CLICK HERE To Buy Vintage Toys Online

3 Responses to “Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Cube”

  1. Colorado reader & parent says:
    124 of 130 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) –

    = Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Cube (Toy)
    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. :)

    0

    Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes
    No

  2. Henry K. Cookson Jr. "leecookson" says:
    108 of 114 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Great idea, but poor design, March 8, 2005
    By 
    Henry K. Cookson Jr. “leecookson” (Burlington, NJ USA) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    = Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Cube (Toy)
    We bought this shape sorter for my older son when he was about 18 months old. He’d already been playing with a lightweight plastic one for months, but we liked that this one was wood and had more shapes — in addition to the basic oval, circle, rectangle, triangle, square, etc., this one has a flower shape, a heart, an octagon, a couple of different triangles, a wedge, parallelogram, etc.

    Unfortunately, the shapes fit through any hole in the sorter, so the child isn’t really learning much of anything. Plus, the lid is impossible for a small child to keep on while they’re playing with it — even my older son (now 4) has trouble with it!

    I’ve also found that it gets so crowded in there that the shapes don’t always fit well when you’re fitting in the last few. You need to shake the sorter so that the shapes settle to the bottom. Another issue that I have with this product is, several of the pieces are small enough to fit INTO a small child’s mouth — our younger son, 18 mos, has proven that on several occasions! The plastic ones we have from the other shape sorter are all a bit larger than these pieces, and I think safer. We keep this shape sorter up on a high shelf, to be played with on a rainy day with supervision. It’s not a toy I’d leave out for everyday play.

    0

    Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes
    No

  3. Kelly R. Stanaj "artsysmartsygrrrl" says:
    46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Looks good, but poor design for actual use, August 31, 2004
    By 
    Kelly R. Stanaj “artsysmartsygrrrl” (Grand Blanc, MI USA) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Cube (Toy)
    I commend Melissa and Doug for the nice variety of shapes this cube offers as well as its classic wooden toy appearance, but that being said, actual use of this cube is cumbersome and faulty. A bit too heavy for tiny hands to turn and look for the appropriate hole, it also becomes frustrating when the lid falls off (no latch or hinge to keep it on) or it is almost full with blocks and you are trying to push in one of the shapes in the lower portion of the cube and it won’t go in because there are blocks inside sitting on the bottom. If the lid latched, you could turn the sides facing up and easily insert the shapes, but not so. I sold my daughter’s on ebay and got her the classic plastic Playskool one that has a snap lid and that is lighter weight so she can turn and tumble, looking for the right hole for the shape she has.

    0

    Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes
    No

Powered by WordPress | Designed by: best suv | Thanks to toyota suv, infiniti suv and lexus suv