with a easy guide for age related usage. The only gripe is that I wish the square shape would have been correctly placed on the top instead of needing to post on it's side, this makes it a rectangle shape. I took the rotating wheel off as it was for my 1 year old granddaughter and was disappointed as it could have been finished off better underneath, as it looks very plain now. However good value for money, it will last.
Cheap and horrible quality. A lot smaller than you would expect, blocks small and fiddly, not suited for a small child. It shouts "Made in china" at you in every aspect. The wood is of the worst sort. I've returned it straight away as for this price you can buy something a lot nicer.