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Melissa & Doug Animal Rescue Shape-Sorting Truck

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  • Wooden vehicle toy and shape sorter in one
  • Includes wooden safari truck with slide-up cargo door and die-cut sides, plus 7 wooden animals and 2 wooden people
  • Appealing colors and patterns add visual interest to each wooden play piece
  • Vibrant patterns add a "wild" touch that animal-loving kids will adore
  • Helps teach shape recognition, fine-motor skills and hand-eye coordination, encourages exploration and imaginative play
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Product Description

Product Description

Animal Rescue Shape-Sorting Truck - Complete Set
Animal Rescue Shape-Sorting Truck In Use
Great for wild imaginations

This appealing play set builds on children’s love of animals, adding in a pretend-play dimension with the rescue truck and two animal rescuers. The play possibilities are wide-open—there is no wrong way for kids to play with the set—but the content (seven African animals and a truck with sorting holes shaped for each one) may inspire discussion of wild adventures, animal care, and trips to the zoo, as well as counting, pattern recognition, and other basic skills.

Great skill builder

As children reach and push, lift and slide, and insert the pieces into the slots, they build the motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and problem-solving skills that they will call upon throughout life. This innovative set goes beyond the traditional shape sorter by including so many ways to build key developmental skills through play, including a play guide to help parents lead their children in skill-building inquiry and exploration.

About Melissa & Doug

Melissa & Doug toys are designed to fuel imagination, inspire exploration, and encourage the natural curiosity that leads to a lifetime of learning! From classic wooden toys to creative crafts for every age, Melissa & Doug’s timeless products educate and enrich in a way that’s as natural as playtime itself.Since their company’s founding 25 years ago, Melissa and Doug have been committed to making exceptional children’s products, with a focus on hands-on creative play and superior customer service. With their recognizable red-oval logo, Melissa and Doug put their names on every product they make—a symbol of their commitment to quality, attention to detail, and dedication to improving playtime for families around the world.

Features
  • Wooden vehicle toy and shape sorter in one!
  • Includes wooden safari truck with slide-up cargo door and die-cut sides, plus 7 wooden animals and 2 wooden people.
  • Appealing colors and patterns add visual interest to each wooden play piece.
  • Vibrant patterns add a “wild” touch that animal-loving kids will adore!
  • Helps teach shape recognition, fine-motor skills and hand-eye coordination; encourages exploration and imaginative play.

From the Manufacturer

Animal rescue rangers to the rescue. With this rugged safari truck, two cheerful people are ready to zoom across the savannah to help their animal friends. The alligator, zebra, rhinoceros, elephant, giraffe, hippopotamus and lion fit into the truck's sides through die-cut slots, so this exciting toy is perfect for imaginative play and fine motor skills . . . and much more. Lift and remove the cargo door to unload the colorful animals, then count, sort and stack the solid-wood pieces before loading the truck and securing the door in its track. One male and one female ranger fit in the cab of the truck, or come out to tend to the animals on the preserve. Play ideas are included to reinforce basic skills and inspire creative play.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 7 x 5 inches ; 1.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B009B73M0S
  • Item model number: 5180
  • Our recommended age: 24 months - 15 years
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 24 months - 15 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,384 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. Jarvis VINE VOICE on November 26, 2013
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This seems to be a decently fun toy, but it's just a bit below par for Melissa & Doug toys, both in educational value and build quality. Regarding build quality, it seems reasonably solid overall, but there are a couple of significant issues. First, the wheels are cheap plastic on tight axles, so they don't roll freely at all, and they kind of remind me of those on dollar store plastic trucks. Other reviewers have mentioned the back gate; mine isn't overly tight as some apparently are, but the slides on the side are only one ply thick, and one side is already split a little. Educationally, it seems clever at first glance, but since it's a shape sorter designed more like a puzzle, you can put almost any of the animals through almost any of the holes sideways, unlike traditional shape sorters. I guess maybe that contributes to "imaginative play," but it doesn't do much for shape identification and puzzle-solving skills without a lot of parental guidance. I still like Melissa & Doug toys a lot, but this one doesn't quite work for me.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. Fisher TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 18, 2013
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This is a fun toy for the 2+ age group. Our son is over 2 and a half now, and he really enjoys playing with this toy -- finding which animal goes in which shape sorting hole, and also playing with it like a general truck (vroom vroom).

