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Not really a shape sorter, little disappointed in the quality, but my son loves it!
on February 7, 2014
First of all, this is not truly a shape sorter. As other reviewers have mentioned, the animals really fit into ANY of the holes, so I don't feel like my son is really learning anything. If you only want this because you want to buy your child a shape sorter, this is NOT the one to buy. Secondly, he's 12 months old and gets his hand stuck in the holes fairly often, which never happens with our other, actual, shape sorter - this is a "must supervise" toy for the younger end of the spectrum (when I first bought it I was under the impression it was a 12 months and up toy, so perhaps this isn't an issue for the actual recommended 2+ set). He's never gotten truly hurt, but it does scare him and one time I did have to pull quite hard to get his little hand out. Thirdly, shortly after my son first started playing with it, I noticed that the wood veneer on the bottom of the truck was peeling off. I don't think he would have gotten hurt on this, but I pulled it the rest of the way off so that he wouldn't try to eat it. The paint on the figures also quickly began to chip (like the first DAY). Don't expect this toy to look brand new for long.
The GOOD - this is a darling toy and the truck body itself seems very sturdy. The figures are the perfect size for little hands. My son absolutely loves this toy and really plays with it often (especially the two drivers, he absolutely loves those for some reason). I have to give it at least three stars just for his love of it, I guess that's really the point. Unlike another reviewer, the wheels on our truck turn just fine. And honestly, I can't not support a wooden toy my child likes this much - it's practically impossible to find very many of them in the big box stores and I get so sick of seeing rows of flashing, loud, overwhelming plastic ones!