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  • Interactive design lets your child sort shapes into corresponding holes
  • Bright colors and easy-to-hold blocks encourage creative play
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Package Quantity: 1 | Size: Normal
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00005RF5G
  • Item model number: 575
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (547 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
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Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Cube

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!

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Customer Reviews

Also, all Melissa and Doug toys are very high quality and durable.
Gibby
The lid doesn't stay on well - whenever you try to put a shape into the side with the lid, the lid flips over.
Colorado reader & parent
The edges of the wooden box were rough, made or cheap wood and splintered.
J. klieman

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135 of 141 people found the following review helpful By Colorado reader & parent on January 23, 2004
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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. :)
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122 of 129 people found the following review helpful By Henry K. Cookson Jr. on March 8, 2005
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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.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Kelly R. Stanaj on August 31, 2004
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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.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By C. J on January 5, 2010
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I've had this toy for a while and my 10 month old daughter has chewed on the blocks (which the paint does chip off pretty easily). Now I found that this toy was actually recalled in Canada due to unsafe levels of barium! I'm staying away from all Melissa & Doug toys as some of their other products have also been recalled. Why doesn't US have stricter laws concerning childrens toys!!

From Consumer product safety Canada

Slice and Bake Cookie set, Shape Sorting Cube, and Pound a Peg by Melissa & Doug

Testing by Health Canada has revealed that the surface paint on the toys contains barium in excess of the allowable limit.

Some forms of barium are safely used in medical and commercial applications, while other forms of barium can be toxic, causing adverse health effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps as well as more severe symptoms. Children's toys coated with paint containing barium in excess of the allowable limit are strictly prohibited in Canada.

Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents or illnesses related to the use of this product.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By educator on May 11, 2004
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I bought this toy because my daughter is really into sorting shapes right now. She has several shape sorters that work really well. This one, however, is not well designed. First of all, the lid cannot be fastened to stay down. When your child needs to turn it over to put in the different shapes they all fall out. Secondly, once you have a couple of shapes in the box they block the way for the others to go in. I have always loved Melissa and Doug toys up to this point but I would love to get my money back for this one.
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