He has sat on it and pushed himself around, much to our consternation and protest. The truck actually held him, and he's a very big boy for 2.5 years. So that speaks to the sturdiness of the build, which is good.

But in comparison with some other toys, Melissa and Doug once again show they are good, yes -- but not great. The boxy design is one thing, but the back door of the truck is another. You need to open the back door to get the animals out, and it's not easy sometimes because the wood can get stuck -- this is not equipment built to precision tolerances. The door gets stuck halfway up and you have to use force to get it to come out, so you pull hard and it comes out really fast. That kind of thing. And then getting that sliding door back in its groove to close again is not easy for the intended 2+ age group -- it requires a lot more coordination.

And then there is the quality of the wood and paint on the figures of the animals and people. We use this mainly on carpet, but pieces may fall occasionally on the hardwood floor or tabletop. Seeing as we've had it for less than a month, the paint has chipped off the figures in a surprisingly large number of places. I would expect them to hold up better. We have not abused this toy by a long length (OK, except for our son sitting on it, which is bad -- but which won't cause paint to chip).

So yes, this is a good toy and the fact that our son loves it makes up for a lot. But we would expect better quality. A good toy that could have been great.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Parrothead VINE VOICE on November 5, 2013
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I love the Melissa and Doug puzzles, and my twins have several of those, so I was very happy to be given the chance to review this shape sorting truck. The little truck is solid wood and is very sturdy - at least sturdy enough to support the weight of a 30 pound toddler. The two drivers (male and female) fit into the front of the truck to drive the zoo truck around and pick up animals. The animals that fit in the back of the truck each has a unique, unusual shape. The animals included are an alligator, zebra, giraffe, lion, rhino, elephant, and hippo. The back of the truck easily slides up to allow the animals to "escape" the truck. My kids especially love using the animals with some of their other farm toys. Like the Green Toys line, I like that Melissa and Doug toys are simple, sturdy, and encourage creative thinking and imaginative play. I have been very pleased with this toy, and I will be adding more Melissa and Doug toys to our family's toy box.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brenda, Newark, DE on March 6, 2013
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I gave this to my great nephew on his 2nd birthday (he had also received many other nice toys). He couldn't wait to remove the cellophane wrapper and try out all the pieces, at which time his 4-yr-old brother thought it was pretty cool and immediately tried to claim it!! Well made, all solid wood.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vicki Bohn VINE VOICE on November 1, 2013
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This is a fun toy that my 2 1/2 year old likes. The animals are so cute and it's fun that they can stand upon their own. The set is well made of attractive wood and the truck is a generous size. There is a sliding door on the back so you can access the inside of the truck and it is easy for my little one to open, but the problem is that you can pull the door all the way out. It's by no means a deal breaker, but I wish the door didn't come all the way out. Once out, it's a bit of a challenge for the youngest children to get it back on the truck. Finally, I think it's interesting that while there are pieces cut out in the exact silhouette of the wooden animals, all you have to do is find a large animal hole in the truck's wall and you can shove all the animals in one at a time sideways. I'm not sure just how many children are using this like a puzzle or shape sorter. But again, not a deal breaker. This toy is a fun addition to our Melissa and Doug collection. It's sure to be enjoyed by children ages 2-4.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on January 6, 2015
I have two small children ages two and six months. I got this for Christmas for them to play with. I usually love Melissa and Doug toys. Any of the animals will fit through any hole when you put it in sideways. That's fine, not really a huge issue. My biggest issue is with the back door. The back door slides on and off to get the animals in and out. It's a little rough to slide on and off. My two year old was trying to put it back on, and it can be difficult for a small child developing their motor skills. He didn't have it exactly lined up and kept pushing trying to get it to slide in. The wooden piece is very thin, and it broke and splintered off. I don't really like that in a toy made for such small children. The quality should have been made better.
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